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Nashville – Kids Clinic

NINJA EVENT INFORMATION FOR

Nashville, TN, August 21, 2021

EVENT POSTPONED

Due to a drastic change in the forecast for this weekend, this event is postponed. The thunderstorms are now forecasted to continue throughout the weekend and the trails are very wet. We are sad to miss you this weekend, but we look forward to riding with you in the future. Keep an eye out in your email this coming week for reschedule information.


ON-LINE EVENT WAIVER |* IMPORTANT*

If you haven’t already, please be sure a parent or guardian has signed our electronic Liability Release here ——> https://www.smartwaiver.com/v/ridelikeaninja

**THIS IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND**


DROP OFF & PICKUP LOCATION


SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

  • 1:00pm  – Check-in //  Look for the Ninja instructors in their Ninja Jerseys! 
  • 1:15pm – Clinic starts 
  • 4:15pm – 4:30pm – Clinic wrap up // pick up at the same place you dropped off
    • Please check in with instructors so they know each kiddo is going home with the correct person.

INSTRUCTORS

Your instructors and onsite contacts this weekend are:

  • Lisa Mueller // 865-406-3870
  • Allan Mueller // 865-659-3273

WHAT TO BRING

  • Mountain bike in good working order 
  • A helmet (that fits properly)
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Snacks and water/hydration (we will take a snack break mid-morning)
  • Appropriate clothing layers for the weather
  • Sunscreen
  • If locally mandated, bring a face covering.
  • A backpack for carrying clothes, water, snacks, sunscreen and a rain jacket.

SPECIAL NOTES FOR PARENTS / GUARDIANS:

  • Please let the instructors know of any health information that is pertinent (inhalers, EpiPens, etc).  All Ninja instructors are first aid certified. 
  • PHOTOS: If you don’t want photos of your child taken at the clinic or posted to Ninja social media, please let us know. 
  • If you yourself will be attending the full day adult Ninja clinic on Sunday while your child is attending the Ninja Kids clinic, please arrange for someone to pickup your child when the Kid’s Clinic ends around 12:15 and make arrangements for appropriate childcare in the afternoon.  Please advise the instructor at drop off if a different adult will be picking up the child at the end of their clinic.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I stay and watch the clinic?

This is a Kids Clinic which means this class is for…..kids! With that, we kindly ask that parents leave their students to enjoy the clinic and avoid watching from the sidelines. We find that kids thrive when they are left to focus with their Ninja instructors.

What kind of bike should my student bring to their Ninja Kids Clinic? 

Students should bring a bike in good, working order with mountain bike tires.  If the bike has been sitting in the garage for a few years, consider taking it into your local bike shop for a quick tune-up.  The bike must have hand brakes.  We cannot allow coaster brakes (the kind where you pedal backwards on the bike to brake), as these are not safe for mountain biking.  Also don’t forget to bring a properly fitting helmet!  

Should I tip the instructors?

While gratuity is not required or expected, it’s certainly appreciated by the instructors! 5-10% for each guest is Industry Standard for exceptional service, support, and expertise. Unless you’d like to tip separately, instructors divide tips among themselves.

COVID-19 

All of our clinics across the country are following local guidelines for COVID-19 (including any orders regarding face coverings, social distancing, group size restrictions, etc.). We ask that participants be informed as to any local COVID-19 restrictions that may apply to outdoor gatherings and travel to and from the event.

….more frequently asked questions and answers HERE!

Need further assistance? Contact Ninja Customer Service at [email protected]

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 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,...
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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.

I was so happy I could transfer what I learned in Sedona to my own trails.

I just rode on my local trails today after taking the Ninja clinic in Sedona. I was so happy I could transfer what I learned in Sedona to my own trails. There is one drop and one off camber downhill section I never have had the courage or skill to...
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2017-05-04T08:11:50-07:00
I just rode on my local trails today after taking the Ninja clinic in Sedona. I was so happy I could transfer what I learned in Sedona to my own trails. There is one drop and one off camber downhill section I never have had the courage or skill to ride until today. It was so fun to ride them and not get off and walk. Richard La China and Courtney Cowan were fantastic instructors. Not only did I up my technical skills in Sedona it was also a ton of fun! ~Patty Elliott

I swallowed my pride and signed up.

This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout.  After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing...
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2014-03-19T14:37:51-07:00
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout.  After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing a new MB and the massive amount of miss information you can obtain from bike shops. Especially when you know nothing about bikes. )  Not long after I purchased the new MB, I had my first over the handle bars wreck.  I still cannot remember the actual crash.  I can see the rut that I am about to hit on the downhill, and then I remember waking up on the trail barely able to breath.  The crash gave me some time to catch up on email.  One of those emails was a beginners MB clinic hosted by Richard and the Ride Like a Ninja crew. I swallowed my pride and signed up. To date I have done everything I was taught.  I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended.  I then had the bike fitted.  The skills taught that day are priceless to me.  For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain.  I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride. ~ Hal N.  

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills.

Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:45:33-07:00
Great clinic. I learned really useful skills… I’m ready for another clinic with more challenging terrain. ~Beatrice D.  

I felt so confident that I recently signed up for the Catalina MTB Gran Fondo!

