I thought season 4 was about as much fun as seasons 2 and 3. I’ve enjoyed them all.
But why couldn’t someone have pushed Ralph Macchio into taking iust a little more training? He is by far the worst ‘martial artist’ in the show, and that includes the little kids. Every time he throws a kick or a punch it causes me to wince. He looks like a yellow belt (fairly new student with their first participation belt).
The most unrealistic thing about the tournaments is the amount of contact being allowed. Karate tournaments are either touch-contact only, in which case people don’t wear any protective gear, full-contact to the body only, in which case contestants will wear body pads and hand/foot protectors and contact to the head hard enough to move it is loss of point or disqualifying. All of those kicks to the head with bare feet woukd be disqualifying.
Full contact fighting is done, but with lots of protective equipment. Full face masks, body padding, shin protectors, etc. Traditional Karate tournaments are nothing like boxing or MMA tournaments.
I like how those kids all have black belts now. In real life, I have never seen a black belt awarded in less than three years. Not from a real school, anyway. And the average is more like five to seven years, and some people train for longer and never get one because they just don’t have it in them.
But all that is a side show to the human stories the show is really about, and they are great.