'Karate kid' saves dad from attackers

2013-02-04 08:28

Bloemfontein - A 15-year-old teenager saved his father from eight armed men who attacked them on their smallholding in Roodewal.

Mark Reynolds, who has a brown belt in karate, told Volksblad that he fought so hard that he broke some of his fingers.

“He is my hero. I would go to war with him,” said Gavin Reynolds of his son.

Mark fought off the eight drunken men almost single-handedly after the group came onto the property and started harassing his father’s workers and their children.  

“One of the men came to me and made racist remarks and slapped my dog. He pushed his finger in Mark’s face.

“Then Mark slapped him. The others jumped up and attacked us. Thank God he doesn’t have a black belt otherwise they would be dead.”

‘Moves I’ve never seen before’

Reynolds said the men were drunk and armed with sticks and knives.  

The men broke about four sticks on his son’s back and also hit him on the head with a steel pipe, causing a head wound.

When Reynolds ran away, he fell over the dog and the men started throwing rocks at him while he lying on the ground. His son came back with a gun and the men fled.

Reynolds said he would’ve been dead had it not been for his son. “He hit them so hard that his hand is gone. I would’ve been dead if it hadn’t been for him and his karate. He showed some moves that I have never seen before.”  ”

He said police who later arrived at the smallholding didn’t take statements from him and were more interested in one of the men who was bitten by the dog.

A police spokesperson said the incident would be investigated.

  • - 2013-02-04 08:38

    Good for you karate kid!

  • merry.martin.944 - 2013-02-04 08:40

    Well done, Kiddo.... You are one brave kid.

  • Zeeany Filth Hailele - 2013-02-04 08:40

    what a brave kid mark. those paid lessons were not for nothing. they really are worth it. next get your black belt and teach more morons some lessons.

  • jacques.nel.714 - 2013-02-04 08:40

    Give that boy a Bell's............

      edward.gobey - 2013-02-04 09:04

      it is a only a freeking expression.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-02-04 09:36

      Lols Jacques, if you want to get him drunk, who's gonna fight the 'drunken man' who attack his dad??! Surely they will come sober nextime and he would be drunk, so insted how about Honour this hero with BlackBelt!!

      fussed.anderson - 2013-02-04 09:45

      I love expression, lots of them too

  • willem.louw.16 - 2013-02-04 08:43

    Just another story about yet another attack in a rural area accompanied by sadly another story of the police not getting it right. Sadly this is becoming a daily occurrence. Really sad to read the news: Everyday a new ANC corruption case, COSATU demanding something new, People striking looting and burning and then my personal favourite the corruption and harassment by the people we as taxpayers pay to protect us. It's difficult to take people including our president serious when they stand up and remind us all is good and well in SA and there is hope....

  • donovan.hickey - 2013-02-04 08:48

    what a brave young man...a true little hero

  • morne.mars - 2013-02-04 08:51

    this story just put a smile on my face you go kid.

  • coreen.joubert - 2013-02-04 08:52

    Awesome!! ... That"s the way to go. Hoolahhhh ....

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-04 08:53

    The really worrying thing is the police not taking statements at the scene while everything was still fresh in people's minds. Inexcusable! They should then have immediately started canvassing the area looking for them. The complete incompetence displayed by the rank and file is shocking and inexcusable. No wonder it pays to be a criminal in SA.

  • magnus.j.vanvuuren - 2013-02-04 08:53

    goeie werk

  • coreen.joubert - 2013-02-04 08:56

    Just damn awesome!! What more can I say? The way to roll and stop these bastards from killing and murdering innocent people!

  • teddy.molefe - 2013-02-04 08:59

    Ok that's it my kids will have to take karate lessons.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 09:17

      Teddy. Molefe. Yes but get them into a good school where they are not only taught how to fight, but also trained psychologically to learn when to fight and when not. We send our boys to Karate at a young age to stop bullying at school it worked like a charm.

