By Jessica Derschowitz
Updated November 16, 2015 at 01:12 PM EST
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Billy Zabka, who played Johnny Lawrence in 1984’s The Karate Kid, took a very non-villainous stand against bullying over the weekend at a Maryland dojo.

Zabka spoke to a crowd of 250 people during the second annual Anti-Bullying Day at Kickmasters Karate in Clarysville, according to the Cumberland Times-News. He was the keynote speaker at the event, which also included booths and stations dedicated to bullying awareness inside the facility. His speech was also simulcast to hundreds more in attendance on the grounds outside.

“Bullying is never cool … not when you can be the hero in your own story,” he told the crowd. (Perhaps there was something to that theory Daniel LaRusso is the Karate Kid’s real villain.)

You can see video of Zabka’s speech below.

The Karate Kid

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 140 minutes
  • Harald Zwart