Monday, June 4, 2018

Cobra Kai (2018-)

While I welcome revivals/remakes/continuations of movies and television shows from my youth, I am often skeptical since many of them deserve to be ridiculed with no mercy ;-)  But that was not the case with Cobra Kai, which continues the story of The Karate Kid (1984).  Johnny Lawrence has taken a bigger tumble down the hill than Daniel did with his bike and has seen better days. After coming to the defense of a bullied kid, Johnny channels his inner sensei and opens his own dojo to help other "losers" and "nerds."  Soon an old rivalry is reignited when auto sales entrepreneur Daniel LaRusso takes a protege of his own under his belt ;-)  

Cobra Kai was met with much praise from critics and fans.  Great character development and story was accentuated with a nice use of flashbacks and an 80s soundtrack.  It was quickly renewed for another season so hopefully we'll get to see the return of some other characters like Ali, Kimiko and Chozen.  And just maybe we'll finally meet Aunt Tessy!

Cobra Kai is filmed in Marietta, Conyers, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Union City and Atlanta, GA and Reseda and Tarzana, CA

Much thanks to Melanie Mullen at A Reel Experience for providing information on some of these locations!

Location: Johnny Lawrence's Apartment Building 
Address: 18555 Burbank Boulevard, Tarzana, CA

The courtyard area is filmed on a soundstage, but here is what the actual building looks like, quite similar to Daniel's apartment in the original film...

Location: Cobra Kai Karate Dojo
Address: 2779 Lakewood Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA

I knew the dojo was located next to a McDonald's cause I recognized the white lights...

The interior of the dojo is filmed on a soundstage and modeled loosely after the original layout...

Though they may have used the actual interior of the convenience store... 

Location: LaRusso Auto Group
Address: 6740 Oakley Industrial Boulevard, Union City, GA

It was a little tough to make yourself inconspicuous here so I didn't get as many shots as I would've liked...

Location: The LaRusso House
Address: 130 Woodlawn Dr NE, Marietta, GA

Location: West Valley High School
Address: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA  Adamsville Rec Center

Location: All Valley Sports Arena
Address: 635 Walker Kelley Road, Marietta, GA 

Kennesaw State University - Marietta Campus Gymnasium

The interior was filmed here as well.  The doors were locked unfortunately so I was only able to get a shot through the glass...

Season 1, Episode 1: "Ace Degenerate"

Location: Johnny Sees Larusso Billboard
Address: Ventura Boulevard & Burbank Boulevard, Reseda, CA

The billboard is located across the street atop 18740 Ventura Boulevard...

Season 1, Episode 2: "Strike First" 

Location: The Country Club
Address: 740 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA  Druid Hills Golf Club

Season 1, Episode 5: "Counterbalance"

Location: Moon & Yaz's Parking Lot
Address: 2065 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA

They are behind Captain D's Seafood...

Location: The Cemetery
Address: 1680 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA Westview Cemetery  

This is at Section 25.  You could've pruned that number of Bonsai Trees before I found it.  This cemetery is rather sprawling...

Season 1, Episode 6: "Quiver"

Location: Johnny's Childhood Home
Address: 219 Smokerise Terrace, Peachtree City, GA

Location: Johnny Rides His Bike
Address: 240 Smokerise Terrace, Peachtree City, GA

Thanks to a tip that this was filmed in Peachtree City and the 240 on the white pillar, I was able to track this location down.  I figured the house wasn't too far away and it turned out it was just down the road...

Location: Cobra Kai Dojo
Address: 2033 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta, GA

Season 1, Episode 7: "All Valley"

Location: Golf N' Stuff
Address: 1675 GA 85, Fayetteville, GA  Fun Spot America Atlanta

The shot of the Golf N' Stuff sign was taken from the first film, where it's located in Norwalk, CA.  You can tell by the busted part of the sign where the "S" is.  But this time around, Fun Spot America Atlanta filled in for teenage fun time...

The mini golf course is just greens with no fun obstacles so this ramp was some set dressing...

I picked this one cause Ms. Pac Man was in the background...

Season 1, Episode 9, "Different But Same"

Location: Daniel's Old Apartment Building
Address: 19223 Saticoy Street, Reseda, CA

Location: The Playground
Address: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA

Here's where the gang decides to throw their own party at the canyon.  This is directly in front of the location used as the high school...

Locations Visited: March 2016, June 2018, October 2018

Still Need to Visit: The Beach Party, LA Locations

Still Need to Locate: 

Armand's Coffee Shop
Robby's Skateboarding Park
Daniel & Johnny's Bar


  1. Nice location tour! I can tell where they put the palm trees at the Russo house to make it look even better, makes me suspicious towards palm trees in movies/shows from now on!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, it was a good diversion from all the other trees that make it obvious it wasn't located in LA.

    2. There is a Cobra Kai dojo in victorville ca

  2. The beach was in Conyers,GA, but it's a private location. Junkyard is in Atlanta, not far from the studio, and Daniel and Robby's training in the woods was Stone Mountain Park. Good job though!

    1. Thanks for the info! I had gone to Conyers on a Monday when the state park was closed.

  3. Where’s the apartment building where Miguel and Johnny live?

    1. That's located in LA - 18555 Burbank Blvd, Tarzana

  4. It's amazing that when I have seen Cobra Kai many times, and I did not realize until I looked at your pictures that the Cobra Kai dojo was filmed literally in walking distance of where I used to work at, they must use visual images to magically create the payphone by the dojo where little Johnny was looking in, as well as the huge Dojo sign in front!

    1. Yeah, they did a good job of dressing that location up. I almost drove right past it. They probably used a a prop payphone. Maybe they borrowed it from Stranger Things :-)

  5. Do you still need the bar?

  6. You missed all of the great training sequences from Episode 8, Molting. The training sequence in the woods was the dead giveaway it wasn't Los Angeles - the whole thing looked just like Georgia wilderness. Pretty sure it was all Stone Mountain.

    1. It's hard to pinpoint exactly where that was filmed. If it was Stone Mountain, it could've been anywhere.

  7. cobra kai dojo signage was taken down. i used to drive by it daily when taking my son to atlanta tech every day.

    1. I went by a few weeks ago and they had it up since they had just started filming season 2. They're probably just not filming ext. dojo scenes at the moment.

  8. that was cool! Thank you for doing all that to share with everybody. I am a huge fan of the new Cobra Kai series I can't wait for season 2.1

    1. You're welcome! I visited Johnny's apartment when I was in LA in October. Hope to post the pics soon. Looking forward to season two as well.