Kickboxer/etiquette teacher fights off ninja on Manhattan street

Myka Meier, 38, is an etiquette instructor and kickboxer. On Monday while on a walk with her young daughter in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, Meier tangled with a ninja who tried to steal her purse. From the New York Daily News:

"I think he was shocked that I fought back," Meier told the Daily News. "I think I was more aggressive than he intended. But I train for this stuff. I leave my manners classes and I go kickbox[…]

""I don't want to be seen as the helpless victim," she said. "I teach etiquette at the Plaza Hotel. I am always in a dress and high heels, but I want people to know that you can be lady-like and fight off an attacker at the same time[…]

"It felt like he came out of nowhere," Meier said. "He came to my right side, where my bag was, but it was looped around my shoulder. He didn't say anything. I still had my bag in my possession and I kicked him. I just started kicking. The self-defense courses I've taken took over[…]

"I don't want to be seen as the helpless victim," she said. "I teach etiquette at the Plaza Hotel. I am always in a dress and high heels, but I want people to know that you can be lady-like and fight off an attacker at the same time."

Three passers-by chased down the ninja and restrained him until the fuzz showed up. The ninja, revealed to be Casique Roman, 41, of Hackensack, N.J., was charged with robbery.