The conflicts in Cobra Kai always lead the characters to enter physical combat. While rivalries are settled and the best fighter is often seen at All Valley tournaments, most fights between characters take place outside of tournaments.
Unlike tournaments, these fights have no rules and they are ruthless, over the top and a delight for viewers to watch. Since tournaments are only held once a year, there are a lot of non-tournament fights in Cobra Kai. These non-tournament fights give viewers some excitement due to how extreme they are and how the characters show off their different fighting styles.
ten Miguel proved to be a true Cobra Kai against Kyler
When Kyler Park and his bandmates harass Samantha LaRusso, Miguel Diaz angrily scolds him. Because Kyler easily defeated Miguel before, he thinks he can do it again. However, Miguel’s training of sensei Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) pays off.
All of Cobra Kai’s techniques come instinctively to Miguel, allowing him to take on Kyler and Kyler’s three friends. In doing so, Miguel earns the respect of his comrades and his sensei, who gives Miguel his old karate uniform as a reward. This non-tournament fight even leads to more students joining Cobra Kai.
9 Hawk gave Brucks a blow no one will ever forget
When John Kreese tests recruits against ex-students, he ends up recruiting Kyler and one of his buddies, Brucks. Eli Moskowitz aka Hawk was once the target of Kyler and Brucks’ bullying. When Brucks approaches the front plate, Hawk angrily decides to confront him.
Brucks and Kyler each think they have this game in the bag. Hawk knocks Brucks into the ground without Brucks getting a single hit. Brucks begs him to stop, but Hawk refuses. With each punch, every onlooker is unnerved – except for Kreese, who watches proudly as another student walks down a dark path.
8 Johnny’s fight with Terry Silver strikes real fear
When Johnny discovers that Cobra Kai co-sensei Terry Silver is buying his son’s loyalty, Johnny leaves to confront him at his old dojo. Expecting it, Silver stages a brutal sneak attack on him. Unlike Kreese, with whom Johnny is on equal footing, Silver proves capable of outclassing Johnny in every way.
Even Johnny’s use of Miyagi-do techniques doesn’t help in this fight, and Silver uses every second to pulverize him. This is one of the many times in Cobra Kai where Silver is shown to be far less moral than Kreese, and it comes to the point that even Kreese doesn’t like what he sees.
seven Daniel and Johnny get an honest revenge after so long
After Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) discovers that Terry Silver has returned, he urges Johnny to take charge of training the students. Johnny objects, and the two decide to settle the matter in a tournament-style fight.
Although the match has rules, that doesn’t stop the fight from packing a lot of tension. Both senseis use their best techniques, and it all ends in a well-deserved draw. While it doesn’t suit either of them, it once again proves how surprisingly similar the two are. There is no definitive right or wrong in their conflicts, which is at the heart of Cobra Kai.
6 The LaRusso House fight is a profound moment for several fighters
At the end of Season 3, Sam attempts to convince students Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang to band together to take on Cobra Kai. Despite the students’ conflicts, they are immediately forced to do so when the Cobra Kai students, led by Tory Nichols, throw the party at the LaRussos’ house. Cobra Kai is also determined to end things once and for all.
The ferocity of the fight shines through as most of the LaRusso house is destroyed. At the same time, Sam, Miguel, and Hawk all step forward. Miguel regains some of his lost fighting skills, Sam overcomes his fear of Tory, and Hawk realizes the error of his ways and begins his path to redemption.
5 Daniel unleashes his inner eagle fang during a hockey game
After Daniel spends a day learning Eagle Fang karate from Johnny, they hang out and watch a hockey game. Johnny calls a foul and tells the player Daniel did it. He continues to goad the man into fighting Daniel, despite the latter’s protests. Indeed, after the match, the player and his friends confront Daniel and Johnny.
With Johnny escaping, Daniel is forced to fight five hockey players alone. He succeeds and learns the value of offense. In the meantime, Johnny hilariously masters the Miyagi-Do, “don’t be there” philosophy. At first, Daniel is puzzled, but then he’s impressed.
4 Chozen takes sweet revenge
While on a business trip to Okinawa, Daniel reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Kumiko and meets his old rival Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto). With help from Chozen, Daniel learns that Miyagi-do karate was so much more than he initially thought.
Chozen is an exceptional teacher with incredible movements. The fight is like a reminder to The Karate Kid: Part II, which is still as hilarious as when the movie came out. The choreography is engaging from start to finish, and the fight develops the relationship between Chozen and Daniel. The brawl also ends one of the many rivalries of the Cobra Kai and makes it a legitimate friendship.
3 Daniel and Johnny’s teamwork yields amazing results
At the start of Season 3, Robby is on the run from the police after kicking Miguel off the school railing. Fearing the worst is about to happen, Daniel teams up with Johnny to find Robby and convince him to turn himself in.
They eventually find a van that Robby stole from a chop shop where they are attacked by a group of thugs. As the fight sees them lose their lead over Robby, viewers can see Johnny and Daniel easily take on these criminals with impressive teamwork. While Johnny and Daniel may never become friends, it’s a moment that shows just how much they can accomplish together.
2 Daniel Vs. Kreese Had Both Parties For Blood
In the Season 3 finale, Daniel, who is furious with the Kreese for sending his students to lead an attack on his home, finally takes the war away from him. Daniel saves Johnny from Kreese’s strangulation and makes fury reign over him. As they fight, they break the glass of the Cobra Kai dojo. As the fight unfolds, it’s clear that all the men involved are bent on killing.
Thanks to Chozen’s teachings, Daniel is about to assassinate Kreese. Although Kreese is his only father figure, Johnny agrees. It is only by Miguel and Sam’s interruption that Daniel stops, and they agree to settle the score at the tournament.
1 The shock of the school fight never really went away
The season 2 finale begins a new school year. However, the tensions of the Dojo Wars are still rampant, and the tensions finally reach a breaking point in the finale. What begins as a simple fight between Sam and Tory becomes an all-out war between all members of the two dojos.
The combat is brutal and over the top from the start and only gets worse as it progresses. The fight at school culminates when Robby inflicts a tragic and painful back injury on Miguel. Even if the fight eventually ends and Miguel makes a full recovery, events ensure that the dojo war is far from over.