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DisinfoCast 47: Ninja Myths and Facts with Antony Cummins

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The Secret Traditions of the Shinobi and In Search of the Ninja author Antony Cummins is here to clear the air regarding the mysterious assassins known as the ninjas. Were there ninja clans? Did they actually use those masks and funny shoes? Are there any practitioners of real ninjutsu today? Learn all this and more on this episode of the DisinfoCast.
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Ninjas Headed For Extinction

NinjaaaSay it ain’t so! Everyone’s favorite assassin, the Japanese Ninja, is dying out per BBC News:

Japan’s era of shoguns and samurai is long over, but the country does have one, or maybe two, surviving ninjas. Experts in the dark arts of espionage and silent assassination, ninjas passed skills from father to son – but today’s say they will be the last.

Japan’s ninjas were all about mystery. Hired by noble samurai warriors to spy, sabotage and kill, their dark outfits usually covered everything but their eyes, leaving them virtually invisible in shadow – until they struck.

Using weapons such as shuriken, a sharpened star-shaped projectile, and the fukiya blowpipe, they were silent but deadly.

Ninjas were also famed swordsmen. They used their weapons not just to kill but to help them climb stone walls, to sneak into a castle or observe their enemies.

Most of their missions were secret so there are very few official documents detailing their activities.

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Ninjas Attack Talkers & Texters In Movie Theater

Somehow I don’t think this concept is going to play well in Colorado, but apparently in London it’s acceptable. Via SlashFilm:

The Prince Charles Cinema is said to be employing volunteer “ninjas” to regulate good behavior among the audience. The term “ninja” is being used loosely here — they’re really more like glorified ushers in black skintight bodysuits — but whatever you want to call them, it’s certainly an interesting way to keep the peace. More afer the jump.

The so-called ninjas are ordinary cinephiles who agree to “guard” screenings in exchange for free admission. When they spot a patron talking, texting, throwing popcorn, kicking seats, or otherwise engaging in rude behavior, they swoop down to give the jerk in question a talking-to. One of the program’s recent targets, moviegoer Abdul Stagg, recounted his experience:

I normally hate noisy people in cinemas, but I got a call from my friend just as the movie started and thought I could get away with taking it.

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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."
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Trained-up Ninja Monkeys ‘Turn on Master’

From MSN News:

A Chinese monkey trainer who trained his animals to do martial arts reportedly got the shock of his life when his proteges suddenly turned on him.

Entertainer Lo Wung was knocked to the ground in a vicious attack by his monkeys while entertaining a shopping crowd in eastern China’s Hubei province, The Sun newspaper reports, quoting a man who says he saw the attack and caught it on his camera.

The 42-year-old trainer had previously taught his monkeys basic taekwondo moves to amuse his audiences, but the monkeys had no qualms in using the skills against their master, Hu Luang told The Sun newspaper.

“I saw one punch him in the eye — he grabbed another by the ear and it responded by grabbing his nose,” the newspaper quoted Mr Luang as saying.

“They were leaping and jumping all over the place — it was better than a Bruce Lee film.”

The revolt apparently started when one monkey turned and kicked him kung-fu style in the head.

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