The objective of the Jumping Spider was a hybrid of the Spider Walk and the Jump Hang. Competitors are given a long runway to gain speed so as to jump straight up to the walls from a mini trampoline. Once they prop themselves between the walls of the Spider Walk portion, they would travel forwards until they reached the halfway point of the Spider Walk, where they would need to climb an ascending portion and then travel horizontally again to reach the end of the obstacle to drop down onto a landing mat. The space between the walls are only 1.2m, enough for the competitor's hands and feet to reach.
This obstacle was proven to be one of the toughest First Stage obstacles, as all but one of the SASUKE All-Stars have failed at least one version of it.
SASUKE 19 Version
By far the hardest version of the Jumping Spider. Coincidentally, the tournament's version of the Flying Chute is also considered the hardest version of the Flying Chute.
To make the obstacle harder for the competitors, the producers raised the walls and put them farther from the trampoline. In addition, the run-up to the obstacle was severely shortened. In order to pass this obstacle, competitors needed great agility and had to hit the trampoline perfectly in order to gain enough distance and height to reach the walls. Because of the extreme difficulty, it was just a challenge trying to reach the walls, let alone sticking to them. This obstacle proved deadly for many, as it took 39 people to fail before Okuyama Yoshiyuki finally passed it.
SASUKE 20-24 Version
Because of SASUKE 19's extreme difficulty, the producers toned down the Jumping Spider in order to make it a little easier for the competitors to pass. To do this, they moved the walls vertically down so it was same height as the SASUKE 18 version but also the same distance away from the trampoline as the SASUKE 19 version. With the obstacle modified once again, this obstacle became one of only four obstacles to be modified in three consecutive tournaments (along with the Flying Chute, Vertical Limit, and Sidewinder R).
While more competitors were able to clear, the obstacle was still a very dangerous obstacle in the First Stage. Now, success comes more if the competitor can stay on the walls.
In SASUKE 21, Luci Romberg became the first female competitor to complete the obstacle, followed by Shimada Hiroyo in SASUKE 22, Komiya Rie in SASUKE 23, and Kadoi Satomi in SASUKE 27 (both Komiya Rie and Kadoi Satomi achieved kanzenseiha in KUNOICHI 8). However, all of these female competitors failed on the next obstacle: the Half Pipe Attack.
In SASUKE 24, Nagano Makoto commit a simple (but fatal) mistake at the obstacle, when he make the dismount at the obstacle just before reaching the end of the obstacle, resulting his feet suddenly slipped and fell into the water. Nagano had never failed at this obstacle before (since its first appearance in SASUKE 18 until SASUKE 23), and eventually, this would start his three consecutive First Stage failures until SASUKE 27.
SASUKE 26-27 Version
After Urushihara Yuuji's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24, the obstacle was removed and replaced with the much easier obstacle, the Bridge Jump. It returned for SASUKE 26 along with the Half Pipe Attack. This version of the obstacle was much higher relative to the trampoline than the post-SASUKE 19 version in Shin-SASUKE. It was also placed farther back from the trampoline almost to the SASUKE 19 length. This resulted in many failures of high-profile competitors including Tajima Naoya, Yamada Katsumi, Satō Hiromichi and Nagano Makoto.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Jumping Spider appeared as the fourth obstacle during qualifying and semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 1 (called as the Spider Wall) and American Ninja Warrior 2 (called as the Spider Jump), with the distance between the trampoline and the walls was smaller, and the wall was arranged in a straight line, which made it similar to KUNOICHI 9 and KUNOICHI 10's Spider Walk.
Las Vegas National Finals
Later, the Jumping Spider appeared as the fourth obstacle in Stage One from American Ninja Warrior 4 until now, but the distance between the trampoline and the walls has increased to 4 feet. Just like in SASUKE, the obstacle was proven to be deadly as usual (taking out some top competitors, e.g. Jesse La Flair, James McGrath, Ryan Stratis, Flip Rodriguez, and Lance Pekus).
On American Ninja Warrior 6, Meagan Martin became the first female competitor to complete the obstacle, followed by Jessie Graff on the next season. Unlike the four mentioned Japanese female competitors above, Meagan Martin could complete the Half Pipe Attack, before timed out on the Warped Wall.
On several Ninja Warrior's international format (e.g. Ninja Warrior UK and Australian Ninja Warrior), the Jumping Spider was simply called as the Spider Jump, with a similar specification from American Ninja Warrior 1 and 2's Spider Wall/Spider Jump.
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Jumping Spider appeared as the second obstacle during Semifinal Stage 2. Among the 27 competitors who attempted it, 10 of them failed to complete it (including SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia finalist, Putra Waluya).
During SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia: International Competition, the obstacle was modified with some parts of the walls were covered with red sticker, and the competitors were not allowed to touch them. If they did so, they would be disqualified. As the result, it eliminated David Campbell from Team USA, who was the only competitor to failed at this obstacle.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior
|USA vs. Japan||6||6||100%|
|USA vs. The World||6||8||75%|
|USA vs. The World 2||3||8||37.5%|
|USA vs. The World 3||4||6||66.67%|
*: Only refers to the qualifying round
^: Only refers to the semifinal round