Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is the main character of The Karate Kid film series, with the exception of the fourth installment, The Next Karate Kid. LaRusso's mother is Lucille LaRusso. Some time before the events of the series, Daniel's father died of an unknown cause. This event is what caused Daniel and his mother to move to Los Angeles where Daniel became tormented by the "Cobras", a group of karate students from the karate dojo Cobra Kai. After nearly being killed by the Cobra Kai's best student Johnny Lawrence, Daniel was saved by his apartment's maintenance man, Kesuke Miyagi. After saving Daniel, Miyagi began to teach him the ways of karate. Daniel later defeated Johnny at the "All Valley Karate Tournament". Daniel seemed to have won the respect of the Cobras. In the later movies of The Karate Kid Series, Daniel would eventually learn more from Mr. Miyagi about karate and face new and more highly skilled enemies.