It was mentioned in the movie, Karate Kid, that Ralph Macchio's character had taken karate back home in New Jersey, so he might not have been a total newb, but he lacked the confidence to use it... maybe.
I laughed more watching Enter the Dragon personally, though I did enjoy Ralph Macchio getting whaled on, a lot
This article was well thought out, and comprehensively written, and makes sense in every way. I do, however, think there is a place and a reason for no-sparring schools, assuming that they are, in fact, theaching properly in other respects. Before the counter-argument assault begins, understannd that I concede that there is no replacement for contact sparring, and that if someone expects to be able to use a technique in a fight, they, quite frankly, need to use it in a fight, at least a simulated one. Still, though, many parents do not understand this concept, and a 14 year old convincing his mother to let him into a no-contact school, as opposed to a sparring one, may be easier. The child can get a decent training base, and find a sparring school later, when they can choose for themselves. Also, some people simply do not have the confidence to begin with sparring, and attending a no-contact schol for a time could be good for them. The point stands that there is no substitute for training against a resistant opponent, and Karate Kids "you painted a fence, now go kick some ass... peacefully" approach to things is still ridiculous". But all no-contact schools are not evil.
This actually makes this movie worse, in my opinion. A kid who had maybe 3 weeks of serious training and read a few books defeats a guy who, while a complete dillhole, has had years of hard training. How does he do it? With "The Crane Kata."
I still get all heartwarmingly fuzzy (is that a medical condition?) when I watch these types of films tho
To make matters worse the MA guy and/or stunt coordinator, Pat Johnson, stated he could really do what Miyagi did and take virtually anyone and make them into a champion in a relatively short time.
The ironic point you are all missing is twofold. One any person taking Muay Thai for a few months training intensely with a good instructor could probably hack it against your standard TKD blackbelt. (so yes a person training for hard for a few months in an art with a good instructor can hold their own if not beat a person who has trained hard for years in a more traditional art learning mainly kata- THE POINT IS THAT IT DEPENDS WHAT YOU HAVE SPENT YEARS TRAINING HARD)
Two Pat Johnson the trainer on karate kid trained both Machio and the cobra kai guys during a summer break. He reckoned that Johnny was better than or equal to several other champions he had trained. (Perhaps this one was hyperbole for the film)