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Cobra Kai Season 6 Clip Reveals Mike Barnes' Hard-Edge Return For Sekai Taikai Tournament Training


  • Cobra Kai
    season 6 clip features Mike Barnes’ return.
  • Sean Kanan reprises his role as the antagonist-turned-guest from
    The Karate Kid Part III
  • Barnes uses tough love to motivate young fighters, causing potential tension with Daniel.

A new clip from Cobra Kai highlights the return of the Karate Kid villain, Mike Barnes. With new episodes of the Emmy-nominated dojo drama just days away, season 6 will see Sean Kanan back in the role of Mike Barnes. The actor made his franchise debut as the major antagonist in 1989’s The Karate Kid Part III, though he turned a new leaf when he returned as a recurring guest during Cobra Kai season 5.

Entertainment Weekly has unveiled a new clip from season 6, which debuts its first five episodes on July 18. Barnes is using a bit of a tough-love approach to hype potential participants in the Sekai Taikai tournament. Although he’s fighting alongside the good guys, Barnes’ teaching methods can be tough. He startles some of the young karate fighters, including Demetri (Gianni DeCenzo). This leads Daniel (Ralph Macchio) to suggest that Barnes should take a more positive tone, to which Barnes says: “You came to me. The deal was, my way or the highway.”

Where Does Mike Barnes Fit Into Cobra Kai Season 6?

Daniel & Mike Previously Made Peace

As revealed by the Cobra Kai season 6 trailer, the Sekai Takai tournament will be a major focus of the final episodes. The tournament has an added element of urgency due to the fact that Kreese (Martin Kove) is out of prison and seemingly fixed on revenge. It’s a tense environment for Barnes to walk back into, even though he’s a very different person when he’s reintroduced in season 5.

Kanan appears in two episodes of season 5. In the decades that he’s been barred from participating in karate, because of his actions in The Karate Kid Part III, it’s revealed that Barnes had a mentor and he learned that he could use hands to do good and fix things rather than just fight. This offers him a renewed purpose. Mike eventually gets married and takes over the furniture store he once worked at.


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Mike even helps Daniel and Johnny in the fight against Silver in the Cobra Kai season 5 ending. Based on the clip, it’s hard to tell whether Mike’s tension is temporary or if he’ll feel the urge to start competing in karate again. But with new episodes starting on July 18, with another five episodes arriving to Netflix on November 28, viewers won’t have to wait too long to find out.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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