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American Ninja Warrior Grant McCartney took over our Instagram at a competition for little Ninjas

He captured all the fun they had at the New Era Ninjas kids’ competition.

Grant McCartney is known as the dancing, dabbing Island Ninja. He can’t sit still and he can’t keep a smile off his face. That makes him the perfect announcer for a kids’ Ninja Warrior competition!

Grant headed up to New Era Ninja in Hamden, CT. The gym is owned and operated by Real Life Ninja Drew Drechsel. Together, they put the kids through their paces.

We couldn’t be there ourselves, so we took a deep breath and handed over the keys to our Instagram account to Grant. Here’s what the Island Ninja captured.

Grant got up bright and early to help set up the kid’s event at New Era Ninjas. He also made the stunning realization that November in Connecticut is different than in Hawaii.

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The National Ninja League debuted a kids’ division this season. We’re sure Grant is excited about this. Totally. Excited.

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A little breakfast will help him perk up, right?

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We get our first peek at the course that will be taken on by the little Ninjas.

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Everyone was all ears when Drew Drechsel broke down the competition rules.

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Look at the focus these little kids have!

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Check out this fancy Ninja timing technology. We didn’t even know they made this!

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Then Grant issued his OWN Ninja challenge to the kids.

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This buzzer set up is so cool!

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Wait, wait, was he being serious in this clip?

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Look at this kid FLY up the Warped Wall!

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How cool must it be to have Grant McCartney call your run with Drew Drechsel cheering you on?

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The top Ninjas received their awards.

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The Island Ninja fan contingent was in full effect.

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With the competition done, things started getting wacky.

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Watch Grant attempt to drag Drew into the fray.

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This goes on for awhile. Chicken nuggets get involved.

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Obstacles make great hammocks.

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They celebrated a hard day’s work with some flaming hot dinner.

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Whew! We survived our first Grant McCartney Instagram hack!

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