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NRCS’ Cajun Ninja Warrior

This snake has met its match.

This snake has met its match.

NRCS Soil Con Tech Guy Patout, about to show the world how it's done.

NRCS Soil Con Tech Guy Patout, about to show the world how it’s done.

By Spencer Miller, Public Affairs Specialist

May 25, 2017 - Did you know the bayous of Louisiana are ninja training grounds? They are. Just ask Guy “Cajun Ninja” Patout, NRCS soil con tech from St. Mary Parish, and contestant in the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior.

For those unfamiliar, ANW is a TV show where amateur athletes compete for time through a unique obstacle course that demands great upper-body strength, speed and dexterity.

“I sent them an application video of me being a typical guy from South Louisiana,” said Guy. “You know, wrestling snakes, jumping on animals and such.”

His nature video earned him an invitation to San Antonio to compete in ANW.

“A hundred of us went through the obstacle course in a single night,” said Guy. “My turn came at about 4:30 a.m., and boy was my adrenaline pumping when I stepped up to the platform.”

So, what kind of background prepares someone for ANW?

“I’m a jack-of-all-athletes,” said Guy. “As a kid, I swung around on monkey bars and trees. In my youth, I played a variety of sports and did gymnastics. And I currently do Crossfit and yoga.”

The San Antonio trials were a qualifying round. One hundred contestants ran through the obstacle course the first night. The second night, the top 30 went through again. Of those, 15 will eventually travel to Las Vegas to compete against winners from other qualifying rounds for a $1 million jackpot.

“I’m not at liberty to say how I did,” said Guy. “But the season premieres on June 12th. You should check it out.”

For Guy, the best part of the experience was meeting the other athletes. “They’re so humble and cool, each one has a different story. It was great making friends around the country.”

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Bonus: YouTube video of the Cajun Ninja in action.