Universal Kids’ brand new series – American Ninja Warrior Junior – is back with an all-new episode this Saturday, December 1 @ 7/6 central. “American Ninja Warrior Junior” marks the first time the show’s biggest fans – KIDS! – can become part of this five-time Emmy® nominated worldwide phenomenon.

Ethan Bartnicki, a Walton HS freshmen, will be among the 200 Junior Ninjas from across the U.S. that will face off on Head to Head courses in the 9 & 10 year-old, 11 & 12 year-old, and 13 & 14 year-old girls and boys. Three final winners (one per age bracket) will be crowned the first ever American Ninja Warrior Junior Champions.

Ethan trains at Ninja Quest gym on Canton Road in Marietta/East Cobb.  He started training in Parkour when he was 9 and added Ninja training when he was 12.  Ethan loves Ninja because of all the competitors.  It is truly a sport where the kids and adults support each other and coach each other through each new obstacles.Ethan lives with his mom and dad and two older brothers, Luke and Adam. But his favorite family member is his dog, Zyke, who we rescued 5 years ago when the dog was 1 years old.

The “American Ninja Warrior Junior” courses will feature iconic Ninja Warrior obstacles, including Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, Spin Cycle, and the Warped Wall.

Junior Ninjas competing on Saturday, December 1:

Ages 9-10
Sienna Perez – F – Larchmont, NY
Jack Cook – M – Wyandotte, MI
Kiley Wolin – F – Vacaville, CA
Nick Porter – M – South Lyon, MI

Ages 11-12
Matthew Nichols – M – Van Buren, AR
Holden McNeil – M – Simi Valley, CA
Joshua Auer – M – Holly Springs, CA
Claire Vachon – F – White Lake, MI

Ages 13-14
Bryton Myler – M – Herriman, UT
Lauren Hotchkiss – F – Houston, TX
Ethan Bartnicki – M – Marietta, GA
Anella Bolster – F – Marcellus, NY

This episode will air at 7pm EST on Universal Kids network. For more information and local listings visit UniversalKids.com and join the conversation at #ANWJR