Ninja Competitions

Emerge Academy North Central Ninja Series


Emerge Academy is a host gym for the North Central Ninja Series which was created to provide competitions exclusive to residents of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. We strive to promote local athletes in the region (IA, MN, WI, NE, SD & ND) by providing a competition exclusive to residents of those states. NCNS is about community building. If you’re new to the league, you will begin to notice very quickly the comradery and friendships between the athletes regardless of what gym they attend.


2023 NCNS Host GYMS

  • Ninjas United (MN)
  • 605 Ninja (SD)
  • Ninja / U (IA)
  • Four Star Ninja Academy (ND)
  • Wilderness Fitness and Coworking (MN)
  • Emerge Academy (IA)

Residents of one state can compete in another as long as they live in one of the 6 states within the region. For example: Iowans can compete in Minnesota. With 4 of the 6 states being represented, residents from allĀ  states can still compete in NCNS. For example, Wisconsin athletes can compete even though no current gym in that state is hosting a qualifier.


The basic competition format

(updated rules 2022)

  • 4-min time limit
  • Points for each obstacle completed
  • Half points for halfway on each obstacle
  • If you fail an obstacle, you continue to the next and receive 0 points or the halfway points, whichever applies. Your points still accumulate throughout the course.
  • You must reside in one of the six states that make up the region.
  • Simplified scoring. All obstacles are either 2 or 4 points with halfway points. All courses are 30 points total.
  • All obstacles will have a clear point A starting point and point B finishing point.
  • Incidental contact rule: Brushing/grazingĀ  the floor, truss, post, wall, etc. that has not been deemed allowed will receive a single warning on first contact and failure on second. Intentional use or weight bearing contact are not the same as incidental and will not get a warning.
  • Trussing rule: Truss follows the incidental contact rule unless the truss is deemed allowed or off limits. Off limits is to be avoided unless it is part of the obstacle to specifically avoid the truss.
  • Failing an obstacle: Judges will NOT tell an athlete to drop. This way, if an athlete wishes to challenge completion of the obstacle, they have the choice to finish and challenge the lost point afterward.
  • Broken obstacle/Course reset failure: Athlete can choose to start course over with an ~5 minute rest OR complete the course. The decision must be made immediately after the failed obstacle. Final score is the chosen option (NOT the better of the two).