Cobra Kai (2018– )
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Strike First 

Daniel is dismayed to find a new Cobra Kai dojo has been opened up. Johnny learns his dojo has to pass several safety requirements before he can actually start teaching.


Robert Mark Kamen (based on characters created by), Josh Heald (created for television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Daniel LaRusso
William Zabka ... Johnny Lawrence
Courtney Henggeler ... Amanda LaRusso
Xolo Maridueña ... Miguel Diaz
Tanner Buchanan ... Robby Keene
Mary Mouser ... Samantha LaRusso
Joe Seo ... Kyler
Annalisa Cochrane ... Yasmine
Bo Mitchell ... Brucks
Gianni Decenzo ... Demetri
Jacob Bertrand ... Eli
Hannah Kepple ... Moon
Dawson Towery ... Rory
Jonathan Mercedes Jonathan Mercedes ... A.J.
Griffin Santopietro ... Anthony


Daniel sees that the Cobra Kai dojo has been reestablished by Johnny Lawrence. Struggling to launch the business, Johnny starts teaching karate to his teenage neighbor Miguel. Daniel faces his former opponent and old offenses are quickly reignited.

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sport




Release Date:

2 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Miguel wears a blue LA Dodgers jersey while training with Johnny. In the original Karate Kid film (1984), Daniel Larusso wears a blue San Diego Chargers jersey under his costume at the Halloween dance where he is ultimately confronted and defeated by Johnny and the Cobra Kai gang and then saved by Mr. Miyagi. Ironically, the Chargers relocated to LA in 2017, and Johnny is now in the role of Mr. Miyagi from the original film. See more »


When Daniel enters Johnny's Dojo, the door chimes, but when he leaves, there is no sound. See more »


Johnny Lawrence: And change that ringtone. Get some Guns N' Roses or something.
Miguel: What's Guns N' Roses?
Johnny Lawrence: I'm going to pretend you didn't say that.
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References The Karate Kid Part II (1986) See more »


Ain't That a Kick in the Head?
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Dean Martin
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Strike First
17 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Strike First explores more of Daniel LaRusso, the boy from New Jersey make good. Yet dark clouds hover. He runs a successful business, has a nice house with a beautiful wife. Yet it was his daughter Samantha who crashed into Johnny's car and drove away. She is also going out with bad boy Kyler the one who was beating up Miguel before Johnny intervened.

Daniel is perturbed when he sees Johnny's new dojo leading to a face to face meeting with less bonhomie and reminiscing from Daniel compared to their earlier encounter.

Of course things still do not look good for Johnny. We see him get brushed off by his estranged son. He also gets Miguel to get the dojo into shape so he can get a license and insurance to operate. However his teaching methods leave a lot to be desired. He makes that music teacher from the movie Whiplash look like a pussycat!

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