Why Chozen is Terry Silver’s real enemy in Season 5

Terry Silver has no idea who Chozen is, and season 5 of Cobra Kai could see the ponytailed villain in Daniel’s Okinawan “Karate Cousin” meet his counterpart.

Warning: SPOILERS for Cobra Kai Season 4.

In Cobra Kai Season 5, it could be Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto) who poses the biggest threat to Terry Silver’s (Thomas Ian Griffith) plan to take over karate in the San Fernando Valley. Silver ended Cobra Kai Season 4 with the all-out win he eluded in The Karate Kid Part III: Not only did Cobra Kai win the All Valley Grand Championship, Tory Nichols (Peyton List) became the first-ever girls All Valley Champion (thanks to Terry’s bribing the referee), but Silver framed John Kreese (Martin Kove) for attempted murder, leaving the ponytailed mastermind in complete control of Cobra Kai. In retaliation, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) asked Chozen to come to America and join his fight against Terry Silver’s Cobra Kai.


Chozen and Terry Silver were LaRusso’s enemies in The Karate Kid Part II and Part III, respectively. Chozen hated Daniel-san right off the bat when he and Miyagi-san (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita) visited Okinawa in 1985, but Chozen was also taught Miyagi-do karate by his wealthy uncle Sato Toguchi (Danny Kamakona). However, Sato overcame his lifelong grudges with Miyagi-san, while Chozen lost his honor when he challenged Daniel to a fight to the death and lost. When LaRusso and Miyagi returned to the United States, Terry Silver was waiting for them. At the behest of Kreese, his old Vietnam War buddy, the cocaine-addicted millionaire in The Karate Kid Part III pulled off an insane plan to force Daniel to defend his All Valley Championship. LaRusso eventually beat Cobra Kai again, and Silver’s dreams of taking control of karate in the Valley went up in smoke — until he finally won 34 years later in Season 4 of Cobra Kai.

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Chozen has changed since his humiliation in The Karate Kid Part II and reconciled with Daniel-san in Cobra Kai Season 3. LaRusso now sees Chozen as his “karate cousin,” so it makes perfect sense that he asked Toguchi for help against Cobra Kai. Crucially, Terry Silver has no idea who Chozen is, giving Toguchi and LaRusso an advantage when Cobra Kai Season 5 begins. Chozen is a dangerous foe for Silver because he is an expertly trained Miyagi-do-sensei who has retained his skills for decades, unlike Daniel who has retired from karate for 20 years. Chozen also knows more about Miyagi-Do than LaRusso, including age-old secrets Miyagi-san never shared with Daniel-san. If Chozen were to fight Terry Silver, which is a powerful and exciting possibility in Season 5 of Cobra Kai, the imposing ponytailed sensei might find that the Okinawan master’s martial arts skills surpass his own.


Tactically, Chozen is more than a match for Terry Silver. Toguchi is an offensive fighter bred from a different and more violent form of Miyagi-Do. The real reason Daniel reached out to Chozen is because he knows from experience that the Okinawa know how to “strike first,” and Toguchi could help Miyagi-Do Karate put Cobra Kai at a disadvantage. Meanwhile, Chozen has never met any of Daniel-san’s American enemies before, so for longtime Karate Kid fans, Cobra Kai Season 5 offers the inherent thrill, first-time confrontations between Chozen, Kreese and even Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Chozen is arguably a better martial artist than everyone else, including LaRusso, and Toguchi could prove to be an ideal “secret weapon” against Terry Silver’s Cobra Kai.

Terry Silver may be a billionaire businessman who owns a company called DynaTox, but Chozen could do the same in the corporate arena. Sato ran a powerful conglomerate in Okinawa, and Chozen presumably took over the family business when his uncle died. Toguchi is also likely extremely wealthy and could match the vast resources Silver requires for his various machinations. And unlike Daniel, who still bears the emotional scars of his dealings with Terry in The Karate Kid Part III, Chozen is not afraid of Silver. Cobra Kai Season 5 sets the stage for an intriguing clash of villains from The Karate Kid sequels, and Chozen may prove to be Terry Silver’s worst enemy of them all.

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John Orquiola is a staff feature writer and has been with Screen Rant for four years. He started out as an assistant director on various independent films. A lover of film and film theory, John wrote humorous film reviews on his blog, Back of the Head, which got him noticed by Screen Rant. Fortunately, John became the Star Trek guy at Screen Rant and directs feature coverage of the various Star Trek series, but he also writes on a wide range of topics, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Cobra Kai. His other big nerdy loves are British TV series like The Crown, Downton Abbey and Killing Eve. John can be found on Twitter @BackoftheHead if you want to see photos of the food he’s eating.

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