American Ninja Warrior is a sport originating from the Japanese television show ‘Sasuke’. Since its arrival here in the States, it’s grown from its humble entertainment roots into a thriving fitness and competition circuit. Ninja Warrior focuses on navigating unique obstacle courses using specialized skills, with the goal of improving both speed of completion and mastery of technique.
There’s often confusion regarding the difference between Parkour and Ninja Warrior. In their simplest forms, Ninja Warrior is a sport in which the athlete navigates a pre-designed course with specialized obstacles designed to be overcome with specific skills. Parkour is an art and discipline in which an athlete adapts themselves and their movement to any given environment, be it urban, natural, or something like a Ninja obstacle course. In sum; Ninja is obstacle specific; Parkour is environmentally adaptive. (For a deeper understanding of Parkour you can visit our “What is Parkour?” page)
Our classes focus on the fundamentals of Parkour and its exploratory process of assessing an environment and the ways it can be navigated. The vast array of foundations create a greater range of physical ability and awareness, allowing an athlete to swiftly adapt to new obstacles, environments, and physical challenges. By removing obstacle-specific limitations, athletes learn to approach challenges with a more creative and variable eye. At ROAM we break down the biomechanics of our movement, teaching the form and function of each, placing great emphasis on movement that allows an athlete to grow and maintain that growth with longevity in mind.
Beyond the skills, our gym mixes traditional Ninja obstacles and equipment with our Parkour-inspired architecture. As their skill-base grows, students are encouraged to envision their own lines (Parkour’s word for Courses) where the challenge becomes the creation, execution, and fluidity of skills they intend to use to complete it.