BJJ Blackbelt Who Strangled A Cougar Re-Lives The Battle On Video
Luckily, for most of us, martial arts is a fun and worthwhile fitness pursuit that hardens the body and prepared the mind.
Many never have a need to employ their learnings in a real-world environment.
But for 31-year-old Travis Kauffman, that’s exactly what happened as a leisurely trail run turned into his worst nightmare.
The Colorado local was attacked by a mountain lion and was forced to kick his training into gear in order to defeat the animal.
He recalled the chilling ordeal in great detail in a recent interview.
Kauffman reveals that when he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him, he initially thought it was just a deer.
But when he turned around to investigate, his worst fears were confirmed as a big old puss was coming his way.
Characteristically pouncing, the lion mounted its attack and Kauffman was on the defensive from the get-go.
Initially, Kauffman said he was in survival mode as he struggled with the big cat. He was able to fend the animal off as it latched onto his wrist, focusing on protecting his face.
He knew from his new pet feline at home that cats are known to go for the face and gauge the eyes. He was also concerned about the lion’s back claws gauging him in the groin or stomach.
As the fight continued, Kauffman tried to grasp for sticks on the ground whilst fending the cat off. He grabbed a few and tried to stab the cat, but they were rotten and broke on impact. He then fortuitously found a rock and clouted the cat in the hard a few times. This seemed to be a turning point as fatigue was setting in.
He managed to use his Jiu-Jitsu training to get his foot onto the lion’s throat. Getting the upper hand, Kauffman, full of adrenaline, was able to subdue and suffocate the cat.
The lion did not tap out in time and died.
Check out Kauffman’s account of the incident here.