Miyagi Quotes in The Karate Kid (1984)


Miyagi Quotes:

  • Daniel: Hey, what kind of belt do you have?

    Miyagi: Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?

    Daniel: [laughs] No, I meant...

    Miyagi: In Okinawa, belt mean no need rope to hold up pants.

    [laughs; then, seriously]

    Miyagi: Daniel-san...

    [taps his head]

    Miyagi: Karate here.

    [taps his heart]

    Miyagi: Karate here.

    [points to his belt]

    Miyagi: Karate never here. Understand?

  • Daniel: Hey - you ever get into fights when you were a kid?

    Miyagi: Huh - plenty.

    Daniel: Yeah, but it wasn't like the problem I have, right?

    Miyagi: Why? Fighting fighting. Same same.

    Daniel: Yeah, but you knew karate.

    Miyagi: Someone always know more.

    Daniel: You mean there were times when you were scared to fight?

    Miyagi: Always scare. Miyagi hate fighting.

    Daniel: Yeah, but you like karate.

    Miyagi: So?

    Daniel: So, karate's fighting. You train to fight.

    Miyagi: That what you think?

    Daniel: [pondering] No.

    Miyagi: Then why train?

    Daniel: [thinks] So I won't have to fight.

    Miyagi: [laughs] Miyagi have hope for you.

  • Miyagi: First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...

    Daniel: Hey, why do I have to...?

    Miyagi: Ah ah! Remember deal! No questions!

    Daniel: Yeah, but...

    Miyagi: Hai!

    [makes circular gestures with each hand]

    Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.

    [walks away, still making circular motions with hands]

    Miyagi: Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.

  • Miyagi: Karate come from China, sixteenth century, called te, "hand." Hundred year later, Miyagi ancestor bring to Okinawa, call *kara*-te, "empty hand."

    Daniel: I thought it came from Buddhist temples and stuff like that.

    Miyagi: You too much TV.

  • Miyagi: Your friend, all karate student, eh?

    Daniel: Friend? Oh, yeah, those guys.

    Miyagi: Problem: attitude.

    Daniel: No the problem is, I'm getting my ass kicked every other day, that's the problem.

    Miyagi: Hai, because boys have bad attitude. Karate for defense only.

    Daniel: That's not what these guys are taught.

    Miyagi: Hai - can see. No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.

    Daniel: Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.

    Miyagi: Now use head for something other than target.

  • Miyagi: Go, find balance.


    Daniel: [starts to drive away]

    Miyagi: Banzai, Daniel-san.

    Daniel: Hey, banzai!

    Miyagi: [beat; then, louder] Banzai!

    Daniel: [louder] Banzai!

    Miyagi: [shouts] Banzai!

    Daniel: [shouts back] Banzai!

  • Miyagi: [Daniel is practicing karate moves while balancing on a fishing boat as Miyagi fishes] Make block. Left, right. Up, down. Side, side. Breathe in, breathe out. And no scare fish.

  • Miyagi: Now, ready?

    Daniel: Yeah, I guess so.

    Miyagi: [sighs] Daniel-san, must talk.

    [they both kneel]

    Miyagi: Walk on road, hm? Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later

    [makes squish gesture]

    Miyagi: get squish just like grape. Here, karate, same thing. Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no." You karate do "guess so,"

    [makes squish gesture]

    Miyagi: just like grape. Understand?

    Daniel: Yeah, I understand.

    Miyagi: Now, ready?

    Daniel: Yeah, I'm ready.

  • [Daniel, Miyagi and Ali are trying to get onto the tournament floor together]

    Official: Hold it!

    Official: [to Ali] Sorry, teachers and students only.

    Daniel: Oh, well, uh... he doesn't speak English and, uh, I can't understand his instructions without her. She's his, uh, translator.

    Miyagi: [says something in Japanese]

    Official: What did he say?

    Ali: He says that, uh, you remind him of an uncle he has back in Tokyo.

    Official: [smiles] I guess it's okay.

    Miyagi: [says something in Japanese]

    Official: What?

    Ali: He says you're very kind.

    Official: Thank you.

    Miyagi: Welcome.

  • [Miyagi karate-chops the tops off three beer bottles]

    Daniel: How did you do that? How did you do that?

    Miyagi: Don't know. First time.

