Cobra Kai: The 10 Strongest Martial Artists By The End Of Season 4, Ranked (2023)

The fourth season of Cobra Kai has ended, and this season had plenty of fights for viewers to endlessly debate about. Certain fighters have shown a lot of growth over the past four seasons, while some have inner demons holding them back from their full potential.

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Miyagi-do, Eagle Fang, and Cobra Kai have trained their fighters in their unique ways, and all proved their merit on the mat.Only one character, however, has reigned supreme at the end of season 4 due to a combination of relentless training and confronting their personal failings to emerge a stronger fighter for it.

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10/10 Miguel Diaz

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Miguel has been one of the strongest martial artists in the series who wasn’t a dojo master. He has never actually lost a fair fight in the entire series since the end of the first season. However, his back injury, tumultuous relationship with Johnny and Sam, and a lack of confidence throughout the entire season have affected his karate.

When his back gives out during the semi-finals, he fears that his back injury had resurfaced. Feeling that he was not in the right physical or mental state to fight, Miguel forfeits the match against Eli. Miguel’s burning questions about himself lead him to go out and find his father.

9/10 Samantha LaRusso

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Sam has grown into her own this season as a very skilled martial artist. Though she never truly changes allegiances from Miyagi-do like a lot of the other characters, she does start taking some lessons from Johnny Lawrence to round out her defensive fighting style with some aggressive flair.

However, Sam’s attitude in the fourth season has made her far more reckless than she should be. Sam acts on emotions first and strikes without thinking of the consequences. This hot-headed attitude leads to Sam losing in the All Valley finals against Tory, regardless of the referee being a plant by Terry Silver.

8/10 Tory Nichols

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Ever since Tory’s second season debut, she has proven time and time again why she’s one of the best fighters in the series. Her natural strength and speed make her a perfect host for the philosophy of “No Mercy”, and makes her a force to be reckoned with in any fight.

Ever since Tory’s defeat to Sam at the end of season 3, she has worked tirelessly to close the skill gap between the two of them. Her interactions with Amanda LaRusso have also wisened her up to her faults. Her newfound peace and martial skill make Tory’s win over Sam a satisfying end to their rivalry.

7/10 Robby Keene

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Robby has proven himself to be among the greatest pupils any of the masters have ever trained. Spending significant time under three different masters has given him a plethora of techniques. Along with his natural athleticism, this makes Robby a very well-rounded fighter.

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Unfortunately, he has never truly been at his 100% potential. His allegiance to dojos has never been primarily about bettering himself. Instead, it has always been about lashing out at Johnny and Daniel. His doubts about how ruthless he has become lead to him losing against Eli in the All-Valley finals.

6/10 Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz

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Eli has led a very interesting character arc across the four seasons of Cobra Kai. Like Robby, he has trained under three different masters. While he wasn’t an athletic prodigy like Robby, Eli trains the hardest out of any martial artist in the series.

The embarrassment he suffers from the new Cobra Kai puts him in a bit of a funk for a while, but some pep talk from his closest friends finally lets Eli become at one with himself. He’s not just Hawk, nor is he just Eli but both. That peace gives us one of the all-time best fights in Cobra Kai, with Eli being the victor.

5/10 John Kreese

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John Kreese continues to show the cast why his way has its merits, at least as far as fighting goes. He is partially responsible for molding two of the strongest students in the series, Hawk and Robbie, with both showing their best feats while under his tutelage.

Kreese being a legitimate veteran of a brutal war also gives him experience that a lot of the other fighters simply do not have. Although his advanced age has slowed him down a bit, he remains one of the most intimidating forces in the series. It takes a beating from both Johnny and Daniel to finally put him down.

4/10 Johnny Lawrence

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Johnny has had a rough time across all four seasons of the show, but the toll hasn’t made him any less strong. If anything, it encourages him to become even stronger. He gets into the most fights out of any of the other masters in the series, and usually against multiple opponents.

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Although he hadn’t practiced karate in years, his natural skills in it came back to him pretty fast. However, his self-doubt and reckless attitude have landed him in hot water more times than Hawk has changed dojos. Although he manages to fight Daniel to a draw in a contact match, he loses hard against Terry Silver, despite using Daniel’s techniques.

3/10 Daniel LaRusso

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Daniel LaRusso has aged slightly better than Johnny did due to having a much nicer life. It also helps that he has been doing some light karate training and generally staying fit for the past few decades. His fighting style is also very defensive and focuses on punishing mistakes.

It’s a style that has helped him win against physically superior opponents both in his youth and in his adult years. However, Daniel is also incredibly stubborn, refusing to admit that his way may have some flaws because of his worship of Miyagi. While he is certainly very good at his style of karate, it does make him rather susceptible to smarter opponents such as Chozen.

2/10 Terry Silver

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Terry Silver is by far one of the strongest fighters the series has seen so far, and he hasn’t even been around for the past three seasons. Although he also follows the “No Mercy” philosophy of Kreese, he takes it a step further. Where Kreese epitomizes “No Mercy” through violent rage, Terry Silver’s ruthlessness is more methodical and sinister.

Terry gets into people’s heads and exploits their weaknesses. His mind games lead him to be one of the few people to cleanly defeat Johnny Lawrence. His natural physique, despite his age, also lends him some nasty kicks with a long reach. Thanks to all that, Terry Silver is the shocking winner of season 4, thanks to his intelligence and cruelty.

