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Recent Examples of ninja from the Web
Her Catholic ninja origin story Like a lot of comic book characters who debuted in the ‘90s, Domino is a perfect mix of a simple, high concept layered with a ludicrously complicated backstory.
Kyler loves anything to do with superheroes and will eagerly show you his 'ninja moves' upon request.
Indoor Activities: Uptown Jungle Fun Park Rock climbing, trampolines, ball-blaster arenas, super slides and ninja courses will entertain kids for hours at this entertainment center near Higley and Recker roads in Mesa.
Lucky's will host a bacon-cutting, which involves slicing a huge slab of bacon with a ninja knife.
Szeliga's advice to any ninja newcomer hoping to walk on: Settle for becoming a course tester.
But at 1:30 that afternoon, they were called to Central Park and found Brown holding a dead pigeon in his hand, striking a ninja pose and threatening to kill a small dog.
For the virtual ninja, fighting games are more than e-sports.
Fruit ninja should remain an app for this reason: 5.
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Did You Know?
Ninjas may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word ninja derives from the Japanese characters "nin" and "ja." "Nin" initially meant "persevere," but over time it developed the extended meanings "conceal" and "move stealthily." In Japanese, "ja" is the combining form of sha, meaning "person." Ninjas originated in the mountains of Japan over 800 years ago as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called "the art of stealth" or "the art of invisibility." They often served as military spies and were trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and also other martial arts. Popular legends still associate them with espionage and assassinations, but modern ninjas are most likely to study ninjutsu to improve their physical fitness and self-defense skills.
NINJA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ninja for English Language Learners
: a fighter who is trained in the Japanese martial arts
NINJA Defined for Kids
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