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Wounded Ronin
9/01/2016 11:47pm,
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/02/national/gunma-river-angler-63-uses-karate-ward-off-attacking-bear/#.V8jwrpN97bQ



MAEBASHI, GUNMA PREF. – A 63-year-old man who was fishing on a river in Gunma Prefecture was attacked by a bear, but fought the animal off using karate, police said Thursday.

The man, from Naganohara, Gunma, whose name was not disclosed, was attacked by what appeared to be an Asian black bear at around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, when he was fishing on the Jizo River in the town, police officials said.

The bear, which was roughly 1.9 meters tall, reportedly sprang on to the man when their eyes met. The karate rank holder, who is about 1.7 meters tall, fought back and attacked the bear’s eyes. The bear ran away, and the man suffered bites and scratches on his head and right side of his body, according to the officials.

The officials said there had been witness reports of a bear in the area. “If you witness a bear, don’t fight but walk away quietly and report to police,” a police official said.


I guess it wouldn't have worked if the bear had been on the street, but since it was in a river and not on the street, the karate had bear-whupping power!

scipio
9/02/2016 10:19am,
It could be this incident they are referring to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dspAa9NQ-c

Ming Loyalist
9/02/2016 11:23am,
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/02/national/gunma-river-angler-63-uses-karate-ward-off-attacking-bear/#.V8jwrpN97bQ



I guess it wouldn't have worked if the bear had been on the street, but since it was in a river and not on the street, the karate had bear-whupping power!

i'm sure he was in the river doing his kata for several hours first to generate the necessary anti-bear power.

BKR
9/02/2016 11:25am,
It could be this incident they are referring to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dspAa9NQ-c

Now that was damned funny!

goodlun
9/02/2016 1:13pm,
It probably went down like this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8x3Vt3pmY

BKR
9/02/2016 1:21pm,
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/02/national/gunma-river-angler-63-uses-karate-ward-off-attacking-bear/#.V8jwrpN97bQ



I guess it wouldn't have worked if the bear had been on the street, but since it was in a river and not on the street, the karate had bear-whupping power!

Hmmm...

rsus thibetanus japonicus Schlegel, 1857
Asiatic Black Bear.jpg Honshū and Shikoku. Extinct on Kyushu. A small subspecies weighing between 60–120 kg for the adult male and 40–100 kg for the adult female. The average body length is 110–140 cm.[16] It lacks the thick neck fur of other subspecies, and has a darker coloured snout[9] Japanese black bear

That was one lucky man.

PizDoff
9/02/2016 11:53pm,
i'm sure he was in the river doing his kata for several hours first to generate the necessary anti-bear power.

*A few episodes.