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This New 15-Year-Old Ninja Completed His First Course in Lightning Speed

And he's doing it for an important cause.

By Christopher Rosa

American Ninja Warrior Season 14 just started, and it's already shaping up to be one of the most memorable seasons yet. Episode 2, airing June 13, will feature even more action—and your first look is here. 

How to Watch

Watch American Ninja Warrior Mondays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.

The first Ninja we're meeting from Episode 2? Fifteen-year-old Jacob Arnstein, who was adopted from Guatemala— and if he wins ANW, he wants to help the Luz de Maria orphanage where he's from. 

Arnstein first visited the orphanage when he was 10 years old. "It was really cool to see where I was from, but I could also tell that [the orphanage] was struggling," he said. "They were in desperate need of clothes, toys, books, even just money in general." 

To help, Arnstein started a fundraiser where people buy tickets to run a Ninja course. Now, Arnstein's the one running the course—the official American Ninja Warrior course—and he's doing it for the Luz de Maria orphanage. 

But does he have a shot at winning the season? His first run from Episode 2 was very impressive.  Arnstein was the first Ninja to successfully complete the course, zipping through each obstacle at a lightning pace. He didn't miss a beat, break a sweat, or appear to slip up even once. Watch for yourself in the video, above. 

See how far Arnstein goes on American Ninja Warrior this season by tuning in Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. If you miss the broadcast, no worries: You can stream episodes ANW the next day on Peacock.

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