- "When the fight comes to you, you have to be ready to fight back."
- ―Miyagi-Do's motto
Miyagi-Do Karate (宮城道, "the way of Miyagi") is the Karate Dojo founded by Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid. The dojo is now run by Mr. Miyagi's student Daniel LaRusso. There is also a branch in Okinawa taught by Chozen Toguchi.
The Miyagi-Do motto is "when the fight comes to you, you have to be ready to fight back."
- 1 Description
- 2 Film Series
- 3 Cobra Kai
- 4 Rules
- 5 Training
- 5.1 Mr. Miyagi's Way of Training:
- 5.1.1 Sacred Pact:
- 5.1.2 Lesson 1: Wax On Wax Off
- 5.1.3 Lesson 2: Sand the Floor
- 5.1.4 Challenge 1: Catch Fly with Chopsticks
- 5.1.5 Lesson 3: Paint the Fence
- 5.1.6 Lesson 4: Paint the House
- 5.1.7 Lesson 5: SHOW!!!
- 5.1.8 Lesson 6: Learn Balance
- 5.1.9 Challenge 2: Crane Kick
- 5.1.10 Lesson 7: Fishing Review
- 5.1.11 Lesson 8: Punch
- 5.1.12 Lesson 9: Focus
- 5.1.13 Lesson 10: Sparring
- 5.1.14 Lesson 11: Drum Technique
- 5.1.15 Lesson 11.5: Primary Target
- 5.1.16 Lesson 12: Miyagi-Do Kata
- 5.2 Daniel's Way of Training:
- 5.2.1 Lesson 1: Wax on Wax off
- 5.2.2 Lesson 2: Raise/Lower the Flag
- 5.2.3 Lesson 3: Wash the Windows
- 5.2.4 Lesson 4: Jack up Car
- 5.2.5 Lesson 5: Sweep the Floor
- 5.2.6 Lesson 6: Staple the File.
- 5.2.7 Lesson 7: Show!!
- 5.2.8 Lesson 8: Miyagi-Do Kata
- 5.2.9 Lesson 9: Punch
- 5.2.10 Lesson 10: The Tree
- 5.2.11 Challenge 1: The Double Kick
- 5.2.12 Lesson 11: The Wheel Technique
- 5.2.13 Lesson 12: Lift the Stone
- 5.2.14 Lesson 13: Shochu-Geiko
- 5.2.15 Lesson 14: Kangeiko
- 5.3 Chozen's Way of Training:
- 5.1 Mr. Miyagi's Way of Training:
- 6 Fighting Style
- 7 Students
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
- 10 Gallery
- "Miyagi-Do is about defending yourself and protecting others. Not seeking credit."
- ―Daniel LaRusso to Robby Keene[src]
Miyagi-Do Karate focuses on internal peace and focus, and only advocates using Karate for defense. Miyagi-Do uses Kata as the basis for its teachings.
The Karate Kid
After Mr. Miyagi saves Daniel from Johnny and his gang (Cobra Kai students), who were beating him up, he requests Cobra Kai's sensei John Kreese to leave Daniel alone, but this conversation eventually cultivates in them agreeing that Daniel would compete against Johnny and Kreese's other students in the All Valley Karate Tournament.
Mr. Miyagi starts training Daniel for the tournament, but his methods are so unorthodox that Daniel believes Miyagi is just making him do chores, which frustrates him. However, Mr. Miyagi eventually makes Daniel realize that all the chores he was doing are really defense tactics. From then on, Daniel's skills improve.
At the 1984 All Valley Tournament, Daniel reaches the finals where he faces Johnny. After winning the first two points, Johnny starts fighting aggressively, allowing him to tie the score. Then, in the final encounter, Daniel uses the Crane Technique to defeat Johnny and win the tournament.
A few months after the tournament, Mr. Miyagi and Daniel travel to Mr. Miyagi's home Okinawa, where they are reunited with Miyagi's former childhood friend and current enemy Sato (Enmity is one sided, on Sato's end), and the latter's aggressive nephew Chozen. Chozen often harasses Daniel.
