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FedEx Courier Advances to American Ninja Warrior OKC Finals

July 25, 2016

This blog was originally posted on June 19, 2016.

Update:

FedEx courier Kyle Mendoza dominated the American Ninja Warrior obstacle course in June, advancing to the Oklahoma City finals. Check out the video below to see Kyle’s stellar qualifying round performance. You can root him on in his quest to reach the national finals in Las Vegas by tuning in to NBC on Monday,
August 1. Check your local listings for program times.

You can see more of Kyle’s moves on his YouTube and Facebook pages.

 


Original Post:

FedEx courier Kyle Mendoza knows a thing or two about movement. Not only did he once deliver 44 packages in just two and a half hours, he also does back flips and other acrobatic moves for sport.

Kyle recently competed on American Ninja Warrior, a television show that features competitors attempting to complete a series of obstacle courses.

We had a chance to catch up with Kyle to talk about his experience on the show and his passion for creative motion.

FedEx courier Kyle Mendoza

FedEx: How did you get involved with the show American Ninja Warrior?

Kyle: I’ve always wanted to compete on the show since I first saw it. I knew the only way to do it was to submit a video. I missed my deadline last year. This year I followed through, shot some footage of me training on some Ninja Warrior obstacles using some of my parkour skills and submitted it on their website. Eventually someone from the show gave me a call and said I had been accepted and told me I’d be participating in Oklahoma City. They gave me the run-down of what to bring, what to wear and where to be.

FedEx: What is parkour?

Kyle: Parkour is an art around movement. If martial arts is about learning how to fight and defend yourself, parkour is about learning how to move through your environment. Parkour is strictly obstacle based movement, whether you’re using a rail and vaulting over it, or you see a wall and instead of walking all the way around it, you run up and climb over it. It’s all about getting from A to B as fast and efficiently as you can. You can use it for fitness, for fun if you’re a high energy person like myself, or you can use it for creative purposes if you just like to expand your horizons of movement.

FedEx: How did you get involved in parkour?

Kyle: I first heard about parkour through the internet. There were a few people who created it, and they posted videos of themselves training. I was extremely inspired by it. I would study their movements. I would go to local gymnastics locations when they had open gym sessions and use the equipment. I practiced my skills and filmed my own moves.  After a few years or so, people started putting out new tricks and new movement. Others started mimicking those movements, and a community started to build. That’s when it took off and parkour started becoming an underground sport. Now it is a massive, worldwide community.

FedEx: What was going through your mind when you get the call from the show?

Kyle: I was pretty excited about it. I was more curious about listening as close as I could so I knew where I needed to be and what I needed to do next. I didn’t want to mess up the opportunity. Once I realized I was going to be on the show, I was really excited. It’s like a big playground, and I’ve always wanted to play on it.

FedEx: Was your family at the taping of the show?

Kyle: Yes, my wife was the one walking alongside the course rooting me on. I had a bunch of family members in the stands watching me. My 2-year-old daughter was with us as well, but she was actually napping at the time I made my run.

FedEx: Are the team members at your station excited?

Kyle: They are very excited, and everyone seems to be anticipating the episode. I know they are all watching the ones that are coming up now, and they keep saying they’re looking for me. I have to keep reminding them it will be June 20 when my episode airs. Some of them tease me about not hitting the water.

FedEx: What did you do to prepare for the show?

Kyle: I worked mostly on upper body stuff. With parkour, I was really experienced with jumps, flips and leg motions, as well as distance and balance. But I knew that one of the things that would hurt me the most on the show is probably the upper body. I pushed myself a lot on climbing and holding myself up for a long time and climbing up obstacles while holding my arms at 90 degrees instead of hanging with my arms fully extended. I kept pushing myself.

FedEx: What is your role at FedEx?

Kyle: I’m a swing driver in St. Louis, MO. Instead of driving the same route every day, I can be assigned to any route covered by my station and expected to do it as well as the regular driver.

FedEx: What is your personal record for delivering packages?

Kyle: I had 44 deliveries I had to make between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. when they were due. I like to run fast and my parkour abilities help me keep my energy and pace. I was able to keep moving, plan ahead and do everything right.

FedEx: Do you do Parkour moves when delivering packages?

When I do, I never do any crazy stunts; no free running, no flips. If I need to jump a big gap instead of walking around it and I know can make it, I will. If I have packages in my hand, I’m always very cautious. I only do it if I know I can do it safely and not risk the customer’s package or my own safety.

FedEx: How does your work at FedEx translate to the show?

Kyle: I don’t normally do a lot of parkour on the job. I use small things, mainly running in stride and taking longer steps and moving up and down stairs. Working at FedEx has helped me work on cardio by staying in motion. I’m always working on my foot placement and body coordination. If I’m going up and down stairs fast enough, I can fall. So I’m always being cautious to stay on point. Parkour helps me go through the obstacles as fast as I can. It helped me on one obstacle on the show that you’ll see. They call it the log runner. It’s five or so spinning logs that you have to run across. It took out a lot of contestants. It was a great challenge, and I enjoyed it.

FedEx: What’s more challenging: The competition or delivering 44 packages in two and a half hours?

