Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) in season three of “Cobra Kai”, premiere Jan 1 on Netflix The actors who are repeating their “Karate Kid” roles on the show are executive producers alongside series creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald, all from Jersey Curtis Bonds Baker | Netflix

This is the bold motto of Cobra Kai Karate, which was painted on a wall in Johnny Lawrence’s dojo in Los Angeles. But the mood also applies to Netflix’s strategy to bring out the third season of the hit revival series “Karate Kid”

The streamer recently announced that new episodes of “Cobra Kai” are originally scheduled for Jan 8, would be bumped by Jan 1, 2021. Now fans can join Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and ring in the new year for their students ”

More karate drama and 80s flashbacks to start in 2021, right? I don’t mind if we do beats that go outside at this time of year (unless you try Daniel’s step on the crane, in which case you probably should) Plus there are only so many Christmas movies that you can watch before Valentine’s Day Being able to see Mr. Miyagi said, “Balance is the key”

“Cobra Kai” kicked off as a sleeper hit on YouTube Premium (then YouTube Red) in 2018 before it hit Netflix in August, where it became one of the most popular picks on the streaming service during the COVID-19 pandemic The Revival The 1980s sat the appetites of people who had already digested a perhaps alarming percentage of their content menus

The significance of this fact is not lost to the creators of the show, three friends who grew up in New Jersey – like the Karate Kid himself –

“It was great,” says writer and executive producer Jon Hurwitz. “When we created this show, we always wanted it to run on Netflix,” he told NJ Advance Media in a Zoom interview from Los Angeles with fellow “Cobra Kai” creators Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald

Hurwitz and Schlossberg, known for writing the Stoner comedy and the New Jersey road movie “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004), met as a student at Randolph High School. Hurwitz was a native of Red Bank Know Heald when they lived down the hall at the University of Pennsylvania

“The Karate Kid” was one of the first things we bonded about, “says Hurwitz, 43” Hayden (who attended the University of Chicago) visited us in Penn “

When Heald (“Hot Tub Time Machine”) moved to Hurwitz and Schlossberg in Los Angeles for a year, he lived one block away from the writing team

As the restart culture flourished in film, television, and streaming entertainment, the writers reverted to one of their early influences, How About, Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, the high school kids whose epic rivalry became a landmark of the 1980s Years to visit again?

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, now 59 and 55, are now executive producers of “Cobra Kai” (along with Will Smith) They answered the call and took the respective coats from Miyagi-Do Karate and Cobra Kai for a new one Generation on In the show, every Sensei reports on the same All Valley Karate tournament where they had their last showdown in 1984

Only this time, the script is a bit flipped when Daniel, the respected car dealership owner, the dejected Johnny, overshadowed by Daniel’s billboards and his own defeat at the foot of the Karate Kid

A big school fight brings Johnny’s Cobra Kai student Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) to the hospital Doctors aren’t sure he’s going to leave Netflix

Johnny achieved underdog status after failing fatherhood, his job, and the one relationship he cared about in high school (when Daniel “stole” his girlfriend Ali, played by Elisabeth Shue) Having previously lived in an affluent area, he now lives in Reseda, where Daniel and his mother live in the film

The show comes in tightly-written, highly binge-capable 30-minute episodes that have just the right shot of after-school special.You take yourself seriously until you stop doing it

As much as the show is about the clashes between Johnny and Daniel – characters created by “Karate Kid” writer Robert Mark Kamen – it is also about Daniel’s daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser), Johnny’s son Robby (Tanner Buchanan) and the kids of West Valley High everyone seems to be connected to Johnny’s and Daniel’s karate dojos The alliances are shifting after a tremendous rumble in the school that left Johnny’s student Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) unconscious in the hospital when he wakes up , the doctors aren’t sure if the karate champion can run again

From left: “Cobra Kai” creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg with William Zabka, series creators Josh Heald and Ralph Macchio in 2018Craig Barritt | Getty Images

When Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg pitched “Cobra Kai” in 2017, they had hopes on Netflix, but YouTube made them an offer they couldn’t refuse, allowing them to film an entire season of the show without the powers to do so have to question a script The first season premiered in 2018 and a second followed in 2019

