Video: Prepare for Iran’s female ninja teams

posted at 10:25 am on February 7, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

I’ve seen plenty of conservatives being supportive of the idea of a preemptive strike against Iran’s potential nuclear arms capability, either by us or Israel. One perfectly valid reason for such confidence is the flat out awesomeness of our military and their ability to take on any challenge which comes our way. But they may have to start boning up on special operations if we come to blows, because President Ahmadinejad apparently has a secret ace up his sleeve. Are you ready for Iran’s female ninjas?

The school opened in 1989 but now has 3,500 women in training to become kunoichi – female ninjas.

But as Israel steps up pressure on Iran, over fears the country is building nuclear weapons, these lethal ninjas could be called upon to represent their country if relations descend into military conflict.

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.

One hardly knows where to begin. The linked article has a wealth of pictures of these warrior women for you to enjoy, but the video we’ll get to below is even better. A few questions popped out right away, not the least of which was the fact that most of the women expose their faces on film. (I thought that was generally a no-no?) It’s not that the training doesn’t seem to be genuinely realistic and probably a fairly good cardio workout, but the fighting style on display seems to be somewhat less than threatening.

The level of realism in the video may look familiar to some of you, particularly if you’re fans of Richard Harrison back in the 80′s. In fact, I think we may need some sort of a side by side comparison. First, take a look at the news coverage of Iran’s latest crew of elite fighters.

Now, let’s compare that to the classic Harrison trailer for… The Ninja Squad.

That should start your morning off on a solid note. Enjoy.


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They look more like extras from “Gymkata”

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Yeah, the good to know Iran is still using a fighting style, weapons and tactics from the 12th century. Somebody call the Iranian embassy and let them know it became less effective with the invention of the gun.

Plus, once these women get the freedom to stroll down 5th Avenue, they will be distracted by gratuitous shopping opportunities. That will render them less effective.

Marcus Traianus on February 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Talk about bad kung-fu movies.

galtani on February 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Won’t they trip on their sacks?

NoDonkey on February 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I find that Hoekstra campaign ad extremely offensive because it shows a 12th Imamer wearing tiger print ninja wear. For shame Pete Hoekstra!

NotCoach on February 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

A Fistful of Rial

Coming to a theater near you!

In Surround Sound!

rihar on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Marcus Traianus on February 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Imadinerjacket bringing female acrobats to a gun fight, sure why not :)

Dr Evil on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

They look more like extras from “Gymkata”

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

So glad I found the other person who watched Gynkata.

My life is complete.

VibrioCocci on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I especially like the Frisbee tossing

HotAirian on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Note to Iran: Delta Force is not a sorority

faraway on February 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Can we just start the war already. I’m in a bad enough mood as it is.

cozmo on February 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

I’ve seen plenty of conservatives being supportive of the idea of a preemptive strike against Iran’s potential nuclear arms capability

A strike against the Iranian leadership would seem wiser. Taking out whatever nuke capabilities we can find is merely a stopgap.

Go RBNY on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

A few questions popped out right away, not the least of which was the fact that most of the women expose their faces on film. (I thought that was generally a no-no?)

Not in most of Iran. Some women wear the chador, but I think their law only requires the ears be covered.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I am a 65 year old man, untrained in any martial arts (but a ranked national tennis player)…put me in a room with any one of those women, and at 6’2″ and 210 lbs, I will break them in two…put most any man in a room of any two of them, and you will have four pieces of women.
Sorry women, but few, and certainly not them, few women can defeat a man in hand to hand combat, no matter the training.
200 lb. man against a 120 lb women, is a defeat unless the woman has a gun…

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Infidels!

p40tiger on February 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Our newly minted lesbians will kick their asses.

NoDonkey on February 7, 2012 at 10:39 AM

200 lb. man against a 120 lb women, is a defeat unless the woman has a gun…

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Or, she starts talking… and talking.

faraway on February 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

That’s a potent secret weapon of the Iranian regime. She can undress, and then slowly saw your head off with a serrated knife while you vomit.

Archivarix on February 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I especially like the Frisbee tossing

HotAirian on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Not bad, but they could learn something from Hard Ticket To Hawaii.

“For the Molokai cop”

rihar on February 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Female ninja’s….HAH!!

I guess it’s time for us to UNLEASH THE LEAGUE OF LESBIANS!!! on them.

nuff said.

Scoreboard44 on February 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

They take off their Ninja masks to reveal their Muslim woman masks…
LOL.

