Karate Bear Attacks for Salmon!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: MMA
24 Jan 2008


Many of you have been in the situation where you have had to fight or bluff an animal to gain the upper hand. We here at My Self-Defense Blog believe you have to be ready for any situation. What if your plane crashed over Alaska on the way to a karate tournament? How would you eat? And more importantly are you on the top of the food chain? Here is one karate practitioner that has meditated and answered this ageless question.


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OK, kidding aside, when I drove through Yellowstone National Park, I did take a baseball bat and my staff. I did not want to be in the position to defend my family with just open hand techniques.


When I had a paper route when I was 12 years old, I had many skirmishes with large breed dogs. I learned that fear was the main trigger with animals and if you did not show fear - you would walk right past the snarling dog on the chain to porch the paper (for my daily 10 cents) :)


When I was a teenager I got into a verbal contest with a guard company's owner. He said karate would not stop his attack trained dobermans! I laughed and told him I could take any dog and we started to arrange a match. Lucky for me the owner and I came to our senses and did not go through with it. I say this for the dogs sake. I did not have a beef with the dog but rather with the boisterous guard (I think the same argument could be made about me at the time :) )


Anyway after learning how to fight, I never had an issue with dogs as they would always back down from me. Even apparently vicious dogs would back down when I just walked up on them with my fist extended. I don't really know what the dogs thought other than no one has ever ignored me (the dog is thinking this) before and the dog turned and ran!


While I think one dog would be easy to fight, two or more dogs if aggressive, would be hard to fight. Sorry for getting off on a tangent tonight but after my wife showed me this video I was laughing so hard, I just had to try and find a way to weave this in into MySelfDefense.com blog. :)


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