‘Cobra Kai’ Stunt Performers Dish On Choreography & Cast

“Cobra Kai” stunt performers Jahnel Curfman and Julia Maggio lately spoke to Heavy about their 2021 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Stunt Performance. Curfman defined the importance of the nomination, as it’s the first yr that stunt performers have been acknowledged with the class.

“I believe it is actually monumental particularly as a lot as stunt performers have been campaigning and combating for a class within the Emmys. I imply not simply stunt performers, stunts on the whole, even the coordinators. It has actually been an uphill battle to be acknowledged by the Academy so the truth that, you recognize, the Emmys now are recognizing efficiency and never simply the stunt coordination is — it is a actually massive step for us,” defined Curfman.

Maggio then revealed that she was notified in regards to the nomination by Curfman and her husband, Hiro Koda, who had been the show’s stunt coordinators till its fourth season.

“Both of them texted and known as me to congratulate me. It was simply so particular due to course, I did the entire show with them and it was simply so necessary to me that I acquired to do that with them. But it was so particular,” shared Maggio.

This nomination is a very long time coming for each Curfman and Maggio. Curfman, who was knowledgeable dancer, labored as a movement seize performer within the 2009 movie “Avatar.” After that have, she has since labored as a stunt performer on main productions, resembling “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Stranger Things,” and naturally, “Cobra Kai,” the place she doubled for Peyton List, who performs Tory Nichols, in season 2 and season 3. Curfman and Koda additionally obtained an Emmy nomination in 2019 for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program.

Maggio instructed Heavy that she had “a background in cheerleading and gymnastics” and initially acquired her begin “doing stay and televised performances within the U.S.” for “Power Rangers.” She defined that whereas doing stated performances, she “was working with all these stunt performers on the staff,” who “really useful that [she] ought to go into stunts and began coaching in martial arts.” Most lately, she was a stunt double in “Zombieland: Double Tap,” the tv collection “Legacies,” and Netflix’s “Fear Street” trilogy. In season 2 and three of “Cobra Kai,” Maggio acquired to show off her martial arts abilities by being Mary Mouser’s stunt double.

Curfman & Maggio Explained How They Got Involved With ‘Cobra Kai’

Curfman defined that she initially acquired concerned with “Cobra Kai” as a result of Koda requested her assist with stunt coordination at “the tip of season 1,” as he was showing on display because the referee for the All Valley Tournament.

“So I jumped over with him on that as an extra stunt coordinator after which once we rolled into season 2, he was like I want somebody the entire season so we simply kind of jumped in collectively season 2,” stated Curfman.

She famous that in season 2, she started doubling for List, and Maggio was additionally employed on to do stunts for Mouser. Both of the stunt performers famous that they had been followers of the “Karate Kid” movie franchise earlier than engaged on “Cobra Kai.”

“It was so wonderful for Jahnel and Hiro to name me for season 2. I used to be so excited,” acknowledged Maggio.

Curfman additionally shared how it’s to work with the unique movie’s cast members, Ralph Macchio, William “Billy” Zabka, and Martin Kove.

“At first, it was fairly surreal as a result of you may have the nostalgia of this nice franchise that they’re rebooting and bringing again to life in a way more like cheeky approach. So it was actually cool to get to be aside of that and simply to be a part of the ‘Karate Kid’ franchise household and work with the unique cast. Like these guys are nonetheless actually nice performers so far as their choreography and the issues that they’re doing and to see them even at their ages, you recognize, getting in there making all this occur. It’s actually spectacular,” stated the stunt coordinator.

The Stunt Performers Spoke Highly of Peyton List & Mary Mouser

Julia Maggio & Mary Mouser

During their interview with Heavy, Curfman and Maggio spoke extremely of each List and Mouser. Maggio famous that she appreciated Mouser as a result of she “is extraordinarily enthusiastic about ‘Cobra Kai'” and “actually wished to study each struggle, each transfer.”

“I discover it is simpler to stunt double somebody when they’re passionate in regards to the motion as properly as a result of then they’ll need to do the motion and they’re going to need to mesh the choreography between her and me very well and create a very good struggle scene,” stated Maggio.

She went on to explain Mouser, List, Curfman, and herself as “a dream staff.” Curfman agreed with Maggio’s evaluation and shared that each “Peyton and Mary labored so laborious.” She defined that each actresses “keep[ed] in good bodily form,” which helped refine their choreography. Curfman additionally famous that Mouser and List took the time to get snug with their characters’ weapons of alternative, which occur to be nunchucks and a bo employees.

“As quickly as they knew what their weapon was — Mary acquired a bo employees and Peyton acquired a pair nunchucks. That weapon was with them, it did not matter what scene they had been doing as quickly as they yelled lower they had been again of their chairs they’d that weapons with them. Like it was of their arms continuous,” shared Curfman.

She additionally famous List’s martial arts abilities have most improved out of everybody within the “Cobra Kai” cast.

“Of course, I’m bias as a result of I like her to items however from what Peyton got here in to what she is now could be evening and day. She has simply labored so laborious and progressed a lot to be Tory and to be bada***,” stated the previous Laker woman.

Curfman & Maggio Shared What Makes ‘Cobra Kai’ Unique

Season 2 Finale

Curfman and Maggio, who didn’t work on the show’s upcoming fourth season, additionally mentioned how “Cobra Kai” compares to different tasks. Curfman stated that “the cast is wonderful.”

“Loads of them are nice buddies of ours that we spend time with socially as properly. So a whole lot of is that, simply being actually near the cast themselves however then additionally just like the stunt staff was such a household and all of that mixed simply made it really feel like a very particular expertise. Like nothing else I’ve ever skilled on a TV show,” asserted Curfman.

Maggio went on to say that she believes “‘Cobra Kai’ is actually distinctive” for its inclusion of feminine characters.

“There are a number of females which can be actually assured or sturdy or know martial arts. You do not see that in some other show as a result of normally after I work on some other show I’m the one feminine as a result of it is a male dominated business and ladies do not do motion,” shared Maggio. “It’s simply not within the norm. So ‘Cobra Kai’ was tremendous cool since you had Peyton and Mary, so that you had Jahnel and I and to have two ladies with their very own distinctive martial arts kinds and to be working collectively in such a working partnership, doing all these completely different fights make for a really distinctive expertise.”

The stunt performers then shared their favourite moments from the set. Curfman famous that whereas filming the epic struggle scene for the show’s season 2 finale, “the vitality in that hallway was electrifying with all the background like screaming on the prime of their lungs.”

“We had all the cast in there doing a whole lot of their stuff and all these loopy switches we had been doing with all of the stunt doubles by the point we had been executed with that and everybody was similar to celebrating, I believe that there is some footage on the market of us on the finish of that leaping up and down and yelling. It was such a beautiful like on-set second, it felt so good after which they had been like okay on to the subsequent factor we have to get again to work,” stated the 42-year-old.

Maggio famous that she had a selected fondness for the struggle scenes through the season 3 finale on the LaRussos’ residence.

“We needed to preserve altering stunt doubles and actors, out and in, and it ended up being 11 takes,” defined Maggio. “On the final take, we — in my view I needed to watch Mary — I used to be watching a monitor behind set and the second I noticed her do a transfer, I needed to go behind digicam and go in her place and do a small little bit after which she needed to change me. And I ran throughout that set, via a door and there can be one other monitor that we might see if it lastly caught. So on the eleventh take I simply keep in mind wanting on the monitor after we had executed every thing and your entire set simply erupted and everybody was screaming and clapping and laughing. Just so excited that we acquired that oner.”

The first three seasons of “Cobra Kai” can be found to stream on Netflix.


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