Badass Japanese Store Clerk Stops Robbery Using Wooden Kendo Sword

Equipped with his bokuto or bokken — a wooden training sword used in kendo — and a strong will to protect his store, a Japanese clerk prevented a potential robbery in a very badass way.

The incident took place at the Shimojima Minami branch of Circle Kin in Shizuoka, Japan. According to SoraNews24, an unidentified man wearing a ski mask entered the convenience store at around 4:00 a.m. on October 16 while carrying a crowbar.

Image via Wikimedia Commons / Megabait (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The clerk, who only identified himself as a first dan in kendo — a ranking system used in Japanese martial arts — already knew that the man was at the establishment to commit a robbery. The clerk asked him if he was there for the money, to which the robber replied, “That’s right.”

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Someone who is in that situation would normally give in to the suspect’s demands. However, the clerk was not in a giving mood at the time.

After hitting the alarm button to tip off the police, the clerk quickly picked up his bokuto, and proceeded to get into a fighting stance to intimidate the robber. To add more intensity into the standoff, the man warned the culprit that he was a first dan, a first level class in the Japanese sword-fighting discipline.

The robber had three options: get beaten up by the clerk, get caught by the police and put behind bars, or run away. He chose the latter and fled the scene.

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The clerk has since been been hailed as a hero by netizens for his bravery and badassery.

Featured Images via YouTube / SBSnews6

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