Kickin' It

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This article is about the Disney XD television series. For the 2008 documentary film, see Kicking It.
Kickin' It
Disney Kickin' It.png
Format Teen sitcom
Created by Jim O'Doherty
Theme music composer Ali Dee Theodore,
Jordan Yaeger,
Julian Michael Davis
& Jason Gleed
Opening theme "Kickin' It with You", performed by Victoria Rocks
Composer(s) Alan Ett
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 76 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jim O'Doherty
  • Marc Warren (season 1)
  • Dave Bickel
  • J.J. Wall (season 3-present)
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios, Hollywood, California
Camera setup Videotape (filmized);
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Poor Soul Productions
It's a Laugh Productions
Original channel Disney XD
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run June 13, 2011 (2011-06-13) – present
External links
Official Website

Kickin' It is an American martial arts inspired comedy television series, which debuted on June 13, 2011 on Disney XD.[1][2] Created and executive produced by Jim O'Doherty, the series is rated TV-Y7 and follows the karate instructor at an under-performing martial arts academy, played by Jason Earles, and his five misfit students, played by Leo Howard, Dylan Riley Snyder, Mateo Arias, Olivia Holt, and Alex Christian Jones.[3]

On September 20, 2011, Disney XD announced the series had been renewed for a second season.[4][5] The show's second season premiered on April 2, 2012.[6] Disney XD announced on November 5, 2012 that the series had been renewed for a third season and would go into production in January 2013.[7] The third season premiered on April 1, 2013. Alex Christian Jones was not a main cast member for the third season. In August 2013, Disney XD ordered a fourth season of the series, scheduled to air in 2014, making it the first Disney XD Original Series to go past 3 seasons. Olivia Holt left the fourth season cast to star in the Disney Channel series I Didn't Do It. Season 4 premiered on February 17, 2014.[8]


Located in a strip mall, the Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy is known as the worst dojo in the under-performing nationwide Bobby Wasabi chain. To improve the dojo's image, a tight knit crew of underdogs enlists new kid Jack to join and help teach them about life, karate and friendship. All the members of the dojo follow the Wasabi code: "We swear by the light of the dragon's eye, to be loyal and honest and never say die. Wasabi!" There are always two to three story lines. The main one teaches a lesson and the others are for comic relief."[3]


The series was created by Emmy nominated producer, Jim O'Doherty who started his career as a sitcom writer and producer for the television comedies 3rd Rock from the Sun, Grounded for Life, and The Tracy Morgan Show.[9] Kickin' It is said to be inspired by O'Doherty's childhood growing up on Long Island, New York where he earned a green belt in martial arts, but was forced to end his training when his local dojo closed down and was turned into a veterinary clinic.[9] This childhood connection to martial arts, combined with three of his daughters' interest in karate, laid the foundation for the premise of the series.[9]

Casting for the series began in early 2010[10] with Jason Earles, former star of Disney's Hannah Montana cast in the role of Sensei "Rudy".[11] Leo Howard, a black-belt in karate and former star of Disney's Leo Little's Big Show was cast in the role of "Jack".[12] Dylan Riley Snyder, former star of Disney's Broadway musical Tarzan was cast in the role of "Milton".[13] Mateo Arias, brother of Disney star Moises Arias was cast in the role of "Jerry".[14] Olivia Holt, whose previous credits included appearances in commercials for Hasbro, Mattel, and Bratz was cast in the role of "Kim".[15] And Alex Christian Jones, who had appeared in Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" music video, was cast in the role of "Eddie".[16]

