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One particular point of interest is the broad spectrum of participants. Most are amateur athletes from Japan, although some national television personalities and Olympians from other countries (including the USA, Bulgaria, China, Korea and Australia) occasionally take part in the competition. Some of the more enthusiastic competitors dress up in costumes, bring props to the starting stage, or show off some of their talents.
The Sasuke All-Stars are a group of favored competitors who in many people's eyes possess the greatest opportunities to clear all four stages. This group of six was supposedly established by the TBS network.
Kazuhiko Akiyama -- a 37-year-old massage therapist and former crab diver from Tokoro, Hokkaidō. He is the first competitor to have completed Sasuke, doing so on his third try in the 4th Competition. He has had varying levels of success since, primarily due to failing eyesight. Before becoming a crab fisherman, he was in the Japan Self-Defense Forces where he took up Greco-Roman wrestling. In 2008, his height and weight was recorded at 5 feet, 3 inches and 123 pounds. He made his debut in the 2nd competition where he wore #100 because he holds the Quick Muscle record with 307 push-ups, and between then and the 17th competition, he only missed the 5th. Akiyama announced a retirement from Sasuke after the 17th competition to focus on his fatherhood and work;he went out on the Circle Slider, but returned for Sasuke 20, and 22 ultimately failing on the First Stage's Halfpipe Attack. As of 2009, Akiyama has completed the First Stage 6 times, the Second Stage 3 times, the Third Stage and the full course once.
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3rd failed Wall Lift_99 2nd
4th Total Victory_86
6th failed Jump Hang_100 1st
7th failed Jump Hang_99 1st
8th failed Jump Hang_99 1st
9th failed Quintuple Step_100 1st
10th failed Warped Wall_981 1st
11th failed Body Prop_99 3rd
12th failed Pipe Slider_97 3rd
13th failed Crooked Wall_91 1st 14th failed Warped Wall_71 1st 15th failed Warped Wall_81 1st 16th failed Metal Spin_71 2nd
17th failed Circle Slider_71 1st
20th failed Halfpipe Attack_1901 1st
22nd failed Halfpipe Attack_20 1st 24th failed Warped Wall_?? 1st
Makoto Nagano -- a 37-year-old fisherman living near Kagoshima and the second man to ever complete the course. He spends 300 days a year at sea captaining his ship, the 28th Konpira Maru, where he works as a commercial fisherman as well as trains for the competition. Clips of him training are shown frequently during the broadcast and include him doing sit-ups off the side of the boat, handstands on the top mast, and hanging off a bridge crossing it like the Cliff Hanger obstacle. In 2008, his height and weight were recorded as 5 feet, 3 inches and 136 pounds. He debuted in the 7th competition, where he failed to scale the Warped Wall. After failing to scale the Warped Wall again in the 8th Competition, Nagano made it to the Third Stage's Pipe Slider in the 9th. He failed the Jump Hang in the 10th competition and since then has reached the Third Stage in every competition except the 15th in which he failed the Metal Spin (Second Stage), the 19th where he failed the Flying Chute (First Stage), the 20th where he failed the Downhill Jump (Second Stage), and the 22nd where he failed the Slider Jump. He has reached the Final Stage four times (in the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 17th Competitions), more than any other competitor. His three consecutive Final Stage appearances are a record shared with Akira Omori, who did so in the first three competitions. As of 2009, Nagano has completed the First Stage 11 times, the Second Stage 9 times, the Third Stage 4 times, and the full course once. Nagano made his first US appearance at the Chibi-Pa Festival in September 2008. In 21st competition, G4 also called Nagano a "Ninja Warrior Legend."
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8th failed Warped Wall_41 1st
9th failed Pipe Slider_61 3rd 10th failed Jump Hang_999 1st
11th failed Final Rope_96 Final 12th failed Final Rope_100 Final
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14th failed Jumping Bars_100 3rd 15th failed Metal Spin_100 2nd
16th failed Devil's Swing_100 3rd
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18th Disqualified on Shin-Cliff Hanger^_96 3rd
19th failed Flying Chute_100 1st
20th failed Downhill Jump_2000 2nd
21st failed Gliding Ring_100 3rd 22nd failed Slider Jump_100 1st 23rd failed G-Rope_100 Final 24th failed Jumping Spider_100 1st
^Nagano grabbed the ledge of the third gap instead of the bar; instead of continuing, he admitted his mistake and was disqualified.
Toshihiro Takeda -- a 34-year-old fire rescue worker from Ibi District, Gifu Prefecture. He has reached a level of fame both in Sasuke and in his career that he became the poster boy for Japan's firefighting recruitment drive for 2006. Takeda always competes in his orange firefighter trousers and a black, blue, or white fire rescue t-shirt. Since his debut in the 5th competition, Takeda has passed the First Stage in all except the 7th Competition where he timed out on the Rope Climb, the 10th Competition where he fell on the Jump Hang, the 19th Competition where he timed out after the Warped Wall, the 20th Competition where he timed out on the Rope Ladder, and in the 22nd Competition where he failed the Jumping Spider. Despite being the person with the most Third Stage attempts, he is the only All-Star not to reach the final stage. He had considered retirement after the 17th competition, but his son convinced him not to. As of 2009, Takeda has completed the First Stage 13 times and the Second Stage 11 times.
