Make sure to keep an eye out for Rochester's Andrew Yorion " American Ninja Warrior" at the end of the month.

"Ninja" is a reality TV show sports competition in which athletes go up against insane obstacle courses. Yori is a contestant.

"I've always loved obstacles and climbing on stuff, and when I first saw the show, I thought, that's awesome, it's something I'd like to do," Yori said. "A lot of people told me that I should do it.

"The whole thing was an amazing experience," he said. "It still feels a bit surreal."

Yori was among the people selected to compete in the regional qualifying event, in Indiana, and the top 30 from that move on to the city's finals course. Yori was among the finalists. His part in the competition is done, but hasn't aired yet, and he can't talk about how he did until after the show airs on July 25. The top 15 from each city move on to the finals in Las Vegas.

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What kind of training does it take to be an American Ninja Warrior? "I'm getting to the age where I really appreciate my recovery time," said Yori, 39, "so on hard days, I hit it pretty hard for two to three hours, and on off days, and it's typically about an hour of some sort of cardio."

Yori had to submit an application and video to the show, which had over 70,000 submissions this year, and after he was invited to the qualifying round, the obstacle courses are kept secret until the competition began, and when they are revealed there are no practice runs.

"It really was just one shot only," he said. "We got to see it and they had someone run through and demonstrate that it could be done, but we couldn't try or touch any of it until our turn."

Yori is known as the K9 Ninja on the show said he was really only worried about one of the obstacles.

"I was a little concerned going into it about the Fly Wheels and hanging from my fingertips, but the one that gave me the most difficulty was the Rolling Log. It's not a matter of if you get tossed, it's a matter of when. You just hope that when you get tossed you get tossed in the right direction, and I was lucky that I was tossed in the right direction."

Yori works as a lab tech at Mayo Clinic by day, now he's a ninja by night, and he's a dog advocate all the time. He and his wife have been rescuing dogs for about a decade and started his own organization: the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation.

"I had Wallace, a national champion Frisbee dog, and Hector (a fighting dog rescued from NFL player Michael Vick's property), who became a certified therapy dog, and both of them passed away recently but they had huge online followings," Yori said. "I tried to use that to leverage that audience and continue to help dogs that still need help. There are still lots of dogs in kennels and in bad situations that still need a lot of help.

"A big part of doing this (competing in "American Ninja Warrior") was to get the word out about dog adoption and feature my two dogs," he said. "I'm not out there to be famous or be on TV, I wanted to do this because it would be a great platform to put some good back in the world."

Visit Yori's Facebook page,, to follow his TV journey. Wallace and Hector also have their own Facebook pages, and you can find the foundation at

The Indianapolis Finals of "American Ninja Warrior" will air on July 25 on NBC. If you missed Yori's qualifying round, you can see the full episodes on