Sunday 25 September 2016

Japanese fisherman (63) 'fights off bear with karate'

Catherine Devine

Published 03/09/2016 | 20:37

Asiatic Black Bear Photo: Getty
Asiatic Black Bear Photo: Getty

A Japanese man in his 60s fought off a wild bear using karate, as he fought for his life.

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Martial arts expert Atsushi Aoki was fishing in a mountain creek when the massive 6.3ft  Asian black bear attacked him.

Using only his hands to fight off the bear, the 63-year-old told a Japanese broadcaster: "I thought it's either 'I kill him or he kills me'."

Aoki was left with injuries to his head, arm and leg.

"The bear was so strong and it knocked me down.

"It turned me over and bit me right here," he said pointing to his bandaged leg.

Aoki used karate on the bear and sent him running into the woods, giving Aoki a chance to make a dash for his car.

"He drove himself to hospital and he even remembered to grab the fish that he had caught," a local police officer said.

Japanese authorities advised against Aoki's course of action when confronted with a wild bear.

Four people have been killed in separate bear attacks in Japan this year.

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