Archive for the ‘Getting In’ Category

On Like Donkey Kong – American Ninja Warrior 7

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

So excited!  Just got my official invite to compete in American Ninja Warrior 7!  I’m truly honored and humbled to get another chance to have this amazing experience.  For a middle-aged dad who spends most of his time either humping his corporate job to provide for his family or trying to be an engaged fun dad for his three incredible and active little boys, I really appreciate having this insane experience once a year pretending to be a ninja and testing myself against some ridiculous obstacles on an adrenaline-soaked stage .  And being part of the amazing ninja community with its diverse, passionate, and supportive members has given me a lot of wonderful friends that simply like to play and have fun.  I’m deeply appreciative of these things, and when I step on the course in Houston in just four short weeks for my 6th straight season I’ll feel that gratitude as I push myself to go further than ever before.

Donkey Kong

American Ninja Warrior 6, Here I Come!

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

To my elation, I just received a call from American Ninja Warrior that they are inviting me back to compete in my fifth season.  No matter how much you try to convince yourself that you’re fine with whatever the outcome, when the calls start going out extending invites to your region, you get wildly nervous and anxious, and you remember how BADLY you want to compete.  So when I heard over the weekend that the calls started to go out inviting the roughly 100 competitors that will compete in the Dallas region in 3 weeks, I got increasingly anxious as the hours passed and no call came.

But then today it did come, and I was reminded of the childlike joy of getting what you really really wanted for Christmas.  In 3 weeks I’ll be headed to Dallas, the site of my most successful American Ninja Warrior season and of the moment that most torments me (narrowly missing the Warped Wall in the regional finals by a couple of inches and probably advancing to the National Finals), and will be seeking my redemption.  Just a few hour drive from Austin, my hometown, I’ll be bringing my three little boys to watch me for the first time, as well as inviting other family members to come.  In the past my boys were too young to really behave and understand the competition, but now at ages 8, 6, and 4 I think they’ll at least understand the event and appreciate that their daddy is competing in something so cool.  I’m hoping it will be a memory that they carry with them forever, and later in their life will feel emboldened by it to follow their dreams and dare to try for something that matters to them.

I continue to feel so lucky to be part of this competition and community of competitors, and feel blessed to get another opportunity to steep in both in just a few short weeks!  Wish me luck :-)

My American Ninja Warrior 5 Submission Video

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

With us in “quiet time” before the airing of American Ninja Warrior 5 this summer, which starts in just a few weeks, I’m hamstrung in terms of what I can write about under the non-disclosure agreement. So I’m just going to put my submission video for ANW5 up again.

They specifically told us to “tell our story” and not just show action scenes, so that’s the reason why this might seem a bit verbose. I’ve tried to still show some good action clips to demonstrate that I still have some real obstacle course chops despite my advancing age 😉

American Ninja Warrior 5, Here I Come!

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Hallelujah! Just got my call from casting that I officially have an invite to compete in American Ninja Warrior 5! It goes down in 10 days in Baltimore, one of the four cities hosting the regional action this season. Already have my plane ticket, and will be flying in next Thursday for the competition Friday night at Rash Field in Baltimore right next to the Inner Harbor. Looking forward to seeing my fellow ninjas there, and am deeply honored and excited to have a chance to step to the line once again! I never take that opportunity for granted. Thank you to everybody for your support and friendship.

Waiting by the Phone for Baltimore

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

With the Venice Beach competition for the West Coast concluded this weekend, I’ll be anxiously waiting by the phone this week to see if I get a guaranteed invite to compete in Baltimore in less than two weeks from now. No competitor hoping to get a slot in Baltimore has been contacted yet, and we were clearly told that they would start contacting people this week after the Venice competition was done, although we don’t know if that means on Monday or on Friday, making the wait that much more agonizing. Through the grapevine (or as the American Ninja Warrior casting and production teams call us, “the knitting circle”), I’ve learned that there were 109 invites that competed in Venice out of over 2,000 video submissions that were entered. I’ve long known that as American Ninja Warrior gets successful, the odds of me getting to continue to compete would get longer as the applicant pool would grow substantially driven by the phenomenal network exposure given it by NBC.

I’m still praying that I get at least one more crack at it, and will be anxiously awaiting by the phone for my invite call this week. Having been born and raised in Maryland, and having been the oldest competitor to make the regional finals in the Midwest region in American Ninja Warrior 4 (the Midwest region will largely be competing in Baltimore), I’m REALLY hoping I get the honor to compete again this year and the privilege to stand among my fellow ninjas once more.

I know I am not along in the agony of my wait…I know thousands of other ninja hopefuls are waiting for their calls either this week for Baltimore, or in future weeks for Denver or Miami. Hit LIKE if you are waiting too!