Fireman by day and “ninja” by night

Fireman by day and “ninja” by night

During the pandemic, several families have improvised “ninja” type courses at home, but there are indeed athletes who practice this sport seriously and professionally. This is the case of Christophe Raymond, a firefighter from Trois-Rivières.

Swimmer, runner, hockey player, Christophe Raymond is a sportsman, but he is also a ninja: an elite athlete in an atypical sport.

“With swimming, I already had a good ”background” with the breath. I lacked the agility to learn, but already since I was very young, I ran in the woods,” explained Christophe Raymond.

There are years of work to achieve such a result, but already at 17, he was on the podium. Christophe Raymond trained for almost two years and he qualified for three world championships which he was unable to participate in due to the pandemic. He is impatiently awaiting the 2023 championship in which he firmly intends to participate and for which he is already training.

Firefighter by day and trainer, athlete, by night. “It helps me for my job as a firefighter, it requires fitness and also requires good grip strength, which is very related with the ninja,” explained the athlete.

Ninja courses are growing in popularity as more people try and adopt it. The biggest challenge remains the resistance of the hands. The owner of the Adrénaline Urbaine center, François-Olivier Jutras is also a new ninja.

“It takes me out of my comfort zone, but it’s complementary. I saw great all-round training potential for an athlete and that’s what got me excited. We have to go step by step, we have small successes each time.

Looking at it, the ninja course looks easy. When you try it, you quickly understand that there is technique involved: grips, grip strength and swings are not innate movements. They require work and patience.