I Can Be an Ultimate Ninja

"Hit the Buzzer"

By Mike Selenzi, Jesse Labreck , Jackie & Jeff Piejak


Hit the Buzzer is the story of Liam, an aspiring young ninja who visits Ultimate Ninjas only to find the obstacles are a bit harder than he thought they’d be.

With encouragement from Coach Jesse and Coach Mike, Liam finds his inner ninja spirit and builds strength through hard work and practice. It’s a story about perseverance, staying positive, and the power of setting goals!

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Reading Age
4-8 years
Print Length
36 Pages
Publication Date
April 9, 2024
ISBN eBook
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Ultimate Ninjas was founded in Chicago by Jeff and Jackie Piejak circa 2016. It has since grown to multiple locations throughout the United States and has become the premier ninja gym for both kids and adults looking for a fun and challenging fitness experience. Jeff and Jackie are passionate about promoting an active lifestyle and helping people of all ages through the sport of ninja. They are proud parents of two daughters, Isabella and Hadley, and are dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities that Ultimate Ninjas serves.

Mike is a 7x national finalist on the show American Ninja Warrior and has hit the buzzer 15 times so far in his career. He feels that doing ninja obstacles is what keeps him young and healthy. He grew up living all over the Midwest and has Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. Outside of ninja activities, he loves rock climbing, water skiing, eating healthy, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Follow him @the.stallion to keep up with his latest activities and fun videos.

Jesse is a 6x national finalist and season 2 Women’s Champion on the show American Ninja Warrior. She was the first rookie female to qualify for the national finals and has hit the buzzer 10 times so far in her career, more than any other female on the show. Jesse lived in Maine until her ninja career started and enjoys kayaking, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, and any activity outdoors! She also has her degree in Elementary Education which she uses in her coaching. Follow Jesse @flexlabreck to keep up with all her adventures!