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 (two of them were SASUKE All-Stars: Yamamoto Shingo and Shiratori Bunpei), more people than any other obstacle in the Third Stage during that tournament.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

The Body Prop was used as the eighth obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 5 in Baltimore finals, and American Ninja Warrior 6 in Venice Beach finals, which 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 the obstacle.

On American Ninja Warrior 8's new Third Stage, this obstacle appeared as the fourth obstacle after the modified Ultimate Cliffhanger. It was a curved version of the 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.

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


A drawing of the Body Prop

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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 55 73 75.34%


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