The end of the third season of “Cobra Kai” showed the dojos preparing to face the All Valley Karate Tournament. West Valley High School students have reorganized into three dojos: Johnny Lawrence’s new Eagle Fang Karate, Miyagi-Do, and Cobra Kai. The first two, to everyone’s surprise, teamed up to face John Kreese.
Precisely, in “Cobra Kai” part 3, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) decided to put aside their differences and work together because it is the only way to stop John Kreese (Martin Kove). Therefore, both decided to combine their dojos and now they all train in the house of Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita).
Part of the fun of “Cobra Kai” is watching karate students evolve in their skills while also growing and changing as people, which has prompted several of the main characters to switch allegiances between Johnny, Daniel, and Kreese. For example, in season 1, Lawrence’s son Robby Keene (Tanner Buchanan) was a part of Miyagi-Do along with LaRusso’s daughter, Samantha (Mary Mouser). Also, Cobra Kai added new members, such as Tory Nichols (Peyton List).
In season 3, after a couple of incidents that marked the delivery, Daniel and Johnny returned to their true roles as senseis; LaRusso rebooted Miyagi-Do and welcomed his students while Lawrence founded a new dojo, called Eagle Fang Karate (“Eagle Fang Karate” in Spanish), with Miguel and some former Cobra Kai members.
At the end of the installment, the lists rotated again. While all three dojos have more students, obviously the key fighters are the main characters in the series. Now, with Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang working together, as well as a couple of defections and major acquisitions, here’s who’s part of which dojo in “Cobra Kai” season 4.
COBRA KAI LISTING
Robby Keene: Johnny Lawrence’s son. At the end of season 3 he decides to go with John Kreese. Robby is already trained in the Miyagi-Do style, but he has reason to distrust his father and Daniel, his ex-sensei, which made Robby easy prey for Kreese. The young man is a prized catch for Cobra Kai.
Tory Nichols: She is the arch nemesis of Samatha LaRusso, and is one of Cobra Kai’s most talented and dangerous fighters. Kreese values Tory so much that he went out of his way to bring her back to the dojo, and sees her as perhaps the most talented natural athlete on his list.
Kyler (Joe Seo): was a thug from season 1 (and Sam’s ex-boyfriend) who reappeared in season 3 and was recruited by Kreese. Kyler has a background in amateur wrestling and is prone to violence due to abuse at home. This makes him the kind of student that John Kreese can turn into a dangerous fighter.
Samatha LaRusso: as Daniel’s daughter she is part of Mr. Miyagi’s legacy and remembers him fondly as if he were his grandfather. Sam is also a lightning rod for the drama at West Valley High, having dated Kyler, Miguel, Robby, and now Miguel again, as well as being Tory’s arch nemesis. However, she has been trained in Miyagi-Do since she was 8 years old and is a talented fighter who understands the philosophy of the dojo better than anyone.
Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo): had perhaps the most notable change in season three, when she gained confidence to the point of conquering Yasmine (Annalisa Cochrane). Demetri was also one of Cobra Kai’s victims, but this did not break his spirit or his commitment to Miyagi-Do, which shows how much he has grown.
Chris (Khalil Everage): is a huge WWE fan who joined and later quit Cobra Kai because he hated the brutality that Kreese taught. Chris joined Miyagi-Do and helped Sam hold the students together when the doors to the dojo were closed. Chris is a trusted friend and is also happy that his best friend Mitch (Aiden Mincks) left Cobra Kai in season 3.
Nathaniel: The youngest member of Miyagi-Do was not seen as much in “Cobra Kai” season 3, but he is still part of Daniel LaRusso’s dojo and helped with the car wash to raise money for Miguel’s medical bills.
LISTA DE EAGLE FANG KARATE
Miguel Diaz: He regained the use of his legs in season 3, thanks to the unusual but effective rehabilitation of sensei Johnny Lawrence, which is why he is eternally loyal to his best friend. Miguel helped found Eagle Fang Karate; He is also the current All Valley Karate Champion, but has yet to fully recover from his injuries, so the jury is out on whether he can still be the fighter he was and defend his championship in season 4.
Mitch: He was kicked out of Cobra Kai by Kreese for not being tough enough. He ended up joining Eagle Fang Karate, eventually putting him back on the side of his best friend and fellow WWE fan Chris.
Bert (Owen Morgan): Young, blond, and bespectacled, Bert was a dedicated Cobra Kai whom Kreese nonetheless kicked out because he didn’t want to feed his pet snake a mouse. The little boy joined Eagle Fang Karate, so he has now returned to training with his original sensei, Johnny, and reunited with his old best friend Nathaniel.}
FIGHTERS WHO SHOULD CHOOSE A DOJO
Eli ‘Hawk’ Moskowitz: After 3 seasons as Cobra Kai’s most fanatic student, Hawk changed his mind and left his dojo, choosing to fight alongside Demetri in season 3 of Cobra Kai. As Johnny pointed out, it was his teaching that led Eli to “change the script” and reboot himself as the Hawk, but Kreese’s “no mercy” philosophy made him what he is now. It is unclear which dojo Hawk joined; he’s standing next to Demetri, but he may have joined Eagle Fang instead of Miyagi-Do.
Aisha Robinson: She was Cobra Kai’s first student, but she was not in season 3, with the explanation that her parents transferred her from West Valley High as a result of the fight at the end of the previous season. However, Aisha could return in season 4 of “Cobra Kai”; the question is which dojo would he join since he has friends in all three?
Raymond ‘Stingray’ (Paul Walter Hauser): He was Cobra Kai’s oldest student who was also not in season 3, and even now he is prohibited from being around children. However, ‘Manta Ray’ might reappear in season 4, but will he face Kreese one more time or will he regret it and try to join Miyagi-Do and Eagle Fang?