Every guy, at one point in life, wanted to be a Ninja. For most of us, that point in life was when we were way too young to do anything other than jump off a small wall and throw a stolen knife at a tree. But apparently there really are real life Ninjas out there in the world.
There aren’t enough to keep up with the demand for Ninja-based tourist shows, though. So if you still have that burning desire to dress in black and master the art of the ancient assassins that date back to 12th Century Japan, now could be your time to shine.
Ninjas were 12th Century hitmen
Ninjas were essentially olde world hitmen, the super spies of ancient Japan, but they basically faded out of existence in the 17th century. The legend never went away and we still have ridiculous films and computer games based on these ancient warriors.
So now tourists want to see men in black jumping around, throwing deadly shuriken stars and sword fighting. But Takatsugu Aoki told Asahi: “With the number of foreign tourists increasing, the value of the ninja as a tourist attraction has increased too.
“There are more employment choices, while ninja shows across the country have become popular. I feel there is a ninja shortage.”
Learn the old ways, like Kickboxer
You can seriously go and train in the ancient ways, like Jean-Claude Van Damme in Kickboxer, but better. Most of the applicants are from foreign countries, too.
Just 35 Japanese people signed up for the two ninja schools in Japan, while more than 160 others, from 40 different countries, made up the silent, stealthy, deadly majority.
So if you want to fulfil that ever so slightly childish dream and pretend to kill people while tourists watch, then you know what you have to do. It sure beats working at McDonalds and if you ever come back then literally nobody will be able to fuck with you.
You can learn Ninjitsu in the USA
Now if you can’t go to Japan, you can still learn Ninjitsu in the USA and it’s more or less the same thing. You’ll learn some of the most devastating unarmed combat techniques in the world of martial arts, alongside weapons training. I don’t really know why Ninjitsu isn’t as popular as the likes of Krav Maga and Kickboxing, but it’s got some spectacular techniques, there are 900 dojos around the country and if you master it then you can kind of say you’re a proper Ninja.
Modern Ninjitsu is a solid self-defence system that combines kicks, grappling and locks. It’s pretty similar to Krav Maga in a lot of ways and you can see a master in action here:
Find out how to be a ninja and where to train here: Ninjitsu Dojos USA