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7th failed Rope Climb_96 1st 8th failed Pipe Slider_71 3rd
9th failed Globe Grasp_97 3rd 10th failed Jump Hang_997 1st
11th failed Body Prop_97 3rd
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15th failed Devil's Swing_96 3rd
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17th failed Pipe Slider_91 3rd 18th failed Salmon Ladder_71 2nd
19th failed Warped Wall_98 1st
20th failed Rope Ladder_1995 1st
21st failed Ascending Climb_98 3rd
22nd failed Jumping Spider_92 1st 23rd failed Spider Flip_97 3rd 24th failed Spider Flip _?? 3rd
Shingo Yamamoto -- a 35-year-old gas station manager from Tokyo, he is the only person to have competed in every Sasuke competition, and the only person to have attempted the first and second version of the Final Stage. During his first attempt in the 3rd Competition he was only about 3 meters short, but his second appearance in the 7th Competition ended almost immediately when he dislocated his shoulder just seconds after beginning the Spider Climb. He usually competes in his gas station uniform shirt and cap (always with Esso/Mobil branding); he has only competed without it twice (1st and 4th competitions). Much note is made of his career and personal successes, including his promotions at the Hasegawa service station, where he started as a gas jockey in the 1st Competition, manager at the 6th, and was announced as a district manager at the 17th; his marriage after the 5th; and the building of his home in Tokyo, complete with a Sasuke training course. In the 22nd Competition Yamamoto made it to the Halfpipe Attack but fell on the narrow ramp that connects the Halfpipe Attack to the Warped Wall. In the 16th Competition he grasped the netting on the Jump Hang but his legs skimmed into the water.Of the 22 tournaments he has entered, he has passed the First Stage 12 times, the Second Stage 10 times, and the Third Stage twice. He is only one of three competitors who have reached the Final Stage more than once.
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2nd failed Pipe Slider_20 3rd
3rd failed Final Rope_13 Final
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5th failed Pipe Slider_98 3rd
6th failed Rolling Log_98 1st
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9th failed Rumbling Dice_98 3rd
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14th failed Curtain Cling_98 3rd
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20th failed Halfpipe Attack_1981 1st
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22nd failed Halfpipe Attack^_31 1st 23rd failed Arm Rings(injured)_93 3rd 24th failed Rope Swing_?? 1st
^ Yamamoto completed the obstacle but fell off the plank that connected the Halfpipe Attack to the next obstacle, the Warped Wall. After being interviewed about failing such a simple task he mentions that he had no idea that the plank between the flat platform at the end of the Halfpipe attack and the flat platform at the start of the Warped Wall was tilted. No other competetors failed at that part after Yamamotos mistake.
Bunpei Shiratori -- a 42-year-old health-services government employee from Inba Village, Chiba Prefecture. He is a track and field athlete specializing in the triple jump; he even competes in his track uniform. He debuted in the 9th competition (failing the First Stage's Warped Wall), but was not selected to compete in the 10th. In 2008, his height and weight were recorded as 5 feet, 9 inches and 143 pounds. He reached the Final Stage in the 12th competition, his only time doing so, and timed out on the Rope Climb. In the 14th Competition, he was officially named All-Star, however he shocked many when he failed the Balance Tank in the Second Stage. During the 15th Competition, he overcame heat exhaustion to complete the First Stage and advance to the Climbing Bars in the Third Stage; temperatures that day were reportedly at 100 degrees Fahrenheit. He is best known for having built a full-sized self-replica model of the course in his backyard known as the Shiratori Shrine, where he trains. He often invites the other Sasuke All-Stars to train there, and even invited the first G4 American Ninja Challenge finalists, Colin Bell and Brett Sims, to his course in 2007. Unfortunately, due to a back injury, Shiratori was unable to compete in Sasuke 20, but did return in Sasuke 21, where he ended up failing the Downhill Jump in the Second Stage he couldn't compete in Sasuke 22 due to a knee injury. As of 2009, Shiratori completed the First Stage 8 times, the Second Stage 5 times, and the Third Stage once.
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11th failed Wall Lift_66 2nd
12th failed Final Rope_77 Final
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Katsumi Yamada -- 43 years old from Harima, Hyōgo Prefecture, he is known as "Mr. Sasuke" and "Mr. Ninja Warrior" in the US. Due to Yamada's success in the earlier competitions, he was once thought to be the most likely to complete the entire course. Yamada, who used to work as a propane tank delivery driver, debuted in the 1st competition and failed the Hammer Dodge in the 2nd Stage. The only time he reached the Final Stage was in the 3rd Competition, when he timed out just a few inches from the buzzer. In the 6th and 10th Competitions Yamada reached the end of the Pipe Slider only to fail the jump to the final mat. He is particularly notable for his unusual devotion to the Sasuke competition; many times he has sworn to retire from the competition only to resurface again, at one point alienating his family in the process. Despite his frequent claims that he will never compete again, Yamada has only missed the 13th Competition. After failing on the Pipe Slider in the 10th Competition, he never returned to the Third Stage. Since being disqualified in the 12th competition on the Second Stage (see below), he has never completed the First Stage. Since the factory where he once worked has closed down, he never acquired another full-time job, and spends the rest of his time training. There is a rumorTemplate:Fact that Yamada is training his son to compete in upcoming tournaments. He was training Takuya Miyagi for the Sasuke 21 trials where he placed first in the trials. Unfortunately in the 21st competition, Yamada was unable to complete the first stage due to injury; he made it to the Warped Wall before eventually timing out, in Sasuke 22 he failed the Jumping Spider. As of 2009, Yamada has completed the First Stage 10 times, the Second Stage 4 times, and the Third Stage once.
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22nd failed Jumping Spider_81 1st 23rd failed Slider Jump_71 1st 24th failed Warped Wall+_?? 1st
.He completed the obstacle but rolled sideways off the mat
^Yamada was disqualified for failing to remove his gloves prior to Spider Walk, despite completing all obstacles within the time limit.
@When he made it to the other side he fell off the structure.
+ Yamada ran out of time on the Warped Wall
World-class athletes, including Olympians, have attempted Sasuke:
Several world-class Japanese athletes have competed, with one of the most notable being trampolinist Shunsuke Nagasaki. This Template:Age-year-old is one of the most promising of recent competitors. This skilled trampolinist who is called "Prince of the Trampoline" has won several medals in the Trampoline World Cups and Doha Asian Games. Shunsuke first appeared in the 14th Competition at age 17 and made it to the Second Stage, where after struggling on the Spider Walk he timed out on the Wall Lifting obstacle. He shares the distinction of being the youngest competitor to reach the Third Stage, which he did at age 18, during the 15th competition (Takayuki Kawashima had also reached the Third Stage at age 18, during the 1st competition). He made it to the Third Stage's Cliff Hanger in both the 15th and 16th tournaments. In the 17th competition, he finally got by the Cliff Hanger obstacle and completed the Third Stage, along with eventual champion Makoto Nagano. Although he timed out on the Final Stage, it was this competition that people really took notice of Nagasaki as a serious contender. In the 18th competition, due to the modifications of the Cliff Hanger, he failed that obstacle. In the 19th competition, he was eliminated in the First Stage by falling off the Flying Chute; this was his first time failing the First Stage. In 2007 his height and weight was recorded as 5 feet, 8 inches and 152 pounds. Shunsuke did not compete in the 20th SASUKE competition due to his training for the 2008 Olympics (though he was seen training G4TV's American Ninja Challengers on the trampoline a couple of days before the competition). As of 2008, Nagasaki has completed the First Stage 5 times in a row, the Second Stage 4 times, and the Third Stage once.
