Why are you obsessed with becoming a ninja?
For generations, the ninja have captured the imaginations of people around the world. But a lot of what we love about these warriors is distorted by folktales and pop culture.
Nevertheless, here are eleven valid reasons why many of you have thought about becoming a ninja.
1. Spies with exotic ancient secrets
Admit it! Hollywood spies are cool. But ninja are way cooler, maybe because of their ancient secret training that seem more formidable and exotic.
2. Human ability – no need for gadgets
The emphasis on human ability – rather than gadgets – makes the ninja all the more impressive.
What could be more awesome than warriors that rely on pure human ability for their missions? Using their wits, strength and techniques, the ninja seldom carried gadgets that would raise suspicion on their identity.
3. Superhuman senses and abilities
Becoming a ninja means pushing human limits on awareness and physical abilities. Scaling a castle wall? Running impossibly long distances without stopping? Detecting presence in the dark?
4. Supernatural ninja magic
The ninja were rumoured to use supernatural abilities during unavoidable battle: summoning storms or fire, reading a person’s mind and disappearing at the blink of an eye. You want to be able to do that, don’t you?
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That said, supernatural abilities are nothing more than illusion, proper timing and extensive knowledge on things like gun powder, human psychology and predicting storms.
5. Art of stealth and invisibility
Being invisible and knowing how to get around undetected would be an impressive skill to have, wouldn’t it?
6. Formidable fighting abilities
Ninja – according to Hollywood – are formidable fighters who can use unconventional tactics to take on multiple attackers. Pretty cool…
7. Mysterious, Confident, Calm and Influential
Becoming a ninja is like being James Bond while gathering intel. Who doesn’t want to be mysterious, confident, calm-and-collected, and charming?
8. Jack of all trades – master of many
Unlike other historical warriors, ninja were not limited to combat. You want to be a master at many skills – martial arts, behavioural psychology, climbing, conversation, foreign languages and more.
9. Perseverance against all odds
There is nothing more life-changing than watching someone persevering despite having the odds of success against them. You admire the ninja’s motto of patient perseverance.
10. Superhero to the weak and oppressed
You want to become a ninja because they fought to protect the weak from the oppressive authorities. Though this is a pop culture myth, it feels good to be able to be a superhero to people who get picked on.
11. Anyone can be a ninja
Behind that mysterious mask is an average person who can do the extraordinary. You want to be that person.
What do you think?
Do you agree with the list here? Did I miss anything out? Leave a comment to let me know.
And here’s how to be a modern ninja in real life.