Man Gets Mauled By Bear, Uses Karate To Survive Attack, Tells Reporter ‘I Kill Him Or He Kills Me’

After being mauled by an Asian Black Bear and sustaining injuries to his head, arm, and leg, 63-year-old Atsushi Aoki used his badass karate skills to save his own life, fighting the ravenous bear off and sending it fleeing into the woods.

KARATE. He used mother fucking karate to gouge the attacking bear in the eyes. This dude was out in the middle of nowhere, fishing, and not only did he wreck the bear with his crazy karate skills but he managed to gather up the fish he’d caught before driving himself to the hospital to have his injuries treated.

via Japan Today:

Atsushi Aoki, who has a black belt in karate, was fishing in a mountain creek in Naganohara, Gunma Prefecture, when the 190-centimeter-tall bear set upon him in what he said was an unprovoked attack.

Aoki was bitten and scratched repeatedly, including on his head.
“The bear was so strong, and it knocked me down,” Aoki told Tokyo Broadcasting System.
“It turned me over and bit me right here,” he added, pointing to his bandaged leg.
But instead of trying to outrun the beast—an Asian black bear—the fisherman decided he would use his well-honed karate skills.
After assuming a fighting stance with his right fist in front of him, Aoki jabbed at his attacker’s eyes, which sent the creature scrambling away into the woods.
“I thought it’s either ‘I kill him or he kills me,’” Aoki told public broadcaster NHK.
The plucky fisherman managed to get back to his car and get himself to a hospital, despite the mauling that left him with injuries to his head, arm and leg.
“He drove himself to hospital, and he even remembered to grab the fish that he had caught,” a local police officer told AFP.

The next time you’re out for a hike, hear a stick break and go sprinting off into the woods thinking your life is in immediate danger I want you to remember that a 63-year-old Japanese dude fought off a bear using Karate…and you don’t know Karate, so sprinting away is the right thing to do.

…(h/t JapanToday)…

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