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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

september

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

17sep1:15 pm4:45 pmEvent OverKids 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 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (SL220924K)Salt Lake City, Utah

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

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

24sep1:15 pm4:45 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (AT220924K)Atlanta, Georgia

24sep1:15 pm4:45 pmEvent OverKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BC220924K)Brown County, Indiana

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)

15oct1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (PH221015K)Phoenix, Arizona

16oct8:45 am12:15 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (BP221016K)New London, Connecticut

22oct1:00 pm4:30 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids 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 pmSold Out! Join Wait List Join Wait ListKids 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)

03dec1:15 pm4:45 pmKids Fundamental Skills - NINJA KIDS! (PH221203K)Phoenix, Arizona

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.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:33:17-07:00
Highly recommended!  Essential riding skills are thoroughly broken down making them easy to understand and learn.  Coach Richard and Kris are some of the most professional and pleasant coaches/cyclist/people I have come across.  Looking forward to one of their future clinics. ~ Tom T.  

This was awesome!

This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:48:53-07:00
This was awesome. Having someone dissect your riding into a few skills that you can focus on is a great starting point in order to make you faster. I’m sure everyone including myself experienced a positive feeling in how to improve from this point on. — Don’t expect to be a world champ after this clinic but to learn what and where and most importantly how to improve your trail riding from now on. Richard gives you the tools but you have to put in the work.” ~ Michael A.  

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

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...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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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.

Mission accomplished!

My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills....
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:34:22-07:00
My wife started mountain biking recently and while she enjoyed it, she was lacking some confidence and needed some skills. I knew Richard La China from the cross country racing scene and felt confident that he and the ninja team could help out.  I bought a woman's beginner clinic for my wife and she really enjoyed the challenge and experience.  She is a better mountain biker now with much more confidence and new and improved skills. Mission accomplished! I highly recommend Richard LaChina and the ninja skills clinics for any level. I bought my wife a clinic gift card for Christmas which she will use to take the intermediate clinic. I plan on taking an advanced course to improve my cornering skills. ~ Mark T.  

I look forward to an intermediate level class!

Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:49:32-07:00
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I look forward to an intermediate level class! Thanks for doing this coach Richard! ~ Sally A.  

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...
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
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