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Jumping Mini-Clinics

Are you ready to take your mountain biking to the next level, literally?

Jumping your mountain bike is NOT as simple as Ready. Set. JUMP!

Learning how to safely and successfully jump (and land) your mountain bike involves a range of key components and constantly changing variables.¬† Join us as we take you through a series of progressions that will help you understand¬†all the components that come together to create a successful jump.¬† We’ll start with basic wheel lifts, manuals and bunny hops and work our way up to weighting and un-weighting over a jump.¬† From there, we’ll review the anatomy of a jump, discuss varied landings and practice using compression for height and distance.¬†¬† Then we will be ready to get jumping!

All training is done in a controlled environment, either on an appropriate feature (table top) on the local trails or using manufactured jump ramps.

By the end of this clinic, our goal is to have you successfully clearing a 4-5 foot jump (approximately 2 feet in the air) and landing safely and predictably.  Participants are encouraged to learn at their own pace in this un-intimidating environment.  You will leave this clinic well on your way to jumping mastery Рwith a more thorough understanding of the mechanics of jumping your bike and a clear idea of what and how to practice!

Come jump with us – sign up today!

**Please note, we require 2 years riding experience or previous attendance at a Ninja Fundamentals Clinic, Intermediate/Advanced Clinic, Camp or Adventure to attend a Jumping Mini-Clinic.

Prerequisites

You must have two years minimum riding experience or have attended any Ninja fundamentals, intermediate/advanced skills clinic or a mountain bike skills camp in the last year in order to attend this mini-clinic.

Here’s What We’ll Cover

Some of the skills taught and practiced in the Jumping Mini-Clinic may include:

  • Wheel lifts
  • Manuals
  • Bunny hops
  • Jumping body positioning
  • Anatomy of a jump
  • Speed vs. compression | How and when?
  • Landing with precision
  • Let’s get jumping! | Jump progressions

The Schedule*

Please note, clinics may vary according to location and terrain.

  • 1:30-1:45¬† Meet your instructor | Arrival at course venue + equipment check
  • 1:45-2:00 Let’s get started | Introductions
  • 2:00 – 2:30¬† Intro to jumping | Wheel lifts, manual, bunny hop
  • 2:30 – 3:00 Reading the jump | Anatomy of a jump, speed vs compression, landings
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Let’s jump! | Jumping progressions on table tops
  • 3:45-4:00 Review and next steps | #ridelikeaninja

*Clinic schedule and skills covered may vary according to location and terrain.

Upcoming Jumping Mini-Clinics

july

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (PR220709J)Portland, Oregon

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DE220709J)Denver, Colorado

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DU220709J)Duluth, Minnesota

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (QU220709J)Queensbury, New York

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (RA220709J)Raystown // Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

09jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (KN220709J)Knoxville, Tennessee

16jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (CB220716J)Coos Bay, Oregon

16jul1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (MC220716J)McCall, Idaho

16jul1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (BC220716J)Brown County, Indiana

23jul1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (GT220723J)Alta, Wyoming (Grand Targhee)

23jul1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (BE220723J)Bend, Oregon

23jul1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (BR220723J)Brevard, North Carolina

23jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (CV220723J)Carrabassett Valley, Maine

23jul1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NY220723J)Yorktown, New York

30jul1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (BS220730J)Boston, Massachusetts

august

06aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (IS220806J)Ishpeming, Michigan

06aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (PR220806J)Portland, Oregon

06aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (HF220806J)Hartford, Connecticut

06aug1:45 pm4:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (CS220806J)Colorado Springs, Colorado

13aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AA220813J)Ann Arbor, Michigan

13aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NO220813J)Chattanooga, Tennessee

13aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (SC220813J)Santa Cruz, California

20aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (MA220820J)Madison, Wisconsin

20aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (GU220820J)Gunnison, Colorado

20aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (CN220820J)Concord, New Hampshire

20aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (FG220820J)Flagstaff, Arizona

20aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (SD220820J)San Diego, California

27aug1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (HA220827J)Harrisonburg, Virginia

27aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NY220827J)Yorktown, New York

27aug1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SN220827J)Santa Fe, New Mexico

september

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (PO220910J)Portland, Maine

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (CI220910J)Chicago, Illinois

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AL220910J)Albuquerque, New Mexico

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (QU220910J)Queensbury, New York

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (CH220910J)Chapel Hill, North Carolina

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (HO220910J)Houston, Texas

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (PC220910J)Park City, Utah (Heber City)

10sep1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (SF220910J)San Francisco, California (Fairfield)

10sep5:00 pm7:30 pmJumping Mini-Clinic [EVENING] (CI220910J2)Chicago, Illinois

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SE220917J)Sedona, Arizona

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NB220917J)Colebrook, Connecticut

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DA220917J)Dallas, Texas (McKinney)

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (FL220917J)Ocala, Florida (Santos)

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (HR220917J)Hood River, Oregon

17sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (RA220917J)Raystown // Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DE220924J)Denver, Colorado

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AT220924J)Atlanta, Georgia

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (RV220924J)Riverside, California

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SL220924J)Salt Lake City, Utah

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (BE220924J)Bend, Oregon

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (KT220924J)East Burke, Vermont (Kingdom Trails)

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (AA220917J)Ann Arbor, Michigan

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NE220924J)Newark, Delaware

24sep1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (BC220924J)Brown County, Indiana

october

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (DC221001J)Alexandria, Virginia

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SK221001J)Spokane, Washington

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (SC221001J)Santa Cruz, California