After YouTube postponed its original programming schedule to focus on user-generated rather than written content, Hurwitz, Heald, and Schlossberg knew that giving the series a new home on Netflix would pay off, and the show had an engaging audience , but they believed it could grow, especially considering how many people have seen “The Karate Kid”

“Moving to Netflix was a dream come true in every way,” says Hurwitz. “It was surreal for us to see these two seasons, which have been open to the public for over a year or two and suddenly as a new show Appearing for tens or hundreds of millions of people around the world It felt good to see the joy it has brought to people, especially in these troubled times ”

Although they moved to Los Angeles a long time ago, the creators of “Cobra Kai” were proud to sprinkle some references to the Garden State on the series, through Daniel, whose journey from the bullied Newark transplant to the California karate champion is the backbone of the 1984 John Avildsen film that inspired the show

“New Jersey is branded in the history of the Karate Kid,” says Schlossberg, 42, “It was one of the things about the movie that fascinated us as kids

“Here you had Ralph Macchio – who reminded us of ourselves at the time – that outsider from New Jersey who went to California. We didn’t know what California was for us. We really got California through” The Karate Kid. “It was this one Place of sun and everyone seemed blonde and everyone knew karate If you don’t, you’ll kick your ass”We’re having fun with it on the show. And who knows? Maybe one day Daniel’s character can visit New Jersey again”

Daniel often mentions Newark on the show and his somewhat terrible cousin Louie LaRusso Jr (played by Bret Ernst, a Princeton American who grew up in Passaic), says things like “not for free”, “mozzarell stick” and “justice in Jersey” ”

To support Miguel’s recovery and to lift his spirits, Johnny takes him to a concert. The headliner is an 80s explosion: Dee SniderCurtis Bonds Baker | Netflix

Even Cobra Kai aficionado Johnny Lawrence’s eating habits indirectly channel New Jersey in his sad bachelor apartment, he’s often seen frying something that wants Taylor ham but isn’t

“He doesn’t know what Taylor ham is,” says Schlossberg, “For him it’s just Bologna I think it’s probably not even Oscar Mayer, probably a generic trademark. But I love Taylor ham every time I post Going New Jersey, I have a Taylor ham, egg and cheese sandwich, and you can’t get that in LA It’s one of my favorite things to do in New Jersey ”

Schlossberg and Hurwitz, also known for writing American Reunion from the American Pie franchise in 2012, used their high school memories to introduce Harold Lee and Kumar Patel, the Stoner duo Filming Harold and Kumar to create

In the sacred tradition of “Cobra Kai”, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) looks worse, far from his heyday in the 80s Netflix

Did they have school beef, karate or anything else to channel down the troubled corridors of West Valley High?

“At Randolph High School, Hayden and I were really cool kids in school,” says Hurwitz with a smile. “We met on the debate team. We had a Jersey rivalry with the villains from Ocean Township”

“You would say,” Resolutions or no resolutions, you are dead meat in the debate! “muses Schlossberg.” We were talking about Billy Zapka (who plays Johnny Lawrence) the whole time. Jon (Hurwitz) had that fingerless glove that he wore on occasion and that pretended to be a teenage bully of the 80s so we did back then Joke about it ”

For a show about a 37-year-old karate rivalry, the moments when Daniel and Johnny actually get punched are rare

“It’s the will that you don’t have from our show,” says Heald, 43, like Hurwitz and Schlossberg, he put his director’s hat on for a number of episodes

“Cheers” had Sam and Diane and every show has its “Will these two characters meet?” Our show says, “Are these guys going to have a rematch?” Will they actually fight each other? “There is the Justice for Johnny crew out there who have the impression that taking the crane (Daniel’s key blow in the All Valley tournament in 1984) was actually an illegal move that also drives people who say it’s legal and he (Daniel) could kick your ass again ”

Any scene, fight or no, can prove electrifying with the two enemies – and funnier than anyone would have expected.In season two, Daniel and Johnny meet in the same Mexican restaurant to see the former opponents try to be nice to be is just gold