During the O-bon festival, Chozen invades and holds Kumiko (Daniel's girlfriend) hostage at knifepoint, and also forces Daniel into a fight to the death. Chozen proves to be a formidable foe, even countering Daniel's crane kick, and manages to gain the upper hand as the fight progresses, even when Mr. Miyagi giving Daniel verbal advise once. Eventually, Mr. Miyagi and several others start using the drum technique, which makes Daniel realize how to win. Daniel then wins the fight by utilizing the drum technique, to deflect Chozen's attacks and land a series of devastating counter-attacks.
Some time after returning from Okinawa in 1985, Daniel expresses desire to defend his title at the All-Valley Tournament, but decides not to after Mr. Miyagi requests him. However, Daniel is soon brought in by Terry Silver, who unbeknownst to him for a long time is Kreese's friend that plans on taking revenge on him and Miyagi for ruining Kreese's life following last years All Valley tournament. After Terry reveals his true motives, Mr. Miyagi decides to train Daniel for the All Valley.
In the finals of the 1985 All Valley tournament, Daniel is repeatedly being beaten up by Mike Barnes (person Terry hired to beat and abuse Daniel). Mike even scares him to the point that Daniel doesn't want to continue. However, after encouragement from Mr. Miyagi, Daniel participates in the sudden death round, where he uses the kata method he learned from Mr. Miyagi, to flip Mike and win the tournament for a second straight year. With this victory Cobra Kai is shut down (for now).
In the spring of 1994, Mr. Miyagi travels to Boston to attend the fiftieth anniversary of the 442nd Infantry. There, he meets Julie Pierce, who is the granddaughter of his war buddy Jack. Julie, however, is an angry girl due to her parents recent death. She often acts out. However, after Mr. Miyagi takes her to a Buddhist monastery to teach her the true ways of karate and how to handle her anger issues, Julie learns through direct lessons about balance, coordination, awareness and respect for all life. A now more calm Julie, begins to bond with Mr. Miyagi and when Julie is fighting her rival Ned, Mr. Miyagi tells her to concentrate, which helps her defeat him. After Mr. Miyagi defeats Paul, the two walk off together.
- "Inner peace, focus, balance. These are just some of the skills that you will master when you join Miyagi-Do Karate. I'm Daniel LaRusso, and before I was the number-one auto dealer in the Valley... I was two-time All Valley under-18 champion. Now, you can learn the secrets of Okinawan karate, true karate, by joining the Miyagi-Do Team. Don't be a snake in the grass, be a champion. Tweet us at #TeamMiyagiDo. And all lessons are free. That's right, free. Because at Miyagi-Do, it's not about the money. It's about the karate."
- ―Daniel LaRusso[src]
In 2017, Daniel begins training Robby Keene in karate the same way Mr. Miyagi trained him. After Robby loses to Miguel Diaz in the All Valley Karate Tournament, Daniel reopens Miyagi-Do and enlists Robby as his first student in order to stop Cobra Kai.
Daniel soon gets more students which includes his daughter Sam, a bullied kid named Demetri, Stiven, an unnamed student and five Cobra Kai defectors(Chris, Nathaniel, Abe, Frank, and Lil Red) that rejected Cobra Kai's ruthless teachings. Tension between the Miyagi-Dos and Cobra Kais began to rise just as John Kreese return to teach Cobra Kai which nearly turn to a fight at Moon's Party and then a massive school fight between the two rivaling karate dojos. However, following the school fight which results in Sam being seriously injured and cobra Kai star Miguel being rendered unconscious and in critical condition as a result of Robby inadvertently kicking him off the railing, Daniel closes Miyagi-Do.
