Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association
Bob and Charlie felt the sport of NOC (Ninja Obstacle Course) lacked a nationwide series that anybody could enter, and that judged competitiors soley on their performance, on the course. They also felt that the top athletes in the sport deserved a chance to make a livelihood doing what they loved, on a grand stage. So, they went about putting together the league they envisioned for the sport. To this day, it is still a work in progress, but they and the ninja community are excited to see it continue to grow!
Bob Clark – CEO
Bob grew up skiing, windsurfing, rock climbing and racing Motocross. But once he discovered Ninja obstacles, he was hooked. He and his son would watch Sasuske and then ANW every week and always wanted to try it. So he built his own course in his backyard. He then joined a Ninja gym and talked with the owners about starting a competition series where athletes could compete in qualifiers and then to a big Final and win cash and prizes.
So he started the UNAA.
Bob has been an entrepreneur for most of his career, owning a trucking company, a stage, sound and light company, a Uhaul Franchise, Motocross track , a Ninja Fitness Gym and now UNAA.
Bob has a wife and three kids that all grew up playing sports and were always very active in fitness. He currently works at a TV Station along with managing the UNAA. He also managed all the building and design of Ninja Fitness Academy and continues to build and maintain obstacles at the gym and is also the home of the UNAA.
Bob has won the Ninja Park Crossfit Team challenge and was the first Over 50 competitor to win the Titan of Texas Challenge in Dallas , TX.
He has a Coaching Level 2 certification from New Mexico State University, with studies in Nutrition, health science, Action Personal Trainer Certification and sports officiating.
Bob wants to see Ninja obstacle competition become a real certified worldwide sport and pursuing Ninja obstacle competition inclusion in the Olympics and has a desire to use UNAA as a platform to help accomplish that.
James De Lara – COO/strong>
From Albuquerque, NM, works fulltime as a system tester for a major back East Health Insurance company. Started watching ANW in 2011 as a couch spectator. Stumbled upon Ninja Park in 2015 and started working there as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Met original founders of the UNAA, Bob and Charlie at Ninja Park. Started putting in “hard labor” for the UNAA and with sweat equity earned a partnership in the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association.
Majority of an athletic past is in the martial arts – black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Japanese Shotokan (retired for over 20 years). Played many years of basketball and softball. A few years of bodybuilding and kettlebell training, now training at Ninja Park obstacle gym mainly for OCR’s. A Vegan athlete (only for the animals); animal activist; husband; and father of 2.