Friday, August 14, 2009

Judo throw saves man from bear: martial arts saves the day

There's at least one bear in Japan that will think twice before attacking a hiker. Keiichi Yamaguchi, 63, used a judo throw to scare off a bear that attacked him this past August. Yamaguchi, a resident of Matsuda, Kanagawa Prefecture, was picking mushrooms on a mountain in Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, when an Asiatic black bear suddenly attacked him. After the bear bit Yamaguchi on the hand and left thigh, Yamaguchi hit it on the nose and in the stomach. When he used a judo technique to hurl the bear, it ran away from the scene. The man estimated the bear to be approximately five feet eight inches tall. Although Yamaguchi's injuries were not serious, he received medical treatment at a local hospital.

Source Citation:Graham, Richard. "Judo throw saves man from bear: martial arts saves the day." Sports Afield 226.7 (Nov 2003): 16(1). InfoTrac Small Business eCollection. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 14 Aug. 2009

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