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (GJ221001J)Grand Junction, Colorado

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AF221001J)Tampa, Florida (Alafia)

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SA221001J)San Antonio, Texas

01oct1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (BS221001J)Boston, Massachusetts

08oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SN221008J)Santa Fe, New Mexico

08oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NA221008J)Nashville, Tennessee

08oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SF221008J)San Francisco, California (Fairfield)

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (PH221015J)Phoenix, Arizona

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (BO221015J)Boise, Idaho

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (TA221015J)Tallahassee, Florida

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (BP221015J)New London, Connecticut

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AU221015J)Austin, Texas

15oct1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (MA221015J)Madison, Wisconsin

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AR221022J)Bentonville, Arkansas

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (RI221022J)Richmond, Virginia

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (BR221022J)Brevard, North Carolina

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (LM221022J)San Diego (Laguna Mountain), California

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (MO221022J)Moab, Utah

22oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (NY221022J)Yorktown, New York

23oct1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (LM221023J)San Diego (Laguna Mountain), California

november

05nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (FL221105J)Ocala, Florida (Santos)

05nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DC221105J)Alexandria, Virginia

05nov1:30 pm4:00 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListJumping Mini-Clinic (OC221105J)Orange County, California

05nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (HO221105J)Houston, Texas

05nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AT221105J)Atlanta, Georgia

12nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SF221112J)San Francisco, California (Fairfield)

12nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (AU221112J)Austin, Texas

12nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (TE221112J)Temecula, California

19nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (LV221119J)Las Vegas, Nevada

19nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (DA221119J)Dallas, Texas (McKinney)

19nov1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (CH221119J)Chapel Hill, North Carolina

december

03dec1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (FL221203J)Ocala, Florida (Santos)

03dec1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (PH221203J)Phoenix, Arizona

03dec1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SD221203J)San Diego, California

10dec1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (SE221210J)Sedona, Arizona

10dec1:30 pm4:00 pmJumping Mini-Clinic (HO221210J)Houston, Texas

Don’t see a clinic that works for your schedule? Click here to check availability and schedule your one-on-one or private group skills session.

Everything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.

Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking...
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Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking skill clinic are quite scarce. Richard La China and his team offer such clinic! Richard has the training as a Coach from USA Cycling and the experience as an expert racer to develop in you the skills and therefore the confidence to negotiate the treacherous obstacles on your path as a mountain biker. His clinic has several levels from beginner to expert and is organized incrementally to facilitate the learning of more and more difficult skills. In addition to his and his expert team's demonstrations, I also like his verbal explanations about the why of a specific position or skill to have. Richard and his team have the dedication and patience to teach you anything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking. ~ Anne-Catherine

Probably the best money I’ve spent on mountain biking …

I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the...
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I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the best money I've spent on mountain biking in quite a while. Aaron tuned the clinic to our skills and needs, putting in extra time and attention where we needed more work and covering a wide range of skills. After mountain biking for almost 20 years, there were still missing pieces (and some bad habits) to my riding that he picked up on, explained, and then showed me how to improve, correct, and practice. Aaron was knowledgeable, patient, and progressed through skills in steps so there wasn't too much to digest at any one time. As the day progressed, he rolled them all together as we moved through different trail features, so I really got a good sense of how to put things into practice. He was also very familiar with the venue, Village Greens Park, so he knew exactly which sections to hit to practice particular skills - it was a great combination of drills and very watchful instruction, then honing those skills on real trail features. And, as we talked about with him during lunch, even experienced riders should consider the "fundamentals" course - I really had no idea that I needed work on some of the basics, like braking. I'm heavy on the rear brake just as a long-established habit - who knew? (Well, apparently Aaron did...) ~Jon Gotow

I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels.

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I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience.  We spent the first day going over fundamentals and doing drills and the second and third day riding trails.  The combination of instruction and practice was very useful.  Our instructors, Randy and Erin, are expert riders and wonderful instructors.  The explained and demonstrated skills wells and provided helpful feedback.  The Mulberry Gap resort was also a wonderful location to hold this event.  I would highly recommend it to individuals at a wide range of skill levels. ~Armand A.

Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider.

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Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard & his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to ‚Äúpre-turn‚ÄĚ, & most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient & safer rider. As another review said, ‚Äúbest money spent on mountain biking.‚ÄĚ You can have an expensive bike, but if you don‚Äôt know how to ride, what‚Äôs the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean

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Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two. Being able to get instant feedback from the instructor (s) in this case Richard La China and his assistant is invaluable. From getting the correct riding position to improving the skills necessary to have a fast flow through the trails builds confidence and is the key to having more fun when mountain bike riding. Also I've taken one-on-one lessons (with Richard La China) and it really speeds up the learning (in my case it was basic jumping) in any area where you deem to be weak in or just need improvement. ~ Thad G.  

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I want to thank the Ninja Mountain Bike Camp and instructor Richard La China for a great weekend on April 22-23rd. As an 59 year old ex-MX racer and 28 year Mt bike rider, found the personal instruction and group demonstrations were instrumental in my growth as a rider. You can teach an old dog new tricks. The seeing "new" lines, different jumping techniques and cornering skills all helped me open my eyes to a world of riding I had not experienced on my own. I want to all of the attendees for a great experience. I would recommend this to riders of all skill levels and ages. ~Joel Palmer

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I went to the clinic that was offered April 6-9 at Mulberry Gap in Elljay Georgia. The coaches were awesome! I was riding faster with more control than ever before! If you want to get better take one of their camps! ~Bill S.
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