A journalist and martial arts expert has received a plethora of praise for reportedly jumping in and using his fighting skills to try and stop at least one of the London terrorists who waged attacks in the U.K. on Saturday.
Geoff Ho, a business editor for the Sunday Express who is also a Kung Fu and kickboxing expert, is being heralded as “brave” after he jumped in to defend a bouncer at a pub as one of the terrorists attempted to stab the guard, according to the outlet.
— Andrew Clark (@clarkaw) June 4, 2017
But what Ho assumed was a typical bar fight clearly ended up being something much larger and more sinister, as terrorists plowed a vehicle into pedestrians and viciously stabbed people at two locations on Saturday evening, killing seven individuals.
According to the Sunday Times, “Ho selflessly intervened as the knife-wielding terrorists attacked a bouncer in the doorway of the Southwark Tavern, in Southwark Street.”
He was reportedly stabbed in the throat during the attack and was initially reported missing. It was later discovered that Ho was hospitalized and in intensive care.
I spoke to Geoff Ho yesterday, he is missing in London and we know he was stabbed. Please RT. Please. After any info. pic.twitter.com/wV1vQ18dRt
— Isabelle Oderberg (@yodaberg) June 4, 2017
Sunday Express colleagues praised Ho in the wake of the incident, saying that they were “floored” to hear what had happened to him, but were unsurprised by his willingness to jump in and help others.
“The bravery he showed in the heinous terror attack was astounding – but honestly, not at all surprisingly,” one person said.
The Daily Mail quoted a man named Gary Robinson, who was referred to as a “friend” of Ho.
“Geoff update is that he is stable but can’t talk. He is a true hero. He took on the terrorists when three rushed in stabbing people 30 mins later, using his martial arts, he fought them off,” Robinson said. “One missed him the other stabbed him in the throat [and possibly stomach]. He was hurt protecting others.”
Footage presumably captured after the attack shows Ho walking out to an ambulance as he held his throat with a bandage. Numerous outlets are reporting that the journalist had also tweeted about the incident.
Watch Ho after the assault below:
“Don’t know whether it was stupid or noble to jump in and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a***s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn’t happening on my watch,” Ho reportedly tweeted.
Prayers up, as we wish him a speedy recovery.