Italian soldiers are facing the embarrassment of being beaten up daily by a 77-year-old Japanese grandmother.Ouch. Article here.
Martial arts expert Keiko Wakabayshi, nicknamed the "Samurai Granny", has been hired by the country's military to train recruits in hand-to-hand combat.
Miss Wakabayshi, who stands exactly 5ft tall, looks tiny compared to her charges who are mostly over 6ft.
But the pensioner is a trained master in an array of martial arts disciplines including jujitsu, jojitso, kenjitso, judo, kendo and karate.
She wipes the floor with soldiers of the Folgore brigade at their barracks in Livorno on a daily basis.
That sounds about right - Courtesy of Old NFO (click the image for a larger view): Sounds about right to me - more's the pity . . . Peter
5 hours ago