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. Hammer-Time

    Those ninjas should have PUT THE HAMMER DOWN! Honestly, coolest story I've read all year

    May 20, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • homer simpson

      more like the best story ever lol up untill the moment that i was created at least haha

      May 20, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Goes to show you the caliber of the assailants - it takes three of them to be 'tough guy' and take on a lone victim. But they knew their status and ran when they saw the ninja students. the realization set in that they are only a bunch of punks who couldn't saurvive on their own - idiots!

    May 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Mohawk

      but there were 5 "ninjas"

      May 21, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. willy-wonka

    Great Story, it is just that a story with a hint of news fused to create a buzz.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. StaySipin

    Apparently reporters with no knowledge and ABSOLUTELY nothing to write about.....

    May 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      Apparently you are incapable of incorporating any type of humor into your life. Grow a funny bone will you?

      May 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Squiggly

    So many nija experts, so few ninjas. Five bowling students would have scared off three muggers; and apparently the chance to chase them down.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr kirk (english teacher)

      its ninja not nija go back to school and learn something for once

      May 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • One Who Knows

      I pity the students in your English class, Mr. Kirk. How can they hope to learn when their teacher hasn't figured out capitalization or punctuation yet?

      May 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • slozomby

      blowing students would have had the balls to chase them down.

      May 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. not well either

    wonderful, martial artists everywhere unite, open up a can of whop ass on muggers

    it is stomp the bad guy week, a national week long holiday of butt kicking

    May 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fozman

    Aw, C'mon, they couldn't get them with some throwing stars?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JackoB

    Would've caught them if they were real ninjas. Aren't ninjas supposed to ambush, not charge head-on?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John D

    Why didn't they use their chinese stars to take down the guys running away?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Apparently the ninjas are out of shape since they couldnt catch the attackers

    May 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CC

    If they had been Pirates or better yet Ice Pirates they would have destroyed the muggers.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CN

    What would Chuck Norris had done?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      If Chuck Norris had been around, the muggers would have beat each other unconscious rather than face him in a fight.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan2

    This is a non-story. These so called ninjas didn't do anything to the muggers

    May 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John K

    Bow to your Sensei! BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!

    May 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ChuckNorris

    I eat ninjas for breakfast

    May 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
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