  • [Daniel is about to have his first match in the tournament]

    Daniel: All right, so what are the rules here?

    Miyagi: Don't know. First time you, first time me.

    Daniel: Well, I figured you knew about this stuff. I figured you went to these before. Oh great, I'm dead. I am dead. You told me you fought a lot.

    Miyagi: For life, not for points.

  • Kreese: [at the Cobra Kai dojo] Class, we have visitors. Fall in behind me. Hai!

    [approaches Daniel and Miyagi, then speaks to Miyagi]

    Kreese: I hear you jumped some of my students last night.

    Miyagi: Afraid facts mixed up.

    Kreese: You calling Mr. Lawrence a liar?

    Miyagi: No call no one nothing.

    Kreese: What are you here for, old man?

    Miyagi: Come ask leave boy alone.

    Kreese: What's the matter, the boy can't take care of his own problems?

    Miyagi: One to one problem, yes. FIVE to one problem, too much ask anyone.

    Kreese: Is that what's bothering you? The odds? Well, we can fix that. Feel like matching, Mr. Lawrence?

    Johnny Lawrence: Yes, sensei!

    Miyagi: No more fighting.

    Kreese: This is a karate dojo, not a knitting class. You don't come into my dojo, drop a challenge and leave, old man. Now you get your boy on the mat, or you and I will have a major problem.

    Miyagi: Too much advantage. Your dojo.

    Kreese: Name a place.

    Miyagi: Tournament.

    Kreese: [laughs] You've got real nerve, old man. Real nerve. But I think we can accomodate you. Can't we, Mr. Lawrence?

    Johnny Lawrence: Yes, sensei.

    Kreese: Fall in.

    [Johnny turns and leaves]

    Miyagi: Ask one more small request.

    Kreese: Make it fast.

    Miyagi: Ask leave boy alone to train.

    Kreese: You're a pushy little bastard, ain't ya? But I like that. I like that! All right. No one touches the prima donna until the tournament. Is that understood?

    [class responds with "YES SENSEI!"]

    Kreese: But if you don't show, it's open season on him... and you.

    [they nod at each other]

  • Miyagi: [Miyagi returns from fishing as Daniel is painting the house] Oh, miss spot.

    Daniel: What spot? Hey, how come you didn't tell me you were goin' fishing?

    Miyagi: You not here when I go.

    Daniel: Well, maybe I wanted to go, you ever think of that?

    Miyagi: You karate training.

    Daniel: I'm *what*? I'm bein' your goddamn *slave* is what I'm bein' here man, now c'mon we made a deal here!

    Miyagi: So?

    Daniel: So? So, you're supposed to teach and I'm supposed to learn! For 4 days I've been bustin' my ass, and haven't learned a goddamn thing!

    Miyagi: You learn plenty.

    Daniel: I learn plenty, yeah, I learned how to sand your decks maybe. I washed your car, paint your house, paint your fence. I learn plenty!

    Miyagi: Ah, not everything is as seems...

    Daniel: Oh, bullshit! I'm goin' home, man!

    [Daniel turns to walk away]

    Miyagi: Daniel-san! Daniel-san!

    Daniel: What?

    Miyagi: Come here.

  • Daniel: Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?

    Miyagi: Man who catch fly with chopstick accomplish anything.

    Daniel: Ever catch one?

    Miyagi: Not yet.

  • Daniel: [after seeing Miyagi practice the crane technique] Could you teach me?

    Miyagi: First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule, Daniel-san, not mine.

    Daniel: Where'd you learn it from?

    Miyagi: Father teach.

    Daniel: You musta had some father, man.

    Miyagi: Oh yes.

  • [some drunks were drinking and setting their beer bottles on Mr. Miyagi's truck]

    Miyagi: Excuse me, please. Boy cold. Must leave. Kindly remove bottles.

    Yahoo at Beach: Kindly do it yourself, Mr. Moto.

  • Daniel: When do I learn how to punch?

    Miyagi: Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good. Balance bad, better pack up, go home. Understand?

  • Daniel: You're the best friend I've ever had.

    Miyagi: You... pretty okay, too.

  • Daniel: Hey, where did these old cars come from?

    Miyagi: Detroit.

  • Miyagi: Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off.

