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Elderly Ninja Deflects Praise For Rescuing Woman From Gang Attack

A gang of thugs in London thought they had found an easy mark when they came across a young woman that was all by herself. The five knife-wielding thugs cornered the woman and demanded money, and she would respond by screaming for her life.

Thankfully, a hero heard the call, and he quickly put a stop to things. Yes, one man thwarted the attack all by himself. Even more remarkably, the man is 88-years-old.

As the Daily Mail shares, military veteran John Nixon just so happened to be in the same neck of the woods when the attack broke out. He was walking along Raglan Street in Kentish Town when he heard the woman scream, and he didn’t think twice about leaping into action.

As he explains it, his ‘training kicked in,’ and he started doling out karate chops. The thugs took off soon thereafter, but not before leaving Nixon much worse for wear, as he suffered knife wounds to his head and hands.

A neighbor quickly called the police, and Nixon was taken to the hospital to tend to the damage he sustained.     

“My initial thoughts were to divert their attention away from the girl who was screaming. I shouted ‘leave her alone’. But they turned on me, saying ‘We’ll take your money instead,’” he explained, “and I said ‘No you don’t.’ Kids this age are full of bravado, you see, they weren’t expecting a surprise.'”

So what’s the deal? Is this guy some sort of undercover crime-fighting superhero ninja? Not exactly, but he notes that he served in the SAS and spent plenty of time serving his country.

He was trained as a commando way back in the 1940s, and he would go on to fight in the Korean War as part of an elite unit. In addition, he recalls that he’s undertaken a number of intelligence missions in places such as Germany, Egypt, and the Middle East.   

“I’ve been shot in the leg and even bitten by a snake, the venom lay dormant in my spine for years. I’ve been near death so many times that situation just doesn’t worry me,” he added. “The woman ran off screaming but I hope she is okay.’”

As for this incident, he notes that he was able to quickly disarm two of the attackers. While he has the wounds to prove that they put up a bit of a fight, the thugs quickly realized they were overmatched by the elderly gentlemen whom they had the pleasure of meeting.

After tending to his injuries, he was invited to tell his tale at a meeting of the local neighborhood police, where he was commended for his “extraordinary bravery.”

We’ll concur with that sentiment wholeheartedly. Nixon’s bravery is beyond commendable, as he was putting himself in serious harm’s way. At his advanced age, a fight with five younger and armed assailants is no walk in the woods.

That said, the attackers quickly learned that this was not your average elderly man. The lessons that Nixon learned while serving his country have obviously stuck with him, and hopefully, that message has been delivered loud and clear to other potential thugs in his neighborhood.  
Nixon is a widower with an adult daughter.

Here’s to hoping that he doesn’t have to spend any more time knocking sense into thugs with his stellar fighting skills.  

Source: MailOnline
Photo: YouTube

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