Friday, February 20, 2015


We were channel surfing, not sure what to watch, when we saw this guy.

He flew through the air. As he grabbed the turning red wheel the audience rooted for him. Guys dressed like him were on the sideline, cheering. When he couldn't grab a red ball on a swinging rope, he fell into the water.

Immediately another guy started leaping onto some moving steps that led to the turning red wheel -- missed -- fell in the water.

Another athletic looking guy conquered the steps, grabbed the wheel, got the red ball -- but he missed grabbing the top of a curved wall. The next guy lasted longer, then another -- we watched till the announcer said, "Tune in for the Ninja Warrior finals tomorrow."

The next night we found "Ninja" in the TV guide, and saw a bunch of other contenders -- found ourselves rooting for athletes like Kevin Bull in this video.

After a few days of watching, we realized there were three or four different "stages," each with more difficult obstacles. We found ourselves cheering out loud -- shouting "Wow," applauding as warrior, Tim Shieff, a super exciting athlete, conquered every feat in the routine and broke the record for speed.

These athletes conquer fear. With a great deal of disciplined exercising, each guy has created a powerful body. The more I see of Ninja Warriors, the more I feel it's an exercise art form where mind and body are coordinated. Only when mind and body are totally integrated, can these athletes do the impossible feats.

Is this sport something you want to see?  I have to say that John Cullum and Emily Frankel nowadays tune in Ninja Warriors whenever it's listed. We are hooked!


Unknown said...

Interesting article but unfortunately cannot see the video in UK

Dustspeck said...

It would be very hard to replicate some of the obstacles for training purposes; so, the competitors have their hands full alright Emily. They are dancing a very hard routine to master but I don't find the fun in the disasters but in the victories of the ones who find their way to the end of each challenge. It's a fair competition that treats the athletes with respect; sort of unusual in that regard as the world of sports goes these days. I say that with a glimmer of hope in my heart that that is true?