It's been fascinating following the development of the "Iranian Ninja" story over the last few days. As someone who has trained in the art since 1985, and trained in Japan, the US, various parts of the UK, and at my home Shinobi Kai Dojo in Portsmouth UK I was expecting some over-reaction to the fact that a/ the people training in the art are Iranian, and b/ The mythos that surrounds Ninpo (AKA Ninjutsu). This is the orginal article I came across a few days ago
, complete with the sound. No wonder the clip was short, no sound, and subtitled - the original just shows a slightly more acrobatic version of the usual training carried out worldwide by the Bujinkan and Gebukan.
Ninpo is a very deep, but very 'hippy' art. I've been trying to do an article on it for the Pagan page for a while, but it's such a multifaceted style that it is hard to pare it down enough to fit into even 3 or 4 articles. The attunement to nature, magickal techniques, and psychological techniques are much less well known than the combat side which is all most people think of thanks to the films and sensational articles in Martial Arts magazines. Hopefully the link will show that the media obviously had a slow news day, and decided to go for illusion over substance with a vague 'scare story'