Karate Kid

(in plain xAPI)

I was a little karateka from Milan…

In the 1984 (the release year of “Karate Kid”) I was twelve, I was attending Karate classes, practicing the crane kick in my back yard. My mother teached me cleaning the windows of our house using the “wax on, wax off” motion.

I really loved that movie. It was perfect to tell the life of a teenager of 1984. That year I felt in love with Elisabeth Shue…

I like to use this movie to demonstrate the power of Experience Api.

Picked scene

Every single scene of Karate Kid can be “translated” and recorded using xAPI Standard.

Probably your Learning Record Store will be overloaded by the “wax on, wax off” scenes…

I chose the end of final fight scene. After taking a beating early in the match, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is able to connect a final kick to take out opponent. Daniel, who injured his left leg in the semifinals, is now at the last stage of the championship. He steadies himself on his right leg in the famous crane stance position (that Miyagi teached him on the famous beach scene).

We can translate this moment in an Experience Api statement. Here the full view of the statement.

I’ve chosen this scene because it help me to evidence two important features of xAPI.

xAPI statements can manage informations about who is related to the learning activities (Teachers, Tutors, Trainers…). Companies and Organisations can trace the knowledge transfer and get informed about who is the best interanal tutor / trainer… Isn’t it amazing?


A good xAPI Statement design can help organisations to go deep about what people are learning… The object element can be really useful to generate insights about topics and arguments trends.

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