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. ShamWowBuyItNow

    I like how people are trolling on the fact that the muggers weren't caught when the main objective was to save the victim. If you think that you can do better, go buy a ninja costume and walk around Central Park.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolverine12

      FLaSh MoB!!!!

      May 21, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Stephen Hawking

    I think the ninjas did an excellent job. Sure being able to capture the muggers would be great but the victim is safe and that is what matters most.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. Dave

      It's also good he didn't get sucked into a black hole.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    what if one of the muggers had a gun and started shooting??

    May 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. red2million

    jeff, you don't know squat about martial arts. Watch the Discovery Channels first ever two hour premiere of fight science and check out Glen Levy, who is a Ninja who also happens to be from Austrailia. The special features the top martial artists in the world in several different styles. They're all excellent in their respective styles, but he is obviously way beyond any of them. If you can watch that and then call Ninjas cowards that's fine, but I'd wager big money you wouldn't call Glen Levy a coward to his face.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. red2million

    Dan, if you use a gun you're not a mugger. You're an armed robber.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Happy2beme

    That is a great story!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ace Hunter

    The ninjas shouldve thrown some ninja stars to kill those mo-fo's

    May 20, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NinjaGaiden

    Sweep the leg, Johny!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric

    I guess they only came to the aid of the victim because he was a classmate therefore one of their own. Otherwise, I don't see why a ninja would save a stranger. Aren't they supposed to be assassins?

    May 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jimi

    catching the muggers after they were running isnt a martial arts priority. the main principle is defense, once the threat was gone the ninjas did their duty. actually chasing them and beating them would be contrary to some core values im sure.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D.B.A

    Walking silently within the shadows grasshopper. Ninjas Rule!!!!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jimi

    and as for ninjas not in the ufc... the sport wouldnt last long if throats, knees, elbows, etc were ruptured quickly beyond repair. ufc is a sport like any other, and potentially killing people is against the rules believe it or not.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 0wn3r

    You don't see any ninjas fighting in UFC because you don't see ninjas. Just like you don't see them in the grocery store, in the backseat of your car, or hiding in your closet. Clearly the ninjas were responsible for capturing the muggers later on when it was to their advantage....surely you can't believe that the cops actually caught them. Ninjas > Pirates.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jordi Scrubbings

    The fact that Robert Hamburger commented here makes this best article ever. That dude is a ninja expert. By the way, when I grow up, I want to be the first ninja on the moon.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan


    May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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