Kickin' It is an American martial arts inspired comedy television series, which debuted on June 13, 2011 on Disney XD. 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.
On September 20, 2011, Disney XD announced the series had been renewed for a second season. The show's second season premiered on April 2, 2012.
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.
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!"
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. 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. This childhood connection to martial arts, combined with two of his daughters' interest in karate, laid the foundation for the premise of the series.
Casting for the series began in early 2010 with Jason Earles, former star of Disney's Hannah Montana cast in the role of Sensei "Rudy". 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". Dylan Riley Snyder, former star of Disney's Broadway musical Tarzan was cast in the role of "Milton". Mateo Arias, brother of Disney star Moises Arias was cast in the role of "Jerry". Olivia Holt, whose previous credits included appearances in commercials for Hasbro, Mattel, and Bratz was cast in the role of "Kim". And Alex Christian Jones, who had appeared in Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings" music video, was cast in the role of "Eddie".
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. 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."
Jack (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. It's revealed that in the episode "Boo Gi Nights" Jack is scared of clowns. It is strongly hinted that he has feelings for Kim. He tried to kiss Kim in Season 2 Episode 21 "Karate Games", however did not get the chance. In Season 2 Episode 22 "Kickin' It On Our Own", Jack asks Kim out on a date at the end. 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.
Milton (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. In later episodes he gets an equally geeky, but more romantic, girlfriend named Julie. He once mocked Kim saying she was a blonde.
Jerry (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 the smartest person in the world, but can have good ideas sometimes. His signature is "woo". He often finds ways to end up in detention. His girlfriend as of season 2s name is Mika and she is Phil's niece. He is shown to be closest to Jack out of the Wasabi Warriors, next to Kim.
Kim (Olivia Holt), 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.Even asking Jack to the Swans Court Cotillion. But he rejects Kim saying, "I am a dude. Dudes don't do cotillions." In the episode "Hit the road Jack", it is revealed that she has feelings for Jack. She almost kissed Jack in Season 2 Episode 21 "Karate Games", however did not get the chance. In Season 2 Episode 22 "Kickin' It On Our Own", Kim has a boyfriend, but breaks up with him because she still had feelings for Jack. She and Jack skip practice and go on a date at the end of the episode. Now at the end of the Finale season of "SEASON THREE, Episode 21(66)": Kim is moving away to anther city. (Note: Olivia Holt now have her own show call "I Didn't Do It")
Rudy (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. It has been revealed that he has a strange relationship with Phil's goat, Tootsie. He is currently in a relationship with the kids health teacher Ms.Applebaum.
Eddie (Alex Christian Jones), 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. (Only for Season 1 & 2)
Mika (Oana Gregory),Phil's niece and Jerry's girlfriend.
Marge (Loni Love), Seaford High School's lunch lady.
Lonnie (Peter Oldring), the owner of Reptile World and Rudy's frenemy.
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. Squires (Clinton Jackson), Seaford High School's principal.
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.
Julie (Hannah Leigh), Milton's current girlfriend. She is known to be the niece of Sensei Ty. She is very shy and smart.
Randy (Evan Hofer), is a student at Seaford High School and a gifted skater. It was mentioned in 'Skate Rat' that he has a major crush on Kim.
Sam (Rio Mangini) is a young friend of Rudy but not at first. Than at the end Rudy seem nice to him as long as he stop doing joke. In episode "Dueling Dojos" (302), Sam was mean at Rudy & Kim at first by doing joke & prank. In episode "Glove Hurts" (303), Coming Soon. In episode "Win, Lose or Ty" (307), Coming Soon. In episode "Two Dates and a Funeral" (309), Coming Soon. (More Information, Please look at his Fan site at: Rio Mangini Site)
Special Guest Star
Note: The Special Guest Star as himself, herself, or themself are picture on the episodes lists Here
Harlem Globetrotters-- Harlem Globetrotters guest star as themself as Eddie Uncle & Friends for a Basketball Fundriser on episode 204 "Eddie Cries Uncle".
Kyrie Irving-- Kyrie Irving guest star as himself at a Shoe Store Jack & Jerry Work at on episode 219 "Sole Brothers".
Kofi Kingston-- At the finale part of the episode: The two dojos are at a tie, and to win the dojo Rudy has to go up against Kofi Kingston. Eventually he beats Kofi, and they win the dojo back. (episode 222 "Kickin' It On Our Own") More Information About Kofi Kingston...
Gabby Douglas Gabby Douglas Help Kim & her Team to win the gymnastics.