  • Miyagi: [teaching Daniel to punch, wearing a catcher's mask and pads] Daniel-san. Secret to punch, make the power of whole body fit inside one inch, here.

    [points to Daniel's closed fist]

    Miyagi: Power, whole body, one inch, here. Now, punch. Hard.

    [Daniel punches Miyagi in the chest, weakly]

    Miyagi: What'sa matter, you some kind of girl or something?

    [makes punching gesture]

    Miyagi: Punch! Drive a punch! Not just arm, whole body! Hip, leg, drive a punch! Make "kiai." Kiai! Kiai! Give you power. Now, try punch.

    [Miyagi prompts, Daniel punches Miyagi harder]

    MiyagiDaniel: Kiai!

    Miyagi: Once more.

    MiyagiDaniel: [Miyagi prompts again, Daniel punches again, even harder] Kiai!

    Miyagi: Once more.

    MiyagiDaniel: [prompt, punches again, harder] Kiai!

    MiyagiDaniel: [prompt, punch again] Kiai!

    Miyagi: Very good, Daniel-san!

    MiyagiDaniel: [repeated action] Kiai! Kiai!

    Daniel: [starts hopping] Hey, pretty good, huh? Kiai!

    Daniel: [spinning arm, fancy footwork] Hey, look at this, Miyagi. Kiai!

    Miyagi: Matte- mat-matte.

    Daniel: [punching becoming less effective] Kiai! Kiai!

    Miyagi: Wait-wait, Daniel-san.

    Daniel: [mockingly punches Miyagi while continuing to bunny-hop] Kiai! Kiai!

    Miyagi: [trying to get him to stop] Ch-ch-ch-chotto

    Daniel: [dancing around very quickly and still playfully punching Miyagi] Hey, what do you think, Mr. Miyagi, huh?

    Miyagi: [takes Daniel down by hooking his legs with his, then giving him a chop] I tell you what Miyagi think! I think you *dance around* too much! I think you *talk* too much! I think you not concentrate enough! Lots of work to be done! Tournament just around the corner! Come. Stand up! Now, ready. Concentrate. Focus power.

  • Miyagi: [drunk] Banzai!

    Daniel: [totally confused] To baby trees.

    Miyagi: Not bonsai, BANZAI!

  • Daniel: [practicing blocks in Mr. Miyagi's boat] When am I gonna learn how to punch?

    Miyagi: Learn how punch, after you learn how keep dry!

    [rocks boat, throwing Daniel into the water]

  • Daniel: I don't know if I know enough karate.

    Miyagi: Feeling correct.

    Daniel: You sure know how to make a guy feel confident.

    Miyagi: You trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.

  • Daniel: I'm not by myself. I'm with you.

    Miyagi: To make honey, young bee need young flower, not old prune.

  • Miyagi: [on Daniel's birthday, after having already given him a present] Go outside. Something show you.

    Daniel: What?

    Miyagi: Number two present.

    [leads Daniel outside]

    Daniel: [walking and talking] Number two present? You don't have to give me anything. You've given me enough already.

    [Miyagi keeps walking, silently]

    Daniel: No really, I'm serious.

    Miyagi: [stops and points to his fleet of antique cars] Choose.

    Daniel: [surprised and hesitant] Oh, no...

    Miyagi: Hai! Hurt old man feeling.

    [points again]

    Miyagi: Choose.

  • Miyagi: We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.

  • Daniel: I can't believe this. I cannot believe this.

    Miyagi: What?

    Daniel: What you just got me into in there.

    Miyagi: Huh?

    Daniel: You said you were going to make things better for me.

    Miyagi: But I did.

    Daniel: How?

    Miyagi: How? Just saved you two months beating.

    Daniel: Oh great now I really have something to look forward to.

  • Miyagi: [Daniel has just gotten his driver's license and Miyagi has given him a car for his birthday] Just remember, license never replace eye, ear, and brain.

    [notices Daniel has suddenly gotten quiet]

    Miyagi: What matter?

    Daniel: I'm just scared. The tournament and everything.

    Miyagi: You remember lesson about balance?

    Daniel: Yeah.

    Miyagi: Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?

  • Miyagi: Oh, Daniel-san! You all wet behind ear!

  • Daniel: Oh, great, that solves everything for me. I'll just go down to the school and straighten it out with the teacher, no problem.