Shunsuke's younger brother, Takamasa Nagasaki, who is also a trampolinist, made his debut in the 18th competition. Takamasa was the first to reach the Second Stage in that tournament, where ultimately he failed the Salmon Ladder. In the 19th competition, like his brother, he was eliminated by the Flying Chute. In the 20th Competition, he timed out after he completed the Flying Chute.
Two more of Japan's most-recognized athletes are Naoki Iketani and trampolinist Daisuke Nakata, both of whom have reached the Third Stage numerous times, but never the Final Stage. Both Iketani and Nakata are performers on the Muscle Musical traveling show (Shunsuke Nagasaki made a guest appearance on the show with Nakata in 2003, when he was only 15). Nakata, known to many as the "King of the Trampoline," has performed at the Olympic Games in the past and made his debut in the 8th competition. He made it to the Third Stage in three consecutive competitions (9-11), although he failed the Lamp Grasper obstacle each time. In the 12th competition, he failed the Rolling Log on the First Stage. Then in the 13th, he timed out before he could complete the Second Stage's Wall Lifting. Nakata was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2004, an incident that severely damaged his hands and wrists. He missed several tournaments due to this injury before coming back in the 16th competition. Due to the weakness in his hands, he failed the First Stage's Rope Climb (after having difficulty with the Jump Hang) as well as the Third Stage's Arm Rings in the 17th competition. After a 2 year absence, Daisuke Nakata returned to compete on Sasuke in the 21st competition. He cleared the first stage with 4 seconds left, however, due to the weakness in his hands, he was unable to beat the Salmon Ladder. Iketani debuted in the 2nd competition and failed the Spinning Log. He first made it to the third Stage in the 4th competition by getting all the way to the Pipe Slider. In the 5th, and 15th Sasukes he failed the Warped Wall in the 8th he failed the Rolling Log,in the 9th he failed the Wall Lift and in Sasuke 12 he timed out just short of success. Iketani made 5 more appearances in the 3rd Stage but never completed it as he was defeated by the Cliff Hanger (10-11) or the Body Prop (13,14,16). He recently returned to Sasuke in the 20th competition, his first since the 16th, but failed the First Stage's Jumping Spider. He competed in Sasuke 21, however he failed the Flying Chute. In the 22nd competition he failed the Warped Wall again. Iketani usually starts his run with a back flip.
Iketani's brother, Olympic medal-winning gymnast Yukio Iketani, who had also completed Hand Walk 1 on Kinniku Banzuke, debuted in the 1st Competition and made it to the second stage but failed the Hammer Dodge. He returned in the 20th competition, but he failed the Log Grip in the first stage.
Japanese cyclist Masaki Inoue, who took the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, competed in the 17th competition. He grabbed onto the netting of the First Stage's Jump Hang, but was disqualified when his foot hit the water as he tried to clear the obstacle.
Japanese surfer Kiyomi Inoue is the oldest contestant to ever past the first stage, doing so at age 44 during the 1st competition; however, he then failed the Spider Walk in the 2nd stage. He also competed in the 2nd Sasuke, but failed to reach the 2nd stage failing the Rapid Descent.
Gymnast Takayuki Kawashima, who placed sixth in the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships in 1995, made it to the Final Stage in the 1st Tournament when he was only 18, making him the youngest person to attempt the Final Stage. He made it back to the 3rd Stage in the 4th Tournament, ultimately failing the Cliff Hanger. Recently, he has come back to compete in Sasuke. He returned in the 18th Tournament, but ultimately timed out on the Great Wall. He also competed in the 19th Competition, but his footage was cut from the TBS broadcast. In the 20th Competition, he failed the Halfpipe Attack. In the 21st Competition he failed the Jumping Spider. In the 22nd competition he failed the new obstacle, the Slider Jump.
Other Japanese gymnasts, including Hikaru Tanaka and Yoshiaki Hatakeda, have competed on Sasuke. They both competed in the 1995 World Artistics Gymnastics Championships and the 1996 Olympic Games. Hatakeda won a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games. Tanaka was one of two men to make the Final Stage in the 2nd Competition, ultimately timing out on the Rope Climb; in the 3rd Competition, however, he was defeated in the First Stage by the Rolling Log. Hatakeda competed in the 6th competition and made it to the Third Stage, where he failed the Cliff Hanger.
Former track star Yoshiyuki Okuyama, who participated in the 1991 World Championships in Athletics - Men's 200 metres, debuted in the 20th Competition, and was one of only three competitors to make it to the Second Stage. There, he cleared the Salmon Ladder only to fail on the Stick Slider immediately after, in Sasuke 21 he failed the Warped Wall(but was cut from the main broadcast),in Sasuke 22 he beat the stick slider and completed Stage 2 but failed the Shin-Cliff Hanger in Stage 3, in Sasuke 23 he made it to Stage 3 again but failed the Spider Flip.