And Ninja warriors? Isn’t that somehow against the Koran?
Where is the ancient art of Muslim fighting?…..
You know…Tie a suicide bomb to chest and push the button!

albill on February 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

That’s choreography, not martial arts. Just like the movies. The real application of martial arts looks a whole lot different: a lot less flashy, a lot more grounded, and a whole lot shorter.

Mohonri on February 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Well done on the makeup, girls! Carry on!

ExpressoBold on February 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Are muslims allowed to even wax on to these videos?

Flange on February 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The English dubbing was better in the first clip then the second.

mechkiller_k on February 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Or, she starts talking… and talking.

faraway on February 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Bitch you to death…

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

They are stealthy cuz it’s hard to see their ninja clothes under those burkhas!

Warner Todd Huston on February 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Yeah, the good to know Iran is still using a fighting style, weapons and tactics from the 12th century.

Marcus Traianus on February 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Their religion is stuck in the 12th century so it fits.

Mangy Scot on February 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Or, she starts talking… and talking.

faraway on February 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Response got eaten:

*itch you to death…

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

VibrioCocci on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

.
The finest action adventure gymnastics/karate movie of the ’80s.
I pity those who’ve never seen it.

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

They wouldn’t last a minute against Beatrix Kiddo.

Jocundus on February 7, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Iran; The country where the men are pu$$ies and the women are ninjas….that is, unless we’re shooting them in the chest in the street.

real tourist attraction./

ted c on February 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Come on over…we have something for you.

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

This could be more dangerous than you think. I’ve known many Persian women, and can’t recall seeing an ugly one. Most are beautiful. Schwarzenegger wouldn’t have a chance with one of these babes!

BTW, what ever happened to K’daffy’s Amazonian Guards?

cartooner on February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

won’t a burkha get snagged when the Ninja Sistas are rappelling through windows and skylights???

that’d be an embarassing shame now wouldn’t it?

ted c on February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

From some of the closeups, it appears they have also gotten their hands on one of America’s great technologies, the colored interlocking foam gym mat. They could be training up crack dodgeball teams even as we speak.

JeremiahJohnson on February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

So I am guessing they do not teach Judo in Iran because they think it sounds like it could be the ancient marshal arts training for Jews….

;-)

albill on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

They could be training up crack dodgeball teams even as we speak.

JeremiahJohnson on February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

but, do they practice with wrenches???? that’s what the peeps wanna know…./

ted c on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Silence! I keel you!

The Rogue Tomato on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

This could be more dangerous than you think. I’ve known many Persian women, and can’t recall seeing an ugly one. Most are beautiful.
cartooner on February 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

.
You’ve never seen one older than 30 obviously.

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So I am guessing they do not teach Judo in Iran because they think it sounds like it could be the ancient marshal arts training for Jews….

;-)

albill on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 AM

they just change the name from Judo…..to Judon’t

badump tsss…..

ted c on February 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

From what I know of Jewish women, my money’s on the Israelis in this scenario.

NoDonkey on February 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You’ve never seen one older than 30 obviously.

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I’ve seen very beautiful ones over 30, however, there aren’t many that old.

cartooner on February 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

AAAAH! MY EYES!

rihar on February 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

HAH!! Judy chop!

dmn1972 on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

There use to be a video of them scaling a building in ninja burka drag.

Blake on February 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Let’s arrange a match – Iran’s best female ninja vs a randomly chosen IDF girl trained in krav maga.

weew on February 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

So glad I found the other person who watched Gynkata.

My life is complete.

VibrioCocci on February 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I saw it as a kid. It was scary :D

SirGawain on February 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Three names: Rhonda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Cristiane Santos.

We Win

geramy2012 on February 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Remember all those stories a few years ago about Gadaffi’s crack team of female bodyguards? And how did that work out for him?

EnglishMike on February 7, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Well, that changes everything.

DFCtomm on February 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

And if there’s no invasion by Yankee/Zionist imperialist pigdogs, I’m sure they’ll be able to find work in a Tarantino flick.

Walter Sobchak on February 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

All well and good, but this assumes that neither the Israelis or American special forces are wimps and do not have guns.

Never bring a knife to a gunfight.

And never challenge an American or Israeli when death is on the line… unless they’re liberals…

Logus on February 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

There are schools of “ninjutsu” that stem from Japan that are real, and ones that are fake.

For real, Google Masaaki Hatsumi. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cheap “spinoffs”.

I have no idea what connection these “Persian Kunoichi” have with any authentic Nin-po but I do know that there were people on “both sides” training with Hatsumi and his most senior students.

By “both sides” I mean Muslim (Arab and Persian) and Jewish (Israeli).

