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West Orange Times & Observer Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 11 months ago

Obstacle Ninja Academy opening near Dr. Phillips

The Obstacle Ninja Academy will host its grand opening Aug. 4.
by: Eric Gutierrez Staff Writer

Working out at the Obstacle Ninja Academy looks more like playtime than a traditional workout — but that’s the point.

The Obstacle Ninja Academy — located at 5970 Lakehurst Drive, Orlando — is hosting its grand opening Aug. 4. 

Ninja Master RJ Roman described the academy as an “American Ninja Warrior-like training facility.” Roman is one of the coaches at the academy.

“When you’re doing it, it doesn’t even seem like you’re working out, but you’re getting a lot stronger,” Roman said. “The variety of obstacles we have caters to every skill set.”

Co-owner Robin Lopez said the academy is open to both children and adults of all skill levels. 

“You don’t have to have prior knowledge or prior training,” Lopez said. “You can come in as a novice not knowing anything about a hand hold or a grip or any foot position.”

Obstacle Ninja Academy offers introductory classes two days a week and advanced classes two days a week. To determine skill levels, the academy uses a ranking system comparable to the karate belt system but with wristbands.

“The more classes you do, the harder it’ll get,” he said. “The people who really show that they’re starting to understand the different types of techniques and that are doing better on the harder courses will move up. It goes by everyone’s individual skill set.”

The academy also offers open gym hours for those who want to work out on their own.

“All open hours are open gym hours as well,” Lopez said. “If you come here and there happens to be a class going on, you’re not required to be part of the class. You can come in and do your own thing.”

Lopez said the academy is not only a place to work out but also a place to just play. The academy can be rented for private parties and events.


Eric Gutierrez is a staff writer with the West Orange Times & Observer and Windermere Observer. He graduatedĀ from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a dual degree in Journalism and Political Science. Got a story idea? Contact Eric at...

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