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If Brian Khun had not forgotten his martial arts uniform at home on Thursday morning, his day would have been far different.
It was then that Khun was traveling between the two martial arts studios, where he teaches kickboxing and MMA fighting, when he decided to go home and pick up his uniform.
With his 5-year-old daughter right behind him, the teacher entered his San Jose home to find a burglar in his dining room.
“Hey, this guy let me in,” the man stood up and said, according to Khun.
Worried for his daughter’s safety and seeing a pry bar in the man’s hand, Kuhn grabbed the burglar. “I grabbed him to take him outside, he didn’t want to go, so then we started fighting,” he said.
Kuhn says he delivered several punches, kneed the burglar, put his head through a window, then dragged him outside in a headlock. Neighbors, hearing a commotion, came outside and called 911.
“He was holding him down, waiting for police,” said neighbor Patricia McHarris. “It was pretty scary.”
McHarris has high praise for her neighbor, calling his actions amazing. San Jose police arrested the man, whose face was bloodied and swollen.
Khun says he would not recommend others try to confront a burglar if it can be avoided.
“Just sort of relieved that it ended the way that it did, that it didn’t end badly for me or my family,” said Khun.