May 20th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

Would-be muggers in Australia thwarted by ninjas

Sensei Kaylan Soto, middle, and his students came to the rescue of a German exchange student.

A group of would-be muggers in a Sydney, Australia, met their match Tuesday night in the form of black-clad ninjas.

The three stalked and attacked a German exchange student, 27, in a dimly lit alley that fortunately for the victim ran behind the Ninja Senshi Ryu warrior school, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corp. report.

Ninja student Nathan Smith was standing in the shadows outside the dojo when the attackers set upon the victim and quickly called for help from his classmates inside, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Sensei Kaylan Soto and three other students in full ninja gear quickly responded.

"We looked around to see what was happening and there were three blokes on this guy just kicking him and punching him in the head," he told the ABC.

"We started running towards them and they took off. They would have seen five of us in ninja gear ... all in black with our belts on, running toward them.”

The ninjas gave chase but could not catch the assailants.

Police told the ABC they arrested two male suspects, ages 16 and 20, and are looking for a third. Their intended victim suffered only minor injuries.

Ninja Steve Ashley told the Herald the assailants must be lamenting their luck.

"It was probably the worst place in Sydney where they could have taken him,” he said.

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  1. The ninja-ist-ninjamasta >__

    You all wong.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Someguy

    Interesting commentary here. I like how people talk about how martial arts or ninjutsu is a joke and these young guys are "terrible" ninjas because no actual physical combat happened between them. Or because the muggers were not captured then and there. It's all funny, har har, but really. These guys did just enough to save a perfect stranger. The mugging stopped, the victim is alright, and complete strangers are to thank. If you're saving someone just so you can pound someones head in (or defending yourself), well you're doing it wrong. The ultimate self defense situation is one when no one fights and the situation is resolved with both parties going home safely.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. light

    A Ninja star in the temple might be asking for too much, but one in the a$$, I'm sure the authorities would turn a cheek...pun intended.

    May 22, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. PvsN

    Pirates 1, Ninjas 0

    May 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    Hahaha. I love reading stupid comments from stupid americans.

    May 23, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Especially stupid americans who think they know about ninjitsu and it's origin. hahaha.

      May 23, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • wutdaphuk

      Isn't the nickname for Richard, Dick?

      May 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • wutdaphuk

      Your last name wouldn't be "Sucker", by any chance?

      May 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. R

    It would totally kick ass if Russell Crowe showed up in his Robin Hood costume

    May 23, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. R

    Australian Ninjas saved German student. True example of Globalization

    May 23, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. wutdaphuk

    " Would be Muggers" chased by " Wannabe Ninjas". Elo mate! Oim gonna keek your bum!!

    May 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. meard

    They re not real Ninjas they re wanna be Ninjas there are no more living Ninjas anymore
    men these days are becoming more feminine there are no more tough men in this world any more
    WHITE NINJAS hahahahahaha what a laugh

    May 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Erevan

    The photo says it all...complete joke. The guy on the right doesn't even have a proper stance, is over-extending his punch/jab...what's with his head?!? Both those numbskulls have their eyes closed and Sensei isn't even responding. Apparently the show of a katana is enough to thwart these attacks. What is this Sleep-Ninjitsu? Trophy pose? Shamwow-jitsu? Yeesh...this story belongs on the onion.

    May 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard W

    It's ninja, not ninjas. It's already plural. Thankfully the author did some light homework and saved himself such an embarrassment. Basically, there is agreement that you can add the 's' if you want to ignore the actual meaning and origin and context of it.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Epic lolz, muggers getting attacked by ninjas.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. OzSaffa

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Ninja-58-beats-up-3-muggers-20100512

    May 24, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. Captain Jack Sparrow

    meh. Pirates would have caught the muggers. Stupid Ninjas..

    May 24, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. 1racebannon

    These muggers are lucky Chuck Norris wasn't at the Dojo. Chuck Norris woulda chased the muggers down, single handedly beat all of them to within an inch of their lives, then taken the muggers wallets and delivered them to the victim.
    Then for an encore, Chuck Norris would've taken on the Ninjas, and single handedly dispatched all of them in a friendly training match.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
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