For the Israeli side, google Doron Navon.

When I was younger and my joints in better shape (25 to 20′ish years ago), I did some beginner-level study with some of Hatsumi’s students. Some of those dudes were pretty tough. Former US Marines, former US Army Rangers and special forces types.

There are a lot of schools claiming to teach “authentic ninja” martial arts that are total fakes.

But a few aren’t fake. And they do include training in a range of firearms in addition to the “12th century” stuff.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I’m reminded of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhlHzYt4xRM

tommer74 on February 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Graduates of the Diemon Dave Ninja School. “Don’t go ninjin nobody don’t need ninjin!”

BKeyser on February 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Except they are using the show form of ninjutsu (nindo) and not the actual useful killing art. It looks cool, but it’s not practical. I learned a little ninjutsu when I was younger, it was not so pretty, but it definitely was practical. Same for most martial arts. The stuff you see on TV is cool looking, but pointless. Most of it is a waste of motion and energy (ki).

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

We’ve got Ziva!

I saw her take out a female Iranian terrorist on NCIS.

huckleberryfriend on February 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

There are a lot of schools claiming to teach “authentic ninja” martial arts that are total fakes.

But a few aren’t fake. And they do include training in a range of firearms in addition to the “12th century” stuff.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Exactly. I should have read before I responded. Good post.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I’ve seen very beautiful ones over 30, however, there aren’t many that old.

cartooner on February 7, 2012 at 10:52 AM

.
Oh, so you like hirsute, wart laden, hunchbacks with no teeth.
Cool.

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The stuff you see on TV is cool looking, but pointless. Most of it is a waste of motion and energy (ki).

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I thought the point of martial arts was to find discipline, and center.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Let’s arrange a match – Iran’s best female ninja vs a randomly chosen IDF girl trained in krav maga.

weew on February 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Exactly.

Style is bunk.

Ninjas are overrated.

Logus on February 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’ve seen video of from the streets of Iran, they have millions of these ninjas.

tommer74 on February 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

On the Muslim side, Google Kacem Zoughari.
Tunisian, I think.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I thought the point of martial arts was to find discipline, and center.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Not originally. Originally the point was to survive a fight. People didn’t research/invent ways to hurt others just to increase their self-esteem. Hate to break it to you.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Not originally. Originally the point was to survive a fight. People didn’t research/invent ways to hurt others just to increase their self-esteem. Hate to break it to you.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Monks didn’t? I mean, I know they have to survive a fight just like anyone else. But center and discipline is… you know… sort of their stock in trade.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

If I had the time and opportunity, I’d take up training and practice with a friend of mine from church again. After thirty years of learning several different martial arts styles, he essentially merged and/or cast them aside.

His whole focus has been self-defense, real world application. He finds that most of the schools are just as you say – bunk. And for many of the rest, useless. It may look pretty and in a match one-on-one within the same style that’s fine, but on the street, your kata is nada and the color of your belt is meaningless.

So he carries a gun and a knife and even teaches running if that’s the more sensible option.

Fighting boils down to a mind-game. Your attackers are going to try and catch you off gaurd and use fear and intimidation. If you can push through that or preemptively get them first, you can easily win or escape.

Logus on February 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 10:36 AM

They’re ninjas, dude. They use guile and stealth to sneak up behind you and slit your throat. They’re not going to rely on brute force or fight fair.

And yes, a gun is the greatest equalizer, but I wouldn’t mess with anybody who has a katana and knows how to use it, no matter how small they are.

Walter Sobchak on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I thought the point of martial arts was to find discipline, and center.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Not originally. Originally the point was to survive a fight. People didn’t research/invent ways to hurt others just to increase their self-esteem. Hate to break it to you.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Pattosensei is correct. Martial arts started (and frequently remained) as just that: Kill your opponent first and survive to fight the next battle in a war.

The discipline part was just as much an original requirement as is discipline in any modern military.

The “finding your center” stuff evolved over time. In Japan, it grew from the intersection of martial arts with various forms of buddhism, zen, shingon, etc. Probably the same for the Korean traditions. In China, add Taoism to the mix with various buddhist schools. Shaolin stems from buddhist sources, Wudang from Taoist.

Martial arts started off “martial” because they were for killing the enemy originally.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Reminds me of the episode of NCIS when female Agent David, formerly of the Mossad, gets into hand-to-hand combat with a female Iranian agent. The Iranian starts kicking David’s butt and starts taunting her about how soft she’s gotten while living in America. After the Iranian spills the beans on all the nasty things she’s gotten away with, David thanks the Iranian for the confession that is now on tape and kicks her butt in 5 seconds.

