A very inspiring story comes to us from Colorado. As crazy and made up as it may seem it’s true word for word. Mountain lion attacks are not rare in the USA, especially among people that like to run in secluded areas. Given the size of mountain lions, encounters such as this rarely end well for the human. Unless you’re a badass from California. Then you’re the main man behind titles like “Runner Kills Mountain Lion With Bare Hands”. While we doubt he set out to prove he can choke a wild cat, the man deserves recognition nonetheless. As a disclaimer, we do not advocate trying to choke wild animals under any circumstances.
In every BJJ academy worldwide, the self-defense aspect that’s taught is never in terms of dealing with wild animals. And, despite the name of some techniques, like the “lion killer” choke, for example, those moves are not considered smart options when you’re battling for your life with a wild cat. However, having that BJJ knowledge definitely can come in handy. While it is every day that a runner kills a mountain lion with a choke, it is now certain that it can be done. That said, let’s look at the amazing story of Travis Kaufmann, the jogger that emerged from his mountain lion encounter victorious.
Runner Kills Mountain Lion With Bare Hands
The event took place on a known on a Colorado running trail. The man was running by himself on West Ridge, a popular trail in Larimer County’s Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, which is near Fort Collins. At one point during his run, he heard an unusual noize behind him. As he turned, he saw an 80 lbs mountain lion springing on him. It seems that his man running triggered the hunting instincts of the animal, as per Colorado wildlife officials. Runner Kills Mountain Lion
The first thing the runner, who is in his thirties did, was freeze and start yelling, However, that didn’t seem to work. As the mountain lion sprang, instincts seem to have kicked in with the runner as well. The unidentified man did not manage to pull out injury free. On the contrary, the mountain lion got to his wrists and face before the man could react. However, the runner quickly turned to offense. Ge managed to get hold of the rock and hit the lion. this, in turn, allowed him to free himself from it. Knowing that if he just ran the lion would follow, the runner decided to deal with it on the spot.
What he did was wrestle with the cat until he managed to get back up. He also gained access to the cat’s back and used all of his bodyweights to choke the animal. He did not let go until the mountain lion, who was a juvenile cat, stopped breathing completely. The runner then drove to the nearest hospital. Although his injuries were serious, he is now recovering at home.
The Mata Leao Choke
The “runner kills mountain lion” story hits a very familiar not for people training BJJ. And, the manner in which he disposes of the animal, (from the back) is even more curious. After all, one of the most famous moves in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the “Mata Leao” or “Lion Killer” strangle.
The choke is one that everyone knows, mostly thanks to Holywood. As incorrect as Holywood’s depiction is, the move is a highly efficient one. the choke works in every setting, whether it is MMA, sports Jiu-Jitsu or self-defense. Now, as it seems, it even justified it’s naming in full. While we don’t know the full etiology of the name, it may stem from a story like ours.
The rare naked choke (Mata Leao) works from the back. One arm goes over the shoulder and around the neck of an opponent, much like a noose. Then, the palm of that arm goes on the biceps of the opposite side arm. the forearm of the other arm goes behind the neck, making a “figure four” lock. The pressure from the strangle is on both carotid arteries which prevent the brain from getting oxygen. The name of the choke though has no confirmed origin, so we can’t know if it can actaully help against a lion. We know what can, though.
The Real Mata Leao Choke