Japanese team handball players have also challenged Sasuke. The most notable competitor is Daisuke Miyazaki, who earned the title of Pro Sportsman No. 1 in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He debuted in the 20th competition but failed the Halfpipe Attack in the First Stage. In Sasuke 21, he managed to clear the first two stages and made it all the way to the Devil Steps before failing. In the 22nd tournament he timed out on the Rope Ladder. In 2008 his height and weight was recorded as 5 feet, 8 inches and 161 pounds. Several of Miyazaki's teammates have also competed in Sasuke. Izuma Masakatsu has competed 3 times. In the 20th competition, he failed the Halfpipe Attack in the First Stage. In Sasuke 21, he timed out at the Rope Ladder, In the 22nd competition he failed the Slider Jump. Another handball player, Kenji Toyoda, also competed in the 20th competition but failed the First Stage's Log Grip. Katsuyuki Urawa also failed the Log Grip in Sasuke 21. Another one of Miyazaki's teammates, Sho Iwanaga, failed the Flying Chute in Sasuke 21.
Underwater hockey player and finswimmer Kosuke Yamaguchi, who participated in the 2006 CMAS Underwater Hockey World Championships in Sheffield, competed three times. In the 12th competition he failed the Rope Climb in the First Stage, in the 13th he made it to the Second Stage but ran out of time on the Wall Lift, and in the 14th he made it to the Third Stage but went out on its first obstacle, the Rumbling Dice. Yamaguchi also competed on Viking in 2005, but was eliminated during the Brain Ship Stage.
Freestyle wrestler Tomohiro Matsunaga, who earned a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, competed in the 21st competition. He made it to the Second Stage, but was defeated there by the Salmon Ladder. In the 22nd competition he failed the Jumping Spider.
Various American athletes, including gymnasts (and twin brothers) Paul and Morgan Hamm, have competed in Sasuke. Paul made it to the second stage in the 14th and 16th competitions but failed to make it further (in the 14th he cleared Wall Lifting but forgot to hit the button at the end before time ran out, and in the 16th he was eliminated by the Metal Spin). He competed in the 15th competition also, but failed to make it past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Morgan timed out in the First Stage before he could attempt the Rope Climb in the 14th competition, but he did make it to the Third Stage in the 15th, failing there on the Curtain Cling. In the 16th competition, he failed the First Stage's Warped Wall.
Decathlete Paul Terek competed twice. He first appeared in the 17th competition, making it to the Third Stage before failing on the Cliff Hanger. The announcer pointed to his immense size (6 foot 3 and 215 lbs) as a barrier to his advancement. After earning the title of Pro Sportsman No. 1 in 2007, Terek came back to compete in the 19th competition, but failed the First Stage's Jumping Spider. He helped G4 oversee the 2nd American Ninja Challenge competition in early 2008, but he did not compete in Sasuke's 20th competition due to his training for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (though he eventually had to drop out of the running for the Olympics after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee).He returned in SASUKE 22 but failed the Slider Jump, then recently he returned to Ninja Warrior in SASUKE 24 but again struggled on the Slider Jump and fell in the water, failing the obstacle yet again.
Bulgarian gymnast and five-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) Jordan Jovtchev first competed in the 8th competition, and is the only known competitor to pass the first stage with a time of 0.00 seconds. During that competition he reached the Final Stage, but became the first and only competitor to suffer a 15-second timeout on the initial Spider Climb portion, falling when it spread apart. It might be noted that it was raining during this attempt. He also started 2 seconds late, resulting in further disadvantages. He then made the Third Stage three more times (competitions 12, 14, 16), failing the Cliff Hanger each time. He had also competed in the 15th competition, but failed the Warped Wall in the First Stage. In 2005 his height and weight was recorded as 5 feet, 3 inches and 132 pounds. He later came back to compete in Sasuke 20, but failed the Warped Wall again, in Sasuke 23 he timed out on the Rope Ladder.
South Korean gymnast Yeo Hong Chul, silver medalist on the men's vault at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, competed in three competitions, but has never gotten past the First Stage. In the 7th competition, he was unable to beat the Rolling Log. In the 8th he failed the Quintuple Step. Then in the 11th, he timed out on the Warped Wall.
Spanish gymnast Gervasio Deferr (2000 and 2004 Olympic Champion on the vault and 2008 silver medalist on the floor exercise) competed in the 10th Competition, but timed out just a few feet from the buzzer on the First Stage's Rope Climb.
Lee Enchi(incorrectly listed as Lee Yen Chi in the US version), a rock climber from Taiwan, has competed 4 times. In his first attempt in the 17th competition, he cleared the first stage but failed the second stage's Metal Spin. In the 18th competition, he failed the Jumping Spider. After a two tournament absence, he competed in Sasuke 21 as one of the 9 competitors to make it to Stage 2, timing out on Wall Lifting after using too much time on the Salmon Ladder. In Sasuke 22 he made it to the 3rd stage but failed the Shin-Cliff Hanger, in Sasuke 23 he failed the Metal Spin again, but in Sasuke 24 Lee made a comeback by clearing the Third Stage and making it all the way to the Final Stage, but failed to achieve Total Victory (Yuji Urushihara would eventually do so.)
Mixed martial artists and wrestlersEdit
K-1 mixed martial artist Genki Sudo (6th, 12th and 13th tournaments) has also competed. He only made it as far as the Jump Hang though. Fellow mixed martial artist Sanae Kikuta competed in the Eighth and Tenth tournaments but fell off of the Rolling Log in the first stage. Then he competed in the 12th tournament and fell on the Plank Bridge in the First Stage. Other K-1 fighters who have competed include TATSUJI (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider), Yudai (20th competition, failed the Sextuple Step,21st competition failed the Log Grip), Andy Ologun (18th competition, failed the Rope Glider, 20th Competition, failed the Log Grip), and Bernard Ackah (19th competition, failed the Jumping Spider).Bobby Olugun(22nd Competition failed Log Grip)
Several professional wrestlers have also competed including Tiger Mask IV, The Great Sasuke (referred to as Great Ninja Warrior in the US and UK versions), Minoru Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Naohiro Hoshikawa. Both Suzuki and Tanahashi were the All Japan Triple Crown champion and IWGP Heavyweight Champion respectively during their runs in the course. Hiroshi Tanahashi debuted in the 15th competition, but failed the Hurdle Jump. He returned in the 17th Sasuke failing the Rolling Log. Tiger Mask IV Competed in Sasuke 2,but failed the Barrel Climb. The Great Sasuke Competed in the 3rd Competition and failed the Hill Climb. Minoru Suzuki competed in the 20th Sasuke, but failed the Pole Maze, and in the 21st competition he failed the Halfpipe Attack. Naohiro Hoshikawa competed in Sasuke 2 but failed the Rapid Descent.
