Cobra Kai made Mary Mouser a karate kid, but she didn’t start out that way. In Season 1, Samantha LaRusso (Mouser) had moved on from Karate. Once she returned to the family business in Season 2, Mouser has been training ever since. Samantha represented Miyagi-Do in the women’s division at the All-Valley Karate Tournament, but Mouser said she still stumbles during Cobra Kai Season 5 training.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet attended roundtable interviews with the cast of Cobra Kai Season 5 on August 26. Mouser explained the karate gaffes you don’t see on the show. Cobra Kai Season 5 will premiere on September 9 on Netflix.
Can Mary Mouser do karate?
Much like Ralph Macchio, the actor who plays his father, Mouser didn’t start practicing karate until he got the role. Cobra Kai. She improved each season, but would barely qualify as a master.
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“It’s been the literally relationship-like thing in my life,” Mouser said. “It sounds like something I had a cute little tumultuous encounter with, and then figured it out a bit later, because I kind of took my feet under me. Metaphorically speaking only. I still fall a lot.
‘Cobra Kai’ requires karate and acting
Mouser added that one of the challenges of Cobra Kai practices karate while having a full-time acting job to do.
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I will say that the training is something that I have learned to really enjoy. I like to challenge myself, but the reality is that a lot of things are done on the fly. That is to say that we are constantly moving because we are always at the same time that we are doing a Karate show, we are always doing a show. We’re still doing TV so we’re learning dialogue and we’re getting scripts and we’re adapting and we’re doing all the other aspects that come with just doing that part. The training itself is however very comprehensive. I think we all care a lot about the respect of bringing a martial arts show to life and also what that means for each of our characters and our own journeys with martial arts.
Mary Mouser, Cobra Kai Season 5 Roundtable, 8/26/22
The Karate Diet Intensified by “Cobra Kai” Season 5
Mouser indicated how much training the Cobra Kai do when they’re not spinning. Mouser even goes above and beyond her days off to make sure she learns karate choreography.
“At this point, we’re training a few hours a day, every day we’re not working out at least,” Mouser said. “There have been times throughout the season where we got into a fight that we weren’t expecting or where things changed. It meant training on weekends and stuff like that which I love. Every minute I can be in the dojo I am because I’m having so much fun with it, but it definitely is, it’s very extensive. It’s very demanding in the best possible way and it taught me a lot about discipline, as did Sam.”
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