Have you ever had a driving desire to become a ninja?
If so, there’s a place in Eden Prairie that can help you get there. In fact, they not only train budding ninjas, but hold competitions for them, as well.
Obstacle Academy held a Ninja Sport Championship qualifier on Jan. 29. More than 80 athletes put their ninja skills to the test during the competition.
Described as a “premier ninja warrior and obstacle course training gym,” Obstacle Academy opened in Edina in 2016 before moving to Eden Prairie in 2020.
More ninja gyms have opened in recent years with ninja becoming more popular. Gym manager and ninja team coach Sara Heesen credits the NBC show “American Ninja Warrior” for that popularity.
“The show’s been around 15 years, so (it) kind of spawned the ninja gyms,” she said. “But now we’re getting to the point where there are kids who’ve been doing this and have seen this on TV their whole life.”
“American Ninja Warrior” not only influences future ninjas, but coaches and athletes have also competed. “Most of our coaches have competed on (the show),” she said. “We also have eight kids who have competed on either American Ninja Warrior Junior or who (were) called to compete this year.”
Obstacle Academy offers classes for kids and adults so anyone can become a ninja. There are a range of classes for beginners to elite athletes. There are classes for those just looking for an activity, to those looking to take it seriously.
“We have kids who have been training since they were 3 or 4 playing around and talking about how they want to be on the show and they’re kicking adult’s butts now,” Heesen said.
Obstacle Academy is located at 7615 Golden Triangle Dr.
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