During a trip to Okinawa, Daniel is visited by Chozen Toguchi who taught him how to disable an opponent using ancient pressure points techniques. He showed Daniel his dojo in Okinawa, where he continued the teachings of Mr. Miyagi. Back at the Valley, Sam reopened Miyagi-Do Karate after she, Demetri, Frank, Abe and Lil Red are subjected to bullying by the Cobra Kai's. Amanda initially shut down the idea when she learned of it. Sam, Demetri, Stiven, and an unnamed Miyagi-Do student went to help Chris Who was having some Cobra Kai Problems at the Arcade. During the fight, Miyagi-Do had the upper hand on Cobra Kai, until Tory, along with Big Red and Edwin, arrives, which causes Sam to suffer a panic attack and basically shut down as she thought and felt that tragedies similar to the high school karate war would occur because of Tory’s presence, as well as the tide to shift in the Cobra Kai's favor. Chris is beat up by Mitch and Doug, Hawk grabs Demetri's arm and pins him to the ground, Mikey fighting Stiven and Tory beating the unnamed Miyagi-Do student. After being pressured by his fellow Cobra Kai's to break Demetri's arm, Hawk does so, despite his initial reluctance and Demetri's pleading. After breaking his arm, Demetri screams in pain, much to the Cobra Kai's amusement. After Amanda experienced the depths of John Kreese's mentality, she and Daniel allowed the dojo to re-open. Daniel also resumed his role as the sensei of the dojo. As Cobra Kai became increasingly volatile and threatened the safety of everyone in the valley, Daniel and Johnny entered into an agreement with Kreese where the loser of the upcoming All Valley Karate Tournament would cease sensei-ship.
- 空手無先手: Karate for Defense Only.
- Literally: Karate Mu Sente (Karate Doesn't Make the First Move)
- 先正其心: First learn rule number 1.
- Literally: Saki Sei Sono Kokoro (Take the Previous Rule to Heart)
- "In order to fully learn Miyagi-Do Karate, you have to unlearn your misconceptions about what constitutes training."
- ―Daniel LaRusso[src]
While both teachers differ slightly with the lessons. The core of Miyagi-Do is relatively the same.
Mr. Miyagi's Way of Training:
These are the lessons taught from Miyagi to Daniel.
Before officially starting training, a Miyagi-Do teacher first must make sure their student is ready. In turn the Miyagi-Do Student must give a direct answer. For example, when Daniel first answers the question with "I guess so.", Miyagi makes the following statement:
"Walk on road. Walk right side: safe. Walk left side: Safe. Walk middle, sooner or later: you get squished, just like grape. Here Karate same thing. Either you Karate do yes, or Karate do no. You Karate do 'Guess so.', just like grape."
When given a direct yes, The Miyagi-Do teacher must make a sacred pact with their student which is as follows:
"I promise to teach Karate. That's my part. You promise to learn. I say, you do. No questions. That's your part."
Once the deal is made, the lessons begin.
Lesson 1: Wax On Wax Off
The first lesson in Miyagi-Do Karate. First, you wash cars, then you wax them. Each motion must be done with your right hand applying the wax in a circle clockwise, then wash the wax off with your left hand. While doing so, it's very important to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. The amount of cars and the time it takes to finish them all may vary between student to student, and should roughly last from day to night. Once finished, the student should be able to go home, rest, and get ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 2: Sand the Floor
The second lesson of Miyagi-Do Karate. Sand the floor. Using Japanese sanders and the deck of the Dojo, each motion should be done in a circle with your left and right hand. Similar to Lesson 1, only the circles are done in opposite motions. The right hand should motion counter-clockwise and the left hand should move clockwise. Of course, much like the first lesson, don't forget to breathe. Like the first lesson, this lesson will conclude overnight. Since the student started off with Lesson One the day before, at this point the work would make their shoulders sore. After it's finished, the student should go home, rest and get ready for the next lesson.
Challenge 1: Catch Fly with Chopsticks
This is less of an official lesson and more of a challenge that one can do at any point of the training. The purpose of the challenge is based on a statement Miyagi mentioned:
"Man who catch fly with Chopstick, accomplish anything."
The goal is to take a pair of chopsticks into your hands and try to catch any stray flies with them. While not an official lesson, it's a confidence booster and it helps train in focus and precision. Of course, catching flies is a difficult task, and doing it the first time is rookie luck.
Lesson 3: Paint the Fence
- "Oh, okay, I get it. You're teaching me muscle memory. Do it a bunch of times, develop unconscious karate techniques."
