The Godantobi (五段跳び), known as the Quad Steps on English broadcasts, was an obstacle introduced in 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.
The obstacle (called the Quad Steps) has been used for all three American Ninja Warrior tournaments, though the steps been much wider. Some competitors have even resorted to taking multiple steps on each platform. In Seasons 5, 6, snd 7 of American Ninja Warrior tournaments, an extra step was added and the name changed to Quintuple steps. It was then replaced in Season 8 by the Floating Steps. In SASUKE 32, the Quad Steps, similar to the Godantobi was introduced.
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