Several Japanese or Japan-based entertainers have taken part in Sasuke such as action movie star Kane Kosugi and his brother, Shane--sons of Sho Kosugi. Shane timed out on the Second Stage's Wall Lift in the 2nd competition, then failed the First Stage's Rolling Log in the 3rd Competition. In the 4th he came close to completing the First Stage but timed out on the Rope Climb. He then made the Third Stage twice (6th and 7th competitions, failing both times on the Body Prop), but then shocked everyone in the 8th competition when he failed to get past the First Stage's Warped Wall. Kane made the Third Stage in the 1st, 4th and 6th Competitions, failing on the Pole Bridge, Cliff Hanger and Body Prop, respectively. In the 7th competition he made the Second Stage but failed the Spider Walk. He finally reached the Final Stage in the 8th Competition (and alongside Jordan Jovtchev, was the first foreigner to make it that far). That day, heavy rains were falling on Midoriyama, and Kane timed out on the rope climb; he has not competed since. Shane competed one more time without his brother, in the 9th Competition, but failed the Big Boulder in the First Stage.
Other entertainers include Hiromichi Sato, host of several NHK children's programs, as well as Shigeyuki Nakamura (who was a champion of the Muscle Gym event in Kinniku Banzuke), actor-singer Kazumi Morohoshi (a former member of the band Hikaru Genji; now a solo artist), actor/announcer Kenjirō Ishimaru and actors Masaki Nomura and Shōei. Nakamura made it to the third stage in the 2nd competition, failing there on the Pipe Slider, but in the 6th competition he was eliminated by the First Stage's Jump Hang. Ishimaru has never made it past the First Stage failing the Jump Hang(8-10),the Warped Wall(11), the Plank Bridge(12),the Rolling Log(13-14),the Rope Climb(16-17), the Rope Glider(18),and the Flying Chute(21).Shōei failed the Jump Hang(6,7) then he made it to the Third Stage during the 8th competition, ultimately failing on the Body Prop. Sato debuted in the 18th Tournament and failed the First Stage's Flying Chute. In the 19th Tournament, he failed the Log Grip. In the 20th Competition, he timed out before he attempted the Tarzan Rope. In the 21st Competition he timed out on the Warped Wall.In the 22nd Competition Sato finally beat Stage 1, but failed the Metal Spin in Stage 2, In Sasuke 23 he failed the Jumping Spider. Morohoshi debuted in the 20th tournament, but failed the Log Grip in the First Stage.
Several Japanese comedians have taken part in Sasuke.
Akira Omori failed Final Stage 1-3,Rolling Log 4th, Jump Hang 5th, 6th failed Rolling Log, 7th failed Jump Hang, 23rd failed Jumping Spider.
Koriki Choshu failed Hurdle Jump 15th, Log Grip 18th, Sextuple Step 19-20.
Yara Passion failed Rolling Log 16th, failed Jumping Spider 21st.
Kinnikun Nakayama failed Warped Wall 8th, failed Spider Walk 9th, failed Tarzan Jump 10th, failed Wall Lift 11th, failed Rope Climb 12th, failed Cross Bridge 13th, failed Warped Wall 15th.
Yoshio Kojima failed Log Grip 22nd.
Hard Gay 19th failed Log Grip, 20 failed Sextuple Step, 21st failed Log Grip.
Tetsuro Degawa failed Log Grip 19th.
Honkon failed Hurdle Jump 15th.
Chiro failed Sextuple Step 22nd.
Toshiaki Kasuga failed Sextuple Step 22nd.
Ayumu Kato failed Halfpipe Attack 22nd.
Army Veterans Edit
Some army members include Uemura(2nd,failed Rapid Descent), Masafumi Kato(18th,failed Log Grip), (unknown first name)Yamazaki(22nd,failed Jumping Spider).
Other Notable Contenders Edit
Some other participants notable for their success in Sasuke - not really fitting into any notable category - include Shinji Kobayashi, a 37-year-old garbage man from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, who has competed ten times and made it to the Third Stage in the 11th Competition (failing there on the Pipe Slider) as well as the 14th (where he failed the Devil's Swing). In the 15th tournament he failed the First Stage's Crooked Wall, and then in the 16th he was one of 16 contestants who made the Second Stage, but was also one of several contestants who was eliminated by the Metal Spin. Since his debut in the 11th Tournament, he has only missed the 17th Tournament. However, much of his footage has been cut from the TBS broadcast. He was shown in Sasuke 20 and wore #1985, but failed the Jumping Spider in the first stage. In 2008, Kobayashi's height and weight was recorded as 5 feet, 5 inches and 132 pounds. He usually competes in a blue or gray garbage man's uniform. In the 16th Competition Kobayashi was mistakenly called an All-Star by the G4 commentator.
Former elementary school teacher Hiroyuki Asaoka, previously known as the "Sasuke Sensei" (in America: "Professor Ninja Warrior", in the UK: "The Professor"), has also competed in several tournaments. He first competed in the 3rd competition, failing the Second Stage's Hammer Dodge. Asaoka was also one of the three men to have reached the Final Stage in the 12th competition, failing on the Rope Climb. He also reached the Third Stage in the 4th(failed Pipe Slider), 10th(failed Body Prop), and 14th(failed Cliff Hanger) competitions. He also cleared the first stage in the 11th Tournament but then stunned the crowd when he failed the Second Stage's first obstacle, the Chain Reaction. In the 15th Tournament, which was his last, he failed the First Stage's Rope Climb. Currently, Asaoka works on his career as an illustrator for graphic novels.