Daniel’s wife Amanda LaRusso (Phillipsburg’s Courtney Henggeler) often serves as the voice of reason and cuts through the extremes of the long-standing karate rivalry Curtis Bonds Baker | Netflix

“They have so much history there in terms of their characters and in terms of those guys who have known each other almost all of their lives,” says Heald. “We found that it’s usually just funny to have them in one Scene assembling because they are at such opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of how they view the world“You are Daniel’s frustration that Johnny is a fossil in many ways. And you are Johnny’s frustration that Daniel allowed himself to grow up and mature and become part of the world of 2021”

Mix that faded machismo and teenage nostalgia with fresh perspectives and you get a part of what makes “Cobra Kai” tick

In one scene, Daniel’s daughter laments Samantha, who was practicing karate with her father as a small child, as seen in a fight

“It’s different when you’re a girl,” she says, “I mean, even if you win, you’re not cool or tough I think you’re crazy”

Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) with his daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) training in his revived Miyagi-Do dojo on Netflix

Daniel’s wife Amanda LaRusso, played by Courtburg Henggeler from Phillipsburg, always has a refreshing view of the karate chaos that is consuming her husband and daughter

“Did the men tell you about the whole” moral enemy karate dojo battle for the soul of the valley “?” She asks a guest star this season (if we reveal her identity, Netflix can send a trained assassin into our dojo)

“For us we really see this show as a whole world of characters,” says Schlossberg. “It’s the people in Johnny’s and Daniel’s lives that influence their rivalry the most. We have a lot of fun with Amanda’s character, who too Probably had a vague understanding of Daniel’s life at the beginning of the season I just put it this way, “Oh, he won that karate tournament”, didn’t know that much about the whole drama When she gets drawn into the story, she doesn’t understand it whole and she thinks she is ridiculous. She is that outsider’s perspective. But the more she is drawn in, the more it is like she’s trapped in the “Twilight Zone” ‘”

This Twilight Zone is full of ’80s references This season even has a guest showing of Twisted Sisters Dee Snider Coors banquet swilling Johnny lives aggressively in the past – he has decades of magazine center folds and his favorite movies are “Iron Eagle “And” Iron Eagle II “” The only parts of his life that seem to keep him in the present are his students like Miguel and a burgeoning romance with Miguel’s mother Carmen, played by Vanessa Rubio, a Paramus Catholic High School alum. ” / p>
For his part, Daniel is lost in Miyagi’s memories after the death of his esteemed mentor in 2011, played by Pat Morita, who died in 2005

While the series isn’t a makeover, the whole point is nostalgia.Like a high school get-together, the most fun is just seeing the old gang show up when Daniel travels to Okinawa to see The Karate Kid Part II (1986 ), he meets his love interest from the movie Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), the fearsome fighter he once defeated in a “fight to the death”

John Kreese (Martin Kove) is back to fuel the drama like some kind of toxic “housewives” feememy. But the third season of “Cobra Kai” also leaves its past behind on Netflix

However, it’s John “Sweep the Leg” Kreese (Martin Kove), founder of Cobra Kai and dark lord of the Karate Kid Extended Universe, who is under the microscope this season. He’s a threat: a threat to Johnny, Daniel and anyone at the end of their dangerous, irreconcilable teachings

Like “The Karate Kid”, “Cobra Kai” is about facing the opportunity and fighting back. But defeating the bully is not the end of the story. The show wants us to know that behind every bully – behind every Kreese – there is a different antagonist, a different bully As Yoda could tell you, fear creates anger “Anger leads to hate Hate leads to suffering”

“No Mercy” is Kreese’s constant chorus, both 1984 and 2021. This season explores why he only believes in weak and strong, not good and bad Flashbacks to his younger years and his time in the Vietnam War explain a lot in the present day The prickly sensei believes that time “can melt this entire generation of snowflakes”

“Cobra Kai” season three debuts at 3 p.m. ET / 12 on PT Friday, Jan 1, 2021 on Netflix The first two seasons are available on Netflix and for free on YouTube

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