We do have a Ninja Spring Performance where children can showcase their awesome Ninja Skills. It is optional to compete at any of the Gateway Ninja Competition events. We usually start competitions at the age of 6 but offer Fun Runs for kids who are 4 & 5 to get a taste of what a competition without being timed or scored.
Children get to be in these instructional classes based on their individual skill.
Children get to be in these instructional classes based on their individual skill.
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Welcome to our NINJA Program!
Our Ninja Program is available to boys and girls, ages 4 -teens, regardless of past experience. Classes help to build coordination, self-confidence and strength-particularly upper body strength. Our Ninja program develops physical fitness while enriching self-worth as the students learn new skills in a fun and safe environment. Ninja Classes are obstacle course run training with aspects of gymnastics, tumbling, and physical fitness. Parent's fan favorite is the skill of moving and landing safely from one object to another.
NINJA KIDS-This is an introduction to our ninja program to children who are 4 years old thru Kindergarten. This will include obstacle course running, basic tumbling, gross motor skills, strength building, while working on skills they will need for school. They are in a class and will also be learning basics of listening to directions, respect for authority, taking turns, sharing equipment, working together, and following directions. This class is just a 50-minute class once a week and several options are available to fit most schedules. We offer this class year round. Just pay one annual fee which will allow you to take classes for up to 12 months. All classes learn safety rolls "ninja roll" and safety landings. This age bracket doesn't compete, however if they want the ninja experience, they can join us for a Ninja Fun Run which is an obstacle course without the pressures of getting timed or placed. They get a completion certificate and cost is lower than a ninja competitions.
NINJA LEVEL 1/ BEGINNERS-Enjoy 50 minutes of fun, jumping, flipping, tumbling, and physical fitness. Children in the first grade and higher will learn to maneuver through, over, and under objects to work on obstacle course training drills and skills. All classes learn safety rolls "ninja roll" and safety landings. Once students are in the 1st grade, they are old enough to start competing at different ninja competitions. They can sign up to compete as an individual or inquire within about joining a traveling ninja team.
NINJA LEVEL 2/ ADVANCE BEGINNERS- Children who have completed all of the beginner ninja skills are ready to try something a bit more difficult like palm spins, handstands, and grips. All classes learn safety rolls "ninja roll" and safety landings. Once students are in the 1st grade, they are old enough to start competing at different ninja competitions. They can sign up to compete as an individual or inquire within about joining a traveling ninja team.
NINJA LEVEL 3/ INTERMEDIATE- Any boy or girl who has gotten to this level will be working on a front tuck on safety mats, 180 precision turns, and hurdle round-offs. Obstacle course training will become more challenging with difficulty and timing. We will be paying attention to transition and form more closely to master each skill. We will be incorporating more balance obstacles to create an additional level of body awareness while in motion. As competitions are not required, it is highly recommended that athletes start competing at this level to push themselves to do well. They can sign up to compete as an individual or inquire within about joining a traveling ninja team.
NINJA LEVEL 4/ INTERMEDIATE II- This mastery of Level 3/ Intermediate skills will allow them to progress with more skills to help get them to the advanced-invite only class level.
NINJA LEVEL 5/ ADVANCED- This is for children who have already mastered the realm of intermediate skills. This class will require a higher level of strength training, flexibility, and body control. Children will begin to really develop a sense of spatial awareness as they transition from one object to the next to control while landing safely. They will be working on wall spins, 180 turns not only on objects, but also on bars and balance equipment. This class enrollment is by invite only .
NINJA TEAM-This will be for the ninja family that likes to travel. Most competitions will be within 1-4 hours away. We are working with clubs in St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Columbia, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield, and other midwest ninja clubs to for a league for team competitions. Athletes will still compete for individual awards while working together for team achievements. All team members will be required to take a 50 minute class during our normal schedule in their own skill level. They will do a Friday Night practice at Olympia Ninja City at either 5-6:30pm or 6:30-8pm in Manchester, MO. This will give them extra time in the gym to focus on technique and get exposure to new ninja equipment. Team athletes will have to compete at least 4 competitions per year, two that we host with Gateway Gymnastics and two from other ninja clubs. Normally, Gateway Gymnastics holds 3 competitions a year and there are several other opportunities throughout the year. Additional costs would be price for practice, uniform, gym shoes, competition fees, coach's fees, and coach's expenses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Next Ninja Competition:
August 10, December 14
Philosophy: The philosophy behind our Ninja program is to encourage children to develop confidence, to become aware of their capabilities, and to strive to their potential. Our mission is to build happy, healthy, confident children while creating avenues of success through movement and gymnastics. The Ninja program not only focuses on the physical benefits, but also the social benefits, cognitive benefits, and character benefits.
Staff: Our Ninja instructors are highly energetic and well-trained individuals, certified in Ninja instruction plus safety 1 certified. They bring valuable knowledge to this program, many with their own personal backgrounds in gymnastics, martial arts, free-running, parkour, and may even have been competitors on American Ninja Warrior. They continually seek updated resources and participate in training clinics and on-going training. Our Ninja instructors range in age from high school through adult, with years of experience working with children. Each of our Ninja instructors brings their own personality, knowledge, and excellence that will make your child’s class a positive one.
Parent Involvement: We welcome parents to stay and watch classes. However, due to safety precautions, we ask that you remain in the lobby or designated areas. Many of our Ninja students are dropped off. Please be sure to ask your child for any handouts so that you are informed about our upcoming events. Some of our events may include performances, special challenges, bringing a friend, parent participation and education weeks, parents’ night out, day camps, clinics, and overnighters.
Equipment: Our gym is full of a wide variety of equipment. The Ninja program includes events, such as the obstacle course training, tumbling strip, balance beams, bars, vault, and trampoline. Along with our main equipment, we use a variety of training tools (visuals, mats, and boys equipment) to reinforce skills. We may use some equipment and areas every week and others may be every other week. Equipment includes: Quintuplet Steps, 10 ft. Warped Wall, 6ft Warped Wall, new Cargo Net, Air Tumble Track, Monkey Rings, balancing equipment and hanging grips.
Other things to know: Our instructors use drills, stations, and skill break-downs that will allow Ninjas to not only learn the usual skill, but to also feel success through achieving smaller more attainable goals. A large part of Ninja is physical strength, body awareness, spatial awareness, and moving in constant motion. Although the gym seems large and full of equipment, the gym is also shared with many other groups. You will see the class rotate throughout the gym, as will other groups. Children in 1st grade and up will advance levels based on coaches input and child's individual performance.
Typically, you will see a class rotate to three or four events each class time. Our rotation schedule is well planned so that each class has the opportunity to take advantage of all areas of the gym. We also try to keep ratios of children to teacher at 7:1 for most NINJA training and 6:1 for Ninja Kids (4 years old -Kindergarten). Ninja Kids will stay in classes with kids in similar ages until they graduate from Kindergarten.
Fun upcoming 2019 event:
September 7 Ninja Clinic (Rolls & Vaults) 1:30-2:30pm
December 14 Ninja Fun Run tbd based on enrollment
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