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  • The Women of version, however, is exclusively female - and better suited for a female athlete's strengths

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      The Ninja Warrior competition takes place in Japan, where one hundred would-be ninjas (average, everyday people, in fact) arrive at Mt. Midoriyama to compete for the title. Japanese viewers have been tuning in to these taped specials for a decade now.

      Here in the United States, we have a slightly-altered version. The G4 TV network (channel 191 if you have Direct TV) airs the show in half-hour segments every weeknight. The network has also added English subtitles, which is a nice benefit because most Americans don’t understand Japanese.

      “Ninja Warrior” is a fairly simple show. Competitors take on four obstacle courses. All of the challenges on each course correspond to physical abilities that real ninjas need. The obstacles test each competitor’s strength, balance, agility and speed.

      Most of the courses have time limits, so there’s not much room for error. Challengers can’t


      take too long running across the planks, or climbing the cargo net (or whatever else they must do to reach the end of each course).

      There is almost always a “Warrior Wipeout” - one particular obstacle that claimed more than its fair share of challengers on that day. In older episodes, this obstacle was often the jump hang (a first-course obstacle near the end that required challengers to run, bounce off a trampoline into the air, and latch on to a cargo net without hitting the water beneath).

      Any time part of a challenger’s body touches the water, he or she is out. If somebody runs out of time, there is no moving on to the next course. Even if every competitor wipes out or runs out of time, that installment of Ninja Warrior comes to an end. There is no consolation ...


      • prize for the person who is closest to reaching the final goal.

        And unlike most American sports/action game shows, there are no points involved. Ninja Warriors aren’t really competing against each other, which is refreshing. I often watch them on the sidelines, encouraging each other.

        This show is becoming more and more popular here in the United States. I watch because there is a high level of athletic skill involved. If a challenger is not physically fit, he or she does not stand a chance at passing even the first course. I also enjoy watching some of the strange competitors. One gentleman shows up dressed as Clark Kent every time - and before his time begins, he strips off his unassuming suit to become Superman.

        There is also a “Women of Ninja Warrior” series on G4. The main program has both

        male and female competitors, which is okay but not really fair. The majority of the challenges require upper-body strength, which is not common among women. The “Women of” version, however, is exclusively female - and better suited for a female athlete’s strengths.

        Another reason to watch Ninja Warrior on G4: the network’s American Ninja challenge. G4 solicited home videos of Ninja Warrior fans working through their own obstacle courses. The top two home viewers were sent to Japan to compete in the real thing. (Neither completed the first course, but I really enjoyed watching them try.)

        This challenge - which is being repeated as of the time of this review’s writing, incidentally - personalizes the show for the North American audience. I’m already interested in the show, but I pay even more attention when a fellow American goes to Mt. Midoriyama to compete.




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    Vital Expressions says :

    My whole family really loves this show. I am glad that there is now a Woman of Ninja Warrior show, woman can compete on the regular ninja warrior, but I definitely think that taller people, with more upper body strength, are at an advantage. The height difference definitely makes it harder on the guys. The show is fantastic regardless, it is really neat to see these bodies pushed to the max. That and the wipe outs are usually pretty good

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    Donovan says :

    I truly love this show and if i ever get the chance I plan on trying out for it and testing myself on the obstacle course.

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