The Godantobi (五段跳び), known as the Quad Steps on English broadcasts, was an obstacle introduced On SASUKE 8 as the first obstacle of the First Stage, replacing the Maruta Nobori which had been there for the first seven tournaments. Competitors had to jump across four platforms that were angled 45° degrees toward the center of a water pit, and then had to jump to the platform at the end. The platforms were positioned right, left, right, left across the length of the pit. Each step was 60 centimeters (2 ft) wide, and the total length of the obstacle was 6.2 meters (20 ft 4 in). This obstacle required both speed and balance. It proved to be brutal in its first competition, eliminating half of the field. It lasted four tournaments before being replaced with the Yamagoe in SASUKE 12. The obstacle returned in SASUKE 28, but was replaced by the Long Jump in the next tournament.
This obstacle served as the basic concept of the Quad Steps, which was used as the first obstacle in every regional qualifier on American Ninja Warrior 2 to American Ninja Warrior 4, though the steps been much wider. Some competitors have even resorted to taking multiple steps on each platform. On American Ninja Warrior 5 to American Ninja Warrior 7, an extra step was added and the name changed to Quintuple Steps. Then, it was replaced on American Ninja Warrior 8 by the Floating Steps. On SASUKE 32, the Quad Steps was introduced.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
- NOTE: In a special before SASUKE 15, the completion percentage was said to be 292 clears out of 400 attempts. However, it is unknown (besides SASUKE 8) how well competitors did in a specific tournament.