‘There’s chunks of wisdom’: How The Karate Kid launched MMA careers

As the new series of Cobra Kai starts, Loretta Hunt talks to fighters about how the original film inspired their combat careers

“Show me wax on.”

Sean Daugherty watched intently as the moment of truth played out on his parents’ television in Youngstown, Ohio. It was the fall of 1984 and Prince’s Purple Rain ruled the air waves, every young man had a pair of camo cargo pants and young ladies scoffed up rubber jelly bangles that they stacked up their forearms like Slinkys. Ghostbusters was the blockbuster hit that summer, but a less ambitious film called The Karate Kid caught the nine-year-old Daugherty’s attention more.

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