Daniel Larusso was born in Newark, New Jersey, in an Italian-American family. In September 1984, Daniel and his mother Lucille moved to Reseda, California. Under the training of karate sensei and facilities manager Mr. Miyagi, Daniel won the All Valley Under-18 Karate Championships tournament. He than took his skills to the octagon, accumulating 46 professional wins in 73 fights and never suffered a knock out defeat. And he did it all for the glory of love.