Netflix releases action-packed trailer for Cobra Kai season 4

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Decades old rivals work together in the newly released trailer for The Karate Kid spin-off series Cobra Kai.

Along with the season four sneak peek, Netflix announced a December 31 release date.

The trailer begins with Ralph Macchio's Danny LaRusso and William Zapka's Johnny Lawrence, who were sworn enemies in the original Karate Kid film and through much of the critically-acclaimed show, putting their differences aside to train their students, together.

Working together at last: The two rivals from the original Karate Kid, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) are working together in new Cobra Kai trailer

Different approaches: While Lawrence preaches attacking swiftly and without mercy, LaRusso takes a different approach 

Discipline: LaRusso said in the trailer that organization is the only way to defeat Cobra Kai

While the former preaches a message of discipline and organization, the latter talks instead about attacking swiftly and ferociously. 

'We bite first!' the former villain shouts as a potential plan to defeat the Cobra Kai dojo led by Lawrence's former sensei John Kreese. Martin Kove plays the maniacal teacher 

Kreese is also in the trailer, at work teaching his students how to attack without mercy in preparation for the All-Valley Karate tournament.  

However, as Kreese says in the clip, 'They're not the only ones teaming up.'    

The big bad: The two former rivals are teaming up to defeat Lawrence's former sensei, John Kreese

A dangerous enemy: Kreese called an old friend at the end of season 3 named Terry Silver, seen here, who was last seen in Karate Kid III

Terry Silver, a ruthless martial arts master last seen in Karate Kid III, returns to the franchise and will help his friend attempt to defeat the new alliance between LaRusso and Lawrence. 

Thomas Ian Griffith will reprise the role that he originated in the early film.

Silver takes a few seconds of the trailer to rain down a series of vicious punches on a punching bag. 

Meanwhile, the two dojos' students are hard at work prepping for the fight of their lives.  

Readying for war: LaRusso blocks a blow from his daughter, Samantha, as they train for the All-Valley Karate tournament

One of his best: Lawrence come safter one of his best students, Miguel played by, with a vicious Xolo Maridueña right kneww

 LaRusso's daughter, Samantha, and Lawrence's best pupil, Miguel, are shown training on their side while Lawrence's son Robby, played by He's All That star Tanner Buchanan, trains under Kreese. 

LaRusso's wife, Amanda, ends the trailer by noting how strange the situation they find themselves in is. 

'If you had told me a year ago that our family's safety depending on winning a krate tournament, I would've thought you were joking,' the character, played by Courtney Henggeler said. 'But here we are. Living in the Twilight Zone.  

Son fighting father: Robby Keene, played by He's All That actor Tanner Buchanan, fights on John Kreese's side against Johnny Lawrence who is his father

Brutal approach: Lawrence shows less patience than his counterpart as he throws something at a student

The Twilight Zone: LaRusso's wife, Amanda, ends the trailer by noting how strange the situation they find themselves in is, calling their lives 'the Twilight Zone'

It shouldn't come as too much of a shock to fans that the next installment of the series will come out on the last day of 2021. 

Season 3 of the show came out on January 1 of this year, and the show has consistently tried to release a new installment every year, though the pandemic did push back the arrival of the third season. 

The show's creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg wrote the first episode themselves. They are credited as writers on every episode of the series, and they've all also directed a number of episodes as well. 

Meditation training: Lawrence and LaRusso's team trains through the art of meditation

Who else might return? The show has seen a lot of familiar faces return during its run including Elisabeth Shue who played Ali Mills in the original film  

With the return of Thomas Ian Griffith, fans will have to wait and see if any more of their favorite characters return to the series. 

Last season saw Elisabeth Shue return to her role of Ali Mills from the original film. Yuji Okumoto and Tamlyn Tomita reprised their roles as Chozen and Kumiko, respectively from the second Karate Kid movie. 

Only time will tell if stars like Hilary Swank or Robyn Lively might return to the Karate Kid universe. 

The show has already been renewed for a fifth season after its next outing, so if fan favorites don't show up this season, they still have time to.