Iran’s Female Ninja Army (Video)

Via the Telegraph:

Scores of black-clad female “ninja” fighters whose ages range from 5 to 56 are just a handful of 3,000 women in Iran who are being trained as lethal warriors at a school in Tehran. “We train women to have strength and ability. We have to do everything in our power to protect our homeland,” said Akbar Faraji, who runs the school. One of the fighters who has been training for over 13 years said, “Our aim is for Iranian women to be strengthened and if a problem arises, we will definitely declare our readiness to defend our Islamic homeland.”

30 Comments on "Iran’s Female Ninja Army (Video)"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Feb 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm |

    Did I just get sucked into a parallel universe where everything is just slightly off? I mean still really close, but still just off enough that it makes you question your sanity.

  2. Despite this, the US and / or Israel will eventually decide to wage war with Iran; it’s just kinda how we do things these days.

    • Too true. The idea that an oil producing nation remains completely outside our sphere of influence…and may someday in the future possess nuclear tech that make ground invasion impossible…is intolerable to certain well connected Texas and London residents. 

  3. Apathesis | Feb 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm |

    Or they could fight off would-be rapists, so they don’t become a victim of another “honor killing.” 

  4. Women make fine soldiers. Unfortunately they still die when shot.

  5. Its about time some country saw the value in a ninja army.

  6. This has to be a joke. The minimal commentary at the Telegraph, and the hawkish Home Secretary quoted among them, leads me to think that someone is pulling everyone’s leg. That’s one slick looking video.

  7. Boy, they really do live in the past.

  8. Meatgazer | Feb 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm |

    It looks like a choreographed performance of American Ninja 3 – is this supposed to be intimidating? 

  9. Wow! I’m sure no one will fuck with the Iranians after watching this.

  10. Marklar_Prime | Feb 18, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

    Ooooooo, the threat of those people doing what people all over the world do in dojos. Evil bastards.

  11. Ronniedobbs | Feb 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm |

    that will keep james bond busy for a while

  12. It’s the human / female equivalent of the Ginyu Force.

  13. Micah Dylan | Feb 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

    holy shit i want one of these female ninja armies you speak of

  14. Jin The Ninja | Feb 18, 2012 at 7:43 pm |

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  15. DeepCough | Feb 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm |

    Look up the word “Hashishin” if you wanna up about the real ninjas of the Middle East.

  16. Patback216 | Feb 19, 2012 at 12:27 am |

    that was the slowest fighting i have ever seen haha

  17. Instructing women on how to say “NO” to men by killing them with their bare hands and sharp pointy things in a nation whose government supports religion-based repression of women. 

    What could go wrong? 

    IOW, the program is a great idea and any of us who know women in that country should probably urge them to take the training if and when available.

  18. Tuna Ghost | Feb 19, 2012 at 1:34 am |

    I want to just like this, but there’s such an agenda in the US in regard to Iran that I can’t look at any news story without running it through a filter.  Also, there isn’t a real martial arts tradition of ninjutsu that goes back further than the 20th century.  Historical ninjas, not surprisingly, did not wear black or often carry a weapon as obvious as a sword.  I’ve been told, although I haven’t confirmed it with any real research, that black pajamas became associated with ninjas in Japanese theater, where they needed a way to have a guy appear and disappear quickly on a dark stage.  Back in the day, they’d dress as farmers or merchants to fit in.  Then they’d start a fire and steal something (japanese buildings being built primarily of lacquered wood and paper, it was a good strategy).  

    The historical texts I’ve come across describing ninja antics spoke of assassination attempts that almost all included hiding in tall grass and firing a cannon at someone as they passed.  Still, anything that gets Iranian women feeling less oppressed is a good thing I suppose.  

