Total Ninja — The World's Largest Ninja Course
Move over Jessie Graff, there's a new Ninja Warrior in town.
(I'm kidding. That woman is unbelievable)
We've all seen the Ninja Warrior series on TV, but now there are more and more courses popping up around the country that we can all visit — aka, play centres for adults. The biggest course in the world is currently in Manchester, and I went down to meet the guys and see how I got on with their obstacles.
The place is unreal, it literally is just a huge playground that I couldn't wait to get into. There are four courses in total, ranging from Easy to Pro (and there is a huge difference between those!). My recommendation is to go for the hardest you think you can handle first — fatigue is not your friend when you're trying to climb along metal girders. I found myself a bit gutted that I used most of my energy on the hard run so couldn't quite muster up the strength to get through some of the pro challenges — NEXT TIME. I will not be defeated.
I must admit even I was a little daunted by some of the obstacles, looking at them thinking… yeah there's no way I'm gonna do this. But next thing I knew I was swinging my way along bars as if I'd done it a hundred times — there is nothing like that kind of satisfaction. The lesson? Don't underestimate yourself! Even if something looks impossible, you should still try. You never know what you might achieve.
Admittedly, at 5'2 I found myself struggling on a couple of the sets, especially ones that involved needing a long reach. I guess these are the sacrifices I have to make in life… but I definitely made up for it by bossing the sections some fully grown men struggled with.
All in all the place is a great spot to have a laugh and some good fun, and it's totally up to you how competitive you get. The staff are super friendly and will give you tips on any obstacles you can't quite grasp. I still feel awesome after it — the personal achievement makes you feel like a boss and then the general fun atmosphere (cue wrestling moves into the foam pit) makes sure you let go and have a great time.
Thanks again to Total Ninja for having me, I'll definitely be back soon! Who's up for a Yoi Dachi ninja event night...?