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Which Ninja Event is Right For Me?

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Ninja offers half-day and full-day Clinics and comprehensive 2-Day Camps that pull all of the Ninja curriculum together into one awesome weekend. For those riders who are looking to tackle varied terrain with confidence and skill, the 2-Day Camp is the best place to start. If you are looking for something a little more specific or don’t have a full weekend to commit, check out the half-day and full-day clinic options below.

If you’ve never taken a skills clinic before, regardless of your riding experience, we always recommend taking a Fundamentals Full Day Combo clinic.  Even advanced riders often have bad habits that need to be corrected and a comprehensive review of the foundational riding skills will help to do just that. Start with the fundamentals to break those bad habits (even the ones you might not know you have)!

Ninja also offers Kids Clinics in select locations around the country.  Kids Clinics are specifically designed for youth ages 8-11.

Still not sure which event is right for you?  Read on for more insights…

THE 2-DAY CAMP

2-Day Camp (Saturday + Sunday)

Who should attend?

  • You’ve been riding for a few years and have hit a plateau
  • You’ve mastered the basics and you’re ready to take it up a notch
  • You’re intimidated by some obstacles (rocks, logs, drops)
  • You’re riding over/off of obstacles but not sure you’re doing it right
  • You want to go faster!
  • You’ve been riding for a long time but never had any instruction
  • You’ve been riding a bike for 2 – 100 years, have a strong foundation on the bike and want to get better!
  • You’ve been riding for less than 2 years, but you’ve already attended a Ninja Fundamentals clinic and are ready for the next step
  • You’re 15 years of age or older

The 2-Day Camp is the most comprehensive Ninja program and the best bang for your buck!  The 2-Day Camp combines the Fundamentals Skills, Jumping Mini Clinic and the Intermediate / Advanced curriculum into one mega-progression session.

The camp kicks off with an overview of the foundational riding skills and builds up to more advanced material over the course of the weekend including jumping, high-speed cornering, technical climbing/descending, drops and more. The weekend is taught in a progressive format meaning one skill builds on another, giving everyone an opportunity to progress at their own pace!

The 2-Day Camp is the best option for riders who have some riding experience under their belt and are ready to get a more complete picture of how to take their riding to the next level. Whether you’re an experienced racer or a recreational weekend warrior, you’ll ride away with an entirely new understanding of your movements on the bike.

HALF DAY & FULL DAY CLINIC OPTIONS


Fundamental Skills (half day)

Who should attend?

  • You are brand new to mountain biking!
  • You’re an experienced rider who has never had any formal instruction and you want an overview of all the foundational skills, but without the commitment of the 2-Day Camp
  • You want to take a Jumping Mini-Clinic. (A Fundamental Skills Clinic is required for riders with less than 2 years riding experience before taking a Jumping Mini-Clinic. We recommend everyone take a Fundamentals Clinic, regardless of riding experience.)
  • You’re braking with 2 fingers
  • You are 11 years of age or older

Our Fundamentals Clinic offers a comprehensive overview of all the foundational skills of mountain biking (body positioning, effective braking, wheel lifts, navigating obstacles, etc.). The course is the perfect place for a new rider to get started and a great review for experienced riders who have never had any type of instruction.

Keep in mind, a Fundamentals Clinic is not a beginner clinic – it is a great place for beginners to start, but this clinic contains critical foundational skills we recommend it for riders of all experience levels. Even if you’ve been riding for 5, 10, even 15 years, you will leave a Fundamentals Clinic with a new understanding of body position on the bike, how to use your brakes, the mechanics of staying smooth and how to take your riding to the next level.

Fundamental Skills is offered as both a Co-ed and Women’s Only course. Anyone who identifies as female is welcome to join one of our Women’s programs.  Women’s Only courses cover the exact same curriculum as the Co-ed course and while all of our events are designed to be un-intimidating and no-pressure, sometimes it’s just nice to learn surrounded by other women.  Our women’s clinics are led by inspiring female instructors (or the friendliest of male instructors!) who can offer relatable feedback and advice

Women’s Fundamental Skills (half day)

Who should attend?

  • You identify as female (all are welcome)
  • You are brand new to mountain biking
  • You’ve been riding for a while but never had any formal instruction and you aren’t ready or able to commit to a 2-Day Camp
  • You want to take the Jumping Mini-Clinic and would like to kick off the day working with other ladies. (A Fundamentals Clinic is required for riders with less than 2 years riding experience before taking a Jumping Mini-Clinic.  We recommend everyone take a Fundamentals clinic, regardless of riding experience.)
  • You are 11 years of age or older

The Women’s Fundamentals clinic covers the exact same curriculum as the Co-ed Fundamentals Clinic in a ladies-only environment. While all of our events are designed to be un-intimidating and no-pressure, sometimes it’s just nice to learn surrounded by other women.  Our women’s clinics are led by inspiring female instructors (or the friendliest of male instructors!) who can offer relatable feedback and advice.