- ―Demetri to Daniel LaRusso[src]
The third lesson of Miyagi-Do Karate. Paint the fence. Using an ordinary paint brush, plus some cans to reapply, you must paint the fence of the dojo. To conduct this lesson, you must stand in front of the fence and move the brush up and down against it, with focus on the wrist. For the small boards, use your left hand, for the big boards, right hand strokes apply. The lesson isn't over until both sides of the whole fence are painted, and much like the previous two lessons, you must not forget to breathe. The work should be done by night as usual. Once finished, the student should go home, rest and get ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 4: Paint the House
The fourth lesson of Miyagi-Do Karate. Paint the fence. Much like Lesson 3, you need a paintbrush and cans. However, since you're painting the house, you also need a ladder. Unlike Lesson 3, instead of moving up and down, you move your hands side to side, when painting. Like the previous lessons, don't forget to breathe. The work should be done by night, much like the others. At this point, the student should be physically sore, along with having their patience wearing thin and believing that their teacher is using them for cheap labor.
Lesson 5: SHOW!!!
The fifth lesson. Show!!! At this point, you should be at your limit and angry with the teacher, and this is when you vent about learning nothing for the past four days. However, the teacher instead demands you to show the movements you were taught in those chores. Upon complying and after some course correction, you'll realize that over the past four days you learned the following:
- The basic blocks of Miyagi-Do Karate;
- Strengthening and conditioning your body;
- Muscle Memory.
After realizing what you've learned, you bow to each other, and always look each other in the eye. After the lesson concludes, the student goes home, rests and gets ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 6: Learn Balance
The sixth lesson. Learn Balance. This lesson requires you and your teacher to go near a large body of water. An ocean, a lake, whatever is convenient, though it's especially good at a time when the tide is coming in. Once there, stand in the midst of it, and try to kick while being hit with the waves. The goal being, to try to do so without falling over. Once mastered, the student should dry off, go home, rest and get ready for the next lesson.
Challenge 2: Crane Kick
The Crane Kick is one of Miyagi-Do's well known techniques. To learn it, you must first find a stump to stand on. Said stump must be narrow in diameter so that you can only stand on it with one leg. You raise one leg up while raising your arms, imitating the form of a crane or a flamingo with spread wings. You flap your arms down and jump up raising your lowered leg into a front kick, while your raised leg falls and lands on the stump. If you can do this without falling, you have mastered the lesson.
Lesson 7: Fishing Review
The seventh lesson. Fishing Review. This particular lesson is meant to accumulate lessons 1 - 6 in the most peculiar yet effective ways. You go to a lake by fishing boat, mostly provided by the Miyagi-Do teacher. You then stand on the bow of the boat and try not to tip it over as you balance yourself on it. Once well balanced, you practice your blocks without tipping the boat or scaring the local fish. Be aware though, the Miyagi-Do teacher will be tempted to tip the boat over with you on it. Once a certain amount of time is spent reviewing the moves, the student is free to go home, rest and prepare for the next lesson.
Lesson 8: Punch
The 8th Lesson. Punch. In this lesson, the Miyagi-Do teacher is dressed in protective clothing. To learn this punch, you have to focus the power of your whole body into an inch space the knuckle of your fist. To do so, you twist your feet, legs, hips waist, chest, shoulders and arms into your fist. All while making a kiai (HIYA!!!), sound upon impact. It is required you practice slow, so that it will come natural to you later on. Don't fool around, don't do the Ali Shuffle. The Miyagi-Do teacher, will most likely trip you if he has to if it makes you pay attention. Once finished, the student can go home, rest and get ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 9: Focus
The 9th Lesson. Focus. In this lesson the student is tasked with another chore. Much like the beginning lessons. In this case, your tasked to build walls for an extra room on the dojo. To do so, you need to place wooden boards side by side and secure them by nailing them with a manual hammer. However, there's a catch. You have to hit each nail all the way through with one strike. Which requires focus, strength and precision. If you find yourself out of focus, practice the following technique: Close your eyes. Place your hands together in a praying motion at the center of your chest. Breathe out of your mouth, while pushing your hands forwards. Breathe in through your nose and pull your hands back inwards. Breathe out only this time push your hands upwards. Breathe in again and pull your hands inwards. Repeat the process until you feel better and more focused, then continue the task. Once finished, the student is free to go home, rest and get ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 10: Sparring
The 10th Lesson. Sparring. At this point, you the student, would wonder why you learned so few lessons, in comparison to a more expensive Dojo. Which the Miyagi-Do teacher would respond, by stating that each lesson learned is based on quality of what you know, not quantity. At this point you learned enough that you can go into a sparring match with your teacher. If you are able to land a blow on him, the lesson is over. However, there is still more to teach after.
