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Joanna Yates

Joanna enjoys just about any adventure on a bike be it fast technical terrain, hitting the local dirt jumps or slogging through an uphill suffer fest.  You name it, she rides it, and likes it! 

After coaching full time at Snowshoe Bike Park in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, Joanna packed up and moved to the ledgy red-rock-mecca of Sedona. Riding in the rugged West Virginia terrain pushed her out of her comfort zone and eventually allowed her to transition from fearing technical terrain to seeking it.  Nowadays, Joanna feels right at home on the rocky, steep Sedona trails.  When instructing, Joanna encourages her students to push their own comfort zones and helps riders to build a strong mental mindset, a key to successful shredding.

Joanna’s coaching style focuses on powerful guidance, technical knowledge and strong structure. She builds confidence in her students by focusing on practice, commitment and FUN.  It is a proven fact that it is impossible to ride bikes with Joanna and not be smiling.  She currently holds her Level 1 and Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor Certification through Terra Method.

When not on a bike, Joanna can be found teaching local yoga classes, hanging out with her husband Phil (fellow Ninja!) or enjoying hikes with her 10 year old Siberian Husky, Lana. She also loves giving back to local trails by volunteering for trail work days. She believes community and connection are an important part of cycling and loves all the friendships she has gained though riding her bike. For an inspiring mix of bike, yoga and community, follow Joanna on Facebook @mtbyogini and on Instagram @joannajyates.

A must for all!

Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.
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2017-08-19T13:54:58-07:00
Great Clinic. A must for all. Great fundamental course. ~Art L.

I highly recommend their skills camps, and plan on attending more …

I've been a recreational mountain bike rider for a few years, and have been riding on single track, but never had any formal training. I just finished the weekend skills course in Irvine, CA with Richard, Randy and Daniel as the instructors. They are excellent instructors breaking every fundamental skill...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:09:11-07:00
I've been a recreational mountain bike rider for a few years, and have been riding on single track, but never had any formal training. I just finished the weekend skills course in Irvine, CA with Richard, Randy and Daniel as the instructors. They are excellent instructors breaking every fundamental skill down, demonstrating the skill and then evaluating your practice runs with constructive criticism before applying the skills on the trails. Even though I have been riding single track for a few years, I quickly found out that I have been doing many things if not everything wrong, which means the people I ride with are doing it wrong too. Richard, Randy and Daniel are very patient and professional encouraging every student no matter what the age or gender (our class had males and females from late 20s to late 50s). They went over everything from bike set up, basic position, turning, high speed cornering, wheels lifts to you name it. If you have a desire to improve your skill then Ninja Mountain Bike Performance are the team to go to! I highly recommend their skills camps, and plan on attending more of their camps in the future. ~Kyle Kimm

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills.

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  
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2014-03-19T14:45:33-07:00
Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  

The best money I’ve ever spent on mountain biking!

Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on mountain biking would be an understatement. Our instructor was Aaron Lucy, a wonderful teacher and just a real pleasure to be around kind of guy. I highly recommend Ninja for...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-06-05T14:02:09-07:00
Just finished a two day skills workshop in Dallas. To say it was the best money I've ever spent on mountain biking would be an understatement. Our instructor was Aaron Lucy, a wonderful teacher and just a real pleasure to be around kind of guy. I highly recommend Ninja for anyone from novice to advanced riders as they cover just about anything and everything that will make you a more rounded rider.  Thanks so much Aaron for all the advice and coaching! ~Mark Stewart

Great clinic, just what I needed!

Great clinic. Just what I needed to better know how to handle situations on the trail to maintain speed/momentum and be more efficient. ~ Harper M.  
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2014-03-19T14:47:22-07:00
Great clinic. Just what I needed to better know how to handle situations on the trail to maintain speed/momentum and be more efficient. ~ Harper M.  

The clinic with Aaron was great!

Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though I always knew I didn't really understand the mechanics of it, so it was a kind of "huck and hope" affair.  The result was that I didn't land about 1...
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2017-06-05T14:29:02-07:00
Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though I always knew I didn't really understand the mechanics of it, so it was a kind of "huck and hope" affair.  The result was that I didn't land about 1 in 5 attempts.  The clinic with Aaron was great!  He explained the mechanics of how the bike is handled coming into, through and out of the jump and starts with individual small skills progressing step by step in a very manageable way (even for me, and I started this stuff at 45 and I'm not very coordinated).  What I feel sets Aaron apart is his ability to communicate his explanations and demonstrate movements in a way that makes them easy  to learn even for someone with little experience.  He is also very patient and encouraging, which helps when one is starting out and struggling a little with some movements.  I definitely intend to do more clinics with Ninja MBS.  I feel like it will save me a lot of time and frustration as well as possibly a lot of money in medical bills! ~Jill M.
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The clinic with Aaron was great!

Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2017-06-05T14:29:02-07:00
Took the mini clinic on jumping skills because I can't resist the urge to get in the air even though I always knew I didn't really understand the mechanics of it, so it was a kind of "huck and hope" affair.  The result was that I didn't land about 1 in 5 attempts.  The clinic with Aaron was great!  He explained the mechanics of how the bike is handled coming into, through and out of the jump and starts with individual small skills progressing step by step in a very manageable way (even for me, and I started this stuff at 45 and I'm not very coordinated).  What I feel sets Aaron apart is his ability to communicate his explanations and demonstrate movements in a way that makes them easy  to learn even for someone with little experience.  He is also very patient and encouraging, which helps when one is starting out and struggling a little with some movements.  I definitely intend to do more clinics with Ninja MBS.  I feel like it will save me a lot of time and frustration as well as possibly a lot of money in medical bills! ~Jill M.

Michael Page | Cat 1 XC

I have been racing and riding for about 3.5 years using old school training methods. Richard showed me ways to...
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2015-09-11T11:03:31-07:00
I have been racing and riding for about 3.5 years using old school training methods. Richard showed me ways to improve training.  Getting faster, stronger and having a more effective racing season. He has tailored the training program to work around my extremely limited time per day. His use of Training Peaks as a way to log and deliver weekly workouts has been a huge help and has really paid off in my off season training. Richard has been very accessible and always willing to give great advice and modify the training to fit my needs. ~Michael Page

My riding improved instantly!

I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:16:07-07:00
I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have really enjoyed the increased confidence jumping my bike over obstacles. My muscle memory takes a while to kick in and Coach Richard and his crew of master Ninjas were really patient with me.  I even got some bonus education on climbing faster during one of our warm-up laps! Even though I have been riding for years I learned something new with every skill taught.  The clinic was worth every penny and I will be signing up for an advanced one this summer. ~Michael W.  

I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding …

I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:18:05-07:00
I took the skills camp at Mt Laguna last weekend – it was GREAT. Ok, so I was a bit of a nervous wreck when I realized I was the least skilled in the group – but the instructors didn’t give up on me and gave me plenty of tips, positive reinforcement and new ways to think about my riding. At the end of the weekend, I felt that I had a better understanding how to ride better. I’ve immediately seen an improvement in my riding, am a lot less timid and am looking forward to taking another camp soon! ~Quan Campbell

It was very professional and at the same time really fun!

The intermediate and advanced clinic was very helpful and effective. Easy to follow, a lot of information but somehow I...
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2014-03-19T14:24:40-07:00
The intermediate and advanced clinic was very helpful and effective. Easy to follow, a lot of information but somehow I was able to retain it. I think because the instructors present it well. It was very professional and at the same time really fun! ~ Karen B.  
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