At New York Ninja Academy, children and adults of all skill levels learn how to analyze, approach, and conquer ninja warrior obstacles. Our challenging and unique obstacles reflect those seen on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
Have fun and push yourself to new limits! Kids classes are geared towards learning the basics, adult classes are designed for all levels, and advanced one-on-one classes prepare athletes for competition. Many of our staff and students have been Ninja Warrior competitors, and even some of our young students have competed on American Ninja Warrior Junior.
Darion Bennet is a ninja coach, teacher, trainer, and obstacle course competitor. Teaching ninja is his passion, and his students range from children in preschool all the way to adults in both private and class sessions. He has helped lead over 50 athletes (as well as himself) to Regional and World championships for the National Ninja League. Darion has appeared on Seasons 10 and 14 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
Originally from Ithaca, NY, Sean has been living in New York City for almost a decade. When he’s not coaching, he’s acting on stage and camera, and performing his original singer/songwriter music. A certified personal trainer, Sean is excited for his future in Ninja Warrior, and for the chance to inspire those he teaches.
Jordan Carr is our youngest coach, yet possibly our most accomplished in ninja. Jordan is a 2 time National Ninja League World Champion, she appeared on American Ninja Warrior Junior Seasons 2 and 3, and is appeared on American Ninja Warrior Season 14 as the youngest woman ever to hit a buzzer. Her ninja coach is ANW’s 12-time veteran, Flip Rodriguez, and she brings a level of intensity to her coaching that she learned from Flip. Jordan is also a former competitive rock climber and member of Team USA Speed Climbing team.
Coach Jeremy is a parkour practitioner and coach of 18 years. He first appeared on American Ninja Warrior almost 10 years ago and found renewed interest in Ninja Warrior training when he saw his episode re-run on TV. As one of the first people to train parkour in New York City, he has coached kids and friends in playgrounds in all boroughs, and continues to pass on his knowledge and wisdom to the next generation.
Coach Cleon has been training parkour since he was 14 years old. As a former child himself, he loves the idea of strengthening and instilling confidence in a younger generation. In his spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, video games, traveling, and skateboarding. Cleon’s super power is that he remembers the names of all the kids he coaches.
22 year old Coach Lawrence is a Ninja Warrior, Parkour, and Gymnastics athlete, training kids for over 3 years in Brooklyn. He was inspired to coach kids because has always loved helping others achieve their goals and better their skills. Coaching has impacted him in such a positive way, and he loves being surrounded with positive energy and helping others to set and achieve goals.
Great coaches! I would highly recommend sending your kids to train at this fantastic facility. Everyone is top notch.
This was a blast! My kids took part in an introductory session and loved it! Both instructors were attentive, knowledgeable, and patient. Stressing safety and inclusion, my kids came away from this feeling empowered.
Fun and engaging for kids and adults! Warped walls, balance obstacles, and a million other challenging stations to conquer!
Great place for kids. My son wants to go there daily.
This place is awesome! My 6 year old loves his class. The staff is great with the kids. I would recommend this to anyone looking to try out something new.
We celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday at NY Ninja Academy. My 12 year old son and his friend joined in the party. Everyone had a wonderful time. The staff was great with the kids. On the way home the 6 kids I had in the car could not stop talking about the instructors and how much fun they had. Highly recommend.
Wow! By far the best birthday experience my 3 sons ever had. Our instructors were amazing teaching 10 energetic boys! We will definitely be signing up for classes. Great facility too!
My girls have been taking classes here since they opened. Love the place and the people! So welcoming and affirming!
My 16 year old son loves every moment he spends at NYC Ninja. He enjoys all the people and staff. It’s like a family gathering and not like a gym.
My wife and I visited as drop-ins, and our coach was excellent at explaining the obstacles, giving feedback, and progressions for obstacles we weren’t able to complete. This was NOT an easy course but was fun and challenging. I never realized how scared I’d be of trying the warped wall! Some obstacles are permanent and some rotate out. We don’t live in this area, we were visiting, but we will look forward to returning here!!!
Great gym! Came all the way from Ohio and was worth every mile traveled!
A great place for kids. They balance fun, discipline, mental and physical strength. They teach them to use skill, intelligence and effort to overcome challenges. And while it is about individual achievement, you are not competing with others but only yourself and what you are personally capable of achieving. Everyone is in it together and striving towards the same goals. The various instructors that I have met have been excellent with the children – combining fun, learning, implementing rules, ensuring fairness and being patience while maintaining control.
These guys are amazing with kids… patient and caring while being fun and safe all at the same time! Highly recommend.
Great open facility! Very clean and organized. The coaches are awesome with the kids!