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. Sarah

    Best story of the day so far. I have visions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a dark alley with steam coming through the manhole covers. Good for these ninjas, atleast they didn't run away.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • mike tyson

      tmnt maybe but it reminded me more of ninja assassin good move wish that i was in it haha

      May 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Isokaru Minamoto

    Oh prease, stupid white boy like to pray with katana think he ninja.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sherekhan

      stupid white boy play with katana long enough, distill knowledge to unbending intent.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • pina grenada

      racist asians

      May 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolverine12

      hahahha awww sweet asian child like to play with english think he funny!!!

      May 21, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jim

    The plural of Ninja is Ninja, not Ninjas.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mass

      The plural of moose is moose, the plural of cactus is cacti and the plural of mouse is mices!! LOL

      May 20, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • NinjasNOW

      Really? This dissapoints's Ninja not Ninji correct? NinjasNOW hates being with bad gammar.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Bob Zen

      "Ninji?" I was unaware "ninja" was a Latin word. Did they originate in ancient Rome or something?

      Ninja were assassins. Period. Anyone in training to be a "ninja' is a wannabe who's seen too many movies,, or a killer. Neither is respectable.

      That said, cheers for the students who chased the mugger off. That is worthy of praise.

      May 25, 2010 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Forist

    Could use these guys in New York and in Boston.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Bostonian

      ?? Are you kidding me? Why would NY and Boston need some weekend-warrior-pretend-"ninja" wannabe's when we have the Mafia???

      May 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • NinjasNOW

      NinjasNOW tried being ninja in Southie. NinijasNOW is now owning shamrock tattoo in private place. NinjasNOW never return to Beantown.

      May 20, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. david

    This article is full of win and awesome face

    May 20, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. david

    When the would be muggers recount the story, they will say they were attacked by one will believe them

    May 20, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • DecepticonsRule

      Imagine what the guy who was rescued is going to sound like. "No, really! Ninjas *did* come to my rescue!"

      May 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zachary

      "That's a lie, if they did rescue you, they'd have put a shuriken in your chest and gouged out your eyes the moment you saw that they were there!"

      May 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tim

    sound like those breathless ninja's could use some road work!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • stu

      True. They should do some more cardio. As a marathon runner myself, I GUARANTEE that I could have caught up to at least one of the muggers. MORE CARDIO my ninja friends.

      May 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • NinjasNOW

      Ninjas hate running.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chad

    Ninjas! This headline just made my month!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sok'e R.L

    It is nice that the attacked guy had that kind of luck, however if the mugger was gun toting would you guy been able to stop the bullets flying, as a USA "ninjutsu" (aka) shadow teacher.... did you have the tools on you as well, besides courage to try and meet them hand to hand, because dressing like a ninja isn't the same as doing the trade..... correct?

    (my i had to face the ex student of a school and his 3 friends awaiting in a truck to back him up)
    and my student had the sword and i was barehanded, thinking about throwing dust before stealing her weapon, as she trained, to nail them all to the tree nearby....) but peacefully.......

    Good job

    May 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
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      May 21, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ledley

    Splinter would have done a better job at catching them

    May 20, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Unknown Warrior

    I wonder why the Ninja's didn't grab their ninja stars and flick a few into the legs of the attackers, see how well they can bob and weeve so to speak. Funny story!

    May 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ronin_Rome

    Well, I think that ninja's have a lot of the ones that the muggers SAW coming were just diversions for the ones that were really standing behind the muggers with swords drawn ready to strike, but were hesitant to attack due to Geneva Convention Rules of engagement hindering them...

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    Since there are no true ninjas left on the planet, I doubt they would have done real damage to the muggers. The ninja is the unseen assassin. If they were REAL ninjas, the muggers would have been taken out and never noticed a thing. These guys are probably just students of ninjitsu. Big difference.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. sandman

    I don't care what you call them, or they call themselves. They came to the rescue, that is what matters.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    LoL... The only worse thing that could have happen to these guys, would be jump someone in Chuck Norris' back alley.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
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