Everyone at some point in life must have experienced the harsh realities of life. Some may even break us at the point of giving up but we should never lose hope and never quit just like the Karate Kid. In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, people may not have the level of dedication and patience Xiao Dre had, Mr. Han stepped into Dre’s life and not only taught him Kung Fu but also gave life lessons to respect his mother and the martial art. Dre’s journey of daily practice with new techniques, ending up mastering that skill, overcoming of fear, and the emotional bond of a mentor and student leaves us with lots of life lessons we can inculcate in our day to day life.
When life looks unfair, it’s time to muster up the courage
One of the best things you can do when u get knocked down is get up again. Life constantly reminds us of how imperfect it is, regardless of our plans something else is always likely to happen. In the same way from the very start of the movie Dre is having a tough time, forced to leave his hometown and friends. More threats come his way, he gets bullied at school. We need to accept that Life will knock us down; at times it might even feel that we are unable to get back up. In those moments it’s about how positively we deal with life. The sooner we accept this the sooner we can get back to change things for better. Every time life will test us to make sure that we are committed to our progress. To create anything of real value, we must willingly step outside our perceived boundaries. We should be willing to become more than what we believe we are. So the mantra from the movie The Karate Kid is to “Get back up, every time we fall”.
Karate lives in everything
In every tough situation, there is always a ray of hope. Here it happens to be Mr. Han a humble maintenance guy, who becomes a mentor, friend, and fatherly figure for Dre. He teaches him that Karate lives in everything that we do in our day to day life. All those little mundane things in everyday life can be the gold mines to learn from. There is always something to learn & gain from everything that we experience right from our attitude towards doing household chores or while doing office work. Dre was been told to repeatedly hang up and put down his jacket for days with the right attitude. Unknowingly Dre was learning and following Kung Fu’s muscle memory methodology. Day by day he grasped the courage, confidence to knock off his master when tested his optimistic attitude.
Success never happens overnight. Oftentimes, we just want to rush our progress, but it’s unnecessary and can even be counterproductive. If we put in the hard work, the rewards will come. Repetition is one of the best ways to master any skill because great things take time. At Wudang Mountains, Dre was astonished by a woman practicing Kung Fu in front of a King Cobra, keeping it mesmerized. Dre was desperate to learn the cobra pose at once, that’s when Mr. Han told him that it takes a lifetime to master the skill of striking the cobra pose. Dre kept practicing daily with various techniques until he mastered this stride. He was focused and disciplined towards his goal and ended up winning the tournament with the same. After loads of practice and hardships, you can taste the glory of your success. Mr. Han taught Dre that the true power comes from mastering self, not others.
“Don’t fear the man who knows 1,000 techniques. But fear the man that has practiced one technique 1,000 times.”
– Bruce Lee
Conquering your fear
In the climax of the Karate Kid after being brutally harmed by the opponent, lying on the table Dre expresses his fear to Mr. Han, he added that no matter what happens in the fight he wants to leave the hall without being scared anymore. He had no intention to knock the opponent he just wanted to conquer his fear. Whereas on the other hand the antagonist just wanted to harm Dre to prove his aggression. Even when these problems hammered Dre down, he continued to endow a positive mind-set. Dre finally wins the tournament gaining respect from his opponent. Throughout his training, he learned to absorb the power of self-control by controlling his emotions, being loyal to his training, and overcoming his fears. In the same way, one has to conquer one’s vices to stand successful. Managing anger, stress, anxiety, depression, and emotions can help us to stay calm and focused even in a difficult situation. These tiny morales help us to handle life like a cake-way.
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The Karate Kid in ourselves
In today’s world, to deal with so many challenges every day we need to adopt the karate kid’s approach towards life. No matter what comes our way we should always be ready to face it with a positive spirit and right attitude. Who doesn’t know the famous quote which says “Practice makes a man perfect”. The more you practice the more you master that skill. Fear is man’s biggest enemy and conquering fear is the biggest achievement. Having a positive approach towards life and making it a successful journey goes hand in hand.
“We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle“
– Mahatma Gandhi