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Kids Clinics

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

may

01may8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BP220501K)New London, Connecticut

01may1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AA220501K)Ann Arbor, Michigan

14may1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NA220514K)Nashville, Tennessee

14may1:00 pm4:30 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT220514K)Atlanta, Georgia

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

21may1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DE220521K)Denver, Colorado

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

june

04jun1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NE220604K)Newark, Delaware

05jun1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DA220605K)Dallas, Texas (McKinney)

11jun1:30 pm5:00 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CS220611K)Colorado Springs, Colorado

12jun8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NB220612K)Colebrook, Connecticut

25jun1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CI220625K)Chicago, Illinois

26jun8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR220626K)Bentonville, Arkansas

july

09jul1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DE220709K)Denver, Colorado

09jul1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (KN220709K)Knoxville, Tennessee

23jul1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BE220723K)Bend, Oregon

august

06aug1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CS220806K)Colorado Springs, Colorado

september

10sep1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (CI220910K)Chicago, Illinois

17sep1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (FL220917K)Ocala, Florida (Santos)

18sep8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NB220918K)Colebrook, Connecticut

24sep1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BE220924K)Bend, Oregon

24sep1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DE220924K)Denver, Colorado

24sep1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SL220924K)Salt Lake City, Utah

october

01oct1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AF221001K)Tampa, Florida (Alafia)

09oct1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (DA221009K)Dallas, Texas (McKinney)

16oct8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BP221016K)New London, Connecticut

22oct1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (NY221022K)Yorktown, New York

23oct8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AR221023K)Bentonville, Arkansas

23oct8:45 am12:15 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (RI221023K)Richmond, Virginia

november

05nov1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (OC221105K)Orange County, California

12nov1:00 pm4:30 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (TE221112K)Temecula, California

december

03dec1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (FL221203K)Ocala, Florida (Santos)

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.

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.  

Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise…

I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our...
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2015-09-28T07:52:14-07:00
I’ve been coaching road & track riding for years. Got into mtn bike riding because of the terrain near our home AND my daughters like to ride in the dirt. Took classes through the high school league to be more acquainted with the fundamentals skills and acquire more knowledge of the NICA league rules. Coach La China and staff broke down the skills for our team riders in a fun and engaging process. Team Eastlake Cycling Team thank you for your time, energy and expertise to bring our riders to a new level of confidence. ~Ron G.

My riding has definitely improved!

I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was...
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2017-06-05T14:12:03-07:00
I really enjoyed the Intermediate/Advanced clinic with Aaron in Palmer Park, Colorado Springs. Aaron made sure that every skill was practiced thoroughly. He was paying attention to every move and detail and was very patient. My riding has definitely improved since than and I have been practicing the skills a lot on single track. The best advice I received - visualize yourself doing it! I definitely recommend this class to bikers of all levels. ~Yana Brown

You don’t know what you don’t know …

I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I...
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2017-06-05T14:46:29-07:00
I consider myself a strong intermediate MTB rider; I love highly technical downhill single track trails.  A friend suggested I take a multi-day skills clinic to help get to the next level.  After a brief search I found that Ninja Bike Skills 3 day skills clinic up in Big Bear CA. If you have never taken a class then the old adage "you don't know what you don't know" probably holds true; it did with me.  While it the clinic started off simple, the skills taught build on one-another to ensure you have solid foundation basics needed to safely leverage the higher skill stuff taught at the back end of the class. Richard and Aaron brought two great perspectives as one is a XC/Edurance/Enduro rider and the other is dedicated to gravity downhill.  The teaching style was simple and actionable.  All the Ninja instructors are very knowledgeable and very passionate about MTB which is infectious and make the class fun. I would highly recommend to any level riders who have never had any instruction in MTB skills.  Plus if you take the class at a place like Snow Summit Big Bear, you get to ride amazing trails!! ~Greg A.

As good as it gets is appropriate!

Woohoo!  As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher!...
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2014-03-19T14:37:09-07:00
Woohoo!  As good as it gets is appropriate! Richard is not only a great rider, he is a great teacher! I would encourage everyone to stay away from the mind trap that buying a more expensive mountain bike is what you need to ride better. Spend the money on lessons instead, and I know you will be happier (and safer) in the long run. I can't say enough positive things about the Bike Skills clinics. ~ Chris G.  

Within one hour we we clearing a 5 foot jump easily and with confidence!

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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2016-04-07T12:54:41-07:00
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 though 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.

Aaron was a great instructor!

I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and...
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2017-06-05T14:15:04-07:00
I took a Fundamental Skill clinic last weekend and learned so much! I've been riding for a few years and felt stuck and was not improving at all. Aaron was a great instructor! Very patient and broke down everything step by step and we repeated the skills until we felt comfortable. I look forward to mastering the skills I learned and taking another clinic in the spring. ~Jody Hachenberger-Amend
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