27John Kreese Quotes from ‘Cobra Kai’s’ Hardened and Traumatized Antagonist
John Kreese, the owner of a dojo and sensei, has lived a hard life, and unfortunately, this translated into him becoming an abusive and cruel individual towards his students. Read the quotes below to find out more.
Abusive and cruel sensei John Kreese was introduced into the "Karate Kid" franchise from the first movie until the third. As the central antagonist, his main conflict lies with Daniel LaRusso and Mr. Miyagi. However, he eventually disappeared after losing to the duo on multiple occasions.
He did return in the "Karate Kid" spinoff Cobra Kai series, although viewers get a look into his past, which helps humanize his rigid character. Fome his time in the Vietnam War, his mother taking her own life, and being a victim of bullying, to name a few.
Read these quotes to learn more about this traumatized man's painful and sad view of life.
Two individuals practicing karate with John Kreese’s quote: "Our society has gotten weak. Kids today are coddled.” │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
John Kreese Quotes: Brutal Perspectives and Lessons
"Your whole life, you're told to be good. But good is only a matter of perspective. Always remember your enemies think they're doing what's right. They think they're the hero and you're the villain. But now you know the truth. There is no good. There is no bad. Only weak...or strong. And now that we've shed our weakness, it's time to show our strength. If you do that, I promise you... you will be unstoppable." — John Kreese
“I thought there was still hope for you.” — John Kreese
“Sometimes the world can be cruel. And that's why you have to learn to be cruel yourselves.” — John Kreese
"Our society has gotten weak. Kids today are coddled.” — John Kreese
“War never ends. Peace is just the lull between battles.” — John Kreese
A group of individuals from the, “Karate Kid” franchise, including John Kreese and his quote: “I thought there was still hope for you.” │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
"We do not train to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak. Here, in the streets, in competition. A man confronts you, he is the enemy. An enemy deserves no mercy." — John Kreese
"I did warn you about this. I told you not to show weakness." — John Kreese
John Kreese Quotes: Winning and Losing
"It's not about the trophy. It's about being a champion. Win or lose, that reputation will follow you for the rest of your life." —John Kreese
"Of course, I can. I founded Cobra Kai. It belongs to me. It always has, and it always will. I will never let my students lose. Even if they have to learn the hard way. One day you will thank me for this, Johnny." — John Kreese
"Why don't we settle this the old-fashioned way? Tournament. If we lose...I go. If you lose..." — John Kreese
John Kreese, with his quote:"You did what I always thought you could do. You won." │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
“Win at all costs. Those we thought to be our allies have turned against us.” — John Kreese
"Congratulations. You did what I always thought you could do. You won. Cobra Kai is back where it belongs. Back on top. Everyone closed the book on us. They thought we were done. But now they see...That the real story's only just begun." — John Kreese
"You did what I always thought you could do. You won." — John Kreese
"Fair enough. I don't think there's much I could teach you now anyway. Except maybe this...all that Miyagi-Do mumbo jumbo...that might score you points in a tournament. But now you're in the real world, kid...You might wanna learn to strike first." — John Kreese
“No matter what people say, it does matter whether you win or lose.” — John Kreese
John Kreese, with his quote: “Win at all costs. Those we thought to be our allies have turned against us.” │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
More John Kreese Quotes
"You've come this far. this is your fight now, so whatever happens, it's up to you." — John Kreese
“If your mind is agile, so are you. That’s the best way to beat your enemy.” — John Kreese
"Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?" — John Kreese
"When something bad happens, you have two choices. You let it tear you down, or you let it build you up.” — John Kreese
"That's why I'm here, sir. Defend my country, be a hero." — John Kreese
Children practice Karate, with John Creese in the background, with his quote: “If your mind is agile, so are you. That’s the best way to beat your enemy.” │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
"Finish it. For good. Do I make myself clear?" — John Kreese
"You're all right, LaRusso." — John Kreese
"Look, what happened with Terry back in the old dojo... I didn't know he was gonna do that." — John Kreese
"This is my dojo. Oh, I forgot to tell you, when you were out of town, I had a little talk with the landlord. It turns out he doesn't like you much. But you know the problem with those handshake deals, there are no guarantees." — John Kreese
John Kreese and other characters, with his quote: "When something bad happens, you have two choices. You let it tear you down, or you let it build you up.” │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
"I feel like a broken man, Johnny. I don't really think I can be fixed." — John Kreese
"I told you...this was inevitable. You can't keep up this 'defense only [expletive] forever." — John Kreese
“This is a karate dojo, not a knitting class.” — John Kreese
The actor for John Kreese, Martin Kove, with Kreeses+’s quote: "I feel like a broken man, Johnny. I don't really think I can be fixed. │Source: facebook.com/CobraKaiSeries
Martin Kove played Kreese in both the movie and the series. He wasn't the only one who reprised his role. Randee Heller (Lucille LaRusso), Thomas Ian Griffith (Terry Silver), Elisabeth Shue, (Ali Mills Schwarber), Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko), Yuji Okumoto (Chozen Toguchi)f Rob Garrison (Ron Thomas), Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) all chose to come back to the screen as their old characters.
Johnny Lawrence was Kove's leading student when the films first came out. Read 36 of his quotes.