An attempted kidnapping went entirely wrong (or maybe right?) when the kidnapper chased a woman into a North Carolina karate dojo.
They say that karate is for self-defense only, but we’re glad that Randall Ephraim, head instructor at Bushiken Karate’s Charlotte dojo, made an exception for one woman fleeing from an attempted kidnapping.
It all started last Thursday at around 9 PM. A large man attempted to force a woman into his car to do God knows what. Luckily, the woman escaped and thinking fast, took refuge in a nearby karate dojo.
Ephraim was still present in the Dojo along with a few students waiting to be picked up by their parents. When the lady entered, she told him that a man had tried to abduct her in the street and that he was following her.
"Shortly afterward, a big male entered the building," Ephraim told CNN. "Not knowing what he wanted, I assumed he was inquiring about classes.
"I asked how I could assist him and he stated that he was there for the lady. She insisted that she did not know him and tried to kidnap her."
Ephraim knew the woman was telling the truth when the man tried to force his way into the dojo. He was stopped, naturally, in the most professional way a karate master can: by first telling him “no.”
Once the kidnapper refused, Ephraim was free to drop all professionalism and then also drop the kidnapper like a bag of hammers. We don’t know exactly what secret master-level karate moves Ephraim used, but we’re sure some wicked roundhouses were thrown and maybe even the dreaded “7-sided quivering death palm” was used.
We do know that the crook was “dealt with accordingly”, which is a pretty awesome way of saying that he got wrecked.
We also know, based on the report, that the assailant was wheeled away in a stretcher and taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. He was later charged with attempted kidnapping and drug possession. You’d have to be on something to think you could take on a karate instructor barehanded.