    Miyagi: Now use head for something other than target.

    Daniel: Hey, I was just kidding about that.

    Miyagi: Why kidding?

    Daniel: Because I'd get killed if I go down there.

    Miyagi: Get killed anyway.

  • Daniel: Why didn't you tell me?

    Miyagi: Tell what?

    Daniel: That you knew karate.

    Miyagi: You not ask.

    Daniel: Well, where'd you learn it?

    Miyagi: Father.

    Daniel: But I thought he was a fisherman.

    Miyagi: In Okinawa, all Miyagi know two things: fish and karate.

  • Daniel: Where am I, this ring over here?

    Miyagi: Hai. Number three.

    Daniel: What's that guy kneeling like that for?

    Miyagi: Don't know.

    Daniel: Don't you know anything you can tell me?

    Miyagi: Hai. No get hit.

  • Miyagi: [repeated line to Daniel] Look eye!, always look eye!

  • Daniel: No offense, Mr. Miyaji, but I don't think you understand my problem...

    Miyagi: [interrupting] Mi... ya... *gi* understand problem perfect.

  • Miyagi: [Daniel walks into Mr.Myagi's house and sits right next to Mr.Myagi, who is actually drunk] Ah, Daniel-san, come inside! Come inside!

  • [Miyagi shows Daniel an old photo of his pregnant wife]

    Miyagi: Daniel-san. Huh? Look, look. Hai, hai. Heh heh heh. First American-born Miyagi waiting to be born.

    [Miyagi laughs proudly at the accomplishment as he pours more alcohol from a new bottle into his glass]

    Miyagi: [claps Daniel on the shoulder] Drink, drink!

    [Miyagi stands up, staggers, faces away from Daniel as if speaking to someone else]

    Miyagi: [as commanding officer] "Sergeant Miyagi!"

    Miyagi: [as self] Yes, sir! Sergeant Miyagi report to kill many jerry Germans, sir!

    [Miyagi laughs, staggers toward the bed, and picks up an old telegram]

    Miyagi: Sergeant Miyagi.

    Miyagi: Yes, sir."

    Miyagi: Regret to inform... wife have...

    Miyagi: [starts crying] Complications at birth, sir. Complications. But no doctor come.

    Miyagi: [groan of immense sorrow] Land of Free, Home of Brave.

    Miyagi: [sobbing] No doctor come. No doctor come.

  • Miyagi: Daniel-san, never put passion before principle. Even if win, you lose.

  • [Walking through the Okinawa airport, Daniel and Miyagi find a poster advertising Sato's karate school. The poster shows Sato breaking a log with his bare hands]

    Daniel: Hey can you break a log like that?

    Miyagi: Don't know. Never been attacked by tree.

  • Daniel: Doesn't that bother you?

    Miyagi: Why should it?

    Daniel: Well the people may believe it's true or something.

    Miyagi: Daniel-san, lie become truth only if person wanna believe it.

    Daniel: Is that another old okinawan saying?

    Miyagi: No. New Okinawa saying.

    Daniel: How new?

    Miyagi: hmmmm...

    Miyagi: [pauses, pretending to think]

    Miyagi: 'bout ten second

  • Daniel: [presenting Miyagi with a rosewood display case, obviously for Miyagi's WW2 medals] I got something for you here... see, it's rosewood. For your medals. I thought it'd be nice to... like, show 'em off or something.

    Miyagi: Why, Daniel-san... Thank you for gift. But why show off?

    Daniel: Well, you know, winning the Medal of Honor and all... It says something about you. Like, you're brave. And all that stuff.

    Miyagi: [puts hand to Daniel's chest] THIS say you brave.

    [motions to medal]

    Miyagi: This say you LUCKY.

    Daniel: Just what did you do to earn this, anyhow?

    Miyagi: ...Not important anymore.

    Daniel: ...Was it scary for you?

    Miyagi: ...Miyagi knees no stop shaking for whole week after.

    Daniel: ...Did you have to kill a lot of people or something?

    Miyagi: Hai, unfortunately.

    Daniel: But they were, like, the enemy... weren't they?

    Miyagi: They were also PEOPLE, Danielsan.

Browse more character quotes from The Karate Kid (1984)