Beware the Samurai Sword

Hendrix rushed to his neighbor's aid with a 29-inch carbon steel samurai sword.

When most people think of investing in home defense, they consider purchasing a security system, a bat, or perhaps a gun. Kent Hendrix has a samurai sword—and he got to use it for the very first time this week when a neighbor’s house was invaded by a man that had reportedly been stalking her.

Hendrix is a resident of Salt Lake City, a Mormon bishop, a fourth-degree black belt in Kishindo, and a martial arts instructor. His samurai sword is 29 inches long and made from carbon steel. After being alerted to the attack by his son, he rushed outside to help.

Hendrix rushed to his neighbor's aid with a 29-inch carbon steel samurai sword.

Kent Hendrix is a 4th degree black belt in Kishindo
Image: Rick Bowmer / AP

When he drew the sword on the man and told him to get on the ground, Hendrix says the attacker’s eyes were as “big as saucers and he kind of gasped and jumped back.” He chased the man, who was barefoot, back to his car but couldn’t stop him from fleeing. But the attacker had dropped a tube of ChapStick, which Hendrix picked up.

“I yelled at him, ‘I’ve got your DNA and I’ve got your license plate: You are so done,’” Hendrix recalled. Less than an hour later, the man turned himself in, apparently convinced of the truth of Hendrix’s words. He was charged with robbery, attempted burglary, trespassing and violation of a stalking injunction.

Hendrix has trained for decades training in martial arts, and has kept his sword by his bed for the past twenty years. It’s the first time he’s ever had to use it, but it certainly did its job.

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