Kenji Takahashi, a 32-year-old delivery man from Saitama Prefecture, has competed seven times, with a 5-year break between his first and second attempt (7th competition to 16th competition both times failing the Cliff Hanger) he made it to the Third Stage in the 18th Competition and wore #98, but failed the Shin-Cliff Hanger. Since these victories he has not been able to pass Stage One failing the Jumping Spider twice(19th and 21st Competition), the Flying Chute in Sasuke 20, and in Sasuke 22 he failed the Rope Ladder in Sasuke 23 he beat the Shin-Cliffhanger and made it to the Gliding Ring before failure. Takahashi has competed in a black tank top, and red pants in recent attempts. In early attempts he would wear black pants and a white or black T-Shirt. In 2008, Takahashi's height and weight was recorded as 5 feet, 10 inches and 160 pounds.
Mitsuhiro Okitani, a 25-year-old radioligist has Competed on Sasuke twice. In the 19th Competition he went out on the Sextuple Step(because he couldn't get his pants off his ankles). He also competed in Sasuke 20 and though he avoided the previous mistake he slipped off the Log Grip. He is No. 1 on top 5 Wardrobe Malfunctions for getting his pants caught on his ankles in the 19th Competition. He competes in a blue and orange spandex.
American Navy salvage diver Travis Schraeder made his debut in the 4th competition, and impressed many by making it all the way to the Third Stage. There, he reached the Pipe Slider, but unfortunately pushed it too hard to the point that it fell off its tracks, resulting in disqualification. He did earn the distinction of being the first American competitor (not counting Kane Kosugi since he's half Japanese) to reach the Third Stage. In the 5th competition, he stunned many when he ran out of time on the First Stage's Rope Climb (this could be attributed to the fact that he was tangled in the Jump Hang for a good portion of the time). These were his only two appearances.
Schraeder's partner, Kevin Lee, competed in the 6th competition but failed the Jump Hang.
Another notable competitor is Tomihiro Tatsukawa, aka the Japanese "Clark Kent." He is an insurance salesman who usually dressed like Superman. He competed in the first ten tournaments and never cleared the first stage, getting as far as the Jump Hang. Tatsukawa has also competed on Kinniku Banzuke's Daruma 7 event, but failed it after knocking out the first three blocks. He is No. 4 on the G4 Wardrobe Malfunction poll.
A dancer named Goku has also competed in many of the earlier competitions. He is commonly seen for the fact he takes off almost all his clothes except for a white old-fashioned thong before he begins. He has never made it past the first stage. The furthest he has made it is the Warped Wall. In the G4 Broadcast of the 12th competition, he was honored on the "Warrior Wipeout" for his failure on the Jump Hang, but was mislisted as Sou Takei (who also failed the same obstacle.) Goku has been listed No. 5 on the Wardrobe Malfunction poll on G4.
61-year-old Minoru Kuramochi a.k.a the Octopus (as he usually brings an octopus with him every time), who is the owner of the Edokko Izakaya octopus bar in Tokyo, is one of the oldest competitors. He has competed several times, but never made it very far into the first stage failing the Quintuple Step(9,11) the Prism Tilt (13), The Cone Jump (14),the Hurdle Jump(15),the Rolling Log(16),the Rope Glider(18), the Pole Maze(19,farthest he has gotten),and the Sextuple Step(20,22). Despite this, he seems to be a fan favorite. In the 20th Competition's preview special, he welcomed the G4 American Ninja Challengers to his bar, served them his special octopus meal, and showed off to them his physical skills. Kuramochi also competed on Viking where he made it as far as the Math Parley in the 1st Marine Stage. He also made an appearance on Family Viking, making it into the 2nd Adventure Stage making him the oldest person to do so. He is also 4th on G4's Craziest Contestant poll.
46-year-old Masami Harashima, a businessman who is also an avid hang glider (earning him the nicknames "Hang Glider Man" and "The Butterfly"), has competed thirteen times, but has never made it far into the first stage failing the Quintuple Step(9-11),the Prism Tilt(13),the Butterfly Wall(14),the Hurdle Jump(15) The Cross Bridge(16, the furthest he has gotten),the Rope Glider(18), the Sextuple Step(19,22),and the Log Grip(20-21, also the Twelve Timbers (23). He appears to be good friends with Kuramochi and Aoki.
52-year-old Yasuo Aoki, a 3-D artist and sculptor, has also competed nine times. He always wears a helmet and protection pads but never makes it past the first obstacle of the first stage (In Viking, he made it as far as the second obstacle). He usually brings a sculpture or two to the start. However, due to his weak stature (in 2009 his height and weight was recorded at just 5 feet and 83 pounds), he's never made it to that obstacle that he made a sculpture of. (In the 19th competition, he brought in a sculpture of the Barrel Climb, an obstacle from the first 7 competitions.)
Hiromitsu Takahashi, a former ballet dancer, always competes in nothing but a black thong or a black dance outfit. Though he has competed in several competitions, he has never made it past the first stage. He'd fail the Warped Wall(7),or the Jump Hang(8,9,10,12) in Sasuke 11 he failed the Rolling Log. Prior to the 12th competition, he vowed never to compete again if he didn't complete the 1st Stage;he went out on the Jump Hang. However, he returned for the 20th and 21st tournaments, failing the Halfpipe Attack both times. He has made it as far as the 2nd Adventure Stage in Viking three times, all in 2005. However, he failed two obstacles of that stage; the first time, he failed the Galleon, while the second and third times, he failed the Rope Maze.
Kazuhiko Akiyama's brother, scallop fisherman Kimihiro Akiyama, competed in the 11th Competition but failed the newly redesigned Balance Bridge in the First Stage.
Toyohisa Ijima, a martial arts dance instructor and former member of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, competed in the first several tournaments. He was known as the "Japanese Bruce Lee" because of not only his resemblance to the late action star, but because he also dressed and acted like him. He has only made it past the first stage in the 1st tournament(but his run in Stage 2 was cut off); the 11th tournament was his closest chance to defeat the First Stage once more, but unfortunately he just missed hitting the final button on the Rope Climb by a split second because he wasted so much time posing for the crowd after completing each obstacle. He is 3rd on G4's Craziest Contestant poll.
