Becoming a ninja warrior When I was about six or seven, I was doing gymnastics and I was a huge fan of the adult show, American Ninja Warrior. It’s a mix of upper-body, balance and agility …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution in 2019-2020, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.
American Ninja Warrior Junior airs on the Universal Kids channel, owned by NBCUniversal. Keener’s episode will air Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Becoming a ninja warrior
When I was about six or seven, I was doing gymnastics and I was a huge fan of the adult show, American Ninja Warrior. It’s a mix of upper-body, balance and agility obstacles. I thought that would be fun to do, so I started training.
Last year, they did season one of the junior show. I was starting to get better so this year, we just thought it would be fun for me to try out.
A new experience
Doing the show was my first time in LA. It was fun being out of the state and meeting new people, and all the pressure was also pretty fun because I knew I had to do well. I’ve told all my friends what it was like; they’ve been super supportive and they’re all going to be at a viewing party for the episode.
I go to a gym called Ninja Nation in Lafayette and I do classes almost every day of the week. My younger brother and sister both come to the gym with me, and we’re always training together. Our dad also built me and my siblings a course in the basement, and outside, we have a slack line and homemade balance obstacles.
Advice for others
Anything you set your mind to, you’ll be able to do. Even if you take a hard fall, you can still get back up.
If you have a suggestion for My Name Is…, contact Casey Van Divier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.