Karate Kid – The last kick in Los Angeles

Karate Kid – The last kick in Los Angeles

A 1984 American martial arts drama film written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by John G. Avildsen. It is the first installment in The Karate Kid franchise, and stars Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, and Elisabeth Shue.

The point of the last kick / Image: via thekaratekidblog.blogspot.com

The Karate Kid follows Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), a teenager taught Gōjū-ryū karate by Mr. Miyagi (Morita) to help defend himself and compete in a tournament against his bullies.

Principal photography began on October 31, 1983 in Los Angeles, and filming was complete by December 16, 1983. The film was a commercial success, grossing $100 million in the United States and Canada, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 1984 and Hollywood’s biggest sleeper hit of the year. The Karate Kid is credited for popularizing karate in the United States.

The Matadome has been used as a setting for The Karate Kid (1984) / Image: via foxsports.com

The ‘All Valley Karate Tournament’ is held at the Matador Gymnasium, usually known as the Matadome, on the campus of California State University, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge.

The Matadome, is a indoor multi-purpose stadium, was completed in 1962 and was officially opened on 30 November of the same year. In 2014, the stadium was renovated and seating capacity was increased to 2,400 – 2,500 seats.

The All Valley Karate Championship in the Matadome

Featured Image:  Karate kid last kick / Production: Delphi II Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions / Distributed: by Columbia Pictures sonypictures.com

Websites: gomatadors.com, sonypictures.com (Columbia Pictures), wkf.net


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