About Us

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MEET THE NINJA\U TEAM

Scott Behrends & Jacob Pauli - Ninja U

Ninja U is owned and run by two local dads that had a big (crazy) dream to bring an American Ninja Warrior style gym to the Cedar Valley

JACOB PAULI

(pronounced like Paul-eye)

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Jacob is a dad to 4 kids (Wil, Julian, Violet, & Olive), a husband to Nikki, and pretty much a jack of all trades. The most impressive part is that he is the most decorated pole vaulter in the history of UNI’s track & field program. He earned a total of six All-American citations over his career, and in 2001 he captured the NCAA Indoor national title in the event. Jacob claimed six Missouri Valley Conference championships in the pole vault, earning him a spot on the MVC All-Centennial Team.

Following his successful career at UNI, he made an impact on the national scene, finishing fifth at the 2008 Olympic Trials and being selected as an alternate for the United States team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. As a member of the 2007 USA World Team, Jacob finished third at the outdoor USA Championships and fifth at the indoor USA Championships.

He also holds two Drake Relays crowns – one as a collegiate athlete and one as a professional. He still holds the indoor (18-07.75) and outdoor (18-06.50) school records in the pole vault. So yah, he was really good. And he’ll be just the coach to know how to push you to be your best at Ninja U.

SCOTT BEHRENDS

(pronounced like Bear-renz)

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Scott has lived in Cedar Falls since he was 5 years old and probably will never leave. He married his high school sweetheart and has 3 kids (occasionally more because they are also a foster family!) He attended UNI and studied Personal Training, but then changed his major to Computer Science. He keeps up with all things tech and has worked in IT since graduating.

Scott fell in love with ninja when he first saw American Ninja Warrior. It was the sport he always wished he had as a kid because #climber. (If you are a parent, you might know this type!) In 2016, his sons kept making obstacle courses in the backyard & timing themselves. Scott recorded them & uploaded one to YouTube. “Backyard Ninja Kids” was born, and it now has over 2,000 YouTube subscribers & nearly 5,000 Instagram followers. Scott and his sons (Ben & Jason), daughter (Lia), and wife (Lindsey) have enjoyed being part of the ninja community. Scott competed in UNAA competitions qualifying for worlds & course-tested for American Ninja Warrior season 10 in Minneapolis. His sons, Ben & Jason, competed on American Ninja Warrior Junior Season 1, which airs October 13, 2018.

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OUR VISION

The dream is for Ninja U to be the kind of place that when you (or your kids) lay in bed, you are still thinking about how to conquer that obstacle or get a better time or how much fun you had. We want grandparents to bring their visiting grandchildren & local kids to become regulars. We want it to be a place that you can be…..be U, be brave, be-come stronger, & be-lieve you can do hard things!

Ninja U Kids - Cedar Falls Gym

All 7 of the Ninja U kids are so excited for you to come play!

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