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. The Observer

    The best Ninjas were the Spanish Ninjas hands down.. They were never ever seen but they did have a rather bad habit of losing their Katanas and having them wind up for sale at conventions and Ebay and Craigslist...

    May 21, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ohhiya

    Everybody was kung fu fighting. dedededededadadada

    May 21, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. zzapp

    Sorry to gross you out-I read a book on ancient ninjas. They were so determined as assassins,
    they immersed themselves in the bottom of an outhouse and waited. The victim would be then
    stabbed from below.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Wow. I thought this only happened in the movies.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. esreddy

    ROFL, hhahahahaa, awesome headlines. Never thought I would actually read a sentence like that in a serious news website and which was a indeed a reality.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. mindy1

    lol irony

    May 21, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Craig Shearer

    Martial Arts are a joke. What a scam.

    May 21, 2010 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    I find it cute people here even think they know what they are talking about.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. LeoDonMikeRaf

    Jeff, you are a black belt in MMA? There is no such thing. You can be a black belt in different disciplines, but not MMA. You watch too much TV and you are an idiot. Cowabunga dude!!

    May 21, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff

    I like penis.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carl

    If they were REAL ninjas, the headline would read: "Would-be muggers mysteriously dropped dead during attempted mugging"

    May 21, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sam

    Real ninjas would have caught them.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. charles groanin

    A 27-year-old exchange student?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Leah (TXanimal)

    Three young men came to the aid of a perfect stranger when they didn't have to. And all you trolls want to jump on them because they're "bad ninjas"? Everyone laments the "laziness" and the "disrespect" of the younger generation, and then you all knock them when they show a glimmer of hope?

    GET A LIFE!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah

    Seriously? No one has anything better to be doing right now?

    May 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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