"I don't think there's much I could teach you right now anyway. Except maybe this... all that Miyagi-Do mumbo jumbo... that might score you points in a tournament. But now you're in the real world, kid, you might wanna learn to strike first."
John Kreese to Robby Keene[src]


Miyagi-Do is the fifth episode of the third season of Cobra Kai.

Summary

In Okinawa, Japan, Daniel spends time with an old friend -- and an old enemy, who has much to teach him. The dueling dojos' rivalry comes to a nasty head.

Plot

The episode begins with flashbacks from The Karate Kid Part II, where Chozen fought Daniel to death, where Daniel won, but, of course, spared the life of Chozen. Back in the present, Chozen appears at the bar which terrified Daniel.

In California, Johnny heads to Miguel’s apartment as he planned to do some training exercises to rehabilitate his legs, but sees Miguel is doing physical therapy as he makes a mockery of his methods. Carmen convinces Johnny to trust the methods of a trained physical therapist and he agrees to wait for Miguel to finish. At the prison, Robby gets a visit from John Kreese, as he tells Robby about when he knew Johnny was the real deal in karate. Robby has no interest in the story as Kreese tries to recruit him to Cobra Kai unsuccessfully but gives him advice to strike first against Shawn and his cronies. Amanda and a much slimmer Anthony arrive unexpectedly at the Miyagi-Do dojo, Amanda disavows Sam and her Miyagi-Do friends doing karate again. Sam assures karate is not the problem.

Back in Japan with Kumiko and Chozen, Kumiko reveals she called Chozen, putting the fight to the death as a thing in the past and assures Chozen is a changed man. Kumiko leaves and asks Chozen to give Daniel a tour around the new Okinawa. Meanwhile Johnny has Miguel do non-traditional physical therapy work such as him dangling a swimsuit magazine above him that he has to stand up from his wheelchair to grab it, which was unsuccessful.

In Japan, Chozen goes with Daniel to the original Miyagi-Do dojo where Daniel finds a scroll containing the Miyagi-Do secret that Chozen inherited from the late Sato. Chozen reveals Mr. Miyagi did not teach Daniel everything he knew. In prison, Robby does research on Kreese and finds articles of Johnny and Daniel's All Valley wins before finding emails from Sam, where he tries to write back until Shawn pulls the plug on the computer. At Golf N Stuff, Hawk and his Cobra Kai friends stroll through the arcade where Hawk blocks a boy from shooting a basketball at a basketball hoop in a basketball machine, steals tickets from a girl playing skee ball, and then runs to the prize counter where Chris works at and requests a prize. Chris begrudgingly gets on the ladder about to get the prize Hawk requested when Hawk climbs over the counter and steals several prizes and runs away. A desperate Chris texts Sam for help and informs him she is on her way. Johnny sets a fire under Miguel's foot to try to make him stand up but is once again unsuccessful.

At the dojo, Chozen and Daniel fight Miyagi-Do style with Chozen performing far superiorly, proving Daniel has not learned all of the Miyagi-Do lessons. He tells Daniel the story of how Miyagi-Do had scenarios where they had no choice but to kill when they had to fight against Chinese invaders. Chozen teaches Daniel the Miyagi-Do teaching of pressure points, that could incapacitate their opponent's joints, saying defense takes on many forms. Johnny tries to look up physically therapy drills until he sees Carmen outside crying about how Miguel is right now. Sam and her Miyagi-Do friends arrive at Golf N Stuff and aim for revenge against Cobra Kai. At the prison, Robby hears Shawn and his friends harassing Robby, and kicks Shawn in the face, and brawls with him after easily taking down Shawn's two friends, Robby has the clear upper hand on Shawn until the guards break up the fight. Concurrently, Miyagi-Do has the upper hand on Cobra Kai until Tory arrives and Sam suffers a panic attack, leading to Chris getting beat up by Mitch and another Cobra Kai and Hawk gets Demetri in a position to break his arm where he breaks it, traumatizing Sam.

Daniel and Chozen now with much mutual respect between them, say their farewells and gives Daniel the scroll to bring with him back home. Johnny takes Miguel to a Dee Snider concert, convincing the guard it's #1 on his bucket list, where they have a blast and Miguel gets his foot moving to the music exciting Johnny and himself. At the hospital, Amanda finds Sam crying and shares with Amanda that Hawk purposely broke Demetri's arm and she could not stop the fight. At the prison, Shawn doesn't rat out Robby to the guards telling him he's no snitch as the two find respect for each other.

Before Daniel leaves, he sees Kumiko who reintroduces him to Yuna, the girl he saved from a typhoon in The Karate Kid Part II. Yuna reveals she is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Doyona International and she assures him that LaRusso Auto will be saved. After hearing about Cobra Kai's attack on Chris and Demetri, Amanda brings Sam and Anthony to stay overnight with their paternal grandmother, and drives to the Cobra Kai dojo, where Amanda confronts Kreese and asks him to stop the attacks on other kids. After Kreese insults Daniel, supports the attack, and says he likes how feisty she is, Amanda slaps him in his face extremely hard before leaving.

Johnny goes home and goes online to Facebook to see his photos with Miguel at the concert and finally sees Ali Mills' friend request that she sent in No Mercy. Johnny is pleased with the discovery, and accepts her Facebook friend request.

Trivia

  • The title of this episode is named after a karate Dojo founded by Mr. Miyagi in the original The Karate Kid.
  • Yuna, the woman who is Kumiko's friend, turns out to be the young child that Daniel rescued from the electrical post during the typhoon from The Karate Kid Part II (with help from Sato).
  • As with Ace Degenerate the opening flashback has been completely re-edited and contains footage not seen in The Karate Kid Part II.
           The Karate Kid Franchise

Films
The Karate Kid | Part II | Part III | The Next Karate Kid | The Karate Kid (2010)

Cobra Kai
Season 1
Ace Degenerate | Strike First | Esqueleto | Cobra Kai Never Dies | Counterbalance | Quiver | All Valley | Molting | Different but Same | Mercy

Season 2
Mercy Part II | Back in Black | Fire and Ice | The Moment of Truth | All In | Take a Right | Lull | Glory of Love | Pulpo | No Mercy

Season 3
Aftermath | Nature Vs. Nurture | Now You're Gonna Pay | The Right Path | Miyagi-Do | King Cobra | Obstáculos | The Good, The Bad, and The Badass | Feel The Night | December 19

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