Sean Kanan reprises ‘Karate Kid III’ role for ‘Cobra Kai Season 5’


Another familiar character from the Karate Kid franchise is heading to Cobra Kai.

Sean Kanan, who portrayed the antagonist Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III, will return in the forthcoming fifth season, Netflix announced through Twitter.

Season 5 resumes in exactly one month after the All Valley Tournament’s unexpected outcome. Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith), the once zen-loving has aspirations to extend the Cobra Kai dynasty in order to make his “No Mercy” brand of karate the only game in town. With Kreese (Martin Kove) imprisoned and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) focusing on fixing the harm he has created, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) must turn to an old acquaintance for assistance.


Kanan isn’t the only character coming back to the Miyagi-verse. Chozen, who was played by Yuji Okumoto in Karate Kid II, will reappear in the next season to assist Daniel on his adventure.

Executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg officially gave a statement, “As Terry Silver calls upon some old friends to put the Valley in a stranglehold, Daniel and Johnny are going to need all the help they can get to stop Cobra Kai in its tracks.”

Macchio recently mentioned welcoming Okumoto back, “There is a plan. The ending of the season opens up what could be, ‘I can’t let this happen on my watch and I need to call in reinforcements.’ Pretty exciting to have Yuji Okumoto as Chozen come forward in season 5, but all the stories go on at that point. What’s happening with Miguel? Where is he? What’s going to happen in that? And then you have all our teen triangle love affairs of the Romeo and Juliet, soap opera-ness of what Cobra Kai is.”

Cobra Kai is set to return on Netflix on September 9.