The pilot episode of Kickin' It was filmed in August 2010 and in November 2010, Disney XD announced it had green-lit the series (then known as Wasabi Warriors) and filming would begin in January 2011.[17][18] With the announcement of the series, Disney Channel CEO, Gary Marsh commented on the groundbreaking martial arts sitcom formula, saying: "By weaving martial arts into the fabric of a traditional situation comedy, we've created a completely unique sitcom form. Plus, by pairing our star Leo Howard — a real life black-belt martial artist — with a brilliant comedian like Jason Earles, we've tipped the scales towards success."[19]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Main characters of Kickin' It L to R, Rudy, Milton, Jack, Jerry, Kim and Eddie
  • Jack Brewer (portrayed by Leo Howard), the new kid in town who is an experienced martial artist and skateboarder. He learned karate from his grandfather who also trained Bobby Wasabi for all of his movies. He is loyal to his friends and inspires them to try their best. He is the most skilled and talented student in the dojo. The Black Dragons also tried to recruit Jack but were unsuccessful.[12] It's revealed that in the episode "Boo Gi Nights" Jack is scared of clowns. It is hinted at that Jack and Kim may have crushes on each other throughout Season 1 and 2, until they finally begin dating in Season 3, episode 8 ("Two Dates and a Funeral"). It is also revealed that Jack has a cousin named Kai, who beat him in a karate duel two years ago. Jack gave up karate until he came to the Bobby Wasabi martial arts academy. In the episode, "New Jack City", his last name is revealed to be "Brewer". His signature line is "You probably shouldn't have done that."
  • Milton Krupnick (portrayed by Dylan Riley Snyder), an honors student who enrolls in martial arts to defend himself after being bullied for taking French horn lessons. He is oddly unaware of his own shortcomings and has an awkward sense of confidence.[13] In later episodes he gets an equally geeky, but more romantic girlfriend named Julie. His signature lines are "Gah!!!" and "Holy Christmas Nuts!!".
  • Jerry Martinez (portrayed by Mateo Arias), a lone wolf who winds up at the dojo to complete his school P.E. credit. He is Latino and speaks Spanish fluently. He's a talented dancer who acts like a tough guy, but is loyal and serious when it comes to friendships. He is not especially smart, but can have good ideas sometimes. His two signature lines are a very happy "WOO!!" (an exclamation that was invented by one of his ancestors as revealed in "Battle of Seaford Hill") and when he realizes he's made a mistake, he'll exclaim, "Really, Jerry? Really??". He often finds ways to end up in detention. His girlfriend in mid-season 2 is Mika. He is shown to be close to the Wasabi Warriors. In season 3, Jerry worked at the Seaford Animal Park, but became manager at Phil's new restaurant in season 4. [14]
  • Kim Crawford (portrayed by Olivia Holt, seasons 1-3), a confident martial artist and the only girl in the dojo. She was a former member of the rival dojo, The Black Dragons but joined the Bobby Wasabi Academy after finding out The Black Dragons were cheaters. Many people underestimate her because she's a girl.[15] In the episode "Hit the Road Jack," it is revealed that she has feelings for Jack and in Season 3 episode 8, they begin dating. She is a blackbelt and the second best martial artist in the dojo, after Jack. She leaves the show at the end of season three to be educated in Japan.
  • Eddie Jones (portrayed by Alex Christian Jones, seasons 1–2), a sweet but uncoordinated kid who attends Bobby Wasabi to get into shape. He loves the sense of achievement, and fears that if the dojo closes he will have no choice but to return to Mrs. King's Dance Academy. He is fiercely loyal and believes that he is a 'playa'.[16] He leaves the show at the end of season two under unknown circumstances.
  • Rudy Gillespie (portrayed by Jason Earles), a former top amateur martial artist who was sidelined by an injury and, for a time, lost his fire to compete before using his entire life savings to become the owner and Sensei of the Bobby Wasabi Martial Arts Academy.[11] He is in a relationship with the kids health teacher Ms. Applebaum. He is extremely close to the Wasabi Warriors. In "The New Girl", he revealed that his name used to be "Rags". Rudy later became the sensei, owner, and manager of the Wasabi Warrior Academy in season 4.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Bobby Wasabi (Joel McCrary), an international movie star and owner of the Bobby Wasabi chain.
  • Phil (Dan Ahdoot), the owner of the restaurant, Falafel Phil's, Mika's uncle.
  • Joan (Brooke Dillman), a security guard at the strip mall.
  • Mr. Funderburk (Eric Nenninger), started out as a coach, but then became Seaford High School's principal. In "Return of Spyfall" he reveals to Jack and Milton that he really is a government secret agent.
  • Sensei Ty (Ian Reed Kesler), the Black Dragon's master and rival of Rudy.
  • Frank (Wayne Dalglish), a student at Seaford High School who trains with the Black Dragons. He is Jack's rival and has a big crush on Kim. He is also the school bully.


