Jon Stewart was born in 1961. He has become an American Ninja Warrior icon, proving to millions that any obstacle can be overcome at any age, often beating ninjas less than half his age.
In 2012, when Stewart saw American Ninja Warrior for the first time, he immediately he wanted to compete and didn’t consider his age as an obstacle.
Also known as “The Rockman” because of his 30 years of climbing experience, Stewart loves teaching ninja warrior skills to kids and encouraging others on their path to fitness. He enjoys seeing people succeed on their fitness journey and shares in the kid’s enthusiasm for playing ninja warrior.
Health and fitness is a lifelong journey and Stewart recommends staying active and being aware of the food you eat. He wants people to realize it is never too late and you can do more than you believe you can.
Stewart has competed on ANW since 2013 with the following outcomes:
● Denver City Qualifiers: 2013
● Denver City Qualifiers, City Finals; Las Vegas: 2014
● Kansas City City Qualifiers, City Finals 2015
● Oklahoma City Qualifiers, City Finals; Las Vegas: 2016
Some of his accomplishments on the hit TV show are:
● Oldest person to qualify for the ANW finals in Las Vegas (52 and 54) 2014, 2016
● Oldest person to complete a city qualifier course 2015, 2016 (53 and 54)
● Oldest person to finish a city finals course Denver 2014 (52)
● Oldest person to get up the warped wall 2015, 2016 (53 and 54)
● All Stars Skills Competition 2016 (54)
Brian Beckstrand grew up in St. George playing all kinds of sports. He played basketball for Dixie High School and then later at Dixie College, before finishing his college days at Southern Virginia University.
Beckstrand moved back to St. George after college with his wife Holly. He has 5 kids and they are a major reason he got started in training for American Ninja Warrior. He built a small course in his backyard for the kids to play on and decided that he wanted to play with them. Their backyard course has since grown to well over 50 obstacles and he competed on seasons 7 and 8 of the hit show American Ninja Warrior. Beckstrand completed the qualifying course both years and just missed qualifying for the national finals.
It is his love of the ninja sport and the ability to enjoy it with his family that has inspired them to open a facility where everyone can participate in making fitness fun!
After watching a few seasons of American Ninja Warrior as a family and listening to his wife and kids ask “Can you do that”? John Merrihew decided he was going to try out for the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior”. While watching the show, he saw his neighbor Jon Stewart competing. Merrihew contacted Stewart to see if he could start training with him, that’s where he met Brian Beckstrand. He submitted an application and was selected to compete on season 8 of American Ninja Warrior.
Aside from his love for American Ninja Warrior, John is a certified rescue diver. He is also a sponsored semiprofessional wakeboarder. He has competed across the state of Utah and Idaho, winning titles in his division. John played football for Virgin Valley High School and went on to play in the Down Under Bowl for the Nevada State All-star team in Australia and New Zealand. After high school he went on to play semi pro football for the salt lake blitz and the St. George Blitz. He was offered a scholarship but chose to forfeit it in order to serve a two year mission for his church. He served in Santiago Chile where he learned to speak Spanish.
John has been a business owner for seventeen years where he utilizes his Spanish daily. He runs a iron fence and gate company in Washington Utah called Gate Solutions. He designs, welds, fabricates and installs iron work across Southern Utah. This is where he got his nickname “Iron Man”. John was able to use his talents by building all of the steel structures and obstacles at “The Grip”.