A KIWI waitress put years of karate training to the ultimate test when she floored two male attackers twice her age with a set of cleverly-placed punches. The 18-year-old was walking home from a night shift in central Wellington on Saturday morning when she was set upon from behind by an unsuspecting older man.
"She's been doing karate for about seven years, so she elbowed him in the chest and stomped on his foot," Detective Sergeant Shane Dye told the Dominion Post.
"She was then attacked by a second male who she hadn't seen, and he began to pull at her handbag, then she punched him in the stomach" before escaping.
The officer admitted he was "well and truly impressed" by her show of martial arts skill.
"Often we don't encourage people to fight back, because it can make things worse, but she acted with a great degree of bravery and she's done a great job.
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"And she's not a big girl, either."
Senior karate instructor Sensei Rajesh Ravji told the newspaper: "When someone is bigger than you, it is always a difficult thing to combat, but that's the beauty of martial arts, you learn how.
"Those attackers would have been surprised to have someone come back at them like that."