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Recent Examples of ninja from the Web
Then on Wednesday, Bryant returned to the studio for his test to become a ninja.
Japanese police have finally arrested a long-sought after thief who dressed as a ninja during burglaries.
Uncle Sam, a ninja, Toy Story’s Woody and a ballerina hippopotamus also joined the Panthers group along with team mascot Sir Purr.
Neighborhood children began to emerge from apartment buildings dressed in Harry Potter and ninja costumes and lit by the glow of dozens of police cars.
Meanwhile, Lincoln dressed as a red ninja, complete with a sword.
On Tuesday, Bryant received ninja training at the P2O Hot Pilates studio from his two ninja instructors.
If that doesn’t sound pulse-pounding enough for your summer action movie needs, rest assured that Wonder Woman is also replete with back-alley fistfights, slow-motion ninja twirls, bullet-deflecting wristlets, and exploding planes.
Clown, witch, pirate, zombie, ninja, monster, vampire, skeleton!
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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.
Origin and Etymology of ninja
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
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