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Closed Permanently: Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym – Where Fitness is Fun

Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym in Detroit offers youth ninja classes together with competitive ninja training, adult ninja and homeschool PE classes. Whether you are looking to try it out, or hone your skills at a competition level, this Detroit facility has it all. This indoor ninja gym also offers open gym times, birthday parties, and camps throughout the year.

Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym

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Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym Programs

Ganbaru is a Japanese word that roughly translates “to persevere on tenaciously through tough times”. However it is often translated to doing more than one’s best. I cannot think of a more apropos name for this training facility and all the program entails. In addition to the physical training, students learn to commit oneself fully to a task and endure adversity without surrendering.

This facility offers a wide variety of programs to the community including youth and adult ninja classes, open gym times, birthday parties and also camps. The parkour section of the gym includes a wide variety of obstacles for guests to master. Balance beams, wall barriers, as well as blocks are available. Some of the ninja training elements include a salmon wall, rings, zip line, warped wall together with a rock wall.

Program Director and Head Instructor Elija Sansom brings experience, knowledge as well as patience and passion. In addition to competing in two seasons of American Ninja Warrior and testing obstacles on a third season, Elija earned a Master’s degree from Oakland University in Physical Therapy. He is also a USA Parkour certified parkour instructor.

Elija is simply amazing! He is patient and has a positive attitude that inspires those around him to do and be the best they can be. Elija genuinely cares about the people around him, including his staff, students and also the guests. He has an innate ability to focus on opportunities for success in challenges that face gym guests. Based on our experience touring the gym, I would highly recommend this facility and program for you and your family.

Youth Ninja

Ganbaru offers several different weekly ninja program for children ages five through fifteen. Classes are divided based on age and ability. The focus of the program is to build a child’s ability to overcome obstacles in the gym. Student will also develop the confidence it takes to apply those skills and mentality to all challenges in the real world. Students will develop their skills by working on ninja, parkour and rock climbing. Another essential part of the class is character development, teaching children to be responsible for their actions and attitude.

Teen and Adult Classes

Students ages thirteen and older can develop their physical fitness during weekly sessions.  During the sessions participants will develop increased flexibility. They will also work on upper body and lower body strength, as well as finger and toe strength. Other skills include static and dynamic balance, speed, and agility.

Open Gym

Children ages six and older can enjoy a one hour session in the gym. Work on a specific skill or try out the gym for the first time. You can also simply drop in and have some fun. Visitors can explore the ninja warrior obstacles, parkour as well a the rock walls. Sessions are $20 per child and run most Saturdays. If you are thinking about dropping it, it is best to pre-register since they limit participants to ensure social distancing.

Birthday Parties at Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym

If you are looking for an epic ninja themed birthday party, then check out Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym’s options. Participants can enjoy the ninja course as well as parkour and the rock wall. You can choose either a 60 minute or 90 minute party. Both options include up to 10 guests (ages five and up). There is a fee for additional participants.
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Ganbaru Summer Camp Programs

This year Ganbaru is offering summer camps with three different themes, Ninja Science, Lights. Camera. Action, and also SOS. The camp programs will run over the course of six weeks and provides children a safe, fun and empowering experience. The camp will focus on obstacle navigation skills, physical training as well as character development.
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Ganbaru Detroit Ninja Gym Location

Ganbaru is located at 4300 Marseilles St, Detroit, Michigan, 48224, within the Mack Athletic complex. The facility is located off of Mack Avenue, south of Moross, and east of I-94.
Look for the paved parking lot on the north side of the building.

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Bernadette Manaay
Author: Bernadette Manaay

Bernadette Manaay is a proud mom of two wonderful kids, Ianna and Bernard. She has been married to her husband, Ian, for almost 11 years. Bernadette is a Physical Therapist by profession in Metro Detroit. Her family loves to travel and go camping every summer and early fall. Her desire and passion to document her family's everyday life lead her to become a self-taught photographer. It is very fulfilling to a mom to capture and freeze as many moments as we can because time just flies so fast. See the special memories of her family on her Instagram account: @adetteskyph.