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More On Mr. Kesuke Miyagi


Prior to seeing "The Karate Kid" for the first time in the mid-80s, I already liked Pat Morita.  I knew him as Arnold on "Happy Days", a show I watched regularly as a kid.  When I first saw "The Karate Kid", I stopped seeing Arnold when I saw Pat Morita.  Pat became Mr. Miyagi.

I was ten or eleven years old when I first saw "The Karate Kid" and I instantly loved it.  I'd watch it over and over and over again.  You could relate to Daniel-san.  I'll bet every boy born in 1974 was able to relate to Daniel-san and I'll bet we all adopted "The Karate Kid" as our movie and Miyagi as our mentor.  When I listed my five favourite songs that pump you up and motivate you to win it all back in April, Joe Esposito's "You're The Best" was number one with a bullet.  How many of you tried that martial arts crane stance?

Pat Morita has passed on, but we're left with his words of wisdom from this inspiring flick.  Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off.
  • We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.
  • First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule, Daniel San, not mine.
  • Daniel-san, must talk. Man walk on road. Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk down middle, sooner or later, get squished.
  • Hai - can see. No such thing a bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.

You're the best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down...

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