Kyokushin karate vs. a bear

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Kyokushin karate experts have sought to demonstrate the strength of their style through a wide variety of means. They hold competitions allowing full power strikes; this is an intelligent way of demonstrating the strength of your style. They hold public performances of the breaking of boards, rocks, bricks, bottles, watermelons, and other things that don’t hit back.

This is a little silly. And, unfortunately, there was been contests of dubious legitimacy between Kyokushin experts and animals.

It began with founder Mas Oyama, who claimed to have defeated 52 bulls in combat. Oyama also spoke proudly about breaking dog’s necks in public demonstrations.

In this vein, footage was shot of 6′ 7″ Kyokushin expert Willie Williams attempting karate on a bear. It reportedly took place in Erie, PA.

If you look carefully, the bear, in what has been billed as a Death Match, had no teeth. It was in all probability declawed as well. Williams was called “Bear Killer” thereafter in Japan.

Somehow, it is fitting that the incident was turned into a cartoon.

Returning to reality, Williams took bronze at the 2nd IKO World Open Karate Tournament in 1979, and made the final 32 at the 3rd IKO World Open Karate Tournament in 1984.

He was also took part in pro wrestling “Hard Works” in Japan, in which the outcome is pre determined by the promoter, but the techniques are real, and land with force. His bout with Antonio Inoki for the World Heavyweight Martial Arts Championship in Tokyo in 1980 ended in a draw, and is considered one of the greatest pro wrestling contests in Japanese history.

Willie Williams

Williams also went 9-4 in the pro-wrestling inspired RINGS mixed martial arts organization, before retiring in October of 1994. These days he teaches Kyokushin on occasion in his home state of North Carolina.

Although there are only eight species of bear, they appear in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Bear size varies notably:
Giant panda: 150 – 280 lbs
American black bear: 240 lbs
Polar bear: 990 lbs
Brown bear: 220 – 1,400 lbs

All bears are physically powerful and are likely capable of fatally attacking a person, but for the most part are shy, easily frightened, and will avoid humans. Injuries caused by bears are rare, but are often widely reported. The danger that bears pose is often vastly exaggerated, in part by the human imagination. However, when a mother feels that her cubs are threatened, she will behave ferociously. It is recommended to give all bears a wide berth; because, they are behaviorally unpredictable. [Source: Wiki]


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