The first official trailer for the third season of Cobra Kai was released this week. Following the events of The Karate Kid film series, Cobra Kai focuses on the rival from the first film Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as he attempts to restore his life along with his confidence by reopening Cobra Kai, the karate dojo from his childhood. Throughout the series run, Johnny would often butt heads with Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) due to their resentment of one another from the original movie, and the fact that the latter also runs a successful dojo. Things eventually come to a head during the finale of the second season in which Daniel’s daughter Samantha (Mary Mouser) is injured and Johnny’s first and most loyal student Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) is put in a coma during a school brawl between the students of each sides respective dojos. The situation become even worse for Johnny when his old teacher John Kreese (Martin Kove) steals the ownership of Cobra Kai from him.

The trailer for season 3 opens with a brief recap of the season 2 finale before cutting to the aftermath of the school brawl and Kreese taking Cobra Kai. Daniel is heard explaining to Jonny that the reason that the kids got into the school brawl was because of them and the only way to fix the problem is if they work together. During his speech, the trailer shows footage of Miguel waking up from his coma, Johnny and Daniel’s students in a tense stand-off and the former’s son Robby (Tanner Buchanan) being arrested for injuring Miguel in the previous season. The trailer then cuts to Kreese training the Cobra Kai students. Kreese explains to the students that while their enemies may think they are the villains and they themselves the hero, there is no such thing. There is only the weak and the strong. It is then revealed that Kyler (Joe Seo), the main bully from the first season has joined Cobra Kai. Johnny and Daniel are seen riding in a car together and on the phone with the latter’s wife Amanda (Courtney Henggeler). Amanda jokingly asks if they have become “Tango & Cash,” before reminding the two that neither of them are cops. The music in the trailer picks up as Samantha trains with her father, Robby is beaten up by prison inmates and Johnny reunites with Miguel. When Miguel states that he might never be the same again, Johnny explains that his recovery will take more effort than ever before and vows that he will always be there for him. When Miguel attempts to crawl out of his hospital bed as a sign of moving forward, he immediately falls to the ground, with Johnny awkwardly stating that it was a good try. Towards the end of the trailer, Daniel’s former love interest Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and rival Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) from The Karate Kid Part II meet with him again, with the latter appearing to fight him to see how far he has come. The trailer then ends with a brief shot of Johnny and Miguel attending a concert.

The third season of Cobra Kai will premiere on January 8, 2021. It will be available on the Netflix streaming service.

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