Sure it’s just TV, but NCIS reinforces good stereotypes.

rwenger43 on February 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Logus:
Wish I still could. Loved it when I was younger.
Was unfortunately not blessed with strong joints.
Too many injuries and surgeries have rendered me incapable.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Fixed:

Logus on February 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

All well and good, but this assumes that neither the Israelis or American special forces are wimps and do not have guns.

Never bring a knife ninja to a gunfight.

And never challenge an American or Israeli when death is on the line… unless they’re liberals

Mo_mac on February 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Let’s arrange a match – Iran’s best female ninja vs a randomly chosen IDF girl trained in krav maga.

weew on February 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

We’ve got Ziva!

I saw her take out a female Iranian terrorist on NCIS.

huckleberryfriend on February 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Reminds me of the episode of NCIS when female Agent David, formerly of the Mossad, gets into hand-to-hand combat with a female Iranian agent. The Iranian starts kicking David’s butt and starts taunting her about how soft she’s gotten while living in America. After the Iranian spills the beans on all the nasty things she’s gotten away with, David thanks the Iranian for the confession that is now on tape and kicks her butt in 5 seconds.

Sure it’s just TV, but NCIS reinforces good stereotypes.

rwenger43 on February 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Yeah. That.

rwenger43 on February 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Walter Sobchak on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Dude, I would see them when they started to do their flips and tumbles…

right2bright on February 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM

My woman doesn’t need Ninja skills, we can kill you with a look. THAT look, you know.

Bishop on February 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Logus:
Wish I still could. Loved it when I was younger.
Was unfortunately not blessed with strong joints.
Too many injuries and surgeries have rendered me incapable.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m in a similar boat. I had a pretty nasty accident and subsequent surgery that has done quite a number on one of my knees. I took judo one semester in college afterwards, but knew that I couldn’t continue in the sport because my knee just would not hold up or allow me to do the moves. Heh, when I told my coach at the end of the semester of my old injuries and problems, she said that had she known at the beginning of the semester, she’d never had let me join!

Logus on February 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Attention United States Military Personnel! If you are on the front lines, kneeling and holding out a sword…be warned! These chicks will TOTALLY jump over it!

ronsfi on February 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Martial arts started off “martial” because they were for killing the enemy originally.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I’m curious then… were martial arts first studied by monks, or were they developed by soldiers, and adopted by monks over time? And if so, were the early monks also expected to serve in some sort of martial capacity?

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

So, Muammar Gaddafi’s personal guard has found a home.

Dale Wyckoff on February 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Dale Wyckoff on February 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I’m sure they will perform just as well at protecting Iran as they did keeping Ghadaffi alive.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Maybe Obama will invite them to the Whitehouse to perform these dance moves.

Deano1952 on February 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Deploy the Chuck Norris!

ReaganWasRight on February 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I’m an average man, and I’d challenge any of them to a fight in a sheet! We could use their soft gym mat too.

dahni on February 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

They’re ninjas, dude. They use guile and stealth to sneak up behind you and slit your throat. They’re not going to rely on brute force or fight fair.

And yes, a gun is the greatest equalizer, but I wouldn’t mess with anybody who has a katana and knows how to use it, no matter how small they are.

Walter Sobchak on February 7, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Ninjutsu was little more than a different form of Bujitsu that was located in the Iga and Koga areas of Japan (among some others). They did use stealth, but they could also fight one-on-one with the samurai. They had a code of honor, but it was different from the code we often associate with samurai. They rose out of a need for these domains to protect their lands from the larger, aggressive Daimyou. They did use shinobigi (ninja outfits) some, but not always (often it was for ceremony). They did wear armor and some even used firearms.

In short, ninja were completely different from the modern-day Hollywood stereotype of them.

Monks didn’t? I mean, I know they have to survive a fight just like anyone else. But center and discipline is… you know… sort of their stock in trade.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Monks used to have armies. In Japan they were Sohei warriors. In fact, there were many wars between Buddhist temples in Japan throughout history.

The Shaolin in China assert that they use their kung-fu for only peaceful purposes, but they admit that the earliest practitioners of Shaolin in the 7th Century participated in two battles. In 610 they fought against bandit raiders of their monastery and in 621 they participated in the battle of Hulao. While it is unclear if they used their kung-fu at these times, it would be a reasonable conclusion to think so. The Ming Dynasty saw many more instances of Shaolin monks participating in combat.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Well that was good for a laugh! I suppose some martial arts training beats no training at all. I mean, one of those women could beat the crap out of some random woman walking down the street, especially in ambush. But these so-called “ninjas” wouldn’t last long against anybody with real training and certainly not against those with special training. Iranian female ninjas are a second-rate circus act.

cicerone on February 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’m curious then… were martial arts first studied by monks, or were they developed by soldiers, and adopted by monks over time? And if so, were the early monks also expected to serve in some sort of martial capacity?

