American Ninja Warrior brings talents to mid-Missouri

1 week 5 days 5 hours ago October 10, 2016 Oct 10, 2016 Monday, October 10 2016 Monday, October 10, 2016 11:19:00 AM CDT in Sports
By: Nick Yahl, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY — Since the television show debuted in 2009, the American Ninja Warrior program continues to grow throughout the United States. 

James Stewart has trained and competed in American Ninja Warrior competitions in the Dallas area for the past five years. 

"We were training five hours a day for three days a week, and then rock climbing two other days a week, so it was intense," Stewart said. 

He's trained with some of the best guys in the business. 

"Sam Sann was always trying to make us push our grip strength and Daniel Gil was one of the most intense training partners I've ever worked with," Stewart said. 

Now he's bringing his talents to mid-Missouri to teach a younger group at Capitol City Cheer in Jefferson City.

"I've been coaching for 12 years now and I've been helping with ninja warrior classes for five. I've found I get way more happy than these kids do whenever they get a new obstacle or get a new skill," Stewart said. 

Jordan Cowell's grandfather used to own the building Capitol Cheer is housed in and said it was his grandfather who introduced him to the possibility of working as a ninja warrior teacher. 

"He introduced me to the people out here and after learning a little bit of what it was about it sounded like great fun, it's been an amazing experience," Cowell said. 

Stewart and Cowell teach kids from as young as eight to teenagers. Stewart said he hopes in the future American Ninja Warrior will create a competition where kids of all ages can compete. 

"In the near future we're going to be holding competitions where we do a grand re-opening of the gym. We're going to have competitions for all ages and skill levels of kids from beginner to intermediate to advanced," Stewart said. 

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