Spring Break Christmas 2018

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Hey Spring Break fans,

Ralph Macchio here; please, come, sit.

When the karate craze kicked, punched, and swept its way through the US in the early 80s, Spring Break were early adopters of a fad which compelled them to focus on three things they had long been devotees of: discipline, aerobic endurance, and the monetization of a burgeoning demographic, a market they harnessed in this instance, by opening a chain of karate halls throughout the state of California.

In the winter of ’82, Karate Party dojos started to spring up all over the Golden State. Here was a band, who when it came to the arts, were determined to prove they were just as at home in the martial as they were in the performing. Lead guitar player, Kenny Berrera, a long-time practitioner of the ancient form of had to hand combat, oversaw the operation.

It was in the San Fernando Valley branch of Karate Party that I convened with the deadly axe-man in the balmy spring of 1983. I’d just finished shooting The Outsiders with a soon-to-be all-star cast, including a diminutive unknown actor called Tom Cruise. When I told him my next project was a movie called The Karate Kid it was he who suggested I hook up with black belt rocker, Berrera, to learn the skills necessary for the part of Daniel Russo.

Though Berrera was a man renowned throughout the entertainment business for his idiosyncratic approach to things – guitar playing, love making, and, as it turns out, karate instruction – I still, perhaps foolishly, expected him to adopt a classic “watch-repeat-learn” approach in the confines of his state of the art facility. How wrong I was.

Instead I was taken to his beachfront Malibu condo to paint his fence and wax his Porsche 944. Quite why I was exposed to such menial tasks was initially lost on me, but in time I realised I was not only being eccentrically armed with the tools necessary for competitive karate, but also learning something just as important but more intangible too. What exactly that was, I didn’t and still don’t know, but it definitely felt like that was the case.

I was ready to perform the role that would define my career, and also reshape the screenplay with some of Berrera’s unique teaching methods. The Karate Kid was a commercial and critical smash, and it was only a few short years later I returned to that Malibu condo, with an electric guitar and a tummy full of butterflies, ready to learn once more, prior to filming the musical drama Crossroads.

This Christmas – December 23rd – join Berrera and his band mates in the Button Factory, where they’ll be playing an action-packed set including the hit song they composed for the Karate Kid OST, The Glory of Love.

Tickets are €27.50 and are on sale at www.tickets.ie Today.

I hope you can make it along – you’ll really get a kick out of it!

Ralph & Spring Break
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