Women played a very important roll in the ninja families of ancient feudal Japan. Female Ninja, known as Kunoichi, could often use their own femininity to get very close to the enemy. Using psychological warfare and mind manipulation as weapons, the kunoichi could get in close enough to poison the victim without leaving a trace.
Kunoichi also trained in unarmed combat and a variety of weapons just as their male counterparts did. Typically, because of the different situations they faced, smaller close range weapons were more often utilized. Weapons like blinding powders, poisons, daggers, rope and even the fan were often carried because they could be used at close range and would be easy to transport without notice.
Kunoichi training today continues to utilize the same skills and powers inherent in women. Building intelligent confidence and awareness, women learn to utilize everything at their disposal to remain safe in a conflicted world.