Longtime Gymja Warrior member Analise Grady’s first appearance “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” TV show over the weekend and it was only fitting that she won all three matches and advanced to the semifinals thanks to her domination of the 13-foot Warped Wall.
For starters, Analise, a freshman at Billerica Memorial High School, beat Evan Andrews from Montana in the seeding round. The two combatants were dead even heading to the Warped Wall portion of the race, but Analise conquered it on her second try, outlasting Evan for the victory.
After taking out Bryce Heckard from Las Vegas in the first knockout round, Analise moved on to the final showdown where she met Evan once again. In the rematch, Analise trailed Evan early on, but when he failed to get up the wall, Analise caught up and then scaled the wall on her very first try, a move she has completed at Gymja Warrior hundreds of times over the last three years, to prevail once again.
You can watch Analise’s victory by clicking the above video.
Analise now moves on to the Sweet 16 in a episode that is expected to air this winter or in the early spring.
“American Ninja Warrior Junior” is a spin-off of the popular American Ninja Warrior” show that began airing on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal’s cable network for kids, two weeks ago. She was one of 192 kids to be selected out of more than 6,000 applicants.
Click here to learn more about Analise Grady and why she credits Gymja Warrior for helping her qualify for the show.
Below you can view the entire episode. Analise's first appearance, including a quick feature about her softball career, begins at the 25:00 mark:
Gymja Warrior is teaming up with Toys for Tots this holiday season by serving as a drop-off point for new, unwrapped gifts through December 13.
For more than 70 years, the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots initiative has collected and distributed more than 16 million toys, nationwide to nearly seven million children each year.
Gifts can be brought to Gymja Warrior locations in Danvers (150R Andover Street) and Woburn (10U Gill Street) during regular business hours, or a donation can be made via a check or money order if made out to Toys for Tots.
“Our goal is to continue support our local communities and families in need during a time of year when they really need it,” said Gymja Warrior owner Joshua Rudin. “No family should have to choose between paying bills and buying gifts. Both of our locations are near the local malls so we encourage people to buy an extra gift or two while they are out shopping, and then drop it off to us on their way home.”
Gymja Warrior is also hosting its final charity open gym session on Friday, Oct. 26 in Woburn from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with 100% of the profits benefiting the Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund and families affected by the gas explosions in Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence.
In conjunction with the Essex County Community Foundation, the open gyms will feature certified professionals teaching Ninja Warrior, Parkour and Aerial Awareness. All ages are welcome and admission is $25 for one hour and $40 for all three hours.
In addition, on Saturday, Oct. 27, a Gymja Warrior team will participate in the VisionWalk charity event in honor of a Gymja Warrior coach who suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that causes tunnel vision, decreased night vision and blindness.
For more hours of operation, please visit www.GymjaWarrior.com