Brett Sims (ブレッド・スイムス) (Greenville, South Carolina, 14 April 1986) was the runner-up of the first American preliminary competition, the American Ninja Challenge. Because of this, he qualified to compete in SASUKE 19. There, he made it to the Jumping Spider but fell as many did that day.

He was invited back to compete in the following tournament, SASUKE 20 as well. There, he got farther, despite competing with an injured foot. However, due to his injury he struggled on the Spider Walk portion of the Jumping Spider, and he timed out on the Soritatsu Kabe.

Sims entered into the American Ninja Challenge 4 but his entry video did not make it into the top 3.

American Ninja Warrior

Sims was also competed in the American Ninja Warrior trials. He had a brisk early pace, becoming the first person of the day to clear the Spider Jump. However, he shockingly failed the Pipe Slider when on the second jolt, the bar became uneven and the right side slipped off the tracks, ending his run.

American Ninja Warrior 2

He competed again in American Ninja Warrior 2. He started strong, but shockingly failed the Cross Bridge in qualifying, as he didn't get a good push off the final pane and didn't have the momentum to make it to the platform.

American Ninja Warrior 3

He was also competed in American Ninja Warrior 3. His run was all cut. However he failed the Quad Steps.

American Ninja Warrior 4

Sims returned in American Ninja Warrior 4, but he failed on the Swing Circle like many that day.

American Ninja Warrior 6

He then came back for American Ninja Warrior 6 in Miami and for the first time, he beat the qualifying course, finishing with the 12th fastest time.

In the Miami finals Course, he went out on the Dancing Stones after slipping on one of them, ultimately missing his chance at making it to Vegas.

American Ninja Warrior 7

In his submission video for Season 9, Brett mentioned that he did compete in Orlando. His run was totally cut from broadcast, but it was known he failed the Paddle Boards.

American Ninja Warrior 8

He also competed in Season 8 clearing Atlanta qualifiers. He was later one of the few competitors to finish the city finals course, making it his first time to make it to Las Vegas. He ultimately timed out at Warped Wall in stage 1 after several failed attempts to get up the wall.

SASUKE Vietnam 2

8 years after SASUKE 20, he made a comeback to SASUKE, this time was the second season of Vietnamese version, wore #2017. However, he made a fatal mistake and shockingly failed right at the second obstacle, Log Grip. His run was digested.

American Ninja Warrior 9

Brett Sims at the Atlanta Finals - American Ninja Warrior 2016

Brett Sims at the Atlanta Finals - American Ninja Warrior 2016

Sims has confirmed on running American Ninja Warrior 9 after his performance last year. His run was cut in qualifying, but he finished the Daytona course with the 7th fastest time. His run in the city finals was digested but it was shown that he failed the Salmon Ladder, despite using the cross grip, not making it back to the national finals.

Additionally, Sims also participated in the obstacle-design challenge this season, and was one of the challenge winners, designing the ninth obstacle of the Kansas City finals, known as the Iron Maiden.

American Ninja Warrior 10

Sims returned to the sport in American Ninja Warrior 10 in Miami. He was one of only 11 to complete the qualifying course, placing fourth. Sims had made a bet with training partner Ryan Stratis, stating that whoever fails the course has to shave off his beard. Fortunately, neither of them needed to, as both finished the course.

His city finals run was digested but it was shown that he got revenge on the Salmon Ladder, and managed to clear the whole course and placed 2nd overall. Because he and Ryan Stratis completed the course, the bet continued in Stage 1 of the national finals.

Eventually, Sims failed the Double Dipper on Stage 1. He lost the bet to Stratis, who made it to Jeep Run before failing. During broadcast, he was shown getting his beard shaved after both of their runs in Vegas. His beard would eventually grow back before American Ninja Warrior 11, where they would face off on the bet again.

It is also notable the Sims had ran the course in Miami on his birthday. The taping of the Miami course took place on April 14, taking place during Sims' 32nd birthday.

American Ninja Warrior 11

He returned in Atlanta where his run was cut in qualifying, but he finished the course with the 9th fastest time. His city finals run was digested, but like last season, he finished the qualifying course, placing 4th overall. Him and Ryan Stratis are starting their beard bet again after last season's competition, so just like ANW 10, the bet will continue into stage 1 of Las Vegas.

On Stage 1 in Vegas, Sims surprisingly failed the 2nd obstacle, Spin Your Wheels, making it the fifth time that he failed the stage 1 in either Sasuke or ANW. He once again lost the bet to Stratis, who cleared the course. During the broadcast, he was shown having his beard getting shaved by fellow competitor Lucio Battista into some mutton chops.


  • Sims is one of two obstacle-design winners in American Ninja Warrior 9 to also compete on the course, along with Kevin Carbone. Unlike Carbone, however, Sims is the only one to have competed beforehand. Both him and Carbone coincidentally competed in Daytona Beach on the same season.
  • Sims is the sixth competitor whose birthday occurred while running the course, after Cheetah Platt in ANW2's qualifying course, Natalie Strasser and Jake Smith in ANW 4's qualifying course, Daniel Gil in ANW8's Oklahoma City qualifying course, and Halei Jo Fuller in ANW10's Miami qualifying course.


SASUKE # Result Notes
19 51 Failed Jumping Spider (First Stage)
20 1957 Failed Soritatsu Kabe (First Stage) Time Out
SASUKE Result Notes
ANW1 Failed Pipe Slider (Qualifying) Pipe fell off the track
ANW2 Failed Cross Bridge (Qualifying)
ANW3 Failed Quad Steps (Qualifying) All Cut
ANW4 Failed Swing Circle (Southeast Region Qualifiers)
ANW6 Failed Dancing Stones (Miami City Finals)
ANW7 Failed Paddle Boards (Orlando Qualifying) All Cut
ANW8 Failed Warped Wall (First Stage) Time Out
ANW9 Failed Salmon Ladder (Daytona City Finals) Digest
ANW10 Failed Double Dipper (First Stage)
ANW11 Failed Spin Your Wheels (First Stage)
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