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New "Ninja Warrior" course opens in Rochester

October 03, 2017 10:36 PM

(ABC 6 News) – Over the past two years, Andrew “Roo” Yori has put Rochester, Minnesota on the map—he’s qualified for the television show “American Ninja Warrior” the past two seasons—and now, in his hometown, he’s getting some help in hopes of returning to primetime.

At J.E.T.S. Gymnastics, they’ve added a more adult—and ninja-friendly—area in the gym.

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“Six months ago, we met with (Yori) and threw up the idea of having a place for him to train,” J.E.T.S. Gymnastics Owner David Arnett said. “We just had a great timing and luck. We had space open in the gym and we were able to utilize that and build some great obstacles.”

Those obstacles and courses which J.E.T.S. has added includes the “devil steps,” “salmon ladder,” “warped walls,” and monkey bars—all part of what Yori has dealt with and seen during his time on American Ninja Warrior.

“We picked (Yori’s) brain, he knows what to expect,” Arnett added. “He’s designed a lot of these obstacles. A lot of people who have seen the show, they’re going to be familiar with the obstacles and it’s something they can relate to.”

"I've been looking for a place to train for ninja warrior for a while,” Yori said. “I trained for a while at CrossFit Progression, I really appreciated that, but there's not much padding there. With a lot of flips and such, you can't get too crazy. Fortunately, they have foam pits, padding, and it's a really good match between (the show), parkour, all that kind of stuff."

In 2016, Yori’s first year on the show, he reached the finals in Las Vegas. Yori qualified for the American Ninja Warrior regional competition one year later, but fell short of the finals.

“I totally feel like this is going to help me,” Yori said. “It’s been great and I’m looking to get stronger through this experience.”

Yori, who is 40 years old, said he plans on training for another season of American Ninja Warrior primarily through J.E.T.S.—fellow Rochester-native and Ninja Warrior Candace Granberg plans to join Yori at J.E.T.S. as well.

Yori won’t just be training at J.E.T.S., he’ll be teaching other adults and children who are interested in being a Ninja Warrior how to perform the popular obstacles themselves.

“We’re trying to provide a safe place for people to learn how to do ninja warrior stuff,” Yori said. “Failing is a part of it, and sometimes when you’re flying through the air, you need a soft place to land, and this provides that.”

Arnett said they hope to expand on the ninja program in the future, and potentially franchise the program and take it to other cities, because it “hits all demographics,” and it’s “do-able for all ages.”

“We want to give everyone the opportunity to experience something like this,” Arnett said.

J.E.T.S. Gymnastics said the Ninja Warrior course is open to the public, and they'll host an open gym for adults this Saturday (6:30-9:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00-11:30 a.m.). For those interested in the program or seeking more information, they’re asked to contact J.E.T.S. Gymnastics.


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