World Ninja League Competitions at Life Force Ninja

World Ninja League Season IX

The World Ninja League is a non-profit organization that facilitates competitions at gyms world-wide. Standard qualifiers for the ninth season of the WNL runs Sep. 2023 through Apr. 2024, with the World Championships taking place in Greensboro, NC June 21-23 (dates subject to change). The levels of competition within the WNL are as follows:

  • Tier 1 (designed for intermediate/advanced ninjas with competition experience)
    • Standard Qualifiers / Top 3 in each age/gender division qualify for Regional Championships
    • Regional Championships / Top 16 or 35% in each age/gender division qualify for World Championships
    • World Championships / Top 25% in each age/gender/region division qualify for Premier Series
    • Premier Series (TBD)
  • Tier 2 (designed for ninjas new to the sport, with little or no competition experience)
    • Standard Qualifiers
    • Regional Championships
    • World Championships

For Season IX, Life Force Ninja will be hosting Tier 1 Standard Qualifiers, the Northwest Regional Championships, and possibly Premier Series (TBD). We will not be hosting any Tier 2 competitions for Season IX, but we will assess demand for future seasons.

Course Formats: Full Course, Flow Course, Skills Course, and Challenge Course (NEW)

  • Full Course: athletes receive difficulty points from each obstacle they complete. The harder the obstacle the more difficulty points they receive. Athletes with the most difficulty points will be ranked the highest. If multiple athletes have the same difficulty points the athlete with the better overall time score will be ranked higher. Overall time score is a point value given on each obstacle an athlete completes. The faster the athlete completes a given obstacle relative to the field the more time points they receive on that obstacle.
  • Flow Course: the original course scoring format used by the WNL. Athletes are scored based on obstacles completed and total time up until their first fail, or when they hit the buzzer. This is the “one-and-done” format referenced above. It’s a very simple format, but can lead to higher stress on athletes since their scored run is over at their first fail. Athletes are permitted to continue their run for fun after their first fail so they can attempt the rest of the obstacles within the allotted time cap.
  • Skills Course: at skills competitions athletes will compete in multiple skill events. Skill events are obstacles or challenges the athlete performs. Each athlete will earn an individual ranking on each skill from the competition. At the end of the competition all of the individual rankings will sum up and the athlete with the lowest sum of placements will win
  • Challenge Course: a new format for Season IX, which allows athletes to retry obstacles. Athletes are allowed to retry two obstacles per Challenge Course. However, athletes may only retry a failed obstacle one time. The athlete must complete the failed obstacle on their subsequent attempt in order to progress through the course. Once the athlete has used up their two retries or fails a retry attempt, the run is over. Athletes are permitted to continue their run for fun after their two retries so they can attempt the rest of the obstacles within the allotted time cap.

Competitions at Life Force Ninja

Competitions at Life Force Ninja are challenging, rewarding, and fun! We take pride in putting together unique and creative obstacle courses that are sure to challenge all abilities. Our 18,000 sq ft facility provides plenty of room for athletes to warmup, and for spectators to watch. We livestream all Tier 1 competitions, as well as provide live commentary on each athlete. We typically have athletes travel from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Arizona to attend our competitions – some come from even further away. If you’re new to the WNL, we recommend browsing their website and reading their rules before signing up. As always, you can reach out to us too and we can help get you acquainted!

World Ninja League Qualifier #1

Dec. 9-10, 2023
Tier 1
Challenge Course Format

Season IX of the WNL kicks off at Life Force Ninja on Dec. 9, 2023! This will be our first qualifier of the season, with additional qualifiers as well as regional qualifier taking place later in the season. We will be hosting Tier 1 for all age divisions. See below for full schedule.

Our event age groups and run dates are as follows (the participant’s age as of Jan. 1, 2024 determines which age category they fall into). On the schedule below, you will see that there are varying age/gender divisions.

Awards will be handed out after each course wave. Prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in every age/gender division.

Tentative Competition Schedule

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • Kids 6-8 Male and Female
    • Rules and course walkthrough 9:00 – 9:30am
    • Course runs 9:45 – 11:00am
    • Awards 11:10am
  • Mature Kids 9-10 Male and Female
    • Rules and course walkthrough 11:30 – 12:00pm
    • Course runs 12:15 – 2:00pm
    • Awards 2:10pm
  • Preteens 11-12 Male and Female
    • Rules and course walkthrough 2:45 – 3:15pm
    • Course runs 3:30 – 5:00pm
    • Awards 5:10pm
  • Redemption Time for Kids, Mature Kids, Preteens: 5:15 – 6:00pm

Sunday, Dec. 10

  • Teens 13-14 Female, Young Adult 15-17 Female, Adult 18-39 Male and Female, Masters 40+ Male and Female
    • Rules and course walkthrough 9:00 – 9:30am
    • Course runs 9:45 – 12:30pm
    • Awards 12:40pm
  • Teens 13-14 Male, Young Adult 15-17 Male, Elite Female
    • Rules and course walkthrough 1:30 – 2:00pm
    • Course runs 2:15 – 4:00pm
    • Awards 4:10pm
  • Elite Male
    • Rules and course walkthrough 4:45 – 5:00pm
    • Course runs 5:15 – 6:00pm
    • Awards 6:10pm
  • Redemption Time For Teens/Adults/Masters/Elites: 6:15 – 7:00pm

Competition cost is $70 / participant, and free for spectators. Ticket price includes photos that are shared with all athletes after the competition. Prizes and/or medals are awarded to the top three male and female athletes within each age group. Run times for age/gender divisions are subject to change. Final schedule will be posted three days before event.

Ready to register? Please follow these steps:

  1. For first-time WNL competitors, go to the Ninja Works website to register for your Athlete ID:
  2. Sign the Season IX WNL waiver here.
  3. For returning WNL competitors, be sure you have signed the Season VIII waiver (you will need your Athlete ID, which you can search for here)
  4. Click the button below to reserve yourself for the competition – Remember, the participant’s age as of Jan. 1, 2024 determines which age category they fall into. Athletes ages 15+ may choose to compete in Elite, however, they must stay in that division for the remainder of the season.

Get a jump on registering for our second WNL Qualifier, coming up on March 2nd. View competition details here.


Please email Jadyn at for any questions regarding this competition.