Manly Movies – The Karate Kid
March 22, 2020 Comments Off on Manly Movies – The Karate Kid Uncategorized Tom Burden

The Karate Kid (1984)

Director: John G. Avildsen
Writer: Robert Mark Kamen
Stars: Ralph Macchio, Noriyuki ‘Pat’ Morita, Elisabeth Shue

Teenage boy moves from New Jersey to California and learns karate to defend himself against a group of karate students bullying him. While it’s an accurate summary, that really sounds lame. I’ve always liked this movie, even before I started taking, much less teaching, martial arts. It’s iconic in so many ways. And one thing I love about the original, the fight scenes are not edited to hell.

At the heart of this movie is the mentor/student relationship between Miyagi and Daniel. Those outside of traditional martial arts may see their relationship as teacher/student, and even as Miyagi becoming a father figure to Daniel. And, he is. This is an excellent representation of how traditional martial art sensei/student relationships are, as opposed to the more militaristic mass training martial arts you commonly see in the west.

It’s a film with heart, good action, and oh so many quotable lines that’s there’s virtually no chance you haven’t heard at least a few.

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Tom Burden Tom Burden is a father & husband, martial artist, author, sexual advocate, male advocate and female advocate, and a trained conservation biologist. He is the founder of Reclaimed Masculinity, and co-founder of Central Aikido and Seishinkan Iaido Warrensburg, as well as other business enterprises. He is a longtime student of somatic and embodiment practices, with deep study into the mind, the human body, spirituality, and the environment. He currently resides in Missouri with his wife and daughter.