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The 26th competition, official name: SASUKE2011謹賀新年 (literally: SASUKE 2011 Happy New Year) is the second tournament after Urushihara Yuuji's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24. The tournament was recorded on October 19, 2010 and aired on January 2, 2011 as part of TBS' New Years Specials. Due to sharing a time slot with another show, the broadcast of the tournament was much shorter than previous tournaments, resulting in many competitor's runs getting either cut or digested.

For the second time in three tournaments, no domestic trials competition ever materialized. East of the Pacific, however, a second American Ninja Warrior competition was held (concluding the previous August), the first American trials since SASUKE 23, and similar to the first American Ninja Warrior, ten competitors were sent. For the first time ever, footage of a SASUKE competition hit the airwaves before the TBS broadcast; the ten Americans that qualified through the American trials had their runs shown in North America on December 23, 2010. A Taiwanese trials competition was also planned, but was subsequently canceled. Despite this, the venerable Lee En-Chih was invited by TBS to compete.

Only three SASUKE All-Stars were able to attend this competition; Akiyama Kazuhiko, Shiratori Bunpei and Takeda Toshihiro all had prior engagements. Also notably absent was Levi Meeuwenberg, who qualified for the tournament but subsequently broke his wrist and had to be replaced.

Stage One was heavily modified from SASUKE 25. With the removal of the Rolling Maruta and Log Grip, this was the first ever competition not to feature a log obstacle. Only three obstacles -- the Soritatsu Kabe, Tarzan Rope and Rope Ladder -- returned from the previous tournament; the Jumping Spider and Half-Pipe Attack returned after a one-competition hiatus. Four brand new obstacles made their debuts. The Step Slider, Hazard Swing and Rolling Escargot began the stage and the Giant Swing added before the Tarzan Rope. The new obstacles did their damage; the Rolling Escargot eliminated at least 19 contestants, including top flight competitors such as Takahashi Kenji, Kanno Hitoshi, Miyazaki Daisuke and Yamamoto Shingo. Yamada Katsumi's return engagement did not go as he hoped as he failed the Jumping Spider in a remarkably similar fashion as SASUKE 22. Nagano Makoto also failed the Jumping Spider, meaning that no All-Star made it halfway through Stage One. The Giant Swing however, only eliminated one competitor. Shin Sedai's Sato Jun and Tajima Naoya were cut completely (although it is known Tajima failed the Jumping Spider) and Urushihara failed the Half Pipe Attack, meaning no former champion beat Stage One.

Ten people cleared Stage One. For the first time ever, more foreign competitors made it to Stage Two than domestic, giving the rest of the competition a decidedly international flavor and sparking some national pride from the Japanese competitors that remained. A record six foreigners passed Stage One, beating the old record of four which was set in SASUKE 23. Among the six were five Americans, which also beat the previous record of three, also set in SASUKE 23. American rookies Paul Kasemir and Brent Steffensen joined sophomores Travis Furlanic and David Campbell as first-time Stage Two competitors, along with SASUKE veterans Brian Orosco and Taiwan's Lee En-Chih. Domestically, Ishikawa Terukazu, Iketani Naoki, Okuyama Yoshiyuki and Hashimoto Koji cleared.

Stage Two remained unmodified from the last competition. Iketani, who has competed sporadically over the last few years, hadn't cleared Stage One since SASUKE 16. He was erased by the Double Salmon Ladder, as was Ishikawa. The Balance Tank claimed Furlanic while another old favorite, the Metal Spin, eliminated Hashimoto. Paul Kasemir, Brent Steffensen, and David Campbell all cleared Stage Two, doing so in their first attempts. Brian Orosco and Lee En-Chih also cleared. Okuyama Yoshiyuki was the only Japanese competitor to pass this stage, doing so with a mere three tenths of a second remaining.

