How to Dress Like Johnny Lawerence from Cobra Kai

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Best Johnny Lawerence Costume Guide

The now Netflix comedy series, Cobra Kai, fast-forwards 34-years to present day and continues the storyline from Johnny Lawrence’s point of view. Played by William Zabka, Johnny was the antagonist of The Karate Kid as well as Daniel LaRusso’s main rival, originally appearing in The Karate Kid Part II. Lawrence, now in his 50s, is a divorced, alcoholic who recently lost his job. His life take a turn for the better after he accepts a loan from his abusive step-father, Sid Weinberg, enabling him to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo with teenager Miguel Diaz as his first student.

Get the look of the struggling handyman turned Sensei with this Johnny Lawrence costume guide. Cosplay Johnny Lawrence with Johnny’s basic 80’s look that includes a White T-Shirt, Denim Jacket, Blue Jeans, and Brown Boots. Appear as the Cobra Kai sensei with a Cobra Kai Headband and Cobra Kai Gi Costume.

Johnny Lawerence Cosplay Costumes

Still down on his luck after taking a crane kick to the face from Daniel LaRusso in the1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence finally hits rock bottom. And this is when he gets the motivation to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. Lawrence still maintains his basic 80’s appearance. The technology oblivious Sensei’s look can be matched with a white ringer t-shirt, blue jeans, denim jacket, and a pair of brown boots. His look in the dojo is quite different though. That look can be mirrored with a Cobra Kai Headband and Gi.

There are so many opportunities for cosplay from both former and current characters of The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai series franchises. Team up with rival Johnny Lawrence or have your new student, Miguel Diaz, join you in costume. By cosplaying these characters, you can take any [Halloween] costume party by storm.

Johnny Lawerence Costume Tips & FAQs

Step into the dojo with our comprehensive costume guide FAQ for Johnny Lawrence from the popular series “Cobra Kai.” Known for his transformation from a high school karate star to a sensei with a complex past, Johnny’s attire reflects his enduring connection to the martial arts world and his no-nonsense attitude. This guide will assist you in replicating his iconic look, perfect for fans who appreciate his tough yet vulnerable character.

Johnny Lawrence's iconic look includes a black karate gi with the Cobra Kai logo on the back and left chest. He often pairs it with a black headband. His attire represents his deep ties to Cobra Kai and his dedication to the karate style he teaches.

To replicate Johnny's gi, start with a basic black karate gi. Add the Cobra Kai logo to the back and the left chest of the gi, either by sewing on patches or using fabric paint. Make sure the gi is comfortable and allows for a full range of motion, as it's essential for portraying a karate sensei.

Johnny typically wears a black headband, which is symbolic of his sensei status and his commitment to Cobra Kai. You can use a simple black fabric headband, or if you want to be more authentic, look for one that resembles the style worn in the series.

Aside from the headband, Johnny's look is quite minimal. However, you can add a pair of black karate shoes or go barefoot, as is common in many dojos. Additionally, carrying a prop karate trophy or a Cobra Kai bag can add to the authenticity of your costume.

Johnny has many memorable quotes that reflect his tough-love teaching style and his journey of redemption. Some notable ones include: "Strike first, strike hard, no mercy.," and "I'm not just teaching you how to fight. I'm teaching you how to stand up for yourself." These quotes encapsulate Johnny's philosophy and his evolution throughout the series, adding depth to your portrayal as a fan or cosplayer.


About Johnny Lawerence

The Cobra Kai web series pivots the point of view from the popular 80’s franchise, The Karate Kid, to rival Johnny Lawrence. Down on his luck and still jealous of the successful Daniel LaRusso, Lawrence tries to turn his life around by reopening the famed Cobra Kai dojo. However, Johnny runs into further trouble when he enters the dojo in the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament and faces a lifetime ban. He convinces the committee to lift the ban despite Daniel’s disapproval.

Following his success of the All-Valley tournament, Johnny invest even more into his up and coming students Miguel, Eli, and Robby and grow the dojo. The comedy series originally premiering on YouTube was acquired and renewed by Netflix.

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