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. Person...

    Cool story!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Ninjas in sydney? UM NO! Theives dressed in black hiding in shadows waiting to mug someone? YES!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jorden

    lol, isn't the the plot from the children movie 3 ninja's?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. S.T

    The only missing from this story is Chuck Norris

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anonymous

    NInjas are the best. GO NINJAS!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. albert e.

    GO NINJA GO NINJA GO! GO NINJA GO NINJA GO GO GO GO!! GO NINJA GO NINJA GO! GO NINJA GO NINJA GO GO GO GO GO!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tai-Raid

    Real ninjas or no, they still did a good, neighborly act.
    And a "real Ninja" doesn't always have to leave all the bad guys dead all the time.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wow

    How can "ninjas" not catch some muggers? Also, What kind of training do "ninjas" have anyway

    May 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The 2-Belo

    Why didn't they flip out and kill the whole town? That would have been totally sweet!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kento

    you all disgrace the ninja name and shall die in 5 days. Spend your time wisely.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    I seen a ninja hiding behind a chair. Then I went to catch him but he was gone!!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Craig

    THIS IS THE BEST STORY OF THE YEAR!!!! I LOVE IT. WELL DONE NINJA DUDES!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JayP

    You are welcome, Honorable German Exchange Student.
    There is no charge for Awesomeness. Or Attractiveness.

    And incidentally, what exactly are you studying to Exchange ?

    May 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dan

    You want to exchange bombs with USA?? Come on then what are you waiting for! Make your move!! Damn nazi exchange student!!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolverine12

      Really??

      May 21, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lindsay

    It's official: Ninjas totally trump Pirates! I agree with the other poster that capturing the would-be muggers was not, nor should have been, the ninja-students' priority. They scared off the attackers and stuck by the victim. Good for them!

    And yes, I too was thinking of TMNT when I read this article. This is the kind of news I like to read!

    May 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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