Here are all the Cobra Kai filming locations
Cobra Kai is Netflix’s hit drama based on 1980s martial arts films the Karate Kid franchise. For kids growing up in Gen X in the United States, the Karate Kid was a cultural touchstone in pop culture for millions. Cobra Kai brought back combat for The Valley for a whole new generation, with even more complex storytelling than ever before. Creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg are all big fans of the original movies and brought that fandom to the show. In the last 4 seasons of the serieswe saw OG Karate Kid the characters return in a way that most longtime fans never thought possible before. Actors Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Thomas Ian Griffith, Elisabeth Shue and others all reprized their original roles. At the same time, a whole new group of fighters were introduced to the cast, including actors Xolo Maridueña, Jacob Bertrand, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser and Peyton List. With season 5 already filmed and wrapped in December 2021, a season 6 (possibly final) anticipated and possible Cobra Kai spin-off shows discussed, there’s still a lot to look forward to for the characters of Daniel LaRusso, Johnny Lawrence, and the ensemble cast.
Have you ever wondered where they film Cobra Kai corn? We know the original The Karate Kid was based in Los Angeles, California in the Reseda neighborhood. Most of the original Karate Kid The film was actually shot around Los Angeles, apart from some work done in Arizona and New Jersey. The second Karate Kid the film was not shot in Okinawa, Japan (contrary to popular belief), and Karate Kid 3 returned to Los Angeles for filming. These days, other parts of the world have become prime filming locations for movies and TV shows. Cobra Kai made one of these areas their main filming center, however, they were always able to shoot in other Karate Kid-related parts of the world where warranted. Although all the places where Cobra Kai was filmed is officially confirmed, the vast majority have been and are now well documented online. However, there is a few more facts that have never been discussed in detail until now. Let’s take a closer look at everything Cobra Kaimain filming locations.
Greater Atlanta, Georgia area
Atlanta is the home of Cobra Kai and was so throughout its run. However, many of the show’s key scenes were shot in the surrounding Atlanta towns of Marietta, Union City, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Conyers, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Austell, Roswell, Lithia Springs, Duluth, and East Point, in Georgia. Much of the series was also shot in locations open to the public. For example, the Cobra Kai The location of the dojo is at the Crossroads Mall in Atlanta. The convenience store next to the dojo is also there. However, if you were to stop by when filming is not in progress, you would barely recognize the location as all signs related to the show are removed and the area where filming is taking place usually has the windows covered and the locked doors.
Although an occasional exterior scene of the dojo may still be filmed there, most filming of the dojo has been moved to the show’s production studio in West Atlanta. It was reported that the name of the studio is Gray Studios, however, an internet search will yield nothing by that name. The main Cobra Kai filming studio was deliberately kept secret, presumably for the safety of the cast and crew. It should be noted that the Miyagi-Do dojo is located in the parking lot of this production studio and is not open to visitors. Actor Ralph Macchio owns the yellow 1947 Super DeLuxe convertible from the original films (he received it as a gift many years ago) and the actual car often appears on location for filming at Miyagi-Do.
Besides their main filming locations, the show sometimes uses other local locations to put their trailers, set up their catering, and more. when filming outside their studio. One such location was used in Season 4 at Lithia Springs High School in Georgia. Various cast members have posted photos of themselves on social media hanging out with each other backstage at their gis there. They are only allowed to share these types of photos once the final season airs on Netflix so as not to give away any spoilers ahead of time. The actors wore their gis for the last All-Valley Tournament which took place at the end of the season. Singer Carrie Underwood was a special guest on the show in Season 4 and appears in some of the cast photos outside of school. The show also uses local vendors for some of its sets, apparently renting bonsai trees from Plant City Bonsai in Clermont, GA during seasons 1 and 2. Another interesting note about the show is the house used as the family’s home. LaRusso during Season 3. sold for $2.4 million in February 2022. Therefore, any scenes in the LaRusso household from now on will likely be filmed elsewhere.
Karate Kid Part 2 was supposed to be based here, but the movie was actually shot on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. It was probably easier to stay in the US for the production team and both regions had a similar feel that worked for the film. The second Karate Kid the film starred Ralph Macchio (Daniel), Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi), Yuji Okumoto (Chosen), and Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko). Okumoto and Tomita reprized their roles in Cobra Kaiwith Okumoto (as Chosen) looking to play a big part in Season 5. Pat Morita sadly passed away in 2005. The team behind Cobra Kai made the decision to go all the way to Okinawa for a week of filming during Season 3, making this Daniel LaRusso’s first real trip to Okinawa. The landscape scenes between Daniel and Chosen by themselves would have been filmed there. That being said, other scenes, including Kumiko, were actually filmed in Atlanta, but were also described as being in Okinawa.
The Greater Los Angeles Area, California
A few key locations have been revisited in California to Cobra Kai, including Daniel’s former South Seas apartment complex from the original film in Reseda. Exterior shots of Johnny’s Cobra Kai apartment complex were also filmed in Tarzana, California. However, the main courtyard of the show’s apartment for Johnny and his student Miguel’s apartments are filmed on a soundstage in Georgia. Some Cobra Kai scenes in cars were also shot in California, such as when Johnny first sees Daniel’s car dealership billboard in the show’s first episode and another when Johnny and Miguel are hanging out together. Even with the vast majority of the show filmed in Georgia, California is still the fictional location of competing dojos Cobra Kai, Eagle Fang, and Miyagi-Do each season.
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