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Fisherman With Black Belt In Karate Fights Off Bear At A Mountain Creek Northwest Of Tokyo

Take a bow, Atsushi Aoki. You're officially the world's coolest sexagenarian.

Screenshot: Japanese Broadcaster (interview with Atsushi Aoki).

The much anticipated sequel to 61-year old Canadian boxer fights off black bear while walking his dog has finally arrived and, quite frankly, it’s better than anything we could have come up with ourselves. Read these words carefully, and revel in their magnificence: a 63-year old fisherman from Japan has just fought off a bear with his black belt karate skills. Yeah, the internet really doesn’t get any better than that. That’s internet perfection, right there.

Atsushi Aoki was fishing at a mountain creek, northwest of Tokyo, when he was attacked by an adult sized Asian black bear. The bear knocked him down initially, and bit his leg, but it wasn’t long before Aoki began the fightback. And what a fightback it was. Aoki managed to get back on his feet and assume the classic karate fighting stance with one fist in front of the other, before unleashing a volley of jabs to the bear’s face and eyes. The bear, that was six foot tall compared to Aoki’s five and a half, couldn’t stand up to the fisherman’s attacks and was last seen scurrying back off into the woods.

Screenshot: Asian Black Bear (via – Wikimedia).

I thought it’s either I kill him or he kills me,” Aoki told public broadcaster NHK after the incident.

“He drove himself to the hospital, and he even remembered to grab the fish that he had caught,” a local policeman told Agence France-Presse.

Bear attacks aren’t uncommon in Japan. Last Monday, for example, two men in Fukushima suffered injuries to the head and face area after being attacked by bears. And back in June, four people were actually killed by bears in the Akita prefecture mountains.

Police officials were keen to point out after the attack on Atsushi Aoki, that the best course of action when you see a bear is to walk away quietly. However, when under attack from a bear it is widely understood that fighting back can be the only difference between life and death. Now if you need us, we’ll be down at the dojo practicing our bear-fighting karate skills. Just in case, you understand.

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