The Balance Bridge (バランスブリッジ) was a First Stage obstacle from SASUKE 11. It was very similar to the Yureru Hashi, only this obstacle's axis was not centered. Also, there was a bar running across the entire length of the bridge and a bar across as well, forcing contestants to hop over it. It only took out Suzuki Yasukata and Akiyama Kimihiro and was replaced by the Ipponbashi in SASUKE 12.
Confusion existed over the Balance Bridge's name. It stemed from this obstacle being called the Quarter Bridge (クオーターブリッジ) during the SASUKE Trials. The SASUKE 11 website also listed the name Quarter Bridge, but was called as the Balance Bridge on the actual broadcast.
During the broadcast of Ninja Warrior, the Yureru Hashi (which was used in the first seven SASUKE tournaments) was called as the Balance Bridge, which also the same name for the Fuandou during the broadcast of Women of Ninja Warrior.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
However, this obstacle was proven to be much brutal than in SASUKE 11, as several competitors failed to maintain the step and balance. This obstacle was also notable for injuring Nika Muckelroy's shoulder during Dallas qualifiers and Brian Kretsch's knee during Venice Beach qualifiers severely. In Brian Kretsch's case, he was still able to continue the run, before went out on the Hourglass Drop.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found