The Goren Hammer (5連ハンマー), referred to on English broadcasts as the Hammer Dodge, was an obstacle in the Second Stage for the first 9 SASUKE competitions.

Competitors must cross a balance beam while dodging five large swinging hammers. It was used heavily in Kinniku Banzuke on various events, most notably in several incarnations of Bamboo Derby and Like a Pierrot.

In the first tournament, it eliminated two future SASUKE All-StarsYamada Katsumi and Yamamoto Shingo. However, after SASUKE 4, fewer competitors cleared the First Stage, and as the result, all of the remaining competitors were able to clear the obstacle. It was replaced with a more dangerous obstacle, the Balance Tank, in SASUKE 10.

KUNOICHI Appearances

KUNOICHI10 Goren Hammer

KUNOICHI 10's Goren Hammer

In KUNOICHI 5, a variation of the Goren Hammer appeared as the fourth obstacle in Second Stage, known as the Furiko Michi, but the number of hammers was decreased to four, and the hammers swung differently, making 2 on each side, and increasing gap between the hammers to make the obstacle more easier. 

After a 15 years (since SASUKE 9) and 5 competitions hiatus (since KUNOICHI 5), this obstacle returned. This time, as the third obstacle in BLUE Stage (Second Stage) of KUNOICHI 10, which was now being called with its original name and functioned the same as the one used in SASUKE.

Other Appearance


Matachi Ryo on the Goren Hammer

Goren Hammer (Tránh búa qua cầu or Cầu búa) also appeared as the fourth obstacle in Stage 2 on SASUKE Vietnam. But on SASUKE Vietnam 2 and SASUKE Vietnam 3, it was used as the third obstacle in Stage 1A. This obstacle shockingly took out Lê Văn Thực in SASUKE Vietnam 3, when he accidentally grabbed the hammer, resulting a disqualification.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 8 15 53.33%
2 13 14 92.86%
3 8 9 88.89%
4 13 16 81.25%
5 1 1 100%
6 5 5 100%
7 5 5 100%
8 5 5 100%
9 6 6 100%
Total 64 77 83.11%


KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
10 5 5 100%
Total 5 5 100%


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