Mar 2, 2012

Darryl Vidal, still practicing the art


Darryl Vidal - Ku Dan (9th Degree) Kenpo Karate - has been training and teaching Kenpo Karate for over 30 years. He has also trained in Boxing, Wrestling, Filipino Stick-Fighting and Wing-Chun Kung Fu. He appeared as himself in the Original Karate Kid movie as the Tournament Semi-Finalist, and also stunt-doubled as Mr. Miyagi doing the Crane Technique atop the wooden stumps on the beach. Darryl currently teaches Kenpo Karate, Stick-Fighting, and Self-Defense for the Murrieta Parks and Recreation Department in Murrieta, California.


  1. cool website. Can't believe this movie is still so popular.

    1. Thanks for the kind words Mr. Vidal. It was a great movie and your scenes were especially fun to watch.

  2. Karate Kid part 1 is still my all time favorite film. I recently bought myself a Cobra Kai t-shirt and after I watched this film as a 7 year old, I started taking Karate.

  3. Mr. Vidal moves in the martial arts are so fluid. I agree that the first Karate Kid was,and still is the best. I know enrollment tripled at all of the local Karate Dojo's when this movie came out. And you could tell that Martin Love( Sensei Kreese) had some kind of training at the time of the filming. I watch this movie every time it comes on. And that's a lot considering it's been over 30 years. Again Thank You Mr Vidal for giving us such a great "KICK"(laughing). Not to mention the fact that this movie came out at a time when it was great to be alive!

  4. Just rewatched this with my kids! Darryl Vidal was amazing in his small role. No way Johnny could actually beat him ;)

    Also the only Asian in a karate tournament? Hmm...

    Still love the movie though and my kids really enjoyed it too!