FENTON (WJRT) - (12/2/2018) - Fans of the show American Ninja Warrior can now take a crack at trying some of the obstacles near home.
A new ninja gym opened its door this weekend in Mid-Michigan.
"We've actually been talking about this for close to 10 years now," said Ed McNulty.
That decade long dream for Ed and Megan McNulty, along with their daughters Parker and Payton, became a reality December 1, when the doors to Tri-County Ninja opened in Fenton.
"It's a little nerve wrecking at first because when our first open gym was at 1 p.m.,” said McNulty. “I get here, and not a lot of cars at one so I was like ‘oh no’ but then we ended up having a pretty decent turnout we had a lot of good kids come in here."
The McNulty's along with the help of LaDena Domerese and Jordon Howe, the first ninja obstacle gym has opened in Genesee County.
"It feels great,” said Howe. “Lot of late nights, feels like it took longer than it did. It took us a couple months to get ready but a lot of people, a lot of effort, a lot of late nights and it's really, really nice to see it all come together."
Tri-County Ninjas got the keys to the building October 1 and got right to work. Two months later they hosted their first open gyms and birthday party this weekend.
"Our goal is to be a very family oriented place, so we definitely want to promote ourselves to families and things like that,” said Howe, who had his daughters Ava Lee and Kennly there with him. “So the holidays obviously are going to be big for that."
Domerese says the Ninja Warriors TV show’s popularity is great for the kids.
"American Ninja Warrior has become really popular within the last few years, it's been around for a while, but it's an active activity for kids to do," said Domerese
Tri County Ninjas is located at 14283 N. Fenton Rd in Fenton, next to Sears Hometown Store.
The group has big goals for the future including competitions and hopes to get involved in the community. And while they just opened their doors, they've already are looking forward to the holidays and growing.
“We're going to have some ninja camps for winter break so that kids can get out and have some fun,” said Megan McNulty.
For more information about Tri-County Ninjas including open gym times, head to their Facebook page attached to this page.