Kyle: That’s a tough one. They both have their challenges. I would say the more difficult task was delivering the packages just because I’m providing a service and not playing around on a course. However, on a course you only get one chance to make it through. If you mess up, you don’t get another chance until next season, and that’s if you get a call back. I’d say the delivery service is a lot more important.


Comments

    Nayron Gomes says:

    Good Luck Kyle. I hope that you win this challenge. I always see this program on tv and i like.

    Mary Doby says:

    I have never watched this show. Since we have someone that has purple blood, I will tune in tonite. Best of luck.

    nina sams says:

    the best of luck to you!!

    shelley savage says:

    awsome im going to watch it tonight

    Jordan says:

    Wow! Amazing Kyle! I can not wait to see you on the show! I work for FedEx Office in Kansas City and have also done some Parkour in my lifetime.

    Kimberly Varga says:

    Hey Kyle, hope you kick some butt tonight. Just recently watch several episodes of this show and it’s unbelievable!

    Best of luck and hope you do well to move on!

    Dorris Forstall says:

    Kyle, I’m a HUGE fan of the show, and seeing a fellow FedEx employee compete was an extra special treat! You were AMAZING! Congratulations and best wishes going forward!

    Demetria Donaldson says:

    Kyle I ❤️you just because of what you stand for . What you represent and demonstrate . Continue to be fast and win the finals . Every little boy need a father and leader like YOU in his life .

    Shuichi SATO says:

    Great!
    I hope same thing happen in Japan.
    I’m looking forward to seeing my colleague in similar TV program ‘SASUKE’.

    Hiroshi Mitsuji says:

    Way to go, Kyle! I’m proud of you!
    Good luck in the final!!

    Robert VanCleve says:

    Great Job Kyle! Just watched you- FedEx in Pittsburgh!

    Katrina says:

    All the best to you, Kyle!!!

    Kempaiah C says:

    Wow nice job.
    Best of luck

    Christine says:

    Just watched you on America Ninja Warrior! What a champ! As a FedEx employee myself, you’re an inspiration!

    Jerry Beasley says:

    Great job Kyle! Just watched you take the lead on American Ninja. Way to deliver on the Purple Promise!

    Rick-Rhva says:

    Good job on completing the course…Represent Fedex

    Pam says:

    !!! GREAT JOB KYLE !!!

    Beverly Cockrum says:

    Kyle, I watched you on ANW last night and you were awesome!! I pray you win all the battles. You are amazing and such a wonderful representation of FedEx. Proud to say I work for the same company!!

    Parker says:

    Saw the show last night I was so proud!

    Mike Thompson says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of the show since it started in the US. Congrats on the great run last night – looking forward to seeing you in the city finals.

    Luis W says:

    Congratulations Kyle! It was awesome! My daughters had a blast!

    Good luck in the competition!

    ed says:

    great job last night Kyle…

    Brett Lassiter says:

    Great job and good luck!

    Cheryl says:

    Good luck Kyle!

    Larry White says:

    Awesome job Kyle! Way to go!!!

    Ryan Burger says:

    thats super duper awesome! POW

    Gail Dickson says:

    Hi Kyle,

    Caught you last night on the show, congrats on getting thru the course and moving on, good luck in the rest of the competition 🙂

    Gail (FXFC)

    GLOIRA A HALL says:

    I LOVE THE SHOW SAW YOU LAST NIGHT YOU COMPLETED IT LIKE IT WASN’T NOTHING SO PROUD TO SEE YOU GOOD LUCK IN THE FINALS !!!!!!!

    Gladys Griffin says:

    Good luck Kyle I love the show

    Leo says:

    You were excellent ANW last night. Looking forward in seeing you at the finals

    Sharon Arce says:

    Best of wishes, and God Bless you.

    Keena King says:

    How exciting! I’m a huge fan of the show. I hate I missed you last night. I know they often show reruns, so I’ll be looking out for you!

    lynze says:

    Keena, Just google Kyle Mendoza American Nin. warriors and you can see his run.

    Sherry Threat says:

    Congratulations! You were great last night. You did yourself and FedEx proud. When is the next show?

    Lucila Cervantes says:

    Kudos too you Kyle!!!! Way to go, Congratulations

    Gary Tsang says:

    Great job Kyle! Good luck in the next round!

    Cindy Piendl says:

    Awesome job on the show!! Congratulations!

    gina gabriel says:

    Awesome job on the course lastnite!! that was a tough one even for the veterans!!

    Mahesh says:

    Great performance ! Congrats !!

    Mike Swindle says:

    Wow this is so awesome! This guy should be a spokesperson for FedEx or something… like Jared or any other brand representative. He’s a perfect representation of the company. Use him!!

    Jackie Rangel says:

    Just saw your performance and boy did you make this course look easy!! You did FedEx proud! I’m from the ONTA station in Ontario, California Way to go Kyle

    Maurice Miles says:

    Big ups too you Sir !!! I don’t Parkour but i do CrossFit, & i always wondered how our Fed Ex skills would transfer over in the real world … way to hold it down man !!! My lady & I are supporting you all the way !!!

