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Kiddie Kai

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

The Karate Kid meets Dance Moms to make questionable TV.

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This deep dive into the cut-throat world of kids' martial arts will be an eye-opening experience for most viewers. If Kiddie Kai is to be believed, martial arts has become a way of life for many in the Southeast U.S. ever since the craze swept the country in the 1980s (thanks to movies like The Karate Kid). Regardless of how big the rivalries truly are, the competing coaches and their dojos featured make for good TV. The classic battle between fighting with integrity and doing whatever it takes to win takes center stage here. (As do cheesy throwback 80's references like the shots of one coach cruising around town in his muscle car.) And though the drama plays as more esoteric than truly epic, it's still interesting to watch. The problem, of course, is that there are real kids at the center of it all, and finding entertainment in the pressure they're put under isn't a very good feeling. It is, however, a pretty good reason to skip this show and stick to the likes of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan for your martial arts fix.

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