The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Gen-Xer Disappointed In Real-Life "All Valley Karate Championship"
Originally posted 6/2/2003

The All Valley Karate Championship as depicted in "The Karate Kid," top, and in real life
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - Philip Ross, 31, of Van Nuys, California disclosed to friends this week that he was "pretty let down" by the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship, which was held in Sherman Oaks last weekend. The tournament, which was depicted memorably in 1984's "The Karate Kid" (and much less memorably in 1989's "The Karate Kid Part III"), is something Ross said he "always thought it would be fun to go and see.

"Me and [Ross's fiancee] Kellie moved out here after grad school just to see what was up, but we've been really busy and haven't been able to do all the stuff we wanted to do. This year, though, I finally got to the karate tournament. I'm not an idiot, I knew it wouldn't be quite as cool as in the movie, but it was still pretty disappointed. It was pretty much just people milling around and kids kicking at each other."

"Karate Kid" director John G. Avildsen said that while he sympathized with Ross's disappointment, he and his crew had not intended to depict the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship accurately. "A teen karate tournament, that's not that exciting," Avildsen. "I could have told you that. We made up a whole set, put the bleachers up a certain way, had an entire lighting crew, actors, extras. I really don't know what [Ross] could have been thinking. And no, I don't know when or if a special edition DVD of the film will come out. Stop asking me that."

Ross said that he had expected to be able to ferret out a minimal amount of drama or intrigue at the tournament, but that effort proved unsuccessful. "I knew Johnny Lawrence and his Kobra Kai buddies weren't going to come back for one last shot at Daniel LaRusso or anything like that," Ross continued, "but I figured people would realize the magnitude of what was taking place. I mean, it's the All Valley Under 18 Karate Championship, for crying out loud. It's like people didn't even care."

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