Iran is training 4,000 women to take part in a special forces unit based on the martial arts, similar to ninjas. It seems to me it would have to be a very specialized unit, after all one dropped bomb could wipe them out. They are basically only effective from close range by attackers who are not armed. Good luck with that.
It may look like a scene out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – but these Iranian women are practicing their moves in a bid to become highly-trained ninjas.
They were pictured brandishing deadly weapons while performing back flips and gravity-defying stunts in Iran – where the specialist martial art of Ninjutsu is popular with female pupils.
At this club which opened in 1989 and is based at the Jughin castle 25 miles outside of the capital Tehran there are 4,000 women in training to become kunoichi – female ninjas.
They learn to climb and jump walls, hide in the mountains and ‘slice the neck of a rival without making a sound’.
Ninjutsu instructor Fatima Muamer had previously said that the sport increasingly appeals to women as it helps maintain balance between the body and the mind.
Iran has a mandatory Army conscription for men aged 18, but it is limited to 18 months service, so these kunoichi could prove very useful.
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.