Lesson 11: Drum Technique
The 11th lesson. Drum Technique. The drum technique is not just a lesson, but also the secret to Miyagi-Do Karate. The basis, is based off a principal for defense, as stated by Miyagi:
"Best way to avoid punch. No be there."
First things first, you need a Den-Den Daiko or Japanese Pellet Drum. Play around with it for a few minutes to get an understanding of it. Then go with your teacher to a location where there are ropes with hooks on it. In the case of Daniel and Miyagi's lesson, they travelled to Sato's Cannery in Okinawa. You stand in the designated spot, and wait for your teacher to drop the rope against you. Then once your teacher let's go, you twist your body either left or right, while raising the following hand up. It should be in a manner similar to the pellets striking the drum. If done right, that hook would hit the wall, not you. It is also possible to work a counter-punch into the technique, which Daniel incorporated. Once mastered, the student is ready for the next lesson.
Lesson 11.5: Primary Target
This lesson is a short one hence it's not a full lesson. However it comes in handy when the situation calls for it. All you need is any item that you can fit in your hand. A cloth, wallet, you name it. Whether it's grabbed and dropped by your opponent or "Accidentally" dropped by you, upon picking it up, you are well within range of your opponent's groin. Which you strike as hard as you can. Giving you ample time to run as far away from them as you can.
Lesson 12: Miyagi-Do Kata
Lesson 12. Miyagi-Do Kata. The foundation of Miyagi-Do Karate and the final lesson. This Kata, is based around the workings of the Bonsai Tree. You start with your fists pointing down to the ground, your roots. Then you move your arms up to your chest and push them outwards, while opening your hands. The palms facing upwards as you do. Representing the branches growing and the leaves blooming. Then you raise your right hand up to your forehead with your left hand pointing downwards. Your body turning and facing right as you do so. Then alternate positions, switching your hands and your stance so you're facing left. Representing the tree growing up and the limbs waving in the wind. Then repeat the pattern until it becomes a natural flow to you. You have now mastered Miyagi-Do Karate.
Daniel's Way of Training:
These are the lessons taught from Daniel LaRusso to Robby Keene, Samantha and future Miyagi-Do students. While some are similar to Miyagi's, Daniel himself has added his own spin to them as well as incorporated never before seen lessons and moves Miyagi has taught him.
Lesson 1: Wax on Wax off
See Miyagi's Way above.
Lesson 2: Raise/Lower the Flag
The second lesson. Raise/Lower the Flag. This lesson requires a flagpole, a rope and a flag. The goal is to raise your arm high enough and fully extended. Then grab the rope and pull it down to raise the flag with one hand while alternating with the other hand. Repeat the process until the flag is raised. This lesson is meant to exercise your arms, as well as improve your hand eye cooridiniation. Once raised, continue the other lessons until you are needed to lower the flag.
Lesson 3: Wash the Windows
The third lesson. Wash the Windows. Similar to Paint the House, the lesson requires you to move your hands side to side while moving a squeegee across the windows. But much like Paint the Fence and Wax On Wax Off, the motions are dependent on which hand the squeegee is in. Once done, you move on to the next lesson.
Lesson 4: Jack up Car
The fourth lesson. Jack up Car. In this lesson, you need a car and a jack. Unlike the traditional way, in which you use the jack with both hands. Instead you turn around facing the car and get down bending one knee down and one knee up, while moving the lever down in reps. Pushing your down knee along with your leg with the arm. This lesson is meant to strengthen your legs and arms. Once mastered, you move on to the next lesson.
Lesson 5: Sweep the Floor
The fifth lesson. Sweep the Floor. All you need is a large push broom. As you sweep the floor, move your front foot fowarard and follow with your rear foot until you reach the end of the room. Then pivot with your front foot on the ground until you turned 180 degrees. Then repeat. This lesson is meant to help you practice your footwork and dodging. Once the floor is all swept, move onto the next lesson.
