San Antonio’s ‘Margarita Ninja’ competes on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ – mySA

After trying to make the cut for two years, San Antonio man Joshua Giles made his dream a reality by getting the chance to compete in American Ninja Warrior. His course attempt will air at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 13 on NBC.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” Giles told MySA. “I’ve been a fan of it since it was originally on for the Japanese version. I’ve always said, ‘I’ll do that someday.'”

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior returned to San Antonio in March to film the first episodes of its new season. The show features thousands of competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty in various cities across the United States. The winners from each course advance to the national finals on the Las Vegas Strip in hopes of becoming the season’s “American Ninja Warrior.”

His episode airs tonight (Monday, June 13) at 7 p.m. on NBC.

His episode airs tonight (Monday, June 13) at 7 p.m. on NBC.

Joshua Giles

The show filmed its episodes at the Alamodome, inviting competitors from all over the country to attempt the tough course. Giles, a bartender at Burleson Yard Beer Garden, said he applied the past two years, but didn’t get invited until this year. He said it was even more special he was able to compete in San Antonio. To his fans — AKA bar patrons — Giles is known as the Margarita Ninja. 

Giles said he’s been waiting for this opportunity and has been training hard for the past four to five years. He said he included a fair amount of strength training in his workouts, as well as a cross between gymnastics and parkour. 

“It’s a lot of grip strain,” he said. “You do have to be a little bit fearless when you’re making some of these moves because if you hesitate, you’re not going to finish it.”

With the showing airing tonight, Giles said he’s excited for the audience to see his skills, teasing he brought a little piece of equipment that should be familiar to anybody who knows him. 

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