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Next Karate Kid Quotes

Throughout The Karate Kid film series, Mr. Miyagi became the father everyone wished they had, and his beautiful outlook on life in his thoughtful quotes wholly sums up his character. This is wisdom for the ages, all centered around the concept of finding balance in life, and striving to maintain it despite the hardships.

Next Karate Kid Quotes


Updated on October 31st, 2021 by Derek Draven: There are enough Mr. Miyagi nuggets of wisdom to last a lifetime, which is why it's fun to take a look at a few more from the first three Karate Kid films. Ever the teacher, Miyagi was also a humble philosopher, and a man of peace. When Daniel came close to the precipice, Miyagi knew just how to draw him back, and set him on the right path. He had advice about things not related to karate as well. This included dating, dealing with parents, schoolwork, and of course, the framework needed to create a stable foundation for a person's entire life.

In the first film, Daniel was worried about facing off against the stronger opponent, Johnny. However, Mr. Miyagi reminded him that he had excelled beyond just technique, and that all he needed was to trust his teachings, particularly the philosophy of karate.

This is one of the funniest of Mr. Miyagi's quotes, as he wasn't afraid of poking fun at himself throughout the franchise. Daniel talked about the Halloween dance, and Mr. Miyagi asked him if he was planning to go, which he said no because he doesn't want to run into Johnny and the Cobra Kai students.

Impatience is a signature of youth, and Daniel was more concerned with learning how to stand up to his bullies, rather than taking the time to learn why. This came into practice during his training, when Daniel wanted to learn powerful karate moves early on, instead of taking the straight and narrow path.

Miyagi reminded Daniel that nobody can fly before they first learn how to stand. Similarly, a baby cannot run before it learns how to walk. Like all of Miyagi's wise quotes, they draw on basic notions of reality, and the natural world.

Mr. Miyagi was a staunch opponent of anyone who taught martial arts for the sake of personal empowerment, ego, or glory. He knew that karate was designed for self-defense only, and his mantra stood in opposition to all forms of teaching that openly encouraged aggression and violence, such as Cobra Kai's methodology.

Miyagi-Ryu karate focuses on two rules that are brazenly simple, yet cunningly wise. Miyagi's ancestors knew full well that it was one thing to say martial arts were for self-defense, but quite another to put it into practice. By constantly being reminded about the true nature of karate, people are better suited to using it for the purpose it was intended.

He followed up the illustration with "...same with karate. You karate 'yes,' or you karate 'no.' You karate 'guess so,' squish just like grape. Understand?" It is a solid take on similar wisdom laid down by the Jedi Master Yoda in Star Wars, who famously said "Do, or do not! There is no try.'"

When Miyagi agreed to teach Daniel karate, he immediately tried to get through to him with this quote that talks specifically about the need to use the heart and mind, rather than the "gut." It's the latter that could lead to danger if anger, rage, and impulse drove his training.

Mr. Miyagi uses karate as a vehicle not just for self-defense, but also as a philosophical lesson. In contrast to Cobra Kai's focus on rudiments, techniques and aggression, Miyagi-Ryu karate was more spiritual in nature. It encouraged its students to slow down and see life beyond the context of the dojo.

When Mr. Miyagi began teaching Daniel LaRusso in "The Karate Kid," it was to not only help him learn conflict resolution, but to also defeat Johnny Lawrence and the Cobra Kai in a karate tournament. There are guidelines in the tournament. Even when Johnny is pressured to cheat by John Kreese, there's hesitation knowing that it goes against the rules. Julie's training begins as a means to help her learn to regulate her emotions, and learn self-defense in a world that is constantly hostile toward women.

Mr. Miyagi was born on June 9, 1925, in Tomi Village Okinawa, Japan. He had a job working for his best friend Sato's father, who was the richest man in the village. In addition, he learned karate and fishing from his father Miyagi Chōjun, a fisherman. Breaking family tradition, his father also taught karate to Sato (as Karate was traditionally only passed down from father to son).

