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Iowans On American Ninja Warrior

Matthew Hayward
Scott Behrends of Cedar Fall's Ninja U Gym and the Backyard Ninja Kids YouTube channel will be competing on NBC's eleventh season finale of American Ninja Warrior.

It has been a great year for Iowa ninjas, at least five Iowans competed on NBC's  American Ninja Warrior.  Three athletes who train at Ninja U, an American Ninja Warrior gym in Cedar Falls, qualified for this year's competition. Christi Marie is a PE teacher in Waterloo who made it to the second round of the competition. Jackson Twait, a student at the University of Northern Iowa, also made it to the second round of competition and Scott Behrends, co-owner of Ninja U, will appear in the finals filmed in Las Vegas.

Two athletes who train at Emerge Academy in Grimes made the show including veteran ninja, Tyler "Ninja Bug Man" Smith, who will appear in the finals and race car driver McKenna Haase who competed in the first round.

On this segment of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Scott Behrends and Jackson Twait about their experiences training for and appearing on NBC's American Ninja Warrior the finals continue on Monday, September 2.

Guests Include:

  • Scott Behrends, Co-Owner of Ninja U in Cedar Falls
  • Jackson Twait, Student at University of Northern Iowa.


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River