Lesson 6: Staple the File.
The sixth lesson. Staple the File. A simple exercise. Stack some papers together and put them under a stapler. Only instead of just pressing it, you strike the stapler with your palm. Similar to the Focus lesson, but mostly it's used to condition your hands. Once all the papers are filed, move on to the next lesson.
Lesson 7: Show!!
See Miyagi's Way above.
Lesson 8: Miyagi-Do Kata
See Miyagi's Way above.
Lesson 9: Punch
See Miyagi's Way above.
Lesson 10: The Tree
The tenth lesson. Much like Learn Balance, it involves learning to kick without falling. In this case, you are to stand ontop of a fallen log and practice every kick. If you fall over, you have to go back up and try it again until you do them all. Once done return to your teacher. Only he knows the way out of the forest.
Challenge 1: The Double Kick
According to Daniel, this was one of the last moves, Miyagi taught him how to do. He describes it as balancing your whole body on one hand, allowing both your feet to propel forward, kicking your opponent. Because Daniel was never able to master it himself, there was no proper lesson to how to do so. It wasn't until Robby, figured out through his skills as a skateboarder, how to master the technique. As skateboarders naturally have to balance their bodies on one part for trick moves. Master Skateboarding techniques and you master the Double Kick.
Lesson 11: The Wheel Technique
This lesson requires two Miyagi-Do students, standing in a circle facing each other. The object is to move and perform the moves, within the circle in sync with each other, so that they can be a strong defence for one and other. Originally this training requires the two to stand in a circle of sand, but thanks to a new instalment within the dojo. A floating circular deck originally designed to balance Banzai's from each other, the training also requires you to keep balance while doing said forms. It also works to help sense where your partner is going, through the slightest imbalance of their movements and yours. Once completed, you and your partner should be able to defend yourself against Multiple opponents.
Lesson 12: Lift the Stone
Improvised by Daniel LaRusso as a lesson in teamwork. Two students are required to combine their intelligence, strength and trust to lift a large stone knocked over from Cobra Kai vandalism. This will help both strengthen their will and help them work better together.
Lesson 13: Shochu-Geiko
This lesson is a Japanese exercise involving training during the hottest days of the year. The object of the training is to learn how to adapt to the changes in temperature and use them to anticipate the moves of your opponent. While the Miyagi-Do Student will train in the traditional variation, training in hot temperatures, The main exercise, involves a ring of 9 students with the chosen Miyagi-Do 10th pupil in the center. When the number of the student is called, the corresponding student attacks the center student without warning prompting them to defend themselves. Once mastered, the student will be ready to take on multiple opponents while adapting to the extreme temperatures.
Lesson 14: Kangeiko
Same thing as Shouchu-Geiko, but involves extreme cold.
Chozen's Way of Training:
These are the lessons taught by Chozen to Daniel. Using extensive knowledge of Miyagi history, both taught to him by his uncle Sato, as well as his own study through artifacts in his collection; Chozen teaches Daniel techniques Mr. Miyagi himself never taught him as Mr. Miyagi felt that Daniel did not need to know the pressure point lessons.
Challenge 1: Show How Much You Know.
Before your first lesson begins, you must first show Chozen how much you do know about Miyagi-Do Karate through Sparring Combat. Regardless of how you approach things, this will undoubtedly end in failure in your part, due to your lack of knowledge compared to Chozen. However it does prove you're ready and willing to learn. Which will prompt him to teach you the lessons.
Lesson 1: Defense Takes On Many Forms
This could occur during or after Challenge 1, however it's less of a lesson or challenge in learning a move and more of a philosophy. During the sparring match between Daniel and Chozen. Chozen manages to get Daniel off guard by using a well timed strike to the back of his thigh. Temporarily, painfully disabling him. When Daniel argues that, it doesn't look like Miyagi-Do or a defensive move in general, Chozen retorts that Defence takes on many forms. The lesson here is that defence can be anything, from blocking a punch to using an offensive disabling the tools used for combat. Protecting you from further use of said tools.
