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The Body Prop (ボディプロップ) was an obstacle introduced into SASUKE's Third Stage following Akiyama Kazuhiko's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4. Its function was similar to the Spider Walk, but because the walls were considerably farther apart, competitors had to wedge themselves between two wall panels and cross five meters while facing downward with their hands on one panel and their feet on the other. Along the way, there were gaps which made the obstacle even more difficult. This proved to be a deadly obstacle in the Third Stage, as it took out at least one person in 11 out of 13 tournaments in which it was in the Third Stage. It was removed from the Third Stage following Nagano Makoto's triumph in SASUKE 17. It should also be noted that during its last competition, it eliminated three highly skilled contenders---more people than any other obstacle in the Third Stage during that tournament.

This obstacle was used on American Ninja Warrior 5 in Baltimore finals, and American Ninja Warrior 6 in Venice Beach finals. An improved version was used in Kansas City finals on American Ninja Warrior 7. Instead of a gap, there was a 4ft vertical section. This version of Body Prop proved to be deadly than the previous version, as only 3 out of 16 competitors who attempted it, could complete the obstacle. Also, on American Ninja Warrior 8's new Third Stage, a new curved version of the obstacle was used as the fourth obstacle, after the Ultimate Cliffhanger (named Curved Body Prop). Only Drew Drechsel attempted this version of Body Prop and completed it.


A drawing of the Body Prop

BodyProp S11

Nakata Daisuke crossing the Body Prop in SASUKE 11

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
5 1 1 100%
6 2 5 40%
7 3 4 75%
8 3 4 75%
9 3 3 100%
10 3 4 75%
11 5 7 71.43%
12 9 10 90%
13 4 5 80%
14 6 9 66.67%
15 5 6 83.33%
16 7 8 87.5%
17 4 7 57.14%
Total 57 72 79.17%


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