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 kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17. It should also be noted that during its last competition, it eliminated three highly skilled competitors, in which two of them were SASUKE All-StarsYamamoto Shingo and Shiratori Bunpei, more competitors than any other obstacle in the Third Stage during that tournament.

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Nakata Daisuke crossing the Body Prop in SASUKE 11


A drawing of the Body Prop

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW6 Body Prop

American Ninja Warrior 6's Body Prop in Venice Beach

The Body Prop was used as the eighth obstacle on:

The obstacle used in American Ninja Warrior 5 and 6 was similar to the Body Prop from SASUKE.

An improved version was used in Kansas City finals on American Ninja Warrior 7. Instead of a gap, competitors needed to go down a 4 feet 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 it (Brendan Couvreux, Ian Dory, and Lance Pekus). The obstacle also took out Isaac Caldiero, which prevented him to have a perfect season, by completing all the obstacles from that season (during city qualifiers, city finals, and Las Vegas national finals (Stage One to Stage Four)).

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American Ninja Warrior 8's Curved Body Prop on Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 8's new Stage Three, this obstacle appeared as the fourth obstacle after the modified Ultimate Cliffhanger. It was a curved version of the Body Prop (renamed as the Curved Body Prop), which was 30 feet in length, with a 6 feet descent and a 10 feet ascent. Only Drew Drechsel attempted this obstacle and completed it in that season.

The Curved Body Prop returned on American Ninja Warrior 9, as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three, once again after the Ultimate Cliffhanger, with a similar specification from last season. Only Joe Moravsky attempted this obstacle and completed it in that season.

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 55 73 75.34%


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