Hibari Igano, a transsexual who is a former dancer-turned-action star usually referred to as simply Hibari and known as the "World's Toughest Transsexual," also competed in several tournaments in the earlier years. She never made it past the first stage though Failing the Jump Hang(6,7,10),the Rolling Log(9,11),and the Warped Wall(8,12). She is number two on G4's Wardrobe Malfunction poll for her appearance in the 7th competition.
The youngest competitor to pass the 1st Stage, Kota Honma, was 16 years old during the 17th Competition. He was also the youngest to participate in Sasuke at 13 years old in the 13th Competition but timed out on the Rope Climb as well as in the 15th competition. In the 14th tournament he hit the water on the Jump Hang. Kota has built a model of the full Sasuke course from numerous tournaments including a qualifying round. He has also demonstrated his hobby of juggling on the First Stage starting platform. Before the 17th Competition, Kota trained six days per week with his school's track and field team,he then completed the 1st Stage but ,failed the Spider Walk in Stage 2. Honma returned in the 20th Competition, but failed the Pole Maze when he made it to the other side and tried to land on the platform but slid down the pole and into the water.
Tien Dinh, a background dancer for Ashanti who appeared on the Soul Train Music Awards, competed on SASUKE in 2004.
Ken Yasuda, coach of the Tokyo Sabres of the IFL, competed in the 4th, 5th, and 13th tournaments. He failed the balance bridge in his first attempt. In his other two tries, he fell off the Rolling log taking the log with him into the water.
Masatou Maruyama competed twice debuting at age 56. in the 13th Sasuke he failed the Crooked Wall and in the 14th he timed out on the Crooked Wall after struggling with the Jump Hang.
Hidenori Nagasawa is a 43-year old Jaguar mechanic. Hes Competed 7 times but much of his footage has been cut from both the G4 versions ,and TBS versions. In the 10th ,and 11th Competitions he failed the Jump Hang. In the 13th Competition he failed the Crooked Wall. He made it to Stage Two in the 16th Competition but was one of 7 Contenders to fall on the Metal Spin.
Koji Yamada (not related to Katsumi Yamada) is a 35-year-old fireman from the Gifu Prefecture (like Toshihiro Takeda) with just three percent body fat. In his debut in the 12th Competition, he wore No. 1 and became the first and only person to wear that number and make it to the third stage, (however, he's the second No. 1 to make it to the second stage). In that competition, he made it all the way to the third stage obstacle, the Cliffhanger, before failing. In the 13th Competition, he failed the redesigned Jump Hang and in the 14th Competition, he timed out on the Warped Wall. He made it to the third stage in the 15th and 16th competitions failing the Jumping Bars and the Pipe Slider, respectively. In the 17th Competition, he failed the second stage obstacle, the Metal Spin. He was also one of the only two competitors to pass the first stage of the 19th competition, ultimately timing out on the Salmon Ladder. Like Takeda, Yamada competes in a pair of orange firefighter trousers, but unlike Takeda, he competes shirtless, presumably to show off his muscular upper body. Also, Takeda is from Ibi in Gifu Prefecture, while Yamada comes from Gujō in Gifu. Note: While he is originally named Koji, G4TV dubs his first name as Yasushi possibly to avoid confusion with Katsumi Yamada (think about their initials) or just because of translation issues.
Yuji Washimi, a 32-year-old who is a former international motocross star-turned-mechanic, first appeared on Sasuke in the 17th competition as its top qualifier. In this attempt, he failed the Warped Wall, but in the next two tournaments (18th and 19th competitions), he advanced to the second stage, but failed the Salmon Ladder both times. After failing the Salmon Ladder in the 18th competition, it was shown that Washimi built one at his home to practice on, hoping to get past the real obstacle in the 19th competition (to no avail, ultimately). Besides Koji Yamada, Washimi was the last man standing in the 19th competition. In the 20th Competition, Washimi failed the Halfpipe Attack. Washimi usually competes in his mechanic uniform (the only time he competed without it was during his debut in the 17th competition). In 2008, Washimi's height and weight was recorded as 5 feet and 130 pounds.
Tomokazu Tanaka is the show's very first competitor. He put on an impressive run but had trouble at the Wicked Wall/Hill Climb and ran out of time at the Subduction Zone/Mountain Climb.
Eiichi Miura is a Constructon worker who competed in the first 9 Sasukes failing the Hammer Dodge in Sasuke 1 after that he failed the Pipe Slider twice(2,4) He failed the Barrel Climb in Sasuke 3, He failed the Warped Wall in Sasuke 7,and in Sasuke 5,6,8,and,9 he failed the Jump Hang.
Akiyoshi Nakao, a Baseball player, and actor who competed 3 times in the 20th, 21st,and 22nd Competitions failing the Jumping Spider in all of his attempts.
Hitoshi Kanno Competed in Sasuke 22, but was Disqualified on the Spider Flip when he touched the beam therefore going off course, in Sasuke 23 he beat the Spider Flip and made it all the way to the Final Stage, only to run out of time on the Rope Climb. In Sasuke 24, he suffered a shocking defeat in the First Stage. While struggling on the Warped Wall, he lost time, and he made it past, but time expired after getting past Slider Jump.
Yuuji Urushihara debuted in Sasuke 22 and he made it to the Final Stage, he has gone the farthest of the Sasuke Trial members. In Sasuke 23 he shocked everyone when he fell in Stage 2 on a new obstacle, the Unstable Bridge, but in Sasuke 24, he won all four stages becoming the Third Grand Champion alongside Makoto Nagano and Kazuhiko Akiyama.
Women in SasukeEdit
The only woman to have completed the 1st Stage is former Super Sentai stuntwoman Chie Nishimura, doing so in the 2nd tournament. () She then attempted the Second Stage's Spider Walk in a very unoptimal fashion, resembling the proper method of the future obstacle, the Third Stage's Body Prop; she failed, incidentally. It was noted that this was because her legs were too short to reach across the obstacle the proper way. She also competed in Sasuke 3 and wore #93, but failed the Rolling Log. She hasn't competed in Sasuke since.
