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Cobra Kai: Choreographing Emmy-Nominated Stunts

Michael Ahr Aug 16, 2019

Cobra Kai stunt coordinators Hiro Koda and Jahnel Curfman talk about how the fight-heavy show garnered them Emmy attention in season 2.

Stunts are a mainstay of many genre television dramas these days, but few shows integrate fight choreography into the story as completely as YouTube Premium’s Cobra Kai, the small screen continuation of the legacy that began with The Karate Kid films. No wonder, then, that stunt coordinators Hiro Koda and Jahnel Curfman have been nominated for an Emmy for their work on the show in the recently concluded season 2. We spoke to the married couple and professional partners about the experience they’ve had working on such a fight-heavy series.

Den Of Geek: Cobra Kai season 2 ended with a game-changing fight sequence between the two dojos. What went into choreographing something of that scale?

Hiro Koda: It was a massive sequence that we had to put together,
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Exclusive Interview – Stunt Coordinators Hiro Koda & Jahnel Curfman discuss their Emmy-nominated work on YouTube’s Cobra Kai

We chat with Stunt Coordinators Hiro Koda & Jahnel Curfman about their Emmy-nominated work on YouTube’s Cobra Kai

In today’s fast paced streaming market, it’s safe to say that networks are only as good as their upcoming premieres. With new content continuously being expected, it only makes sense for networks to revisit some of the classic series audiences have grown up with in order to fill the roster. Examples being Fuller House, The Connors, Murphy Brown, The X-Files and the upcoming BH90210. Another standout example of this successfully being done is YouTube’s Cobra Kai. The story of Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the original The Karate Kid film and follows Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who opens the Cobra Kai karate dojo once again, and thus once again begins the rivalry he had with Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio). Daniel is finding it difficult to maintain balance in
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‘Cobra Kai’ Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down ‘Way More Action’ in Season 2

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YouTube Premium’s hit original series “Cobra Kai” has never shied away from fight scenes despite being a comedy. But in the second season of the continuation of the “Karate Kid” story, Emmy-winning stunt coordinator Hiro Koda took things to the next level, including working on a showdown in the high school.

How are the stunts in Season 2 different from the stunts in Season 1?

It’s way more action in Season 2 than there was in the first season. We have a ton of new cast members this season so there’s more action, more fights. The kids continued to train after the first season. They took their break and then got back into training early before the season started. The cast members on this show are incredible because they work so hard. This season, Jahnel Curfman, who is my wife, was the other stunt coordinator. This season was so stunt
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‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses Break Down That Epic Ending and What It Means for Season 3

‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses Break Down That Epic Ending and What It Means for Season 3
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Cobra Kai” Season 2, including the finale.]

In the Season 2 finale of the “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai,” the students from rival San Fernando Valley dojos don’t wait for a tournament to challenge each other. Instead, high school becomes the backdrop for a no-holds-barred rumble between the Miyagi-Do and Cobra Kai teens, and woe to anyone — even the teachers — who get in the way of their flying fists and feet. Without rules or regulations, the brawl spills through the hallways and even up a staircase, ultimately ending with a possibly fatal fall.

IndieWire spoke to series co-creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald about turning high school into a literal school of hard knocks for the finale and possibilities for Season 3:

“We looked at things like ‘The Outsiders’ and ‘West Side Story’ as classics that took these Shakespearean relationships and thrust them into a big brawl,” said Schlossberg.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best Around at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo

‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Is Still the Best Around at Channeling That ‘80s Machismo
[Editor’s Note The first episode of “Cobra Kai” Season 2 is available to watch for free at the bottom of this review. The full 10-episode season is available on YouTube Premium.]

Cobra Kai” burst through the YouTube Premium offerings to become the paid streaming service’s first true breakout hit, with its first episode – which was offered for free – garnering over 60 million views. The sequel series to 1984’s “Karate Kid” somehow did the impossible, bringing back two of the film’s main characters 30-odd years later and recapturing the energy and heart of ‘80s underdog cinema.