Season Episodes Originally aired (U.S. dates)
Season premiere Season finale
1 21 June 13, 2011 March 26, 2012
2 23 April 2, 2012 December 3, 2012
3 22 April 1, 2013 January 27, 2014
4 TBA February 17, 2014[20] TBA



The series's premiere of Kickin' It garnered approximately 873,000 viewers, which made it the highest-rated series premiere in Disney XD's history (including the network's former incarnation as Toon Disney), followed by I'm in the Band's premiere which garnered 863,000 viewers.[21] The premiere scored 578,000 viewers among children 6-14 and 393,000 among tweens 9-14, and was Disney XD's number one live-action series premiere of all time among Kids 6-11 (431,000).[21] In the United Kingdom the first episode delivered 88,000 viewers and the second one delivered 62,000 viewers.[22]

Awards and accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 14-17 Harrison Thomas Boxley Nominated [23]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 14-16 Chelsey Bryson Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress Hannah Leigh Nominated
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 14-21 Harrison Thomas Boxley Nominated [24]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 14-21 Joey Luthman Won
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 14-16 Sadie Calvano Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 14-16 Madison Curtis Nominated


The series originally premiered on June 12, 2011 on Disney XD. It also airs on Disney Channel. It aired as a preview on July 21, 2011 and officially premiered on September 1, 2011 on Disney XD (UK and Ireland).[25] It aired on Disney Channel (Australia and New Zealand) on December 31, 2011 as a preview and on August 25, 2012 as a premiere.[26] It will premiere on April 10, 2014 on Disney XD (Australia). It premiered on September 24, 2012 on Disney XD (Malaysia)[27] and on March 16, 2013 on Disney XD (Southeast Asia).


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  2. ^ Bond, Paul (2011-04-28). "Disney XD Cancels 'I'm in the Band'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Kickin' It - Synopsis". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Weisman, Jon (2011-09-20). "Disney XD renews "Kickin' It" for a second season". Retrieved 20 Sep 2011. 
  5. ^ Disney XD Renews "Kickin' It' for a Second Season TV By The Numbers. September 21, 2011
  7. ^ "Kickin' It" Renewed by Disney XD for Third Season TV By The Numbers. November 5, 2012
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 21, 2013). 'Kickin' It' Renewed by Disney XD for Fourth Season, TV By The Numbers via Disney press release. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
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  10. ^ "Disney series is a kick for young karate expert". The Orange County Register. 
  11. ^ a b "Jason Earles - "Rudy"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "Leo Howard - "Jack"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Dylan Riley Snyder - "Milton"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Mateo Arias - "Jerry"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Olivia Holt - "Kim"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Alex Christian Jones - "Eddie"". Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Disney picks up 'A.N.T. Farm', 'Wasabi Warriors'". November 11, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Dylan Riley Snyder In Show". Hartford Courant. November 18, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Disney XD Orders 'Wasabi Warriors', A New Martial Arts Inspired Comedy Series". TV By The Numbers. November 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 17, 2014). "New Seasons of 'Kickin' It' and 'Lab Rats' to Premiere Monday, February 17". Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It” Launches as the Network’s No. 1 Original Series Debut Ever in Total Viewers TV By The Numbers. June 14, 2011
  22. ^ Top 10 Programmes - BARB
  23. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  24. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Video on YouTube
  26. ^ The Official Foxtel Australia TV Guide
  27. ^ "Kickin It to premiere Monday-Friday 9am". 

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