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Kids Clinics

Are your kids between the ages of 8-12 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 12 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

october

03oct8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CI211003K)Chicago, Illinois

03oct8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NE211003K)Newark, Delaware

10oct8:45 am12:15 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (KN211010K)Knoxville, Tennessee

10oct8:45 am12:15 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DE211010K)Denver, Colorado

16oct1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NA211016K)Nashville, Tennessee

17oct8:45 am12:15 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BP211017K)New London, Connecticut

17oct8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI211017K)Richmond, Virginia

24oct8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR211024K)Bentonville, Arkansas

24oct8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NY211024K)Yorktown, New York

november

07nov8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT211107K)Atlanta, Georgia

07nov8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (OC211107K)Orange County, California

december

05dec8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SD211205K)San Diego, California

05dec8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT211204K)Atlanta, Georgia

january

16jan8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (OC220116K)Orange County, California

february

20feb8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (TE220220K)Temecula, California

march

06mar8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT220306K)Atlanta, Georgia

27mar8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI220327K)Richmond, Virginia

april

23apr1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SL220423K)Salt Lake City, Utah

24apr8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR220424K)Bentonville, Arkansas

may

15may8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BE220515K)Bend, Oregon

21may1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SL220521K)Salt Lake City, Utah

21may1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DE220521K)Denver, Colorado

july

10jul8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (KN220710K)Knoxville, Tennessee

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.

They took time to explain the reasons behind what they were teaching …

I recently attended the Ninja Mountain Bike Performance -Jumping mini-clinic on March 10 along with Sorellas Jean Miller and Robin...
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2018-04-04T06:10:23-07:00
I recently attended the Ninja Mountain Bike Performance -Jumping mini-clinic on March 10 along with Sorellas Jean Miller and Robin Allen, another lady, and a few good men. The instructors at the clinic went above and beyond for us ladies and the entire group. During the clinic the instructors demonstrated the skills multiple times and then let us practice as we pleased. They were excellent at providing insight and recommendations as to how we could improve. They took time to explain the reasons behind what they were teaching and the variances based on rider size and body mechanics. I cannot say enough how they helped us ladies figure out how to correct our body position and land the jumps exceptionally. At one point it began to rain and after making sure we wanted to continue, they made sure the conditions were safe, checking the ramp and ensuring our safety. We were unable to finish the trail part of the clinic due to the rain and risk of damaging the trails, which they were considerate of as well. However, the instructors are allowing us to continue at another clinic anywhere they teach. How awesome is that! Rarely will you get another chance to continue something once you start it. Just another kudo to this company. Professional, kind, knowledgeable and one of a kind. Just the key elements you want from a mountain bike clinic. Be sure and check them out, you will not be disappointed! ~Emily Davenport

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors!

The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take...
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2017-06-05T14:43:17-07:00
The Ninja team (Richard & Aaron) were great instructors! The training was in Soquel Demonstration Forest & being able take our time to session sections of Braille & Flow while having experts help fix any dysfunctions in our riding technique was priceless. I know I've always had to brake-check a lot before hitting the corners, but now I actually feel more planted while carrying more speed around the berms just w/ a slight change in hip position. I can't wait to actually hit Flow again at speed just to see how my time has improved. As for Braille, I know I need to session some of the jumps & drops a few more times before I hit them at speed (instead of bypassing around most of them as I have in the past) but now I should have the tools to know what I need to practice. Technical instruction aside, they also talked about efficient uphill pedaling, gearing choices as well as techniques to build up more mitochondria in your body... all stuff I'm interested in since I know I need to build up my climbing legs. ~Carlo F.

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

I attend the 3-day mountain bike skills camp in Mulberry Gap Georgia and it was a great experience.  We spent...
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2017-06-05T14:19:17-07:00
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.

It was well worth it!

Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of  about...
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2017-06-05T14:30:23-07:00
Taken the 3 day Skills Camp out in Mulberry Gap GA. Outstanding weekend. We had a small group of  about 8 people with 3 Ninja Pro's. Richard and the  instructors were  attentive  and always helpful. The course had you work on your base fundamentals, advanced skills, along with  bike setup,maintenance, nutrition ,This was a very comprehensive course. After learning the skills, we'd hit the trails and the training didn't stop. Instructors would  get to a technical portion of a trail and have us all stop and they would  show us how to use the skills we just learned. Everyone learned at their own pace. So no one felt pressured to keep up with others.  Having fun was always top priority. Arriving back home, I was practicing all the skills i've learned  like an excited  little kid with a new bike.  I hope to take this course again when they come back to this side of the country -- it was well worth it! ~Vic D.

Who doesn’t want to be a Ninja!?

I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road...
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2014-03-19T14:36:25-07:00
I'm a road Triathlete that lucked into a XTERRA World Championship slot via the lottery last year. Being a road triathlete, I had very little experience and no technical skills on a mountain bike. I took the Ninja beginner and then intermediate classes almost back to back. Richard is a great teacher, and taught the sequential skills that matter most. He does a great job of "breaking things down" with the what and the why, and illustrates the information well with his demonstrations, all the while, delivering it with a sense of humor and enthusiasm. Richard's instruction helped me successfully get through a very technical course in Maui without major injury! Yea, thank you Richard!!. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced rider, I promise you can take a lot away from his classes.... and, let's be honest ...Who doesn't want to be a Ninja! ~ Ray S.  
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