Watch Martin Kove’s ‘Karate Kid’ performance ‘Dancing With the Stars’


Look, you should rarely treat an actor with the respect of his fictional counterparts. For example, stay away from Mark Hamill, swinging a broom and whining about the Force or something. Not a great look!

However, you would be forgiven if you made an exception: if you see The Karate Kid/Cobra Kai trio of senseis — Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Martin Kove — out there at least treat them with the respect someone you know might kick your ass. (Because they probably can.) You’d think everyone would keep these guys on a pedestal. Nope. Kove, 71, (who plays Cobra Kai’s ever-terrifying dojo leader Kreese) bravely performed at Monday night’s premiere Dancing with the stars. He opened his routine, where he danced the paso doble on “You’re The Best” by Joe Esposito, in character. Flanked by giant cobra statues, Kove called out and responded to the crowd, causing them to shout “YES SENSEI!” and “NO SENSEI!” before launching into his dance. Treating the dance floor like it’s a dojo is cool, right?

Again, no. The Dancing with the stars the judges, for the most part, skewered Kove like poor Danny LaRusso meeting Johnny Lawrence on the beach. Derek Hough accused Kove of not being prepared. Bruno Tonioli has torn his footwork. Len Goodman was the only one who (forgive us) showed pity on Kove, reminding us that this guy is, you know, exploding movements on a national stage in his seventies. Kove told them that the Dancing with the stars process has already been harder to bear than a kick to the face, en route to winning what was by far the worst score of the night.

As staunch supporters of Cobra Kai-verse here at Squire, we would just like to tell Hough and co. : Show some respect to our sensei! It was the man’s first try! At least give him points for staging. Our money is on Kove to bounce back next week with a slow dance to “Open Arms” that will make the judges cry and regret the day they walked through Kreese. Anyway, we just got our first idea of ​​what next yearThe Karate Kid – The Musical Looks like. (Yes, it’s a real play coming to Broadway.) Experience Kove’s routine for yourself.

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