Lesson 2: Miyagi Ancestral History/Secret Techniques
Here Chozen will teach you a side of the Miyagi Family History that is seldom heard of, but applies to the current lessons. According to Chozen, the Miyagi Ancestors fought Japanese invaders, they had to kill in order to survive. Showing that even the normally pacifistic Miyagi clan, are not above killing when the situation calls for it. In Daniel's case, Chozen is trying to tell him that when it comes down to it, he too has to kill or be killed. He specifically stated that the ancestors created special techniques designed to kill their enemies.
Challenge 2: Miyagi Pressure Points Technique
Through a harsh sparring session, Chozen will take you by surprise, striking the pressure points on your limbs to disable you. In the case of Daniel LaRusso, he did that to make him believe he was planning to kill him. Only for him to honk his nose, getting back at him for the same thing and revealing that he was only fooling Daniel into thinking there were still hard feelings about their feud. The philosophy behind this technique is what follows:
"If an enemy insists on war, then you take away their ability to wage it."
Once mastered, you're able to disable your opponents with ease. Whether they live or die is your decision.
Miyagi-do is an Okinawan style of karate primarily based on defense. It is theorized to be inspired by Gōjū-ryū, which was studied by Robert Mark Kamen and founded by Chōjun Miyagi (宮城 長順, the inspiration for Mr. Miyagi, who appeared in a photo in Back in Black and Miyagi-Do). The photo used for the founder of Miyagi-do, Miyagi Shimpo Sensei, is of Sakugawa Kanga, a teacher of to-de (the precursor to modern karate). The photo also resembles Morihei Ushiba, the founder of aikido. Furthermore, the patches on gis worn by students of Sato's Dojo strongly resemble Gōjū-ryū patches.
Miyagi-Do's techniques include several blocks (such as "wax on, wax off," "sand the floor," "paint the fence," and "paint the house"), kicks (notably the "crane technique" and an unnamed two-legged kick), punching, counterattacks (such as the "drum technique") and a kata which appears to be influenced by the Seiunchin kata.
Miyagi-Do also appears to incorporate elements of judo throws; this was seen when Miyagi rescued Daniel, when he told Daniel to "step back" during his match with Chozen, when Daniel flipped Mike Barnes (resembling a kiri gaeshi), and when an adult Chozen threw Daniel on a mat.
There is also weapons training in Miyagi-Do, namely with spears, nunchaku, sai, and tonfa.
As revealed by Chozen Toguchi, there is an aspect of Miyagi-Do that Mr. Miyagi never taught Daniel about, one involving killing an opponent through disabling them using pressure points before delivering a killing strike. Chozen explains that these techniques were developed during a time when, hunted by enemies, Miyagi-Do users had to be able to kill in self-defense. Chozen tells Daniel that the lesson behind the pressure points is "if an enemy insists on war, then you take away their ability to wage it."
The training with Eagle Fang Karate combines both Daniel's way of training and Johnny's training when he was still running Cobra Kai. Despite the different way of teachings, both dojos would make each student stronger as Daniel primarily focuses on defense and Johnny's focus is offense.
- Jack Pierce (Commanding officer, was given karate lessons in exchange for dance lessons; 1944 - 1945)
- Daniel LaRusso (former student: 1984, Sensei: present)
- Chozen Toguchi(former student taught by Sato: 1984, Okinawa Sensei: present)
- Daniel LaRusso (former student: 1985, Sensei: present)
- Julie Pierce (former student; 1994)
- Robby Keene (formerly)
- Samantha LaRusso
- Lil Red
- One unnamed Miyagi-Do student
- Eagle Fang Karate(Training Partners)
- Samantha LaRusso
- Lil Red
- One unnamed Miyagi-Do student
- Eagle Fang Karate(Training Partners)
There are also a number of unnamed students of Miyagi-Do, these include various United States servicemen and Japanese students taught first by Sato and later by Chozen.
- While it wasn't shown in The Next Karate Kid, the dojo was mentioned by Mr. Miyagi. When he offers to watch over Julie Pierce, he sends her grandmother Louisa Pierce to take care of the Dojo garden in an effort to have Julie and Louisa let off steam.
- In Cobra Kai Season 3, its revealed that Chozen Toguchi teaches Miyagi-Do in Okinawa after his redemption following his defeat in The Karate Kid Part II.