The Underdog Story Of The Karate Kid

By Kellar Ellsworth
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When it comes to teens learning karate through household chores, nothing touches 1984’s “The Karate Kid” starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. The film raked in $91 million while spawning five sequels and a TV series over nearly four decades! Iconic lines like “Wax on, wax off,” “Get him a body bag,” and “Sweep the leg,” still resonate so many years later. However, the beloved film about a fish out of water taking on a borderline Aryan karate club could have looked very different, thanks to a few crucial decisions. Here’s the incredible backstory of “The Karate Kid.”