I know it sounds crazy. But hear me out. It might not be as out there as it seems.
We know from Cobra Kai/Karate Kid cannon that:
* Kreese tried to kill Johnny. Miyagi intervened and saved his life. Undoubtedly, Johnny was truly terrified…maybe for the first time in his life. He likely feared further
aggression/attempts on his life from Kreese. So he would have been in need of a Sensei that could teach him a thing or twelve to combat his lunatic ex-karate teacher that might still want to kill him. Remember Johnny is just 17 and Kreese is
: a badass, ex-military, and a grown man.
*Miyagi was the first person (that we know of) Johnny ever saw stand up to Kreese…let alone defeat him in a fight. If Johnny wanted to continue with karate he would need a new Sensei. One that excelled in defensive karate, perhaps?(a guy that he just saw kick the crap out of his would-be killer)
*By the end of the tournament, both Daniel & Miyagi had earned Johnny’s respect.
Johnny would have been MUCH more receptive to learning from Miyagi at that point.
Remember, Miyagi just saved Johnny’s life. Johnny would have been appreciative of that fact…one would think.
*Miyagi held no grudge against Johnny. “No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher.” Miyagi originally agreed to teach Daniel to defend himself. Why not Johnny?
So I ask you what if Miyagi actually DID train Johnny
after Daniel and Miyagi returned from Okinawa?
Maybe Johnny and some of the ex-Cobras received/continued
to receive threats from Kreese? Maybe their family members were threatened?
Kreese does have a track record of: instructing/daring/coaxing his students to commit crimes against those that crossed him or his underlings. Perhaps this campaign of terror went on for weeks or even months…coinciding with Daniel and Miyagi’s Okinawa Trip…
Would Miyagi have initially refused or politely declined to train Johnny? Of course, he would have. He would have been more than a little skeptical of Johnny’s change of heart. In other words, he would have wondered if he was worthy/if he had truly changed. Certainly, Miyagi’s first inclination would have been not to get involved. He would have played the reluctant teacher like Yoda…like he did in Part One with Daniel. But at the end of the day, Miyagi would have seen that Johnny was a scared kid in serious mortal danger that needed his help. In fact, you could make the argument that Johnny needed Miyagi’s teachings more
than Daniel did. Daniel had the devil’s minions after him. Johnny had the devil himself after him. (Johnny? The Devil?…Add Georgia and a Fiddle of Gold and I think we’ve got a song there…hehehe- snort!
But I digress…
I am suggesting Johnny’s (handful of lessons from Miyagi)could of happened in the window of time that Miyagi refuses to train Daniel in defense of his title. Imagine the drama if it comes out that Miyagi was training Johnny at the same time Silver was torturing Daniel?
Is it possible according to the established timeline? Short Answer, Yes.
* Johnny does not even know who Terry Silver is. Which, he wouldn’t since he
had quit Cobra Kai by the time Terry Silver makes his grand, over-the-top entrance via the events of Karate Kid III.
*Johnny says he didn’t learn all his fighting skills from Kreese. (This fact alone does not mean it HAD to be Miyagi that trained him… merely that it’s a distinct possibility.
Admittedly,” the last couple asteriks are not meant to be proof per se. But rather a reminder of accepted and necessary facts for this concept to hold water.
*I should also mention…the creators have stated they keep getting great plot ideas from KK3…and they do SO love a great juxtaposition. Daniel in Cobra Kai…Johnny in Miyagi-Do. It doesn’t get much better than that.
What say you? Is it possible?? Still think it’s crazy fan-fiction? Well maybe…but every idea is fan-fiction until it isn’t. The entire series essentally started as fan-fiction. If you had told me anytime before 2018 (when Cobra Kai premiered) that there would one day be a companion sequel series to the original Karate Kid franchise…I wouldn’t have believed you. Nor would I have believed Johnny Lawrence would be depicted as a handyman like Miyagi? Or that Daniel would train Johnny’s son in Karate…that Johnny would: become a sensei, bring back Cobra Kai, instruct his student to mock the sacred famous/infamous crane technique that
destroyed him all those years ago…etc.
You get the idea.
NOW THE CASE AGAiNST:
*Johnny could have meant virtually anything by his comment to Kreese…
(Maybe he picked up that move from a Bruce Lee movie who knows?)
*Karate is BIG in the valley…lots of Senseis out there
*Johnny would have likely had a hard time wrapping his head around Miyagi’s philosophy
* The timeline is do-able but kinda questionable
* It’s also highly probable, that Johnny being Johnny just got on his bad little motor-scooter and drove off into the sunset only to return years later