Kreese finally consents to a cessation of hostilities until the time of The All-Valley Karate tournament, where Daniel and the bullying Cobra Kai students will compete. For his part, Miyagi agrees to teach Daniel. Miyagi starts Daniel's training with several seemingly non-karate-related house chores, albeit with specific rhythmic patterns: the first day of training sees Daniel waxing Miyagi's various cars; on the second, he sands the wooden floors of Miyagi's house; on the third, he paints a fence with vertical strokes; on the fourth, he paints Miyagi's house with horizontal strokes. Not understanding his mentor's methods, a frustrated Daniel gets upset and threatens to leave, but Miyagi shows him that the chores were in fact training Daniel to block attacks through muscle memory. Miyagi then begins training Daniel in earnest, and the two develop a deep friendship. One night, Daniel comes upon Miyagi drunkenly lamenting the death of both his wife and newborn son during childbirth at Manzanar while he was serving in Europe during World War II. Miyagi's karate teachings also include important life lessons such as personal balance, reflected in the principle that martial arts training is as much about training the spirit as it is about physical techniques.

Meanwhile, John Kreese is attempting to resurrect Cobra Kai and get revenge on Daniel and Miyagi with the help of his longtime friend, and co-founder of Cobra Kai, Terry Silver, who hires Mike Barnes, a vicious karate expert. Daniel chooses not to defend his title in the next competition, though he continues his training under Miyagi. Silver approaches them and claims that Kreese has died and requests forgiveness for Kreese's behavior. Barnes attempts to goad Daniel into entering the tournament by picking a fight with him that goes badly for Daniel until Miyagi intervenes and fends Barnes off. The two later find that their bonsai trees have been stolen and replaced with an application for the tournament.

The Karate Kid screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen stated that Mr. Miyagi was named after Chōjun Miyagi, the founder of the Goju-ryu karate style,[7] and that Fumio Demura was the inspiration for the character.[8] The original preferred choice for the role was Toshiro Mifune, who had appeared in the Akira Kurosawa films Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954), and The Hidden Fortress (1958), but the actor did not speak English.[9] Morita later auditioned for the role, but was initially rejected for the part due to his close association with stand-up comedy, and with the character Arnold from Happy Days.[9] Producer Jerry Weintraub in particular did not want Morita, as he saw him as a comedic actor.[10] Morita eventually tested five times before Weintraub himself offered him the role,[10] ultimately winning it because he grew a beard and patterned his accent after his uncle.[11] After he was cast and although he had been using the name Pat for years, Weintraub suggested that he be billed with his given name to sound "more ethnic."[12]

In the first film, in The Karate Kid (1984), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and a corresponding Golden Globe Award, for his role as the wise karate teacher Mr. Miyagi who taught bullied teenager Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) the art of Goju-ryu karate .[13] He was recognized as Noriyuki "Pat" Morita at the 57th Academy Awards ceremony.[14] He reprised the role two more times with Macchio in The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid Part III (1989). In 1994, he starred in The Next Karate Kid with Hilary Swank (as a bullied teenager Julie Pierce) instead of Macchio.

The bulk of the film revolves around Swank's karate training which takes place at a Zen Buddhist monastery somewhere in the wilds of Massachusetts. Hilary Swank practices karate moves in a montage set to a song by The Cranberries.

This is mostly to remind us that it's 1994, but it also demonstrates that Hilary Swank's karate moves are technically more proficient than Ralph Macchio's. Heresy? I don't think so. Look at that crane kick. Elsewhere, she's got some practically JCVD-adjacent extension.

Also, the entire sequence is written and shot in such a way as to render it completely indistinguishable from an actual NERF commercial. Anyway, that's how women learn karate in the film's universe: through childcare and NERF fights. Whew.

Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel-San karate and life lessons in the "Karate Kid" saga.Sports Guy's definition for a movie trilogy: "A series of three dramas in which the first movie did so well, they couldn't help themselves, so they brought everyone back to make more money in an uninspired sequel, only that one did pretty well, too, so they brought everyone back again for a third movie, just to beat the dead horse completely into the ground."

Back to the brilliance of "The Karate Kid." For one thing, there's a terrific plot: Lovable loser Daniel moves to California, feuds with a band of moped-riding karate bullies, gets his butt kicked repeatedly, turns to a Japanese maintenance man for guidance, learns karate, learns about life, falls in love, enters a tournament against the bullies, gets injured in the semifinals, rallies back to fight his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend in the Finals, improbably gets the win. The end. Does it get any better than that?

This was also Ralph Macchio's defining movie, and that sentence is funny enough in itself. But seriously, who else could have played Daniel-San? By the end of the movie, you actually believe that 1) Daniel could beat everyone from Cobra Kai in a karate tournament, and 2) he would have no problem wooing a young Elisabeth Shue (looking yummy here, even with the extra baby fat), which remains one of the all-time movie stretches. 041b061a72

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