Kicking it into High Gear, Creator and Show Runner, Eric Evangelista Talks ‘Kiddie Kai‘ Now Streaming on Discovery+.
Kicking it into high gear, Creator and Show Runner, Eric Evangelista Talks ‘Kiddie Kai‘ Now Streaming on Discovery+.
Fellow professional wrestling fan and now martial arts enthusiast, Eric Evangelista takes through the world of competitive karate kicks and katas (and taekwondo) in ‘Kiddie Kai‘. Evangelista, who is known for such shows as ‘Breaking Amish‘, ‘Amish Mafia‘ and ‘Mystery Creatures with Forrest Galante‘ gives an inside look of rivalries, not only between the young martial artists, but their coaches, the schools and various governing bodies that at times focuses on reputation rather than the development of the next generation.
‘Kiddie Kai‘ reveals that the “do” in Karate-Do, literally lives up the translation of, “way” as the dedication these martial arts practitioners live their lives to their styles. Unfortunately, sometimes the “do” turns into “dough” so make sure you properly vet the martial arts schools you choose for yourself and your children.
Evangelista who’s children are now practicing martial arts (his son a boxer and daughter in karate) shows us through the six-episode season of what we can expect in going on a life long journey of training.
‘Kiddie Kai‘ even goes so far to show that some of the instructors care more about the rivalries than the practitioners who just want to train and compete.
A compelling series that makes for great television, ‘Kiddie Kai‘ is now streaming on Discovery+.
‘Kiddie Kai‘ is a competition series like no other, showcasing the karate-crazed teachers, parents and kids who square off on – and off – the mat in the cut-throat world of modern martial arts. In the 1980s, martial arts kicked its way into American pop-culture with the rise of legendary fighters like Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris, but as the poster-boys for the sport started to age, so did America’s martial arts obsession: except in one place, the mid-Atlantic. Along the I-95 corridor between Virginia and North Carolina lies the “Black Belt Byway” where dojos line the strip-malls and martial-arts-obsessed kids duke it out on the mat for the glory of their sensei and local bragging rights. Here practicing martial arts isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life that binds the community and fuels incredible competition. The only thing more intense than the fighting itself is the rivalries between the dojos that date back decades. Intense training, cheating, sabotage: the instructors are willing to do whatever it takes to be the best dojo in town. But to be the best means you have to beat the rest, and the best way to settle the score? On the mat.