Brian Burkhardt is a law school student from Lubbock, Texas, who attends Texas Tech University School of Law. Brian had anticipations to become class president at his school, and to persuade people to vote for him, Brian initially ran the course on American Ninja Warrior.He is not to be confused with Brian Burk, an engineering student who competed in Los Angeles in American Ninja Warrior 11.
American Ninja Warrior 8
Brian first competed in Oklahoma City in American Ninja Warrior 8. In qualifying he was one of 30 people to fail the Tire Swing. However, he got to the Tire Swing the fastest out of everyone, and as a result, placed 26th overall. Brian's city finals run was cut, but he failed the Log Runner.
American Ninja Warrior 9
In American Ninja Warrior 9, Brian has partnered a duo with fellow competitor Rynel Gervacio, forming a duo known as the "210 duo", named after the area code of San Antonio. This time, Brian finished the course, ultimately being able to clear it with the 4th fastest time. In the city finals, he was one of many competitors to fall on the Hourglass Drop. Given his speed, Brian secured a spot in the national finals, placing 8th overall.
His run on Stage 1 was digested but it was shown that he failed the Jumping Spider.
American Ninja Warrior 10
He returned in American Ninja Warrior 10 and competed in Dallas. His qualifying run was cut, but he was one of many competitors failed on the new Tuning Forks. But due to his speed, he still managed to barely make the top 30 for the 3rd straight year by placing 29th.
In the city finals, his run was digested but it was shown that he failed the Nail Clipper but placed 8th overall and moved on to Vegas.
His run on Stage 1 was cut, but he got revenge on the Jumping Spider, and cleared the course with 11.89 seconds left. His run on Stage 2 was digested but it was shown that he failed Wingnut Alley, being one of the last 14 ninjas standing in the competition.
Brian returned to Oklahoma City for American Ninja Warrior 11. His qualifying run was digested, but it was shown that he attempted the Mega Wall, but he failed on all of his 3 attempts. He still made the top 30, by placing 17th overall. It was erroneously stated that he was a 3 time veteran rather then a 4 time veteran which he was actually. His city finals run was cut, but it was revealed that he got past the eighth obstacle after falling on it the past 2 seasons. He ultimately failed on the next obstacle, Snap Back which placed him 7th overall and he moved on to Vegas.
His run on Stage 1 was cut, but it was revealed that after being one of top 14 ninjas standing last year, he surprisingly failed the 2nd obstacle, Spin Your Wheels. This meant that he didn't hit a single buzzer this year for the first time since his debut in Season 8.