Terence Lee, 45, was treated to a boxing clinic free of charge this week after a collision on a pedestrian strip in Sagamihara City turned into a parking lot beating that left him with injuries to his face estimated to take a month to heal.
Reports have it that Lee got on his bicycle near JR Sagamihara station and was on his way home just after midnight on Wednesday, when he bumped into Satoru Inaba, 42, who was walking from the opposite direction after drinking at a pub nearby. Lee was knocked off his bicycle and is said to have told Inaba that they should move to the adjacent parking lot to “have a chat,” not out on the road where it may inconvenience other people passing-by.
It was here that Lee found himself on the receiving end of “more than several” punches, and a passer-by who witnessed the incident ran to a nearby police box. Inaba was arrested for assault, and Lee was taken to hospital, where it was learned he had a fractured eye socket that would take a month to heal.
Lee’s real name is Yoshiteru Kato, but he goes under the former name which he says was given to him while he was a mercenary in Central and South America. He formed the Terence Lee Personal Protection Service in 2000, and appeared as a “crisis-management consultant” on TV programs such as Sunday Japon in 2003. He apparently has black belts in karate and aikido, as well as training in judo and kendo.
Lee has told police that Inaba kicked him while he was on the ground after the collision. Inaba, a part-time department store employee with no martial arts experience, says Lee threw the first punch. He has admitted to punching Lee however, saying: “It’s true I hit him.” Police are continuing their investigation.