Jumping Mini-Clinic (half day)

Who should attend?

  • You’ve never jumped before but you have mastered the foundational skills and you are ready to fly (and land)!
  • Your only jumping experience is getting air…..by accident
  • You’re already jumping but with a 50/50 success rate
  • You’ve started jumping but you aren’t able to clear tables and you aren’t sure why
  • You often fly off your pedals in the air
  • You’ve taken a Ninja Fundamentals clinic and/or have a minimum of 2 years riding experience. We strongly recommend both!
  • You are 11 years of age or older

This clinic is designed to give you the tools, understanding and knowledge to safely get two wheels in the air … and back down again!  This clinic takes jumping back to basics – starting with wheel lifts and an introduction to bunny hops.

Like all of our clinics, participants are encouraged to learn at their own pace.  Jumping clinics are always taught in a fully controlled environment.  We will teach on a local trail if it offers a safe, progressive place to teach jumping (i.e. a 4-10 ft tabletop).  Other times we will teach on manufactured ramps that are designed to allow riders to safely progress from a table to a small gap (max 5ft). Riders are encouraged to progress at their own pace. For some, that means clearing a 2ft table and for other riders it’s clearing a 5ft gap.

No matter what, you will leave the Jumping Mini-Clinic with a more thorough understanding of the mechanics of jumping your bike and have a clear idea of what you need to practice.

Intermediate / Advanced Clinic (Full Day)

Who should attend?

  • You’ve already taken Fundamentals and you are ready to take it to the next level!
  • You want to learn how to exit a corner with SPEED.
  • You’re looking for more confidence on the trail.
  • You’re struggling to clear those technical climbs/descents and you’re not sure why.
  • You’re ready to drop it like it’s hot (yes, we teach how to ride drops in this clinic!).
  • You’re an XC or endurance rider looking to improve your technical skills.
  • You are 15 years of age or older.

The Intermediate / Advanced Clinic is all about finding your flow and tackling terrain and features that have been getting in the way of your trail mojo.  This clinic will cover topics such as steep transitions, riding drops, high speed cornering, tackling roots and rocks, switchbacks, bermed corners, and pumping for speed and air.

Leave this clinic ready to tackle rougher terrain, corner with greater speed and control, negotiate bigger trail obstacles and hit drops with commitment and confidence.  This is a full day clinic so pack a lunch, grab a friend and get ready to get shreddy!

You must have two years minimum riding experience or have attended any Ninja fundamentals skills clinic or a mountain bike skills camp in the last year in order to attend this event.


KIDS CLINICS (half day)

Who should attend?

  • Kids between the ages of 8-11
  • Kids who know how to ride a two-wheeled bike but are new to mountain biking
  • Kids who have experience mountain biking but need help making their way down the trails. Roots, rocks and gravel, OH MY!
  • Kids who are considering racing and want to make sure they have all the important foundational skills needed to get from the start line to the finish line
  • Kids who won’t listen to their parents riding advice and need someone else to teach them about staying safe and in control on their bike
  • Kids who have a bike with hand brakes and mountain bike tires
  • Kids who are excited about mountain biking and eager to learn and have FUN!

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!

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!

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS


Which location should I attend?

The Ninja curriculum varies slightly depending on the terrain and features of the local trail network.  With that, each clinic location offers something different and unique!

Looking to tackle big rocks and ledgy drops?  Head to Sedona, AZ.  Is high-speed cornering your jam?  Checkout Bend, OR. Ready to roll over roots like it ain’t a thing?  See you in Brevard, NC.  No matter what location you pick, you are guaranteed to walk away with more confidence and an expanded toolbox of skills.

Not sure where to take your clinic? Chat with us – we’d love to help!

What is an “Adventure” 2-Day Camp?

2-Day Camps that are designated as “Adventure” cover all the same curriculum as other 2-Day Camps but in highly sought-after destination riding locations. Adventure Camps provide you with the same professional instruction as other Ninja clinics while allowing you to ride some of the best trails in the country.

Don’t worry, camps that aren’t designated as Adventure Camps will still challenge you and you’ll absolutely leave a better rider. We work hard to select the best teaching locations and around the country and you might be surprised by how great that local trail network is for learning.

