'Ninja mums' latest toughs on Melbourne streets

The women of the burly town have taken it upon themselves to learn kung-fu and kick ass.

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I'm sure the ninja mums wear something a little more more ninja-ish. Zazzle

So there I am, hanging out in Melbourne, Australia, and I see a target. I am, let's say, a mugger. So I make my move, and ka-pow! I get clobbered. I'm looking around for Batman or something, but instead I see a pair of petite females in black pajamas and hoods.

"What gives!?" I ask.

"We're ninjas," they reply.

I'm screwed.

Lady ninjas, dubbed by the Australian press as "ninja mums," could be turning into the latest urban rage in some cities there as women learn the ancient Japanese fighting art of Ninjutsu to protect themselves from gangs, bullies, home invasions, and other safety threats.

The site news.com.au cites Melbourne's Kevin Hawthorne Ninja School, which is training moms and dads--and even kids as young as 5--in the Japanese fighting art of ninjitsu.

Annette and Penny Christopherson are a mother-daughter team of just such lady ninjas, one a brown belt, the other a black belt. They both now feel safe to walk the streets of Melbourne at night with the knowledge that they could incapacitate anyone who messes with them. Or at least until the pirate mums or death-bot mums show up.

The news.com.au article shows a photo of the duo all dressed in black and about to attack a cameraman. Sadly, the Christophersons don't yet walk on water or practice the art of invisibility, which this cloak could help with.

Or so they say. It's hard to trust a ninja.