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

In both cases martial arts were started by soldiers and adopted by monks. In Japan there was little distinction. Japanese arts didn’t really become very showy until after WWII, when we tried to pacify them. A lot of the arts were changed to sports. For example: jujutsu became judo (though it has been revived as jujitsu and then changed again for sport), kenjutsu became kendo, ect.

In China, where they fully embraced Confucian values (the Japanese reinterpreted Confucius in some cases…like in regard to soldiers), soldiers were seen as lower class citizens in society and held little influence. Thus, Chinese often hired mercenaries to fight their battles. Monks, however, were esteemed and could practice martial arts in the quest for knowledge (to get around the whole Confucius thing). Much of the showmanship of Chinese martial arts comes from the Monks. As scholars they were at the height of society.

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

OK. so there was a time where monks also served as soldiers.

Got it.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Pattosensei on February 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Very interesting.

JohnGalt23 on February 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

My kids want to play with them!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

You’ve never seen one older than 30 obviously.

LincolntheHun on February 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

I have. She’s in her 50s. She’s still one of the most beautiful women in the world.

nukemhill on February 7, 2012 at 12:08 PM

My woman doesn’t need Ninja skills, we can kill you with a look. THAT look, you know.

Bishop on February 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Yes, Yes I do.

Bunsin2 on February 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Send in the pirates.

nobar on February 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

“Release the Fembots!” — Ahmanutjob

H.E. Pennypacker on February 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Wow!! Not only can the fight, but they are good looking babes to boot. What more could you as for. And you can get your own ninja babe for just $20. But wait. If you order right now they’ll double the offer. You’ll get two ninja babes for just $20, plus seperate flea de-festation treatment.

rjulio on February 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Iranian female Ninjas. Lookout! Legend has it that the more advanced Ninjas wear lucky astrology mood rings as part of their ultra secret Ninja garb.

I think one of these flippy floppy Iranian tarts was
actually Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She practices by throwing
Shurken at the Constitution.

legendtwo on February 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

You guys sure these Ninjas weren’t the dancers Madonna used at her Superbowl Halftime “No Really, I was once a star” fiasco?

legendtwo on February 7, 2012 at 12:53 PM

That was very entertaining…………for a comedy.

Oh well, it was the split on the main page photo that got my attention anyway…

stacman on February 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

While female Iranian ninjas are undeniably scary, we still want our drone back. Ask’em again Obummer.

8thAirForce on February 7, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Japanese arts didn’t really become very showy until after WWII, when we tried to pacify them. A lot of the arts were changed to sports. For example: jujutsu became judo (though it has been revived as jujitsu and then changed again for sport), kenjutsu became kendo, ect.

The only place I’d slightly differ with Pattosensei’s statement quoted above, is that the process of the Japanese arts being changed from their military (-jutsu) forms to their sport (-Do) forms (i.e., kenjutsu to kendo, jujutsu to judo, etc.) actually pre-dated WWII to a period shortly after the Meiji Restoration in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Although “Last Samurai” starring Tom Cruise isn’t a historically accurate example reflecting how things actually would have been at the time (meaning, “ain’t no way real Japanese samurai would ever have let a foreigner learn their methods), it does serve as useful historical context that current day Americans can relate to, regarding the changes that occurred in Japanese society at the time. Once the Emperor Meiji was “restored” and the Tokugawa Shogunate fell (Thanks to Admiral Perry’s show of comparative US Naval firepower), and after Japan opened up to the west, there was a lot of emphasis on adopting more of not just Western (American/European) technology, but also ways from Western society. There was also a lot of de-emphasizing of traditional Japanese ways. The Samurai were the top caste in a caste system, much as the Brahmins are at the top of India’s caste system. Part of that change in Japanese society was the conversion of the Samurai fighting methods into more “genteel” sport forms. The “jutsu” forms didn’t totally go away. But for a period, they were largely de-emphasized.

That said, I completely agree with Pattosensei’s statement that the Japanese martial arts got even more “showy” after Japan’s WWII defeat. It provided even more emphasis on conversion of “-jutsu” arts to “-Do” arts.

Yiwen on February 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

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