    Mike McLaughlin says:

    I saw Kyle on American Ninja Warrior the other night, all I can say is he’s awesome, way to represent!

    Jennifer says:

    Go Ninja. GO Ninja go!
    You were super! Looking forward to seeing you in the next round!!
    Best of luck 🙂

    Shawn R says:

    Supporting you from HHR!

    Trina Miller says:

    Way to GO Kyle!! I was on the edge of my seat watching you go through the course, you were so fast. Keep enjoying it and having fun. Best wishes moving forward!!!!

    Mary Calhoun says:

    I watch ANW when I happen to be home on a Monday night and was pleasantly surprised to see a fellow Fedex employee competing! You did a fabulous job! We are very proud of you! So when will the next round be for you?

    Roby Pennington says:

    We want to see Kyle in a FedEx commercial!!

    Karen R. says:

    CONGRATULATIONS FROM OLVA. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT ROUND.

    Heidi Seals says:

    Congratulations on making it thru to the next round….I hope the “HOME” page continues with follow-ups on your progress

    Olga Lisa says:

    Great job! Keep it up 🙂

    Nancy Jeffery says:

    I meant to watch it but forgot so I watched on Youtube. Exciting stuff!

    Julie Belfort says:

    Kyle Mendoza, you ROCK! It is the first time I hear of parkour, but you moves explain it better that words do.

    Deb W says:

    I missed the show…is it taped so we can watch it??? CONGRATS

    Joe Bonello says:

    good job bud…way to rep the purple

    Christine says:

    I had been watching ANW the past couple of days, the different cities, try-outs and courses. I was in kawe!! Then I saw a FedEx driver as one of the competitors, it was you! Super excited, so ya I had to watch and cheer you on.

    John Doe says:

    Love all your tutorials and I hope you do great!

    John Doe says:

    I love your tricking tutorials an I hope you do well!

    Jeff Hale says:

    Great Job! I like the idea of seeing you in a FedEx commercial someday!

    Tiana says:

    Great job, Kyle. My family watches ANW all the time and when my son saw you, he said, “OOO, Mom. He works for FedEx. Let’s go for him!” Saw your run. You did awesome. Best of luck!

    Rosalyn Lee says:

    You were fantastic. You made FedEx proud. My husband I love the show. But, it was even better when we saw you with your wife cheering you on.
    Rosalyn Lee
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sales

    Sarah H says:

    Way to go Kyle! Fellow FedEx Express employee from CIDA. my daughter is so inspired by the show & she was super excited to see someone from “mom’s work!”

    Ron Burgundee says:

    Great Job Kyle. I watched that episode but didn’t know you were a FedEx employee. What an amazing run you had on the show. And what a great article by FedEx to bring out other Great Employees that we have. Wish you luck on the competition ahead.

    Ricky Rose says:

    great job Kyle!!! I work aircraft and now when I see the FMC I think about doing a front flip from the top

    Sandra Hayes says:

    It’s good to see a Fed/Ex Employee doing great thing,Keep it up

    Linda Knight says:

    Congratulations – so proud of you!

    Terri P says:

    Congratulations Kyle, you are awesome! My grand kids are so excited that your a FedEx team member, we’re all so proud of you. Watch out Vegas!

    Angela Curtis says:

    Pretty AWESOME, Kyle! My family and I will be cheering for you on Aug 1.

    diana brum says:

    Wow so amazing and inspiring! Great Job and good in the finals!

    karen gagnor says:

    We are so proud of our epic ninja, you go Kyle we are all rooting for you =)

    Jodi says:

    Purple Energy sent your way Kyle

    Ellen says:

    Best of luck! I’ll be watching!

    Joe Sheffield says:

    Kyle nothing can be said but AMAZING, You Go! Watching the ANW and Spartan Compition are breathtaking.

    Just a safety observation while flipping don’t fall.

    Great Work!

    Jerry Howard says:

    Great job Kyle.. Way to rip through that course! Good luck in OKC. We’re cheering for you

    jesus fernando durazo arvizu says:

    congratulete ninja american

    Connie says:

    Love ANW Good luck in OKC.

    Bernice Cannon says:

    Kyle, that is so amazing and we are so proud of you. Praying for safety and a BIG WIN, you deserve it.

    Leah Gonzales says:

    its a proud moment to have one of our very own achieve greatness. My family and I will be chanting you on. Go Kyle!!

    Natalie Compas says:

    Kyle, that was awesome, and I love watching this competition! You made it look so easy. Good luck on Monday!

    Greg Huiras says:

    Kyle , Good luck Monday )8/01/16 , May the Purple Force Be with you sir

    Linda Robles says:

    Kyle, your skills will take you far! Show them what you your made of! Good luck!

    Harry says:

    No surprise that your a swing driver. The athleticism of our job is underrated. The difference between being very productive and not. PS I delivered 33 between 9-1030 yesterday . Just sayin., step up son

    Lisa Forti says:

    Good Luck, and keep those arms strong. My husband and I watch the show and are looking forward to seeing you on August 1.

    David Chaney says:

    Best of luck Kyle, we’re rooting for you here in Jacksonville, FL

    Angela harris says:

    Very nicely done

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