As Mr. Miyagi once said, “There is no such thing as a bad student, only a bad teacher. Teacher says, student does. Well, it seems both Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio were great teachers and students. Macchio now respects the late Morita and writes an essay in tribute to his late sensei.
As part of People’s “What I Wish I Could Tell You” series, Ralph Macchio wrote a rather touching piece in tribute to Pat Morita, who died in 2005 at the age of 73. “The legacy of your work and contribution to the world in your portrayal of Mr. Miyagi shines brighter than ever.”
Ralph Macchio also noted how Daniel LaRusso continued Cobra Kai is directly linked to Mr. Miyagi i The Karate Kid movie. “I have this wonderful opportunity to walk in your sensei’s shoes as I impart wisdom and experiences from our days together. Miyagi’s spirit is felt throughout this show.”
Macchio ended his piece in a very heartfelt way. “Thank you for the gift of our friendship, for blessing us with your brilliant portrayal of the iconic Mr. Miyagi and most of all for your continued presence in my life.” As the great Mr. Miyagi said, “If it comes from within you, then always the right one.”
Ralph Macchio recently wrote the book “Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me” which was published in October. Season five of Netflix Cobra Kai was released in September and received rave reviews all around.
While Pat Morijta could obviously never be physically part of Cobra Kai, Sir. Miyagi has been referenced many times, with the character being shown through archive footage and proving a major influence on Daniel.
Which one is your favorite The Karate Kid movie? Is Netflix’s Cobra Kai live up to the legacy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!