Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lessons From the Kid--Karate Kid, that is...

Ridiculously, every Wednesday, my kids get out of school one hour early so teachers can sneak off to the local pub, prepare lessons, pick up their dry cleaning, scrape gum off of desks...or do whatever those magnificent teachers do on Wednesday afternoons with an extra hour. 

Anyway, Wednesdays leave the Square Toothed children with a WHOLE extra hour of doing something fun.  Today, as it is still winter here in the Northwest, it was snowing.  As the fluffy white stuff coated rooftops and newly budding trees, we decided to use our extra hour to watch "The Karate Kid."  Not only did we enjoy this relaxing time together, but learned some valuable lessons via le Kah-rah-tay Kid.

Lesson One:  Patience is a Virtue.   Ever streamed a movie from Netflix?  It's like watching mission control come in on the Space Shuttle orbiting above the earth.  I've had more luck time traveling to when the movie was showing in theaters in 1984.

Lesson Two: 1984 Ralph Macchio isn't such a babe anymore.  I was 10 when "Karate Kid" came out, and Ralph Macchio was my first big screen crush and babe-licious.  Posters from Bop! magazine plastered the walls of my room.  Ralph, aka Daniel-san, was every 80's girl's dream.  Unfortunately, I haven't seen much of Mr. Macchio these days...I wonder if this Square Toothed Girl would still find the Karate Kid poster worthy...and, would Mountain Man mind?

Lesson Three:  All good things come from Waxing On and Waxing Off.  Need to thwart a mugger? "WAX ON!"  Stubborn soap scum?  "WAX OFF!"  Can't get rid of annoying family?  "WAX ON!"  Need to clean up after you've given them a broken nose by waxing on?  "WAX OFF!"

Lesson Four:  Mr. Miyagi really IS all that.  Not only could Mr. Miyagi fix old cars, build awesome fences, and could take on twenty smart-aleck kids in the dim light of an alley, he was wise to boot.  Here are a few Miyagi-isms worth remembering:

Miyagi: What matter?
Daniel: I'm just scared. The tournament and everything.
Miyagi: You remember lesson about balance?
Daniel: Yeah.
Miyagi: Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
*        *        *
Daniel: I don't know if I know enough karate.
Miyagi: Feeling correct.
Daniel: You sure know how to make a guy feel confident.
Miyagi: You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.
*        *        *
Miyagi: [repeated line to Daniel] Look eye!, always look eye!
*        *        *

I sat enraptured with the once golden Karate Kid, while my kids made fun of Daniel-san's girlfriend's hair. 
"Hey! We all had hair like that in the 80's, resepect your elders!!" I said.
"Just sayin' Mom...that hair is UG-LY.  But that Miyagi guy is cool."


What was your favorite 80's movie?  First movie crush? 


  1. Lisa, I don't think I can remember that far back!*S* But I did love the movie, the Karate Kid. I was more into the music idols; I had Donny Osmond all over my room, my walls were purple, my white canopy bedspread was purple, even the canopy was purple! I had Donny (and a few David Cassidy's) plastered all over my sliding, brown, closet doors with purple tape around the edges of those pics! Love your blog!

  2. Loved the Karate Kid - and I remember seeing it in theaters, although I always thought that Ralph walked like he has was trying to shoplift a 2x4 (funny, my kids recently watched this as well - via netflix - and had the same comment.)

    Basically Myagi made the movie. However, you can catch Ralph all grown up in a Psych episode last season - with quite a few hat tips to the Karate Kid institution. He, of course, is also in one of my favourite movies of all time, My Cousin Vinny (which succeeds in spite of him.)

    Don't sweat the hair. Even us boys back then had big hair.

    The new Karate Kid is good as well, and little Smith does a good job (better than Ralphie, imho.)