Team Grit Captain and Head Coach
Henry has been a featured competitor on American Ninja Warrior for 3 seasons and is a top athlete in the National Ninja League, traveling internationally for competitions. Henry is a collegiate athlete (basketball) with a strong background in parkour and bouldering. When not training for ninja warrior, Henry is a senior youth basketball coach for the Greenwich Stars. He also runs his own non-profit company Ninja For a Cure, which raises money for breast cancer research. Henry's coaching philosophy is to create a learning environment that allows students to learn, work hard and still have fun. His goal is for students to: develop full body awareness and coordination, increase functional strength and endurance, and gain mental resilience by learning humility and creating growth opportunities from challenges.
Athletic Director and Head Coach
Yancey has competed on American Ninja Warrior for 5 seasons, making it as far as the National Finals in his latest appearance. He also competes in the National Ninja League and has qualified for the NNL finals every season. Yancey has been coaching parkour and ninja warrior for the last 3 years and when not on the ninja course, he serves his local community as a volunteer EMT - a position he has proudly held for the last 10 years. Yancey is passionate about helping people set and accomplish goals and believes hard work and practice are the keys to overcoming obstacles in the gym!
Director of Business Development and Head Coach
Lucio Battista, the "Moustache Ninja", joins our team fresh off of his second appearance on American Ninja Warrior - if you have been watching ANW 11 then you may have seen his latest run in the Baltimore City Finals where he qualified for Vegas! Lucio is passionate about ninja training and brings that enthusiasm to his coaching style. He is an elite National Ninja League competitor and is always thinking of new and creative ways to push the sport of ninja. Outside of ninja, Lucio is an accomplished personal chef, plays ice hockey and also competes in international moustache competitions - most recently he was named the 2019/2020 World Freestyle Moustache Champion! We are very excited to welcome Lucio and his years of ninja coaching experience to our team!
Director of Obstacle Design
Luis is a 6-time ANW competitor, debuting on the very first season of the show! Since his last appearance on Season 9, Luis has left the competitive world of ninja and has focused on creating and building some of the most innovative obstacles around. Luis is always working to build obstacles that will help athletes progress in their training and advance the sport - come challenge yourself and check out his latest design exclusively on our gym floor!
NNL Rep and Coach
Maura competed on Season 8 of ANW and is a 5-time NNL Finalist! She also has a Masters in Special Education and years of experience coaching. Maura loves training ninjas of all ages, and you can get in your own training time with her at Adult Open Gym every Wednesday night!
Gym Manager and Coach
Our resident friendly face at the front desk, Emily knows all things Grit! When she's not checking you into class or coordinating your birthday party, you will find her on the gym floor putting her passion for working with kids to use as a ninja coach. Make sure to wave hello next time you're in!
Allison and Eric Meltzer
Co-Founders and Aspiring Ninjas
Opening this business began with a simple mission: to positively impact the lives of the children and adults that walked through our doors by building a supportive community that encourages personal growth and individual accomplishment. We believe that having grit is one of the key characteristics to achieving your goals - and there's no better way to build it than by facing down the fun physical obstacles on the ninja course! Ninja is a constantly evolving sport that always presents new challenges. So regardless of your starting point, there will always be an opportunity to set new goals and learn the importance of effort, resilience, courage and resolve in your quest to conquer new obstacles, get stronger and have some fun!