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Kids Clinics

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Are your kids between the ages of 8-11 and excited about mountain biking? Ninja Kids covers the key skills they need to become a safer and more proficient rider (all while having FUN)!

Is your kiddo new to mountain biking? Or have they been riding for a while but need help making their way down the trail? Maybe they’re not listening to your riding advice and you need someone else to teach them about staying safe and in control on their bike? We’re here to help!

We recognize that kids learn differently than adults, so we have developed a kid-friendly, fun and engaging curriculum that covers the key foundational skills that every young mountain biker should learn. Through games, drills and trail riding, your kid will leave with a new level of confidence on their bike and more tools in their riding toolbox. Keep in mind, this is not a group ride or a babysitting session. Ninja Kids, like all Ninja programs, is focused on skills development. Each skill is taught in a step-by-step manner with each skill building off the one before allowing kids to progress at their own pace with the encouragement of certified Ninja instructors and other young riders. What better way to inspire young riders than surrounded by a group of their peers!

After attending a Ninja Kids clinic, be prepared for your kid to start correcting your form on the bike. “One finger braking, Mom!! Dad, you’re too far back on your bike!”. They grow up so fast, don’t they?

Whether your kids are just getting started with mountain biking, dreaming of leaving their siblings in the dust or gearing up for a race, Ninja Kids is the perfect place to start. Set your kids up for mountain biking success by signing them up for a Ninja Kids program today!

6:1 student to instructor ratio, no more than 10 kids per clinic. No prior mountain biking experience required, but all participants should be comfortable riding a two-wheel bicycle. All bikes must have hand brakes and mountain bike tires. No coaster brake bikes will be allowed (they’re dangerous for mountain biking!).

Here’s What We’ll Cover

Some of the skills taught and practiced in the Ninja Kids Clinic may include:

  • Ninja (Ready) Position
  • The Riding Rainbow: Body Position
  • How to use your gears
  • Front + Rear Wheel Lifts
  • Safely getting on/off your bike
  • Getting over trail obstacles
  • Turning + Switchbacks
  • Reading the trail: Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light
  • When and how to brake
  • The 4 Climbing Positions
  • Descending in control
  • How to have fun and be safe!
  • Safety check, bike care

The Schedule*

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

  • 8:45-9:00 Meet your instructor | Arrival at course venue + equipment check
  • 9:00-9:15 Let’s get started | Introductions
  • 9:15am – 11:15 Skills & drills | Learn, learn, learn
  • 11:15am – 12:00 Take it to the trail | Apply what you’ve learned
  • 12:00-12:15 Review and next steps | #ridelikeaninja

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

Upcoming Ninja Kids Clinics

march

12mar8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (OC230312K)Orange County, California

19mar8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (PH230319K)Phoenix, Arizona

25mar1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI230325K)Richmond, Virginia

26mar8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (TU230326K)Tucson, Arizona

april

01apr8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (FR230401K)Fruita, Colorado

23apr8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR230423K)Bentonville, Arkansas

29apr1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CI230429K)Chicago, Illinois

29apr1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SL230429K)Salt Lake City, Utah

30apr8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DA230430K)Dallas, Texas (McKinney)

may

07may8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BO230507K)Boise, Idaho

07may8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BE230507K)Bend, Oregon

20may8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (FR230520K)Fruita, Colorado

20may1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI230520K)Richmond, Virginia

21may8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT230521K)Atlanta, Georgia

june

04jun8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NE230604K)Newark, Delaware

11jun8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (GB230611K)Granby, Colorado

11jun8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BO230611K)Boise, Idaho

25jun8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR230625K)Bentonville, Arkansas

25jun8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NB230521K)Colebrook, Connecticut

september

09sep1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CI230909K)Chicago, Illinois

24sep8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT230924K)Atlanta, Georgia

october

21oct1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI231021K)Richmond, Virginia

22oct8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR231022K)Bentonville, Arkansas

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.

Best investment ever.

Best investment ever. The Ninja mountain bike skill clinics will definitely bring up your riding level a notch or two....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:41:16-07:00
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.  

I would recommend this to riders of all skill levels and ages.

I want to thank the Ninja Mountain Bike Camp and instructor Richard La China for a great weekend on April...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:04:07-07:00
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

The coaches were awesome!

I went to the clinic that was offered April 6-9 at Mulberry Gap in Elljay Georgia. The coaches were awesome!...
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2017-06-05T14:20:28-07:00
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.

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily!

Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much...
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2017-08-19T13:52:49-07:00
Wow, a friend and I just did a one day private lesson with Richard and I can’t believe how much we learned. I’ve been riding for over 10 years but with all self taught skills. We wanted to learn fundamentals the right way and Richard took us through all of that (along with critical bike setup) and the intermediate stuff that they teach in one day plus he spent an extra hour at the end to teach us jumping which I had always been nervous about. Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence, we even learned to move the bike in the air on a crossed take off and landing. I think my favorite part thpugh was riding fast on the very gnarly technical descent. We will be booking up more private lessons during the summer at Big Bear. Thanks Richard you are a very good teacher! ~John U.

My riding improved instantly!

I attended an intermediate skill clinic last year and had an awesome time.  My riding improved instantly and I have...
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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.  

Richard and Kristen were awesome!

Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome!  We all got the opportunity to work...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:41:56-07:00
Went to the beginner Ninja clinic at Alison. Richard and Kristen were awesome!  We all got the opportunity to work on improving our skills with their feedback. Next time I would definitely do the intermediate clinic or do a one-on-one session. Richard is super patient and provides great feedback and riding tips. ~ Lisa D.

My speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved!

I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going...
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2017-05-04T08:06:22-07:00
I just had my first race (XC endurance) since I did the camp and both my speed and confidence going down steep descents have been SIGNIFICANTLY improved. I would not have attempted 50% of the drops and jumps on the course prior to participating in the clinic, and my overall time would have been much slower. The first two hours of the class (int/adv Sedona) made the whole thing more than worth it, and the rest of the two days seemed like a bonus. Both Courtney and Richard were encouraging and patient, and both had that classic mountain biker charm and humor ready when the moment called for it. Overall a very enjoyable and valuable weekend. For reference, I participate in amateur XC endurance races (with no hope of ever coming close to winning anything) and have been riding for about two years. I was worried before taking the class that I would not be skilled enough, but the int/adv was appropriate for my skill level. If you're worried, just go for it anyway. There is a good mix of people and everyone was very friendly! ~Alana Bencivengo
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