Dressed in all back, female “ninja” fighters aged between 5 to 56 are just a small number of 3,000 women in Iran who are being trained up to be used as lethal warriors at a school in Tehran.
Akbar Faraji who runs the school comments that they train women to have strength and ability to protect their homeland. One of the fighters or “ninja’s” whose been in training for over 13 years, said that their aim is to be strong enough just in case a problem arises.
A report in ‘The Atlantic’ has revealed that these women regularly change from their traditional outfits to dress up like an ancient Japanese warrior, to train in Ninjutsu to become “Kunoichi” which means female ninjas.
The independent clubs these women are trained at are under the supervision of the Ministry of Sports’ Martial Art Federation. Ninjutsu, a Japanese martial art, is gaining an increase in popularity amongst women in Iran. This is part of the revolution against the misconceived notions about the role and status of women, which is powered by the patriarchal society of the country.
The Atlantic’s Max Fisher comments on the status of women in Iran saying that the 33 year quest to make Iranian women weak and helpless has failed. The west has always perceived them to be this way because of the hijab, as this is all we see on the surface. But in fact the women of Iran are stronger collectively, and much more assertive individually than the Islamic Republic would like us to believe.
The Ninjutsu sport is increasingly appealing to women, and it has it is helping them to maintain a balance between the mind and the body. This was the comment made by Ninjutsu instructor Fatima Muamer talking the Iranian TV station Press TV.
She went on to say that through this martial art women learn to respect themselves, to respect their existence followed by respecting the art that they are mastering,
According to reports, with Israel’s increased pressure on Iran over the fear that the country is building and harboring nuclear weapons, these ninjas could be called upon to represent their country if relations descend into military conflict.
It was only recently that President Barack Obama tightened the sanctions on Iran which included its central bank. This was done to increase the pressure on Iran’s economy as the nuclear showdown heats up.