Cobra Kai is a comedy-drama web series acting as a sequel to The Karate Kid trilogy, revolving around former rival to Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, as his reopening of the eponymous karate dojo reignites the rivalry (and the issues) that started the franchise. The show ran on YouTube Premium from 2018 to 2019, and is currently being released on Netflix from 2021 onwards.
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Johnny Lawrence, a down-on-his-luck man in his 50s and former star of the Cobra Kai dojo, is struggling to make ends meet as a handyman down in Reseda, Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Daniel LaRusso, former disciple of the late Nariyoshi Miyagi and Johnny's ex-rival, is enjoying his success as a car dealership owner, but is struggling to maintain balance in his life without his mentor to guide him personally.
After saving his neighbor, Miguel Diaz, from a group of bullies, Johnny rediscovers his talent for karate, and decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo in a quest for redemption, taking up Miguel as his first student. Cobra Kai's revival quickly attracts Daniel's attention, pitting the two dojos' former stars against each other once more.
Cobra Kai's recent victory in the 2018 All-Valley Tournament attracts the attention of Vietnam veteran and Cobra Kai's former sensei John Kreese, who visits Johnny personally to congratulate him on said victory and restoring Cobra Kai to its former '80s glory. Though initially distrustful of Kreese, Johnny eventually allows his former sensei back into Cobra Kai, unaware that Kreese has ulterior motives of his own concerning the dojo.
Meanwhile, Daniel opens the Miyagi-Do dojo, keeping Robby Keene, Johnny's estranged son, under his wing. Daniel's daughter, Samantha LaRusso, also decides to join, since her spark for karate has reignited after the previous All Valley Karate Tournament. The intention for Miyagi-Do karate is to combat Cobra Kai's influence over the Valley, but without Miyagi to guide Daniel, is he really a match for Kreese?
Things have changed in the wake of the catastrophic brawl at West Valley High — and most certainly not for the better. Miguels in a coma and possibly wont walk again. Samantha is reeling from the consequences and her personal beat-down. Robby is on the run. However, nobody has suffered the brunt of it more than Johnny and Daniel. The former has become a broken man after losing his students and dojo to Kreese, and the fight tarnished the latters car dealership, along with Miyagi-Do from its closure.
Their futures having never been grimmer, Johnny and Daniel discover that they have no choice but to work as allies. But between their grudge towards each other remaining, old friends and enemies coming to the fray, and the rivalry between the Cobra Kai and Miyagi-Do students reigniting, setting things right will be easier said than done.