These Women In Iran Go Through Extreme Training Just To Be Known As Kunoichi – The Female Ninja
It might look like scene out of a movie but it is not. These women in Iran want to be Ninjas and go through rigorous training process to achieve the same. Known as the ‘Ninja Rangers’ they perform dangerous and gravity-defying stunts with ease. These ladies from Iran are inclined towards martial art of Ninjutsu. The club was opened in 1989 and is based at the Jughin castle 25 miles outside of the capital Tehran.
Fatima Muamer, the instructor claims that the sport has caught the attention of women as it helps to maintain balance between the body and the mind.
Ms Muamer said: “The most important lesson in ninjutsu is respect and humility. They learn to respect themselves – first to respect their existence and then the art that they are mastering. Calmness is the most important lesson they learn.’Pupils at the school are taught to use dangerous weapons – including the bow, swords, nunchucks and shurikens – small traditional Japanese implements known as ‘swords in the hand”.
Sensei Akbar Faraji was the first to introduce ninjutsu to Iran when he set up the club 22 years ago – which now has 24,000 members. He said: “In ninjutsu, we call men ninjas, while females are called kunoichi. Being a ninja is about patience, tolerance, and fortitude. Literally it means the art of becoming invisible. Ninjutsu, or martial arts in general, can be described as a medicine. Just like snake poison, despite the fact that it can be very dangerous, it can be a good antidote as well”.
One of the ninjas-in-training, named Melika said: “Here we are free. We live art ninja as a philosophy of life. It helps us to endure the hardships of everyday life, to be patient, strong and disciplined. It is a spiritual art. We’re not looking to fight anyone outside the classroom.
Mr Faraji added: “The truth is that its lethal power is undeniable. They learn to climb walls, jump walls and fences without being seen, to hide in the mountains and are capable of slicing the neck rival without making a sound. I must be very sure that my students will not use the techniques of ninjutsu to hurt anyone or sneak into someone else’s house.”