My six year old son Mears is your typical high-energy little boy, but he can be a little on the shy-side. It was suggested by a school counselor to try an activity like karate or gymnastics to help him find an outlet for some of his energy, teach him some self control, and also build his confidence.

He’s always done the typical sports and enjoyed them. Swim lessons in summer and soccer in spring and fall, but we wanted something regular and non-seasonal. We looked into several lesson type courses–karate, tae kwon do, and gymnastics to name a few. But none of them seemed to spark a lot of excitement, and sometimes seeing other kids in these classes seemed to intimidate him.

Then we were invited to a demo class at NinjaZone Academy through my work with Indy With Kids. When I mentioned “ninja class” to Mears perked up. “Ninja class?” he asked excitedly. (Just the mention of ninjas is cool to my little guy.)  Although I was somewhat familiar with NinjaZone, I’d never been to a class so neither of us were sure what to expect.

When you walk into NinjaZone Academy the first thing you notice is the rig, a giant obstacle course with foam pit and climbing features, and a large trampoline. The class started with the ninja creed, basically a character building lesson and theme for the class. Then the ninjas are divided up by skill level and taken through various obstacles and tasks. There is free time at the end of class to explore the equipment before wrapping up with a continuation of the ninja creed.

By the time the demo class was done, Mears was tired and sweaty but obviously loved it. “When can I go to ninja class again, mom?”

So he’s trying it out and we’ll let you know what we think. Check out the Indy With Kids Instagram for updates and photos of class, and come back to read more about our experiences with NinjaZone Academy.


Thank you to NinjaZone Academy for your support of Indy with Kids. While all of the above thoughts, opinions, and stories are my own, I received a complimentary lesson for this sponsored post.