1/10 Chozen Toguchi

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Although he has only made a few appearances in the series so far, Chozen is by far the strongest martial artist in the series. After his loss to Daniel, Chozen has dedicated his life to learning martial arts for self-betterment, not violence. That means, unlike every other fighter, Chozen has been training non-stop for decades.

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His experience plus knowledge of secret techniques means Chozen is far above all the other fighters when it comes to raw martial arts skills. In many ways, he has become the new Miyagi, which is a pretty funny way for a former villain like Chozen to end up. It’s pretty exciting to know what he’ll be teaching the Miyagi-do students in season 5.

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FAQs

Who is the most strongest in Cobra Kai? ›

In an interview, that came out just before Season 4, one of Cobra Kai's showrunners Michael Schlossberg was asked to rank the strongest characters on the show, and as expected, he confirmed that Miyagi was still at the top spot.

Who is the best fighter in Cobra Kai cast? ›

As the daughter of Daniel LaRusso, it's no surprise that Sam is one of the best fighters in Cobra Kai. With Miyagi-Do training, Sam is a solid fighter who has excellent defense and can be aggressive as well. She expands her skill set after learning from Johnny Lawrence and becomes a better striker.

Who is stronger Miguel or Robby? ›

Out of the four of them Robby is the strongest and has the best grasp on the 2 main styles shown in the show. He has an understanding of blocking, striking, grappling, and footwork. While he may not be the best in a single one, he has the best combination of the 4 areas.

Who is stronger hawk or Miguel? ›

Later during one of their training exercises, Miguel notices Hawk with the Medal of Honor and realizes Hawk is the one who destroyed Daniel's dojo. Miguel confronts Hawk, who then challenges Miguel to fight him for it. Despite putting up a good fight, Hawk is defeated by Miguel.

Who is the best fighter in Cobra Kai 2022? ›

  • Chozen Toguchi. Chozen is clearly the better fighter. ...
  • Terry Silver. Terry Silver is a very fearsome Fighter. ...
  • Daniel LaRusso. Since training with Chozen. ...
  • Mike Barnes. Despite the fact that he quit Karate. ...
  • Johnny Lawrence. ...
  • Combattants MMA du Mexique. ...
  • Maître de Terry Silver principal. ...
  • Kim-da-un.
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Who is better Sam or Tory? ›

Tory is more physically gifted as she's shown to be stronger, faster and more durable than Sam, but Sam is more skilled and is a smarter fighter than Tory.

Is Sam stronger than Robby? ›

Sam is more skilled but Robby is stronger/tougher clearly. I think if Sam wins the reason with be she kept her balence and Robby lost his. Very likely though they will fight in season 4 before the tournament takes place.

Can Miguel beat Robby? ›

Robby is one opponent that Miguel won't be able to beat without properly applying himself to both his fights and his training. Unfortunately for Miguel, he may not have enough time to turn things around.

Is Daniel stronger than Chozen? ›

In the second installment in The Karate Kid trilogy, Daniel succeeded in beating Chozen in a fight to the death. Over 30 years later, Chozen proved his superiority over his former enemy by defeating him in a rematch. The fight between Daniel and Chozen indicated that the latter is one of the franchise's best fighters.

Is Miguel the strongest student? ›

Yes, Miguel makes the list twice because while he began his career with Cobra Kai, by the end of season three, he became a member of the combined Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang dojo. As the hands-down best student of Cobra Kai, Miguel automatically became the best student in Miyagi-Do.

Who is stronger Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do? ›

Based on the above categories, Cobra Kai seems to be better than Miyagi Do. Although it is somehow more violent than Miyagi Do, it has better battle preparation, dojo, combat style, and technique. In actual fighting, non-traditional martial arts seem more beneficial than traditional ones.

Who is stronger Kreese or Silver? ›

Kreese never stopped training. He gained more skill and more strength. Silver also was no slouch, but evidence points to Kreese being the stronger of the two.

Is Daniel a better fighter than Johnny? ›

So, if we are going by the first Karate Kid movie alone, then sure, Johnny Lawrence is the better fighter, even if he lost the final match. However, the story of the Karate Kid doesn't stop in the first movie, and neither does Daniel's fighting prowess.

Can Miguel beat Robby? ›

Robby is one opponent that Miguel won't be able to beat without properly applying himself to both his fights and his training. Unfortunately for Miguel, he may not have enough time to turn things around.

Is Miguel the strongest student? ›

Yes, Miguel makes the list twice because while he began his career with Cobra Kai, by the end of season three, he became a member of the combined Miyagi-Do/Eagle Fang dojo. As the hands-down best student of Cobra Kai, Miguel automatically became the best student in Miyagi-Do.

Is Chozen the strongest in Cobra Kai? ›

Cobra Kai season 5 further showcased his skills by showing him effortlessly beating a handful of karate instructors and defeating Terry Silver in a one-on-one match. All things considered, Chozen made a strong case for being the franchise's second-best martial artist behind only Mr. Miyagi himself.

Who is the strongest fighter in Cobra Kai Season 5? ›

  • Chozen Toguchi. Chozen is clearly the better fighter. ...
  • Terry Silver. Terry Silver is a very fearsome Fighter. ...
  • Daniel LaRusso. Since training with Chozen. ...
  • Mike Barnes. Despite the fact that he quit Karate. ...
  • Johnny Lawrence. ...
  • Combattants MMA du Mexique. ...
  • Maître de Terry Silver principal. ...
  • Kim-da-un.
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