Cobra Kai Season 3 officially premiered on Netflix, and with it, it finally revealed the true origin of Cobra Kai. John Kreese’s story has been one of the most demanding in the series, and after season 3’s closure, we finally how why he became the person he is today.
Cobra Kai is an American comedy-drama TV series about combat sports. It is inspired by The Karate Kid film series created by Robert Mark Kamen. The creators of the television series are Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. Will Smith is among the executive producers.
It stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka (both of them are reprising their roles from The Karate Kid while serving as co-executive producers of the series) along with Xolo Maridueña, Jacob Bertrand, Courtney Henggeler, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, and Peyton List.
It concerns itself with a time frame that is 30 or 34 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and the deeds of the now successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio, playing his central part in Karate Kid movies) who struggles to maintain equilibrium in his life without the help of Mr. Miyagi. It also shifted the narrative to Johnny Lawrence’s point of view and his decision to reopen the Cobra Kai karate dojo, which will reignite his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.
First launched on YouTube Red, the first two series will be available from 2018 to 2019. Both shows were later purchased by Netflix in the summer of June 2020 and streamed to more audiences.
Cobra Kai: About the Dojo
Now, John Kreese was emphasized as the main villain of The Karate Kid franchise, by Cobra Kai, and explained his dojo’s inspiration. As Kreese’s service during the Vietnam war is detailed in the many flashback scenes in the Netflix series while also knowing the context for his martial arts training, an explanation about his (Martin Kobe) original story was explored in the finale of Cobra Kai Season 3.
Kreese’s dojo’s real origin also became evident from season 3’s finale, titled “December 19”. So Kreese was the main villain in the original Karate Kid trilogy. He took help from a military colleague named Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) in order to fight his rivals in karate, Daniel LaRusso, and Mr. Miyagi, in Part III of The Karate Kid.
After three decades, the titular dojo is established again by Johnny Lawrence in Cobra Kai. He also accepted that he knew that his former sensei is alive but surviving in homeless shelters. Kreese had been under Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after serving in the military.
But as Cobra Kai Season 2 came to a close, Kreese regained his dojo’s control due to Johnny’s different approach from his ideology.
Kreese’s getting trained for martial arts is revealed by a flashback of Cobra Kai Season 3; as a part of his training for a special task force unit during the Vietnam War.
To be precise, he learned the Korean style of Tang Soo Do from Captain Turner (Terry Serpico), his commanding officer, who used to study under Master Kim Sun-Yung at the time of the Korean War. Kreese is found teaching Tang Soo Do to his Cobra Kai students in The Karate Kid, which is different from what Mr. Miyagi teaches: the Miyagi-Do thing, which is inspired by how real-life Okinawan practices kata and Gōjū-ryū.
The students of Johnny and Kreese get trained in Tang Soo Do in Cobra Kai, which makes them and their methods differ from their rivals.
We also find through Cobra Kai’s S3 that Kreese’s “no mercy” stance coincides with the time of his election as Captain Turner. The Karate child franchise is that there are variations between Mr. Miyagi’s peaceful tactics and Cobra Kai’s violence, which is the source of all the battles. It was only until Johnny slackened his “no mercy” strategy that prompted Kreese to take care of the dojo in order to regain discipline. Otherwise, it led to a big school struggle.
As with the Cobra Kai season 3 flashback sequences, Kreese’s inner ideals stand out: that he truly learned from Captain Turner – courage, dedication, and brutality; no doubt, no second thoughts, and, most importantly, no compassion.