A quick glance at Dave Ravi moving through the obstacles at his Osborne Park Ninja Academy and it’s hard not to feel intimidated.
Whether it’s hanging off a pegboard or running up an infamous warped wall, he achieves feats that look impossible but somehow makes them seem easy.
However, Ravi says anyone can train to be a ninja.
The former corporate tax accountant opened the centre two years ago and attendance has only increased since the debut of Australian Ninja Warrior on Nine last year, based on the popular Japanese series.
Ravi said the show had built awareness for the unique form of exercise and he was enjoying watching everyday people try the course.
“We have all this stuff that is really high energy at face value but that’s not the reality of the space,” he told AAA.
“We have quite a few members who are older or mums or just people with different fitness levels and they come here because it’s not a gym. We try to make everything feel accessible.”
The warehouse space has been designed to give adults a place to play and “inject joy back into their lives”, Ravi said, with obstacles changing regularly.
“The course is designed to really test your physical ability but also your mental problem solving,” he said.
“It’s always fun to watch new people and how they tackle it.
“We have some classic Ninja Warrior obstacles, like the running steps and the spider walk and the pegboard. We also have warped walls, one of which is 4.5m and it took me over a year to get it.
“Then we take other elements from rock climbing and parkour so there’s a mix.”
As one of only several-hundred Ninja Warriors in the world, Ravi regularly travels the globe for competitions and is completing an instructor’s course in Thailand.
When he returns, he will gear up to take 18 Australian contenders to the National Ninja League in the US next month.
“The top ninjas in the world are going to be there and you don’t get that opportunity every day,” Ravi said.
“It’s about being part of the community and getting infused with their energy.”
While it is believed Ravi will be taking part in the new series of Australia Ninja Warrior, having also appeared on season one, he was tight-lipped on details. The show is expected to return mid-year.