The History of and Story Behind the Cobra Kai Logo

Cobra Kai Logo

The Cobra Kai logo represents the series that has made the rounds from YouTube Red to Netflix’s acquisition of the show. The logo is a remarkable image that sums up the meaning and story behind Cobra Kai if you understand the symbolism. To fully comprehend its magnificence you must know a little bit about the history of Cobra Kai, its origins, and what the design of the logo is all about. Here are a brief history and story behind the Cobra Kai logo.

Is it a spinoff from The Karate Kid?

According to Den of Geek, After Cobra Kai became available on Netflix, it became the number one streamed show in the United States. For the younger viewing audience, it was a cool representation of the various styles of Karate practiced. For the older generation, it was like a reboot of the 1980s blockbuster Karate Kid franchise. Cobra Kai is a spinoff of the former hit films. It is loosely based on the franchise as well as a Karate training school that was in existence long before the film was ever made. Mark Kamen wrote the series based on his own experiences. It has been assumed that the show is named after the Cobra Kai martial arts school that was established by Steven G. Abbate in 1971. The school was highly respected as a hardcore full-contact training center. Three of the characters are carryovers from the original film franchise. According to Men’s Health, Ralph Macchio reprises his role as Daniel Larusso. William Zabka also returns in the same role that he played in the 1984 film as Johnny Lawrence. John Kreese also appears in his role as Martin Kove. At the age of 74, he is back after playing the villain in all three of The Karate Kid films. These veterans of the original franchise make the show exciting for the generation of viewers who enjoyed the films for decades after their release.

Who designed the original Cobra Kai logo?

According to Brands of the World, the Cobra Kai logo was designed by Geronimo Giovanni. The vector format was in Encapsulated Postscript. The logo features a cobra in black outline with yellow fill and a red tongue. The wordmark is set behind the snake in red lettering and reads Cobra Kai. A yellow circle contains the words of the motto of the show “Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy,” creating a full circle in yellow against a black background. This version of the logo is still prominently used to represent the franchise.

What is the meaning of Cobra Kai?

To completely understand the meaning of the symbol we first look at the name of the series. Cobra is a Grand Snake. Kai is the Japanese word that means a group or an organization. This made it the ideal name for a martial arts training school. It also works well as the name of the current series. It refers to the Grand Snake Organization.

The Cobra Kai logo

The Cobra Kai website shows several iterations of the Cobra Kai logo. It’s widely used in the promotion of merchandise as well as for the branding of the show. A cobra is shown in the center for most variations. He is coiled in a striking position with his hood fully extended This shows that he is ready to do battle and to defend against the enemy. The original Cobra Kai logo was done in a black outline with the cobra in a bright yellow coloring. The snake’s face is white and the tongue hanging from his open mouth is bright red. The wordmark is completed in red stating the words “Cobra Kai” in the background behind the snake.

The round version of the logo

Some variations of the logo feature the same colors and elements of the cobra and wordmark with the motto for the show included. The words Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy are printed in a curved border that creates a circle around the cobra and wordmark. The words of the motto help observers to observe more of the meaning behind the cobra. He’s prepared to make the first strike and it’s going to be violent and merciless. The logo sets the tone of the show.

The Cobra Kai font

The font that is used in the Cobra Kai logo is very unique It features a brush script that is extremely close to the Dead Stock font owned by BLKBK Fonts, according to Font Meme. It is a clean brushstroke type that gives you the feeling of the Japanese Kanja. The designers chose an excellent font that represents the Asian culture from which martial arts originated. This is a downloadable font for those who wish to make their own Cobra Kai creations.

Alternate logos for Cobra Kai

Air displays two of the alternate logos that are frequently used for Cobra Kai. The basic elements remain the same with only color changes. The first alternate offers the cobra in white with a black outline against a white background. The wordmark is displayed in black. The second alternate features the cobra in a black outline with red coloring and a yellow forked tongue. The wordmark is displayed in black with a round yellow outline that matches the cobra’s tongue. The outline is used around the cobra to create a border.

Final thoughts

The Cobra Kai logo is one that has been among the most desired for fans who enjoy using the script and images to create their own artwork. The original logo has been altered into several different forms for marketing merchandise. The most elaborate forms of the logo feature the motto of the show around the outside of the image of the cobra and the wordmark.


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