‘Cobra Kai‘ serves as the sequel to the iconic ‘Karate Kid’ film franchise and reunites the film’s two lead actors with a fresh perspective on the characters and their rivalry around karate. Karate Instructor at the Cobra Kai Dojo – Johnny Lawrence and former karate champion Daniel LaRusso renew their personal clash as this new series brings back nostalgia for old times.
Cobra Kai But the new series is something of a standalone and focuses more on Johnny Lawrence as he tries to figure out his life and in the process splits up to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo and train new students.
After ‘Cobra Kai’ started streaming on Netflix besides Youtube, the series became the most-watched series very quickly, declaring its promising success. There are four seasons to binge so far. But if you want to search for other shows that will give you the same vibe as “Cobra Kai,” we’re here to help.
Here are 5 shows you must watch if you like ‘Cobra Kai’.
1. Battle Quest-
“Fight Quest” is a reality show with lots of real martial arts and teaching and learning. This is a Discovery Channel series that follows the show’s hosts as well as MMA fighters Doug Anderson and Jimmy Smith as they travel the world to interact with local martial arts masters in order to learn of them and to amplify their skills.
After a week-long training, they both welcome the master’s students to taste what they have learned and also to experiment with their personal style. The first season of the reality show premiered on December 14, 2007 and ran for two seasons.
This series is again a martial arts drama series. Doing martial arts with the underworld of crime, this show revolves around Ah Sahm, who is a Chinese martial arts prodigy who comes to San Fransisco to find his lost sister and get entangled in crimes.
This show was originally the brainchild of the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee and honors his legacy in addition to maintaining its own shine as a modern action series. Set in the time period of 1870, this show premiered on April 5, 2019 and ran for two seasons starring Andrew Koji as Ah Sahm.
3. Ip Man –
A fictionalized portrait of a legendary teacher’s life of a legendary student is worth watching as the TV series “IP Man” reimagines the famous film series of the same name starring martial arts icon Donnie Yen . In the series, Kevin Cheng graced the role.
IP Man is a great master of Wing Chun, a traditional Chinese kung fu. Illuminating the life of IP Man, the show delves into how the grandmaster passes on his knowledge to his most famous student, potential legend Bruce Lee. With the help of the spice of melodrama, this biography enjoyed promising success when it premiered on February 24, 2013.
4. In the Badlands-
This TV show centers on a warrior and his young student on their journey through a post-apocalyptic feudal land named “Badlands”. While encountering barons and nobles and their selfish intentions, the teacher-student duo go through their journey of mastering combat skills as well as seeking spiritual enlightenment.
The first episode of “Into the Badlands” was released on November 15, 2015 and ran for three seasons with positive success. He’s also been acclaimed for avoiding the cliches involved with the fighting genre. Also, Hong Kong industry icon Daniel Wu played the lead role on the show, which added another plus point to his review.
5. Assassins Wu-
After being gifted with an ancient and unique power called “Wu Xing”, Kai Jin, a leader, now involved with the Triad Gangs of San Fransisco, discovers that he is the last “Wu Assassins”, a title which is passed down to various chosen heroes. The show follows Kai as he battles various criminals who hold similar powers but use them for selfish ends.
‘The Raid’ celebrates Iko Uwais as protagonist Kai Jin aka Wu Assassin. This Netflix original action drama is a real treat for martial arts fans. It premiered on August 8, 2019.
There are other TV shows that share a resemblance to your favorite “Cobra Kai,” though the ones mentioned have a right to give you the most engaging time. Nonetheless, these shows include Fightworld, Seis Manos, Black Dynamite, Kingdom, Kickin’ It, How I Met Your Mother, Kung Fu, Jackie Chan Adventures, Highlander: The Series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and more.
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