The Karate Kid Crane Kick was a legal decision

URBAN LEGEND OF THE FILM: Daniel LaRusso’s crane kick that he used to win the All Valley Under-18 Karate Tournament was an illegal kick.

One of the best “against the grain” movies of all time is J. Matthew Turner’s hugely popular 2015 YouTube video, “The Karate Kid: Daniel is the REAL Bully,” where he argues that the main character of Ralph Macchio, Daniel LaRusso, is the real villain of The Karate Kid

While Turner wasn’t the first person to prank the joke (there was quite a recurring song about how I Met Your Mother about Barney Stinson insisting that Johnny is the real hero of The Karate Kid, even having Johnny actor William Zabka in his wedding party), his video was so popular that it was clearly one of the major influences on the creation of the hit TV series, Cobra Kai, which follows Johnny and Daniel’s rivalry to the present day.

However, just like Macchio and Zabka’s appearances on how I Met Your Mother (where Barney accuses Daniel of winning because of an illegal kick) …

the whole point of these bits is that they are JOKES. I wrote an article a while ago on how these countercurrent outlets are awesome, but you shouldn’t take them seriously, and yet that is precisely what happened. Revisiting the Daniel / Johnny rivalry from Johnny’s perspective is a great idea and it worked wonderfully in Cobra Kai, but that doesn’t change what actually happened in the movies. Daniel clearly wasn’t the bully in the movie, and he clearly didn’t win the big fight because of an illegal kick.

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When Cobra Kai was about to make his debut, Macchio was asked by The Wrap about the kick and he replied: “No hit to the face was clearly something when the referee made the dos and don’ts list. To do.” That won’t happen, I don’t know if we would be talking about this movie 34 years later.

Here is the fight …

By the way, I don’t see the referee saying anything about the lack of blows to the face in the video.

After Cobra Kai was successful, however, Macchio was on Tonight’s show last year, where Jimmy Fallon asked him a few questions about the movies, including “At the end of The Karate Kid you win the All-Valley Karate Championship with the crane kick.” Was the kick really legal?

Macchio replied, “Here is my theory – no, here is the truth. Here is the truth. It’s been a while and I’ve been fighting these theories for a long time. Look, Mr. Miyagi was the ultimate teacher, then, and LaRusso had him as a trainer. And as a top trainer, he’s essentially the human Yoda. You don’t bet against Yoda. You don’t bet against Miyagi. This number one. Number two, I would say, is that LaRusso, how did he train? He trained for a few weeks through household chores, never having the privilege of having a training partner. His opponent there, Bud, was like, you know, in battle-ready training for years for this event. , not only, the referee he said “point, winner”. A victory is a victory – [Johnny] literally loaded, ran into the kick. LaRusso had nothing to do but defend himself.

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However, we don’t even have to go that far, as the answers are all clear in the movie itself. Oddly enough, Daniel didn’t check the tournament rules until they were literally AT the tournament, and it was his girlfriend, Ali, who explained, “Anything over your waist is a point. You can hit the head, breastbone, kidneys, ribs. “

And then, in the tournament, kicks to the faces were repeatedly counted as legal points!

Here is Johnny Lawrence who scores a point with a kick in the face …

And later, here is Dutch scoring a point with a kick in the face of Daniel …

Personally, I think Johnny kicks Daniel in literally the final match! But I admit, it’s not exactly clear from the angle of the camera where Johnny’s kick landed on Daniel’s body …

I think he put Daniel in the face, but I could be wrong. It doesn’t really matter, though, as the first kicks were as clear as the day.

The problem clearly stems from when people turn to the REAL Life rules of these karate tournaments, and one of the big rules for under 18 karate tournaments is that you are not actually supposed to hit people directly. The National Karate-do Foundation of the United States explains that “traditional karate techniques applied at full force can cause extremely serious injuries and even death. Competition in karate is a sport, and for this reason some of the most dangerous techniques are prohibited and all techniques must be controlled. “In other words, you are only supposed to show that you CAN kick someone. face guy, you’re not supposed to kick him squarely in the face.

But, again, these are the rules in REAL LIFE. In the movies the rules are clearly different, as the guys are actively hitting each other throughout the tournament. Some of the other real-life rules that were ignored for the film are that there is no way that Daniel would be allowed to compete in the state he is in, and also, Cobra Kai would probably have been penalized for his bad behavior, as TAUNTING is even considered a violation.

And, of course, there’s little chance Johnny was allowed to continue competing after the move he pulled on Daniel’s knee. This, however, also falls under “the rules of real life are irrelevant, as the film has clearly defined rules and they were followed in the film itself.” The movie says Johnny’s move was just a warning level move, so I guess it was just a warning level move.

So no, Daniel’s kick was not an illegal kick, although Cobra Kai sort of seems to treat it like it does (as the series has clearly adhered to the fan debate over the years, but as I wrote recently, the series has also retraced some of the history of the tournament. of Johnny, so he’s not always the best authority on the Karate kid movie theater).

The legend is …


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