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06-04-2010, 09:35 PM

Robert Calton
06-04-2010, 09:44 PM
Very cute find! Reminds me in parts of the color guard's rifle work way back in marching band. :p

06-04-2010, 10:21 PM

Michael Hackett
06-05-2010, 01:42 PM
Give the bear a shave and a high 'n tight haircut and he could serve on the Silent Drill Team. Oooorah!

06-05-2010, 02:50 PM
Wow! As if bears weren't dangerous enough..... Now I gotta deal with a jo swinging master bear?

Is this one of us in another life?

06-07-2010, 08:20 PM
That looks too fake for me. The flip and catch part......I don't know. I just can't see a bear doing the fancy spins then flipping it and catching it.

06-07-2010, 10:29 PM
Believe it or not...it's supposed to be real.

I was skeptical too, but CNN checked into the story and even called keepers at the Japanese zoo who confirmed that the footage was authentic.

Here's a link to the CNN story.


I guess nature just surprises us occasionally.

06-08-2010, 03:26 AM
I guess nature just surprises us occasionally.

On an article from the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/weirdnewsvideo/7767371/Kung-fu-bear-filmed-at-Japanese-zoo.html) they interviewed an animal expert regarding the behavior of this bear.
The expert claims that this phenomena is not natural, in the sense that it's beyond animal usage of complex tools.
This seems to me a kind of relief: despite what is seen in this video, it is still unlikely to meet a jo wielding bear while hiking (or on the street) :D

06-08-2010, 06:10 AM
The bear is showing how easy and natural jo kata is.

One could save some money and time in their training by buying a ticket to the zoo and attending class with Sensei Bear. :)


06-08-2010, 11:46 AM
:yuck: It would never work in a fight. Come to my dojo and have a lesson, bear!

06-08-2010, 01:22 PM
How adorable! It does look like rifle work I used to do in winter guard. :)

06-12-2010, 09:09 AM
Yep, universe, I get it. My jo technique is rubbish. :o I'm working on it.

06-13-2010, 06:07 PM
OK - so who put Saito Sensei in the bear suite ? :D

06-14-2010, 06:31 AM
OK - so who put Saito Sensei in the bear suite ? :D

oops - suit... :)

06-17-2010, 10:42 AM
I'd like to propose that all Dan tests include Jotori... against a bear!