There are about 3000 to 3500 women in Iran regularly change from their traditional garb and dress up like ancient Japanese warriors to train in Ninjutsu to become Kunoichi, meaning female ninjas.
According to Reuters, these women are getting trained in independently run clubs throughout Iran working under the supervision of the Ministry of Sports’ Martial Arts Federation.
Ninjutsu, a Japanese martial sport, is reportedly getting popular among Muslim women in Iran as part of a revolution against misconceived notions about the role of women, powered by the patriarchal society of the country.
The sport increasingly appeals to women as it helps maintain balance between the body and the mind, Ninjutsu instructor Fatima Muamer told Iranian TV station Press TV in 2012.
The most important lesson in ninjutsu is respect and humility, Muamer said.
“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, she continued.
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.”
Reuters, Telegraph and Press TV contributed to this report