Ninja Academy (Indoor Parkour Facility): First Visit

IMG_5320I still had a lot of questions even after checking out their website so I was pretty nervous. I thought of pestering them with all my questions on the phone then changed my mind. I mean why should I bother when I’ll do it anyway. So yes, for my boyfriend’s 35th birthday we went to Ninja Academy and got a taste of ‘The Gauntlet” in Manila’s first indoor parkour facility.
We thought the conditioning part was difficult but we were assured that it is something that is adjusted depending on your fitness background. The instructor only taught a few tricks (I don’t know what else to call it) in climbing the vault yet it was already very efficient. And finally the obstacle course and run was way cool. Why didn’t someone think of this early on?!

I was actually expecting it to be all arms and core. I guessed wrong because as far as our obstacle is concerned it was knees, balance, coordination, grace and precision. But to make it less technical, it’s pretty much like what you’ve been playing when you were kids. It’s jumping from one piece of wood to another, swinging on bars to reach farther without touching the floor and climbing vaults as efficiently as you can. Phil says it brings him back to Rock Garden where they jumped from one giant rock to another. No wonder he did well in the obstacle course!

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10 FAQs
  1. How much is it? 350 pesos for walk-ins
  2. What does the fee include? gauntlet class and gym use
  3. What is the gauntlet? a walk-through/teaching of basic tricks
  4. How long is the gauntlet? approximately 2 hours
  5. What do you do? conditioning, basic moves and obstacle runs all guided by the instructor.
  6. What should I wear? gym clothes and running shoes
  7. What else should I bring? change of clothes, small towel, water (Yes they sell drinks)
  8. What’s the obstacle like? It’s a nursery playground for adults!
  9. Do they offer other programs? Yes, they have workshops and multiple-class passes
  10. Can I bring kids? Kids as young as five years old can try! They have a 9-class workshop for kids.
  • Address: #155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave., Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City, Metro Manila
  • Directions: From EDSA, take Ortigas Ave, just after Tiendesitas is Rosario Bridge, go past it and turn right at the first street. Use the big Greenwich billboard as your marker for the turn. If you get to the Gibi billboard, that means you missed it. Scroll down this link for directions by car and by commute
  • Playground hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9am to 9pm, Sundays 9am to 7pm

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Happy birthday old man!

  • Take Ortigas Ave
  • ROSARIO BRIDGE
    Keep going and cross Rosario Bridge. Keep right.
  • TURN RIGHT AT DR. SIXTO AVE
    Turn right at the FIRST corner right after Rosario Bridge
  • NINJA ACADEMY
    155 Dr. Sixto Ave (gray gate)
    2-3 min drive. The Academy will be at your right side. Enter the gate and park.

– See more at: http://www.ninjaacademy.ph/#location

  • Take Ortigas Ave
  • ROSARIO BRIDGE
    Keep going and cross Rosario Bridge. Keep right.
  • TURN RIGHT AT DR. SIXTO AVE
    Turn right at the FIRST corner right after Rosario Bridge
  • NINJA ACADEMY
    155 Dr. Sixto Ave (gray gate)
    2-3 min drive. The Academy will be at your right side. Enter the gate and park.

– See more at: http://www.ninjaacademy.ph/#location

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