Will no one point out that it was made obvious through the narrative that the Cobra Kai kids could have basically at any point they wanted totally incapacitate Daniel when that one of them was told to, but said he didn't want to be disqualified? The other kids were doing kip ups and ****, it clear as day that if they deviated from the rules even slightly they'd rape him.
The lesson was just on the perseverance and self confidence thing. Miyagi thought he wouldn't have a chance in the tournament, he just imagined if he showed up and got beat up the other kids would be friendlier towards him.
The crane kick was dumb but nothing matched the magic hand rub technique or Miyagi taking out several fit youngsters much bigger and faster than himself. Take out those points of wizardry and even the crane kick and chop sticks have their place.
Arguing about a childrens' movie in this thread.
I actually rented the original "Karate Kid" with a few friends for no other reason than the lols. It was worth the lols. Not much else though.