You’ve already attended a Ninja clinic – what’s next?

Ever watched a movie twice? Or three times? Do you notice that every time you watch that movie, you pick up on something new? Same goes for mountain bike instruction.  We cover a LOT of material in our clinics and coming back for a repeat event gives you an opportunity to pick-up on something new and soak up even more information.

Join us for a Ninja clinic in a different location! With different instructors all across the country teaching to their local trail features, you’re sure to ride off with new takeaways from a new spot.

One of these is not like the other!

We like to mix it up occasionally and offer an event that doesn’t match the clinic options listed above. For example, every year we offer a 3-Day Camp at Mulberry Gap in North Georgia that combines our traditional 2-Day Camp curriculum with longer rides and more time to apply your skills to on-trail features (plus blueberry pancakes, hot tubs and fireside hangs).

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This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly...
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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.  

The Big Bear Mountain Bike Camp was AMAZING!

I have been riding for 1.5 years and still have a lot to learn but Richard and the team are...
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2016-06-16T21:57:49-07:00
I have been riding for 1.5 years and still have a lot to learn but Richard and the team are great teachers. I have been a bit apprehensive about jumping in the past but after two days of instruction with Richard, Aaron, Daniel, Ivan, and Erin I feel much more confident and won't be afraid to take on jumps anymore. The instructor staff are all very experienced riders and it showed. They are all also very friendly and most importantly patient. They aren't afraid to share stories of their mistakes while trying to explain why not to do things a certain way. You truly are part of the Team Ninja family when you are at the classes and I can't wait to go back to another class! Thank you Richard and all of the other instructors. ~Jonathan R

Well worth your time if you want to improve!

We attended the 2-Day Mountain Bike Skills Camp in Denver CO. I'm a beginner to mountain biking and the class...
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2017-06-05T14:16:17-07:00
We attended the 2-Day Mountain Bike Skills Camp in Denver CO. I'm a beginner to mountain biking and the class exceeded my expectations. The first day was basic fundamental training from bunny hops to cornering your bike. The second day we put those skills to the test by climbing and downhill at all different skill levels, Richard and Aaron even took video to help improve our skills. Well worth your time if you want to improve! ~Russ Anderson

Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes!

Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard and his team...
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2017-08-07T07:20:39-07:00
Great class! I wish I took this class seven yrs ago when I started mountain biking. Richard and his team was awesome. I learned how to approach uphill switchbacks, how to "pre-turn", and most important, how to descend with confidence. Bottom line: I am more efficient and safer rider. As another review said, "best money spent on mountain biking." You can have an expensive bike, but if you don't know how to ride, what's the point? Highly recommend this class for all ages/skills. I will definitely be taking more classes! ~Rean

Everything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking.

Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking...
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2014-03-19T14:39:15-07:00
Mountain biking is a relatively new sport compared to road biking. So the opportunities to find a good mountain biking skill clinic are quite scarce. Richard La China and his team offer such clinic! Richard has the training as a Coach from USA Cycling and the experience as an expert racer to develop in you the skills and therefore the confidence to negotiate the treacherous obstacles on your path as a mountain biker. His clinic has several levels from beginner to expert and is organized incrementally to facilitate the learning of more and more difficult skills. In addition to his and his expert team's demonstrations, I also like his verbal explanations about the why of a specific position or skill to have. Richard and his team have the dedication and patience to teach you anything you need to learn to fully enjoy mountain biking. ~ Anne-Catherine

Probably the best money I’ve spent on mountain biking …

I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the...
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2017-05-04T08:01:31-07:00
I took the Ninja intermediate / advanced course here in Denver the weekend before last, and it was probably the best money I've spent on mountain biking in quite a while. Aaron tuned the clinic to our skills and needs, putting in extra time and attention where we needed more work and covering a wide range of skills. After mountain biking for almost 20 years, there were still missing pieces (and some bad habits) to my riding that he picked up on, explained, and then showed me how to improve, correct, and practice. Aaron was knowledgeable, patient, and progressed through skills in steps so there wasn't too much to digest at any one time. As the day progressed, he rolled them all together as we moved through different trail features, so I really got a good sense of how to put things into practice. He was also very familiar with the venue, Village Greens Park, so he knew exactly which sections to hit to practice particular skills - it was a great combination of drills and very watchful instruction, then honing those skills on real trail features. And, as we talked about with him during lunch, even experienced riders should consider the "fundamentals" course - I really had no idea that I needed work on some of the basics, like braking. I'm heavy on the rear brake just as a long-established habit - who knew? (Well, apparently Aaron did...) ~Jon Gotow

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.
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