Showing posts from July, 2019

NinjaDay and My Four Year Ninjaversary

So four years ago in late June was the first time I was introduced to the TV show American Ninja Warrior. My cousin Ryan showed me a video of Kacy Catanzaro who was the  first woman to complete a city finals  course at the Dallas City Finals in 2014. He said a new ninja gym just recently opened up where he was in Philadelphia. A few months later I found out one did exist in Miami, and I started training for 30 days for a friend's birthday party before we tried out the course there.   Over these 4 years I've had a lot of great experiences. I was able to pass many of the obstacles the same day I tried them out, so in 2016 I submitted my first video. Later that year I competed in my first local competition and did well on the first stage, but fell early during the second stage.   In 2017 I received a call from casting after I highlighted ninja training had helped me overcome health problems like a collapsed lung in my video, but I didn't get THE call. I was s

Obstacle Onslaught 3 Experience

My first local competition was in 2016 with the Obstacle Onslaught in Miami. This year saw the 3 rd  competition, and I saw just how much the ninja gym has grown since then.   There was as separate parkour section that opened up, and ninjas competed for time as we went through the obstacles. They also combined both kid and adult competitions together in the same day, so we were able to see just how great some of the kids are (including some that made it to the show "American Ninja Warrior Jr."   After taking a break so the kids could finish, the 2 nd  stage we had a break went back to the main ninja obstacle course, and definitely added upper-body challenge as we went through the course.   I couldn't stay for the end, but I wasn't surprised when I found my friend Ronald had dominated yet again, and is currently t ied for #1 ninja in the Florida Ninja League. If you are following the show, he also made it to the Atlanta city finals along with other fe