Now “Cobra Kai” is back for a second round in the YouTube dojo to deliver another swift kick of ‘80s nostalgia in all of its blustering and boisterous glory. Appealing to aging Gen-Xers and their kids alike, this multi-generational crowd pleaser continues to explore themes of redemption, forgiveness, mentorship, and acceptance with confidence but not an ounce of subtlety. And that’s Ok.
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'True Blood': Inside 20 of the final season's best moments

'True Blood': Inside 20 of the final season's best moments
With the end in sight—True Blood’s series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. Et on HBO—here’s another look inside some of season 7’s most fun and memorable scenes, which have led us there.

Episode 1, “Jesus Gonna Be Here”: Tara (Rutina Wesley) dies—again.

“It’s kind of like the catalyst for everything else that’s gonna probably happen,” Wesley told EW. “I think it’s kinda cool that the last time you see me, it looks like I’m gonna win the fight, and then you cut to Lettie Mae. Me and that vampire went at it,
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'True Blood' postmortem: Inside the twists of 'Karma'

'True Blood' postmortem: Inside the twists of 'Karma'
This post contains plot details of “Karma,” the True Blood episode that aired on July 27. Read our full recap here.

The writer/director of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, Angela Robinson, took EW inside the big Sarah Newlin reveal and her personal inspiration for Bill’s legal consultation.

What was the genesis of the idea that Sarah Newlin would be the antidote to Hep-v?

We really wanted to bring Anna Camp back, and Sarah Newlin was still out there. We didn’t really want to create a whole new Big Bad for this season. Instead of having the story spiral out,
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2014 Primetime Emmys: American Horror Story: Coven Leads the Horror Pack with 17 Nominations

While we try to figure out why the Emmys exist when incredible actors like "Hannibal's" Mads Mikkelsen and "Orphan Black's" Tatiana Maslany are snubbed, we do want to congratulate this year's few horror nominees, especially "American Horror Story: Coven" with 17 nods.

Below are the horror highlights. For the full rundown of all the talented nominees, visit the official Emmys website, and be sure to watch the live broadcast of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC on Monday, August 25th, at 8:00 Pm Et/5:00 Pm Pt.

Also notable, if not quite horror, are "Game of Thrones" with 19 nominations (including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for Neil Marshall, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey) and "True Detective" with 12 (including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor for both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey).

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A
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Emmys 2013: 'Behind The Candelabra,' Bob Newhart score at Creative Arts Awards

A week before the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards rock the entertainment industry, nearly 80 awards were scheduled to be presented at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony Sunday (Sept. 15) at the Nokia Theatre. Fxx will air an edited version of the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. Et.

HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" unsurprisingly took home a number of awards, while Bob Newhart won his first career Emmy for guest-starring on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory."

Here is the full list of winners:

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series - 2013: Carrie Preston, as Elsbeth Tascioni on "The Good Wife"

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series - 2013: Dan Bucatinsky, as James Novack on "Scandal"

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2013: Melissa Leo, as Laurie on "Louie"

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series - 2013: Bob Newhart, as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton
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Get Ready for the Hellbinders

What do you get when you pair Darth Maul and a former Power Ranger in a comic book style supernatural action flick about hired guns out to prevent hell on earth? It might look a little something like Hellbinders.

"A soulless mercenary, an elite assassin, and the last remaining member of the long dead Knights Templar must overcome their innate mistrust of each other and join forces to defeat Legion before it opens the gates of hell itself and overruns the entire world.

Hellbinders is a fast paced comic book style action/horror film, super charged with a frenetic blend of Eastern action and Western mythology.

Hellbinders stars Max, (Ray Park - Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1, Toad in X-Men, and Snake in G.I. Joe) as a slick, fast talking mercenary willing to risk everything for the almighty dollar. Now he may have met his match when he
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