Masami Yusa (G4 mislists her first name a "Miyabi"), a beach flag champion, has competed 7 times. She debuted in Sasuke 6 but failed the Barrel Climb. In Sasuke 7, she failed the Jump Hang, while in Sasuke 8, she failed the Quintuple Step. She continued to struggle in the 1st Stage, failing the Jump Hang and the Rolling Log in Sasuke 10 and 11, respectively. In the Sasuke 13 trials, she became the first woman (second if you count Hibari) to ever beat the Jump Hang. During the actual competition, she was able to grab on to the redesigned Jump Hang but she misjudged her jump, slammed into the platform, and fell into the water. She got her revenge however in Sasuke 14. She became the first woman (second if you count Hibari) to beat the Jump Hang and the Crooked Wall in competition, but she ultimately timed out on the Warped Wall. In Sasuke 15 she timed out on the Rope Climb becoming the 1st women to clear the Warped Wall.
Mika Izumi(married name Mika Makino), jazz dance instructor and Kunoichi 3 finalist, has competed twice. She first competed in Sasuke 12, but failed the Jump Hang. During the Sasuke 13 trials, she became only the second woman (third if you count Hibari) to beat the Jump Hang. In fact, she was able to beat the Warped Wall before timing out, making her the 2nd woman who has completed the Warped Wall. Unfortunately during the actual competition, she shocked many when she failed the Prism See-Saw.
Two time Kunoichi finalist Yuko Mizuno has competed 6 times. She debuted in Sasuke 8, where she failed the Quintuple Step. She also failed the first obstacle in Sasuke 13, the Prism See-Saw. The Rolling Log and Jump Hang have given her the most trouble, as she has failed both those obstacles twice. She failed the Rolling Log in Sasuke 9 and 11 and the Jump Hang in Sasuke 10 and 14.
Other Kunoichi competitors to appear on Sasuke include Olympian Miho Yamada and three time Kunoichi champion Ayako Miyake. Yamada has competed one time (Sasuke 12), where she failed the Jump Hang. Miyake competed in Sasuke 18, as evidenced by her interview for G4's Sasuke 18 preview special, but failed the Log Grip. In Sasuke 19 she failed the Jumping Spider.
Charisma model Yuumi Seimiya (who first competed in Kunoichi 7) competed in the 20th and 21st competitions, failing the First Stage's Sextuple Step both times.
Since the course re-design in Sasuke 18, American Ninja Challenge 3 winner Luci Romberg has made it the furthest, reaching the Half Pipe Attack in Sasuke 21,then in Sasuke 22 she failed the Jumping Spider.
Ayako Inada a Muscle Musical member competed in the 22nd Competition but failed the Log Grip.
Rie Komiya competed in Sasuke 22, and was Disqualified at the Jumping Spider when she slipped backwards off the walls and landed on the mat in front of the trampoline. In Sasuke 23 she went out on the Half Pipe Attack. Then in Sasuke 24, she was defeated by the Log Grip.
List Of Competitions Edit
American Ninja ChallengesEdit
- Main article: American ninja challengeIn Fall 2007, the G4 network held a contest called the American Ninja Challenge, with the grand prize being a trip to Japan to compete in Sasuke's 19th competition. Ten semifinalist videos were selected on August 3 via internet poll to determine three finalists who would appear on G4's Attack of the Show! on August 28-30 to demonstrate their Ninja Warrior skills. On August 31, Michigan State University Economics student Colin Bell and the runner-up, Greenville, South Carolina native Brett Sims, were both selected, and they became the subjects of an hour-long G4 special on November 14 during G4's Ninja Fest. Ultimately, both Colin and Brett qualified for the course thanks to their impressive physical abilities, but they both failed the Jumping Spider.
The second contest by G4 wrapped up in March 2008, and it aired as part of G4's Ninjafest 2 on May 18, 2008. Levi Meeuwenberg from Ann Arbor, Michigan and Brian Orosco of San Francisco, California were both chosen to compete in Sasuke's 20th tournament; both are freerunners. They competed alongside surprise guest Brett Sims (who was given the opportunity to return by G4). Brett failed the First Stage's Warped Wall this time, while Brian failed the Flying Chute. Levi, however, completed Stage 1 with 16.0 seconds, and Stage 2 with 38.5 seconds, made it to the Third Stage before he ultimately failed the Shin-Cliff Hanger.
The third contest by G4 wrapped up in August 2008, and aired as part of G4's Ninjafest 3 on November 12, 2008. Viewers got to vote for their favorite competitors and the top 3 would be picked and flown directly to Japan to compete in Sasuke's 21st tournament. The 3 winners were Brian Orosco (who qualified with a different video), gymnast Mark Witmer of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and freerunner/stuntwoman Luci Romberg (the first woman to qualify) of Valley Village, California. These 3 winners joined American Ninja Challenge 2 winner Levi Meeuwenberg and both hosts from Attack of the Show!, Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira to compete in Sasuke 21. In that tournament, Munn failed the Sextuple Step, while Pereira's run ended after his feet hit the water on the Log Grip; on the TBS broadcast, Munn's run was shown only in part while Pereira's run was cut completely. Romberg failed the the Halfpipe Attack, while Witmer failed the Log Grip due to a severe ulnar nerve injury that he suffered while warming up. Orosco got his revenge on the Flying Chute and completed Stage 1 with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock. However, he was ultimately brought down by the Second Stage's Salmon Ladder. Meeuwenberg cleared Stage 1 with the fastest time with 21.5 seconds remaining but similarly failed the Salmon Ladder, an obstacle he had cleared the tournament before.
The fourth contest by G4 wrapped up in Febuary 2009, and aired in June 2009, on Ninjafest 4. The rules this time were that competitors' videos were judged and selected by Attack of the Show's Olivia Munn to be flown to Japan to compete in Sasuke's 22nd tournament. The winner was David Campbell, and he is join by Olivia Munn and previous competitors Levi Meeuwenburg and Luci Romburg, (who both were chosen to compete in the last contest).No One cleared stage 1. Munn failed the new Circle Hammer, Luci Romberg failed the Jumping Spider, David Campbell timed out on the Rope Ladder(after getting losing too much time before the Jumping Spider, and getting tangled in the netting on the Slider Jump),and Levi failed the new Slider Jump.
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