    •  Your both right on a lot of points, and wrong about a few less important  issues regarding the historical ninja, at least from my own research – Here is what I have found and I think is true 🙂

      1:  Your 100% right about the ninja martial arts, the idea that ninja had their own special “Ninja” style of combat is 100% Hollywood. A ninja would use whatever fighting skill they had learned from their family, or school, as would any other Bushi or warrior. Bujinkan (and Genbukan) are of questionable lineage as Hatsumi won’t submit his “scrolls” for proper authentication etc.
      2:  Ninja most certainly did wear black, because ninja were just operatives who wore whatever color was available and looked like what others wore.  Indeed, in the Shoninke it describes that on a moonless night when a ninja is performing a stealth raid that on a moonless night black is advised, while on a full moon white or pale colors are best.  The fact is a Ninja – Climbing over a castle wall – as romanticized in movies wasn’t the most common activity they had.  Normally they would simply infiltrate a group, pose as an ally, and do their job and get out.  Not sneak in clad in black and do some dirty deed.  They DID do both, but predominantly it was the former.
      3: The black Pajamas thing was just nonsense made up again by the west to explain something that is not that odd.  If you took off the ninja’s mask, the rest of the outfit was of normal feudal Japanese design, some modern Japanese people STILL wear some elements of this old fashioned clothing.  Again the color black was a common color in japan, and worn by peasants and nobility alike.  A ninja would likely have worn black as well as other colors.
      4:  The ninja would carry any weapon deemed appropriate to the situation.   IT is a myth that peasants could not carry swords for example, the fact is a peasant could carry any weapon he could afford to own, but only samurai were permitted to carry BOTH the Daito and Shoto, OR Daisho.  During a very short period of time (I think it was like 2 years) the shogunate disarmed the peasants from all bladed weapons, but this didn’t last long.
      5:  The straight Ninja-to DID exist, but it was not a NINJA-to.  It would have been considered just another Ken or type of sword.  Peasants could not afford the higher quality curved blades of the higher classes, and even some lower class samurai could only afford less quality swords.  The straight bladed swords were of lower quality and quite common at least in the visual record.  It turns out that many such straight blades have been found and mistakenly classified as pole arms by people who didn’t have knowledge of this fact yet.  
      6:  The thing we call NINJA today is a modern invention of what would have been called Shinobi in ancient Japan.  Back then the word Ninja did not exist, and so a lot of our misconceptions about Ninja come from the simple fact that we have tried to categorize them like the Samurai. But we cannot do that.
      7:  Ninja, or Shinobi, could be samurai, and Vice Versa, this is well established.  Shinobi could be anyone, in fact someone could be called Shinobi but not be a professional, but rather a useful servant who worked in a shinobi capacity. The professional Shinobi also existed who did different things during different periods.

      I recommend Antony Cummins as a good source for historical Ninja facts he’s a very good martial artist, researcher, and former Bujinkan (now called Heritic)

      • Butter Knife | Feb 21, 2012 at 12:15 am |

         Not only is there no such thing as a ‘ninja” martial art, it is likely that many of those functioning as “ninja” had very little formal combat training at all. If a person is reasonably strong and agile, and if they are really willing to do violence against another person, it doesn’t require training to kill another person.

        For comparison, look at modern criminal enforcers: most are, at best, moderately competent gunmen and very few have any actual training in martial arts or fighting. Some of them aren’t even that physically imposing. Their main qualifications tend to be the ability to keep a secret and an ability to sleep at night after doing awful things to people.

  19. Cool! Let’s invade Iran!

  20. Ninja chicks rock!  But those were some pretty weak moves. 

  21. triptrip32 | Feb 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm |

    how cute, a well choreographed performance….lol

  22. Alkayhaulik | Feb 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm |

    Hmm, ok….I guess these techniques can be useful in a kitchen..  Imagine how fast they’d be able to get the laundry done…or cleaning the house!  wow, this is genius!

  23. Navy SEAL fan | Feb 20, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    United States Navy SEALs are modern day ninjas. No, they’re better and stronger than ninjas

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