  • petr.valcik1 - 2013-02-04 08:59

    South African Chuck Norris in the making. lol

  • Gruntus Maximus - 2013-02-04 09:00

    this started my week out right

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-02-04 09:01

    We can't entrust self-serving, action-man Zuma and his useless sidekicks with our survival. You need to be a Chuck Norris or Steven Seagal to survive over here. Well done young Chuck!

  • Daniel Jayson Brink - 2013-02-04 09:03

    Typical SAPS, more interested in the rights of criminals than that of the innocent.

  • gert_swart - 2013-02-04 09:09

    @Mark Reynolds Well done, young man. You are a true hero!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-04 09:11

    The father tried to run away?. But thank heavens for Karate. My sons are all third and fourth Dan. I hope the boy and his dog is just fine.

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  • bruce.sahli.3 - 2013-02-04 09:18

    COWARDS,again can only do such things when in multitudes!!!!!!!and dops dutch courage otherwise they are just WIMPS,I would like a one on one in a room somewhere,far away with this vermin!

  • shamiela.naidoo - 2013-02-04 09:21

    Well done to Mark a true hero :-)

  • caine.abel.75 - 2013-02-04 09:21

    The government along with the police must be completely replaced

  • johan.syffert - 2013-02-04 09:34

    So one 15 year old karate kid is able to do what the whole SAPS can't? Fight criminals off the innocent...

  • - 2013-02-04 09:37

    Mark Reynolds should be awarded the highest honour for bravery - standing up to eight men with sticks and knives to protect his father, is about the bravest act I have heard in a long time. Some lessons in this - its time to arm ourselves and learn combating methods to defend our loved ones against the criminals and racist majority of the population

  • esme.jacobs.940 - 2013-02-04 09:52

    Yeah! You go young man!

  • michael.tetley.35 - 2013-02-04 09:54

    Interesting to see that a post I replied to has been deleted and my response was therefore not published, as the two together highlighted an inconvenient truth about racism. That can be the only reason as no offensive or derogatory language was used. The editor and staff are obviously graduates of the Josef Goebbels (Nazi propaganda minister) school of journalism and model themselves on that epitome of journalistic excellence and independence, Comrade Commissar Snuki Zhikalala formally of SABC news.

  • RRRainium - 2013-02-04 09:57

    Hehehe!!! I thought I would teach my child chess, but I'll take him to Mr Miyaghi.

  • jake.ko.71 - 2013-02-04 10:01

    Well Done!!! EXCELLENT!!!

  • owen.witbooi - 2013-02-04 10:06

    SKOP, SKIET, EN DONNER! Friday action!

  • muke.matshaba - 2013-02-04 10:08

    Give that brave kid his Dads BELLS he is a hero.

  • Jason Lok - 2013-02-04 10:09

    well done Son, u did Gr8 work indeed, I feel schools or Institutions Should implement self defence classes, karate or Judo. we liv in a violent society and these criminals r enjoyin a free ride @ this Lawlessness we xperiencing.

      davejane.pearson - 2013-02-04 11:52

      If schools taught karate, then eventually the criminals of the future will be able to over power their older victims. Duh. - 2013-02-04 19:50

      True Jason, but you must remember that these arts require great discipline - you add that and you should be able to teach these kids some good morals in the process.

  • graham.phillips.52831 - 2013-02-04 10:20

    Sometimes we need a story that gives the smack on those useless bastards who know no better than to criminalise their communities , well done young man , you bring a smile to law abiding citizens ,and must make your family extremely proud

  • sandi.scholtz - 2013-02-04 10:21

    What a wonderful and amazing child...well done young are my hero !!

  • Justin - 2013-02-04 10:22

    The lack of interest here I wtness all the time. That's why GOVT don't actually know where we are with crime - if cops are more interested in the pepertrators health. I caught 2 fckrs, and cops let them out round the corner didn't want to take our stmt. Next time I will hose pipe them with my "community"

  • brandphuthu - 2013-02-04 10:36

    They say dynamite cumz in the form of a 15 year old,watch out thugs therz a new hero in Roodewal who wields a kick that will knock ur lights out and a karate chop that will leave u 'drunk' well done boy ur family must b really proud of the bravery that u showed

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