I participated in the beginner skill clinic at Malibu Creek last Saturday, because I'm truly a beginner who couldn't stop falling down during each mtb ride. The class was small and super fun...and the instructors (Richard and Kris) were informative and dynamic. The clinic was small enough for each member...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:28:10-07:00
I participated in the beginner skill clinic at Malibu Creek last Saturday, because I'm truly a beginner who couldn't stop falling down during each mtb ride. The class was small and super fun...and the instructors (Richard and Kris) were informative and dynamic. The clinic was small enough for each member to practice each learned skill and receive immediate feedback. I learned many new skills on that day and felt much more confident with my bike-body connection. I felt so confident that I recently signed up for the Catalina MTB Gran Fondo...the 55 mile route! Woohooo!! The next day, as I was road biking (training for the Solvang Double Century), I dodged a bullet on the Snake/Mulholland by applying my learned mtb skills--a long towing truck went over almost half of our lane on a blind turn as we were descending. Instead of fixating on the truck, I remembered the importance of looking for a clear path and keeping my eyes on where I want to go....Now I understand what people meant when they said that mtb will help improve my road riding skills too! I'm grateful for the opportunity to learn, and I look forward to the next clinic! ~ Uyen N.  

G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.

Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know.  It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made.  I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2014-03-19T14:32:41-07:00
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills is a warm and friendly environment to learn new skills and hone ones you already know.  It's a non intimidating environment where mistakes are welcomed so corrections can be made.  I own G2 Bike is Aliso Viejo and this clinic has been ran out of the Aliso Woods area and when I interviewed the clients they had all but great things to say.  None arrogant instructors and easy to follow steps. The biggest bang for many was meeting new area riders at their skill level, gaining confidence, and getting the bike set up and fit properly.  G2 Bike looks forward to many more of these clinics in this area.  Thanks Richard for all you do for the MTB community! ~ AJ S.  
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Mike Sofen | Endurance Athlete

I worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed...
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2015-09-11T10:49:12-07:00
I worked with Coach Richard for the 2015 racing year, whose focus was almost entirely long distance/endurance events on mixed road, or gravel, or mountain biking.  Events like Dirty Devil (123 mi), the Belgian Waffle Ride (143 mi) and the Dirty Kanza 200 mile gravel race in Kansas. One of my issues with prior coaching was getting into an overtrained condition very early in the season (like May) and having terrible performance from that point forward.  Knowing this, Richard made sure to keep a close eye on my TrainingPeaks Performance chart, optimizing my training calendar to ensure adequate recovery and maximizing my builds. End result:  I had a completely successful racing year with no overtraining symptoms at all, knocking an hour off my prior year’s BWR time, and feeling much stronger on the bike than I’ve felt in a long time.  This is really good stuff. Aside from the technical and racing aspects, Richard is the most delightful guy to work with – funny, humble, empathic and engaged with his clients.  That, plus his tremendous depth of experience as both a racer and a coach, provide a cacoon of support.  He’s out there doing it with us, he’s volunteering his time all over the place, and he really cares about doing the right thing. That’s three thumbs up in my book! ~Mike Sofen

Overall, the camp exceeded my expectations.

I have, like many cyclists, been riding bikes since childhood.  Feeling like I hit a plateau in my technical riding...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-06-05T14:40:55-07:00
I have, like many cyclists, been riding bikes since childhood.  Feeling like I hit a plateau in my technical riding skills (because I had), I began searching for a mountain bike skills camp.  I wanted to attend a camp that would push me to be a better rider, but I needed it to be in a great location on actual trails.  After a fair amount of searching, I decided that spending a weekend at a Ninja Mountain Bike Skills camp would be perfect.  It didn't hurt that the camp was in Big Bear. The condensed review: It took only a few hours of trail riding with Richard and Daniel to drastically change my riding for the better. The long review: The camp was broken into morning and afternoon sessions, separated by an amazing lunch on each day.  The morning sessions were, in general, based on technique and riding isolated technical features.  The afternoon sessions functioned more like a capstone; we rode incredible trails, like Fall Line and Skyline, and put our newly-learned skills into action. Richard and Daniel were attentive to both the class as a whole as well as each individual.  The pacing of each individual lesson (I'm a teacher, so I viewed each piece as a lesson) was wonderful.  There were constant checks for understanding as well as incremental assessments of our skills on the bike.  We were never once, all weekend, bogged down in repetition, nor were we rushed through a skill or concept.  I was blown away by the sheer volume of skills that were taught in such an easy-to-grasp manner. Of course, we were not standing by our bikes the whole time listening to a lecture: we were actively riding while Daniel and Richard looked on with critical eyes.  Richard was clear in his introduction...

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 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

Special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in!

My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-06-05T14:49:37-07:00
My wife and I had the privilege of attending the skills 2 day camp in Santa Fe New Mexico August 20th and 21st. Richard and Aaron and Catherine where fantastic trainers and teachers they brought new light into basic skills of riding each person in the group was able to excel in what we were doing before we moved on to some other awesome skill or task individual attention was felt by all in the group and visible Improvement was seen in all Riders when we have you back next year you should plan on doubling or tripling the number of riders thanks for a super fun weekend and special thanks to Santa Fe Fat Tire Society for bringing you in and of course thanks to Richard and Aaron and Kathryn. ~Bruce Hamby  
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