In a season of change, LA will offer a taste of the familiar

Michael Becker/NBC This season, it’s the only qualifying location that follows the format we’re familiar with. In just over a month, the lights will go up on American Ninja Warrior’s 12th season! The casting calls are going out and the show’s first region is taking shape. The Los Angeles region will film on March 13 and 14, returning for the fifth time to the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. This will be one of the only locations of this approaching season that feels familiar. The show will record the LA Qualifiers and Finals at night, outside, per usual. Once the show […]

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Los Angeles region calls in a strong roster of Ninja Warriors

David Becker/NBC Here’s a handful of the competitors running the course in LA this year. Sometimes, a phone call can change your life. Just ask a Ninja Warrior. This week, we announced that the casting calls for season 12 of American Ninja Warrior had kicked off. The calls go out by region, so the first location to be filmed gets the first round of calls. That means the Los Angeles Ninjas are tagging in. We’re already getting hyped up by the athletes who’ve taken to social media to announce their official return to the Universal Studios backlot in March! Flip […]

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What do you want to know about American Ninja Warrior and its competitors?

David Becker/NBC Help us shape the interviews for the upcoming season! Well, hello there Ninja Warrior fans. I’m back! (Nikki, the editor of this little site, if you forgot about me.) In case you missed it, I stepped back for a few months to welcome my son to the world. First, I want to thank Abbie Mood for taking the lead while I was away. The site was in great hands and I loved reading her articles with my new little nugget to stay up on the Ninja news. Now that I’m back in business, task number one is to […]

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Matt Iseman rallies the Ninja Warrior community for one young fan

Nathan Congleton/NBC Phoenix Ellis needs our support. American Ninja Warrior fans are certain of two things. 1) This is a community. 2) The biggest obstacles in life aren’t on the course. Those thoughts came sharply into focus when host Matt Iseman took to social media to put out a call to arms for one young fan. View this post on Instagram ‪A HUGE FAVOR! There’s a young boy in the fight of his life & he made a wish to hear from American @NinjaWarrior. So, if you have some words of support, let Phoneix Ellis hear them! #PHXtheNinja ‬ A […]

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Hunter Guerard is pretty much a real life video game character

David Becker/NBC His Ninja skills are super human! Have you seen Hunter Guerard’s latest video on social media? The music and special effects have helped us realize that Hunter (and probably most of his Ninja buddies too) has the skills of a well-played video game character. View this post on Instagram ☺️⚡️ speed courses with a bunch of friends and training partners . . . . . #ninja #parkour #speed #fast #animation #draw #art #americanninjawarrior #fun #sport #cool A post shared by Hunter HuntyBuns Guerard (@_thelizard_) on Jan 30, 2020 at 12:32pm PST I mean, with a nickname like “The […]

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Watch Karsten Williams run Stage Two in USA vs. the World

David Becker/NBC The Big Kat made us proud! Karsten Williams is no stranger to performing under pressure. A seven-time American Ninja Warrior veteran and six-time Vegas Finalist, he made it all the way to Stage Three last season, so it was no surprise that he was selected to represent his country in this year’s USA vs. the World competition. On Instagram, Karsten said “Wow, just WOW! So excited to finally share that I was selected for Team USA!!! Literally cried when I got the news. Can’t say that I never thought this could happen, because I did. When I set […]

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The Ninjas are training hard as season 12 approaches

Grant McCartney Preparing for an unknown obstacle course is no easy task! After USA vs The World gave us a small taste of ANW on Sunday, we’re hungry for more as season 12 is getting closer. The cities and filming dates have been announced, so how long will it be until those 818 area code phone calls start coming in? We don’t know. But we do know one thing: the Ninjas aren’t waiting idly. Lounging on the couch waiting for the phone to ring is just not in their nature – they are out there training! And since we never […]

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Daniel Gil made a big save early in Stage Two of USA vs. the World

David Becker/NBC On Sunday night, Daniel Gil showed us why he is an elite Ninja. In his Stage Two run in USA vs. the World, Daniel started in his typical blazing-fast fashion to complete the Giant Walk the Plank. He jumped up to the bar, slid down, and almost bounced off the landing pad. Luckily, Daniel didn’t fall off and didn’t get hurt—and went on to not only hit a buzzer, but bring home 3 points for Team USA. Watch the full run below: View this post on Instagram Here’s my Stage 2 run for USA vs. The World!! I […]

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Australia Team Captain Olivia Vivian shows why she’s a top Ninja on USA vs. the World

Photo By: David Becker/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images She flew through Stage One this year! Australian Olivia Vivian has been steadily making a name for herself in the Ninja community over the past few years. She has competed in the first three seasons of Australian Ninja Warrior and became the first female to complete the semifinal course. In SASUKE Vietnam 4 in 2018, she was the last female competitor standing. This past October, Olivia had an impressive showing at the Colorado Ninja Challenge and took the top spot for women. The gymnast had a disappointing debut […]

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Watch Jesse Labreck destroy Stage One in USA vs. the World

Photo by: Dennis Mong/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images She finally took down the cargo net to complete a stage that has given her trouble for three seasons of ANW! Since starting her Ninja journey in season 8, Jesse Labreck has become a strong competitor on the American Ninja Warrior course. She has been the last female standing for the past two years, but has never been able to complete Stage One. Jesse fell off the cargo net in seasons 9 and 11, and fell transitioning to the second Twist and Fly before the cargo net in […]

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