For people who are not familiar with Parkour, the idea of it can be somewhat intimidating. The Parkour philosophy, however, is one of overcoming fear, solving problems and accomplishing the goals that you set for yourself.
In a total of 8 seasons of American Ninja Warrior (ANW), many people have come and gone, especially women as they can hardly go past the first few stages of a course. Only a few women competitors have made their name renown, Kacy “The Mighty Kacy” Catanzaro, Jessie “Supergirl” Graff, Michelle Warnky, and Meagan Martin to name a few. In 2014, Catanzaro became the first woman to finish the qualifying and a city finals course after being the first woman to make it up the Warped Wall. In Season 8 (2016), Graff became the first woman in the show’s history to climb the new 14 ½-foot Warped Wall. Michelle Warnky made it to Mt. Midoriyama after being chosen as a wildcard, even though she did not complete the course. Meagan Martin was the first woman to successfully complete a city qualifying round in 2016. Their heroics have inspired many women who were watching the show and demonstrated that women can be as strong as men.
Our girls here at Gymja Warrior are inspired by actions of these powerful women on ANW and view them as role models. Many girls enrolled in our classes just to keep fit and stay healthy initially. However, after watching these amazing runs by these women on the show, some of them changed their mindsets about only men can finish an entire course in ANW. They now think a woman can be just as tough as a man not only on the show but in real life as well. After their mind-blowing performances, they have redefined the definition of strong for many people.
Catanzaro, Graff, Warnky, Martin, and other women demonstrated to everybody what they and all women are made of and capable of. Let’s hope that there would be more potential girls in the future breaking records after records on ANW.
Contact Gymja Warrior at (978) 810-5577 in Danvers, MA and we could help your child to become stronger and healthier via our parkour, tricking, tumbling, and Gymja Warrior classes.
A couple of weeks ago, we got a chance to learn more about Master Sensei Vince aka "The Ninjarine". If you haven't read about his past experiences with parkour and how game shows like Sasuke and Ninja Warrior have influenced him, you can check it out here.
This week, we were able to interview another wonderful Sensei here at Gymja Warrior, Sensei Kevin. We all know that he is a lifetime lover of athletics being involved in lacrosse, golf, played several years of college football, seven-year instructor in freestyle skiing at Mount Snow, Vermont, and current member of the Boston Celtics Dunk Team.
However, we want to know more about Kevin and his past experiences with parkour and Ninja Warrior obstacles. Here are some questions that we asked Kevin
Did learning parkour help you with doing other sports?
Absolutely, way more than I ever would have imagined it could. I had played a whole variety of sports throughout my life as well as playing football in college and I can honestly say I have never felt more athletic than I do after learning and continuously practicing these techniques. It taught me how to efficiently use all the strength that I had gained from lifting all those years, if I had gone to a place like this when I was a kid or in high school, there is no doubt I could have gone to a Division 1 school for football.
How did parkour influence your life?
I look at the world and the landscape differently, just walking around I almost feel like a child again in that I look at stationary objects and immediately think about different ways to climb them or practice some of the techniques I have learned.
What got you into teaching at Gymja Warriors?
I've grown up in freestyle skiing and had always been interested in the freedom of movement aspect of parkour, because it is like freestyle skiing in any given landscape, so when I was given the opportunity to start coaching here and learn those techniques as well as get to train on ninja warrior level obstacles I couldn’t turn it down.
What’s your favorite trick or move to teach kids at Gymja Warrior?
I would have to say either getting up the warped wall or how to do a front flip, because both of them are a huge accomplishment not only for kids but really anybody.
How can learning Parkour or training on Ninja Warrior Obstacles help a kid’s future?
Over time it is a huge confidence builder, but it’s a process. We first teach kids how to fail and deal with that failure to motivate them in achieving their goals. I can't tell you how many kids have started classes here with the inability to do much of anything in the gym, and within a couple weeks are flying up the walls or through other obstacles that we have here. It's an amazing feeling to watch that progress both in their athletic ability and self-confidence when they achieve their goals and beat the obstacles they have been working on.
What is your motto?
“It's all about the rally”…Bad things happen to literally everyone, but I always look to find a little victory in those situations or focus on a way to learn from the mistakes so that you can create a positive solution and get better from them.
What is it like to a member of the Celtics Dunk Team?
IT IS AWESOME!! Its hard to even consider that a job, but it is the greatest opportunity that I have had so far in my life and it wouldn’t even have been a consideration if it wasn’t for Gymja Warrior. There is nothing like performing for 20,000 screaming Celtics fans at the garden, and it's an absolute privilege to be associated with that organization.
Last question for Sensei Kevin:
Would you consider trying out for Ninja Warriors?
100%, keep an eye out for me in the 2017 Ninja Warrior season.
We wish him good luck on his quest to the grand prize of $1,000,000 on the show.
If you or you have kids that are interested in parkour courses and Ninja Warrior inspired obstacles, contact us at 978-810-5577 or fill out a contact form now.
The internet went viral this week when a video of a fan of the NBC game show, American Ninja Warrior filming his 5-year-old daughter running a game show-inspired obstacle course in his backyard.
Check out this video:
Gymja Warrior is proud to provide children and adults in the Danvers, Middleton, Reading, Melrose & Andover, MA area with iconic obstacles inspired by the popular show American Ninja Warrior. We want to help kids and adults get in shape while having fun at our location inside the Danvers Indoor Sports Center.
Contact us for more information about our parkour classes and Gymja obstacles.
OCR stands for obstacle course racing which is a sport where competitors each travel on foot overcoming numerous obstacles that challenge their physical capabilities. These races have mud or trail runs that are combined in these obstacles and are individualized to result in mental and physical collapse. For example, American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder are all competitions that are OCRs where athletes might have to climb high walls, carry heavy objects, traverse bodies of water, and go through other obstacles that are similar to military training that tests their endurance, strength , balance, speed, and dexterity.
Many athletes get ready for months and even years to participate in OCR competitions, but sometimes regular gyms won’t be enough to prepare for certain obstacles that are in these races. One solution is for competitors to create their own obstacles in their backyard but that will take a lot of time, money and effort. A more realistic solution, especially for city dwellers, is to join local ninja gyms that will help them train on similar obstacles they can find in these races.
Check out Gymja Warrior’s gym located in Danvers, MA to condition your body and mind for your next obstacle course race! We have coaches that have experiences in OCRs and our gym contains various, well-built obstacles to get you well prepped! Contact us at 978-810-5577 or use our contact form for more inquiries about our gym.