Ninjas In Training – The Ultimate Ninja Warrior Experience

It’s Saturday Night and like most families we are sat down, snuggled on the sofa watching the TV. We are an active family and have always enjoyed watching Ninja Warrior. And like most people who are sitting on their sofa, we shout at the television as a contestant misses the rope swing and plummets into the cold water, that ‘We could do that’. It looks so simple on the television and its easy for us to say that we could do it without trying.

For those of you that have been living in the darkness for the past few years, Ninja Warrior is a game show where contestants compete against each other and the clock on an indoor assault course. Each contestant begins the first stage of the competition in attempting to complete 6 obstacles and pushing the big red button at the end and hopefully with a fast time, going on through to the semi final. Some of the obstacles include dancing stones, tarzan rope, giant gymnasium rings that you swing from one to another, monkey wall that you wedge yourself between, moving punchbag and a rolling balance beam among many others. The most important and popular obstacle of all is the ‘warped wall’. A wall that is inclined and curves back on itself. These obstacles test ability, strength, co-ordination and speed.

My boys, including the grown up one, have always been interested in doing obstacle courses, they have made ones up in the garden and also entered races, where they have had the chance to experience many different types of obstacles in a field/mud. So, much to our delight when we found out that an indoor obstacle course was opening up within 50 miles of where we live, we couldn’t wait to try it out.

Lucky for the boys, we was in the area at the weekend so we decided to book them in for the hour of Ninja Training.

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As we arrived we was a little disheartened to see that It was smaller than what we was expecting, but after 5 minutes in the hall we quickly noticed that the obstacles were quite compacted in. Only children aged over 8 are allowed onto the course and you must sign a waiver before entering.

I stayed in the seating area and watched the boys and Dad trying out all the obstacles.

There were many of the same activities that you would find are on the Television programme. After 10 minutes they were feeling the strain on the muscles, but it didn’t stop them from going ahead and trying out all of the obstacles that were available for them to go on. 20170121_132917

A favourite of, pretty much everyone, was the Warped Wall. Everyone wanted to see if the could beat the wall. I didn’t get a video of Dad doing, but you have my word that he managed to get to the top. My son Joseph was determined not to allow it to beat him and kept on trying until he made it to the top without help.

The Quintuple steps may look easy, The eldest boy kept practising until he managed to get across without falling to the floor. Each board is set a 45′ angle, you need to use your speed and agility to push yourself from one to another.

The jump hang is where you jump onto a mini trampoline and leap onto the cargo net. Be careful, as you may miss the net and land on the floor. There is no water under there to drop into, unlike the TV programme, this is hard core training. Using your leg muscles and testing your grip.

 

Using his agility and strength, Dad made it across the Spider Wall. You need strong legs and upper arm strength for this one. He then went onto the Pole Slider, this obstacle requires a lot of strength in the upper arms. Hanging from a pole, Dad negotiated the rises to move the bar along to the end.

There really is lots to get stuck into and practice your skills on. And if you do want a little rest from it all then there is a cafe that you can rest in and enjoy a nice drink or a snack.

The hour went by quickly and it was soon time to leave the building. It costs £10/hour for the Ninja Training and there is an extra cost to compete in the race zone and try and get your name up on the leaderboard.

Everyone really enjoyed themselves. We will definitely be visiting again.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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Set4Sport with Judy Murray

Last week We were invited along to a superb children’s sporting event run by Judy Murray which was to be held at London Zoo. The boys were really excited that they had been asked to go along and couldn’t wait unfortunately in the end we couldn’t attend so we organised it for a friend of ours to go along in our spot. She jumped at the chance as her daughter who is only 6 and very sporty and also pretty good at tennis and wanted to meet Judy.

Set4Sport was created in a garden, Judy Murray’s garden to be exact. Judy comes from a sporty family so it was the inevitable for her to play games with her boys Jamie and Andy which she did as soon as they could walk. Not only was playing games with her boys fun but it also helped them to develop skills that would allow them to play any sport competently later in life and that they did as they both went on to become brilliant tennis players, Jamie also has a handicap of 3 at golf and Andy once trialled with Glasgow Rangers.

The Set4Sport programme provides accessible ways for parents to play with their children, all of the activities can be tailored and easily created at home with inexpensive items lying around the home. It’s all about having fun in the family environment covering the ABCs agility, balance and co-ordination –  Developing these skills at an early age can also improve confidence, self-esteem and the ability to set goals and challenge themselves.

The day started at with 10.30 Judy Murray giving a little talk to the bloggers about the day, what it was going to be all about and a little back ground to Set4Sport. 

There were 4 stations around the room all showcasing a game – Judy and her 4 coaches showed how each of the games worked and then played them with the children and the familes. Mums and Dads involvement was very important as the event was all about getting the family together and then for us to start to create our owns games. Rokoslana enjoyed playing all the games which were all new and exciting to her, obviously her favourite was the DIY Tennis game but she has been carrying on playing the games at home with her parents. Rokoslana couldn’t wait to sho her daddy what games she had learnt, she had lots of fun and even got to have a little wander around the Zoo after for a spot of animal watching

The Games that we played were-

Jump the river:

Use 2 pieces of rope to create the river. Start with them quite close together and gradually move them apart after each jump. Dream up a theme to make it more exciting. ‘Shark-infested waters usually worked for Jamie and Andy!’ – says Judy 

We play this in school in our nursery and the children love it! There are many giggles and lots of laughter but most of all energetic and healthy and doesn’t cost the earth to do. This activity also helps with their imagination as well.                                  

Double trouble:

Start off facing each other about 1 step apart and with one play ball each. Say 1,2,3 GO and both throw or kick at same time to each other. As soon as you have both caught (or trapped) the ball, say 1,2,3 GO and send the ball again. As soon as this becomes easy, start taking a small step backwards to increase the distance.

Tidy your room:

The purpose of the game was to make tidying up more fun while at the same time exercising and developing their co-ordination. We like to sing songs as we do this too 🙂

Race and chase:

Roll or kick the ball in a straight line towards a target. Child is alongside you as you roll/kick and starts to race the ball to the target. The aim is to get there ahead of the ball, turn round, stop the ball (with hand, foot or bat depending on the skill of the child) and send it back in a straight line to parent. The boys always loved to knock things down or score goals – such a boy thing…so this game became more appealing if the target was a “goal” (think football) or a stacks of cereal boxes.

DIY tennis – Judy and the coaches played tennis with the children and created their own tennis court (bamboo sticks to corner it off and chairs to act like the net)

A game that we have made up at home and one that is popular at children’s parties and holiday camps is Limbo, two adults and a broom is all that is needed! You could also change it the other way and use it as a high jump!

We’d love to hear about any games you make-up at home on the Set4Sport Facebook page, you can share images and videos on the‘Wall of Play’ – Why dont you have a go! Judy really likes to see how you adapt the games and create new ones yourself!

Read more about Set4Sport here on Their website www.set4sport.com

 

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