The Burasagari Maruta (ぶら下がり丸太) was a First Stage obstacle in the first two SASUKE tournaments. It was a log, 30 cm in diameter and 3.6 meters long, that a competitor must cross like a balance beam. The log spun on an axis. Competitor could either walk/run across the log or use hands and feet to help crossing the log (which was a safer but slower approach). It was retired in favor of the Rolling Maruta, which remained in the First Stage until Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17.
A similar version is used in KUNOICHI 3 to KUNOICHI 7, except it was not on a high platform. Its name in KUNOICHI was Kaiten Tsutsu. A similar version returned in KUNOICHI 9, where it is called the Pipe Hold, except competitors cannot stand on the log. A similar obstacle was the second obstacle of the finals of the SASUKE 17 Trials, known there as the Ipponbashi.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Burasagari Maruta (called as the Spinning Log) was also used as the third obstacle on:
- American Ninja Warrior 1 (called as the Barrel Roll/Rolling Barrel, with much bigger log),
- American Ninja Warrior 4 in Southwest and Northwest region,
- American Ninja Warrior 6 in Denver, and
- American Ninja Warrior 7 in Houston.
However, on American Ninja Warrior 6 and 7, competitors could not use their hands (competitors must walk/run across the log, i.e. touching the log with hands meant disqualification).
During American Ninja Warrior 6's Denver finals, the obstacle was modified by adding a square barrier at the middle of the log. Eventually, this version of the Spinning Log would returned on American Ninja Warrior 7, except the barrier's shape was changed to circular.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
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