All Cobra Kai Season 4 valley changes correct the Karate Kid 3 bug

Johnny is right that Daniel only fought once in Karate Kid 3 was a travesty, but All Valley from Cobra Kai season 4 fixed this movie’s biggest flaws.

Warning: SPOILER for Cobra Kai Season 4.

The most important upgrades Cobra Kai Season 4 of the All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament corrected one of the biggest mistakes in The Karate Kid Part III. In the fourth season of Cobra Kai, the three dojos Cobra Kai, Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang are led by John Kreese (Martin Kove) and Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka. )) fought for “the soul” of the San Fernando Valley. Cobra Kai’s season four All Valley was the most elaborate and exciting tournament in The Karate Kid franchise history as it was a complete replay of the disappointing climax of The Karate Kid Part III.


The All Valley Tournament format was established in The Karate Kid. It is a single elimination tournament in which a fighter must win matches in each round to be able to compete in the finals. Even the defending champion who was Johnny in The Karate Kid doesn’t have an advantage in All Valley; Lawrence had to win several more fights to keep his title. But in The Karate Kid Part III, the rules of All Valley suddenly changed and Daniel, who was the defending champion, only had to fight in the final round. In contrast, LaRusso’s main opponent Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) of Cobra Kai had to win multiple fights to take on Daniel for the title in the final round. Yet Barnes destroyed LaRusso as Silver and Kreese ordered, so Daniel-san only had to take one point in sudden death to win and keep his All Valley Championship.

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Johnny, who wasn’t in The Karate Kid Part III, didn’t know the circumstances of Daniel’s second All Valley win until LaRusso explained it to him in Cobra Kai Season 4, Episode 5, “Match Point”. Johnny was obviously outraged and said, “So let me get that straight. The year after our title fight, they got you straight to the final? That’s Bulls ***!” And Johnny is right. The Karate Kid Part III rule change was due to lazy writing, which is one of the reasons even Ralph Macchio didn’t like his latest Karate Kid movie. The filmmakers took a cheap shortcut to get to the climax of the showdown between LaRusso and Barnes. The fact that Daniel-san had only one match in the All Valley but was still under-prepared and outclassed by Barnes, who had already defeated several opponents, made LaRusso look undeniably weak. The way the fight went when Barnes played with LaRusso and Daniel only won one move didn’t make the Karate Kid look like a hero who deserved his victory.

LaRusso Barnes Karate Kid 3

The season four changes to Cobra Kai at All Valley made the tournament infinitely more exciting. In the final two episodes of season four of Cobra Kai, All Valley introduced a preliminary skills round so that students in each dojo could demonstrate their skills with kata and weapons. This was way beyond what could be seen in the Karate Kid films before the actual fighting even started. Another brilliant update was the creation of boys and girls departments so there would be two champions in what would give Samantha LaRusso (Mary Mouser) and Tory Nichols (Peyton List) a pivotal showdown to pay off their rivalry that took place in Cobra Kai. began season 2.

The games themselves were exciting and well choreographed, with noticeable drama that led to the final two championship showdowns. Crucially, Cobra Kai’s fourth season took no shortcuts to build on to the main events: Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz (Jacob Bertrand) angry Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) to win the Boys’ All Valley Championship after Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) was shockingly eliminated due to injury. And Tory defeated Samantha to become the girls’s first All Valley Champion, despite heartbroken realizing that her win was spoiled after her sensei Terry Silver had paid off the umpire. With so much of Cobra Kai season 4 serving as the sequel to The Karate Kid Part III, one of the goals was to fix the All Valley tournament and make it better than ever Cobra Kai The real masterpieces of the fourth season.

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