5 Fun Facts That Link Us To The Karate Kid

If you’re a The Karate Kid fan, chances are you’ve noticed a few details about us that spark fond memories of the cult classic.


1. Daniel San is inspired by a punk-rock version of The Karate Kid

If you’re yet to Rock n’ Roll with us, we are dramatically decked out in neon signs, karate trophies and chicken coops. There’s always something to catch the eye.

2. Why does Mr Miyagi call Daniel “Daniel San”?

San is a suffix usually reserved for older people, teachers, or people in a respected position. Mr Miyagi calls Daniel LaRusso “Daniel San” in The Karate Kid as he is perceived as an equal by the older master.

Image credit: The Karate Kid (1984)

3. A dojo is traditionally a hall in which martial arts are practiced

We might not practice martial arts upstairs, but our rooftop space, aptly named the Beachside Dojo is named after a Japanese “place of the way” and it makes for a beautiful wedding or event space overlooking iconic Manly Beach.

Sunset and Champagne at Rooftop Dojo

4. Have you seen a Cobra Kai reference somewhere in Daniel San?

Are you a fan of the recent Netflix series Cobra Kai? Play a game of Eye Spy when you next dine with us and see if you can spot it. It’s been right there in front of you since we opened.

5. Wax on, wax off!

A basic Karate movement. Also Lesson 1 taught by Daniel San’s master, Mr. Miyagi.


If you’re feeling nostalgic for your Karate Kids roots, or you just want to chow down on some rockin’ sushi, book a table and come visit us!