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. Clayton

    Hahaha. Good article, actually made me laugh to imagine what was going through their heads when they saw a bunch of guys running towards then in ninja gear... Woulda been better if they had that sword though 🙁 They probably would've soiled themselves.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck Norris

    If they went to Diamond Dave's Ninja School (, the third one wouldn't have gotten away!

    May 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. Dave

      "Don't go ninja'n nobody who don't need ninja'n" ... these guys needed some ninja'n

      May 21, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    They successfully chased off the attackers and none of them were injured. They achieved their goal and paid zero price. It sounds to me like they handled the situation appropriately. If they had thrown shiraken at the attackers backs, they would have been put in jail. No reason to take the risk when they had already achieved their goal.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • girly

      lol ninjas are so gay i laugh every time i hear to word ninjas , most of the kids in my school go around all day hiding under desks and creeping around the corners pretending to be ninjas," they every do it in the bathroom"! and then im goin down the street and theres a bunch of retards dressed in nothing but black, and sward fighting and they say stupid crap like " The power is within you" get over it guys girls DONT DIG THAT !.....

      May 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolverine12

      @Girly. What kind of school did you go to for heaven's sake?!?!? By the WAY, don't speak for the entire female population. TONS of girls DIG ninjas! You clearly have never read a shoujo manga or been introduced to really hot Asian dudes! OR are capable of having a sense of humor! These comments are hilarious and I would date (probably/maybe) some of the guys who made them!

      May 21, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • D. Dave

      @Wolverine12... if I make a comment, will you go out with me?

      May 21, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Eric

    So what would have happened if these dorks got stomped too? Don't chase after bad guys kids, call the cops. I don't care how many times you've watched the Black Knight.

    Maybe it's just me, but 3 goofy white guys in ninja pajamas don't elicit much of a fear response.

    May 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frozen North

    "There I was, no s__t, minding my own business while rolling some guy, when these ninja came running at me.......

    May 20, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jacky

    how on earth did the muggers spot the ninjas who are so illusive.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ned

    HAHA! Ninjas. That's 'cartoonishly' funny.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel from TN

    "They would have seen five of us in ninja gear ... all in black with our belts on, running toward them."

    Nerd Alert!

    May 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kevin

    big deal,,, the group of cowards who attacked one student would have ran away from 4 of anybody.
    Probably even 4 cane weilding grannies would have had the same effect.
    And seeing as they couldn't even catch them i question ninja cardio training.
    How many ninja's have you seen in the UFC???? thats right. It's glorified Tai Chi.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Raul

    Speaking of ninja, I want to see a remake of American Ninja. Bring back Joe Armstrong!

    May 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Good stuff

    Everybody was kung-fu fighting
    Those cats were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightning
    For they fought with expert timing

    Sorry, couldn't resist 😉

    May 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Red Neck Ninja

    First off, I a gotta say that the plural of "ninja" is "ninjai."

    Now a secondly, for all those would be ninjai out there, don't be goin doin no ninja on nobody who don't deserve ta be ninja'd. Don't be doin ninja on your dog, or your mom, or your friends. Don't be doin no judy choppin while you doin a ninjy kick cuz then boom, there goes your leg.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mr Miyagi


    May 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hilarious

    These comments are so funny my face hurts from smiling. Ninjas and pirates... Enter the Dragon.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. zorro

    so ... really... the ninjas didn't do anything.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      May 20, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • doofus

      they stopped the assault.

      May 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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