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. vig

    you know im just glad to see some one standing up for a person whos in trouble i dont think it matters if they were ninjas btw thats totally BA but i think that normal people need to start standing up against criminals all people do is complain now a days about how it is in the world so why dont we do something to change it

    May 24, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Need to get back to Work

    it's like the word fish, if you are talking about a group of the same kind of fish the plural version is fish, if one is talking about multiple types of fish (different species) you would use the word fishes. the same is with ninja, if you have multiple ninja from diffent cultural or ethnic backgrounds than the word ninjas would be fine, the author needs to clarify this in the article.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Annjette

    Each of these guys needs a T-shirt to wear, (when not in Ninja gear.) It could read: "DON'T MUG ME, I MUG BACK."

    May 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ev

    For all you who talk smack on the Ninjas, you know nothing of their ways for sure, you judge far too much read Matthew chapter 7 vs 1 and 2 about that little prob you have, anyway – the point is – These guys were there for someone in dire need help, and they couldn't catch these guys cuz when they seen more than 4 fully clad ninjas coming at them they ran harder then they ever have in their little pathetic lives. Not all ninja came from peasants although a number of them did, a great number came as sons and grandsons of great Warrior familys for Samorai even. They saved the day for this student and allowed him to learn a lesson and live and you all find another reason to judge Ninjutsu practioners – Shame on You! Good job Students of the warrior ways of enlightenment for you did what was right and what nature demanded of you brethren, and you shall be noticed in the scheme of totality.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MML

    The stupid in this thread could conceal a ninja-master easily with clouds of clotted dumb.

    Thanks much for the laughs!

    May 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. warsteiner

    WWwwwwaaaaaahhhh!! I WILL Give em a Bruce Lee side kick so hard he lands behind me.

    May 26, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. RCharles

    Five ninjas running at three muggers to scare them off could have just been five guys running at three muggers if running was all they did. No mugger was captured? Reading the story I was expecting them to lasso the muggers with their ninja chains or something. If they were real ninjas a) no one would know where their dojo is, and b) they would have dropped from the darkness unannounced to tie up the muggers before they could realize what had happened. The quality of ninjas these days is now really in question.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
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