flipping out

Houston's little ninja warriors can flip out at this new obstacle course

Houston's little ninja warriors can flip out at new obstacle course

USA Ninja Challenge Katy jump
Kids can take a big leap this October.  Photo via usaninjachallenge.com
USA Ninja Challenge Katy rings
Little ninjas can swing by the Katy location to flex their skills.  Photo via usaninjachallenge.com
USA Ninja Challenge Katy hang
Get a grip on myriad obstacle and fitness challenges.  Photo via usaninjachallenge.com
USA Ninja Challenge Katy jump
USA Ninja Challenge Katy rings
USA Ninja Challenge Katy hang

With American Ninja Warrior recently wrapping up its 10th season a few weeks ago, younger fans of the show may want to indulge in some ninja-warrior action until the next season pops up. Well, look no further: USA Ninja Challenge is here for all your children's ninja needs.

Slated to open on October 22, this obstacle-course training gym (which already has locations in several states, including Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, and North Carolina) will make its Texas debut in Katy. This 7,000-square-foot gym will have all the engaging equipment fixin's: a warped wall, rock and chimney walls, cargo nets, peg boards, slack lines, ropes, quintuple steps, hanging ladder, swinging rings, cannon balls, ring toss, barrels, and other kid-friendly challenges.

USA Ninja Challenge is a year-round, obstacle fitness program that combines aspects of gymnastics, climbing, cross training, and track and field. Classes will be divided into specific age categories from ages 4 to 17 and are led by trained instructors.

While the aim is to improve children’s strength, flexibility, and all-around athleticism, this is a place where you can also have fun. Party rooms are also available for events such as birthday parties and athletic team celebrations — and we're guessing some Ninja Warrior viewing parties.

While parents may feel that driving all the way to Katy just so their kid can engage in some aerobic/acrobatic stuff might be a hassle, USA Ninja Challenge Katy owner Tom Pielech says it will be worth it. "The [Katy] community is well-known for its commitment to athletics," Pielech says in a release. "Ninja training can be a student’s key sport, or it can add to a young athlete’s overall conditioning. Ninja training is fun, and every child can succeed with our curriculum.”

And really, who doesn't want to learn how to slip into places undetected or fluidly climb walls?


USA Ninja Challenge Katy opens Monday, October 22, at 22564 Franz Rd. For more information, visit the official site.