(An open letter to the decision makers at American Ninja Warrior)

Dear Decision Makers at American Ninja Warrior,

I love your show. It has everything I look for in Monday night programming– nail-biting suspense of an obstacle course, gorilla-like arm strength of contestants, dream after dream crushed on something called “The Wall” — it has everything, that is, except one thing.


For a show named American Ninja Warrior, shouldn’t there be some more, you know, ninja stuff? Granted you do have an obstacle called the “Flying Nunchucks,” but I feel that may be more of an homage to the Flying Nun than anything else.

flying nunchucks vs nun


I assume this is just an oversight. Not everybody can be as observant as I am- I just got new glasses after all- so I have some suggestions.

While all the contestants are called ninjas, most play up alternate personalities with nicknames and costumes. Hashtags like #RedNeckNinja and #TarzanNinja are just par for the (obstacle) course on your show. (Btw- last night’s #NinjaBaby was a fierce competitor. The diaper and bonnet were a nice touch.)

However there has yet to be a ninja who identifies as a ninja. Think about it. He could be called #NinjaNinja. (Don’t feel bad for not thinking of that marketing gem first, I’m very creative.) He’d have martial arts moves and not only make his way through the obstacles, he’d do it all while evading assassins along the way. Come to think of it, he’d evade the TV cameras too because of course he would, he’s a ninja.

I understand the show is a spin-off of a Japanese competition show called “Sasuke” –which, if I am to believe the internet, may have been named for a famous, politically inclined wrestler — and therefore has its roots in Japanese fighting culture. But if so, that’s like Japan taking Hulk Hogan’s reality show, “Hogan Knows Best,” and making a spin-off called “Japanese Cowboys Give Advice.” (Which actually, I would probably watch.)

To be clear, Decision Makers, I’m not trying to diminish the toughness of the competitors. They are without a doubt some of the strongest, most athletic people on TV.  Nor am I saying the show has to get all campy and make everyone run through the course in ninja apparel with a bō staff (that’s “big stick” for non-ninjas) strapped to their backs, I’d just like to see a little martial arts incorporated. 




Questions for everybody:

Do you watch American Ninja Warrior?

How cool was it when #MightyKacy beat the course?!

Do you agree or disagree there could be more ninja stuff?

If you don’t care about this show, how’s your week going? What do you do on Monday nights?

28 Thoughts on “American Ninja Worrier?

  1. I loved watching American Ninja when I was in….America! although I’m unfamiliar with some of the names you’ve mentioned.

    Monday night TV= Australia’s Got Talent. False advertising though- we have none.
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  2. Haha so true, they need more actual ninjas. I love watching that show, though. Kacy is a freakin beast! Every time I watch it I say “I could do that.” But for real, I couldn’t.
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  3. I’ve never seen American Ninja Warrior but I diddddd find this post quite hilarious and true. Where are the ninjas? Makes no sense.
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  4. I’ve never watched the show, minus the clip that went viral of the girl completing the course. It’s pretty badass, but I do agree…more Ninjas.
    Also – Japanese Cowboys Give Advice? Can we make that show?
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  5. The closest thing I’ve ever come to watching a ninja was when I was in grade 2 watching Teen Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    It was weird and I cannot believe I actually liked the show!!
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    • Actually- i had a whole paragraph about watching teenage mutant ninja turtles when i was young, but i deleted it bc this post was getting too long- im totally with you on that one!

  6. Hahaha…and this is why I missed you so much! And, Justin and I do watch American Ninja Warrior sometimes, but I do agree, more ninja stuff would definitely be fitting.
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  7. I had never even heard of this show until the gymnast won. I asked my friend about it, and she explained that it comes on Spike or something like that (aka a channel that has never even seen my TV screen). At one point I was watching SO MANY TV shows that it just got overwhelming and I had to drop some. Life is hard, I know.
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    • LOL! i know it- this show is on NBC, aka the only channel my TV is ever turned to and i love background noise so its just always on (except during Scandal season, then i’ll switch to ABC.) (actually no thats a lie, i end up watching it on demand- who stays up til 11 on weeknights?!)

  8. I did not even know this show existed, but now I will seek it out! Awesome! I need more #RandomCharacteristicNinja’s in my life.

    I do think your #NinjaNinja idea is FANTASTIC. They need to get you on their payroll pronto! –Lisa
    PS. I, too, would watch Japanese Cowboys Give Advice, especially if fashion advice was frequently given out. I would put that on a season pass!
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  9. We love watching American Ninja Warrior!!! I actually cried watching Kacy complete that course – I’m pretty much in complete awe!!
    I polled my boys and they are pretty happy with the amount of ninja content on the show – they think there should be more weapons though!!!
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    • Lol! I’m with your sons on that- a little more hand to hand combat perhaps? omg that kacy moment was amazing- i watched it over and over on youtube.

  10. I only watch it as “fill time” until my husband gets his butt to the couch. I have to say, I’m not overly impressed. However, with your suggestions, I’m sure I would be a more regular viewer. I want to see actual Ninjas and perhaps, some sword fighting to the death. #DeathbyNinja
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  11. I’ve never seen American Ninja Warrior but I have a feeling if I had that this would probably be hilarious.
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  12. WHOA! You’re back?!! How did I miss this? YAY!
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  13. Ha, yeah I think I’ve seen it once or twice. Never saw a ninja on it though…
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  14. ninjas are my homeslice. obvs. but i’ve never seen the show. but on to more important things: how do we get those fitness bitches back to blogging?
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