The Third Stage introduced one new obstacle, Cycling Road, replacing the Floating Boards. The Roulette Cylinder was modified to include two drops into the track, much like when the Rolling Maruta morphed into the Sandan Rolling Maruta. While rookie Kasemir failed the Doorknob Grasper, Orosco failed the Roulette Cylinder, marking the first time he did not make it past his previous failure point. Campbell, Steffensen, Lee En-Chih and Okuyama all made it to the feared Ultimate Cliffhanger. While progress was made, little more than half the obstacle was cleared with Li making it the farthest and the tournament ended here.

Stage 1

Obstacles

^Step Slider ステップスライダー

^Hazard Swing ハザードスイング

^Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ

*Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー

Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック

Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁

^Giant Swing ジャイアントスイング

Tarzan Rope ターザンロープ

Rope Ladder ロープラダー

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Time Limit: 130 seconds

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Nishida Takayuki (33) Running Coach/Retired Marathonist Step Slider ステップスライダー
3 Setsu Shobun (28) Penman Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi. First to beat Step Slider and Hazard Swing.
4 Satō Tomohiro (39) Artisan Step Slider ステップスライダー Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
5 Miyazawa Kazutaka (34) Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
Unknown Unknown Hazard Swing ハザードスイング All Cut. Wore yellow shirt. Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi Intro.
7 Torisawa Katsuhide (38) Former Japan Weighlifting Representative Step Slider ステップスライダー
8 Kishimoto Shinya (31) Paper Manufacturer Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
9 Carlos (28) Acrobat Juggler/Muscle Musical Member Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
10 Unknown Unknown Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi Intro.
11? DaiGo (24) Metal Artist Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 1.
12 Hioki Hiroaki (39) Tsukiji Sushi Shop Manager Step Slider ステップスライダー
13? Kojima Yoshio (30) Comedian Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Made a jump for the platform rather than swinging to it.
14 Ookubo Kazunari (33) Karate Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
15 Mokumoto Ryousuke (23) Cheerleader Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー First to beat Rolling Escargot.
16 Suzuki Tomoyuki (36) Baker Step Slider ステップスライダー Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
17 Serizawa Ruka (27) Charisma Host Step Slider ステップスライダー
18 Kano Eiko (28) Mr. Narcissist Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
Nishimori Youichi (31) Monster Engine Comedy Duo Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 2.
Oobayashi Kenji (27) Monster Engine Comedy Duo Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 2.
22 Satō Ayumu (27) Charisma Model Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Digest 1.
Dancho (36) Comedian Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Digest 1.
Fujiwara Tomoki (23) Talento Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
Unknown Unknown Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. Seen in intro.
24 Mori Kohei (22) Shinsengumi Rien Unknown All Cut. First Attempt.
25 Sakakibara Tetsuji (21) Shinsengumi Rien Unknown All Cut. First Attempt.
26? Tokoro Hideo (33) Mixed Martial Artist Step Slider ステップスライダー Listed as #23.
27 Minowaman (34) Pro Wrestler Hazard Swing ハザードスイング
28 Honda Yasuto (41) Soccer Player Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Digest 2.
29 Kawahara Takuya Muscle Musical Member Half Pipe Attack All Cut. First Attempt.
30 Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut.
31 Echigo (25) Fitness Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
33 Tabito Okayasu (24) Four Year University Student Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
35? Unknown Unknown Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー All Cut. Shown in intro.
Aya Vanessa (24) Women's Rugby Player Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
Ayaka Suzuki (22) Bunny Family Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
37? Aoki Yuuko (27) TBS Announcer Step Slider ステップスライダー
38? Demizu Mai (26) TBS Announcer Step Slider ステップスライダー
39? Okamoto Mari (21) Comedian Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 2.
40? Fukuda Ayano (22) Comedian Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 2.
41? Tejima Yuu (21) Gravure Idol Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 1.
Unknown Firefighter Unknown All Cut. Wore orange shirt and blue pants.
43? Komiya Rie (33) KUNOICHI 8 Kanzenseiha Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
Unknown Unknown Hazard Swing ハザードスイング All Cut. Female wearing white shirt and black shorts. Shown in SASUKE 26 Intro.
Nomura Masaki (58) Actor Hazard Swing ハザードスイング Digest 2.
46 Harashima Masami (47) Hang Glider Man Step Slider ステップスライダー Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
47 Aoki Yasuo (53) Sculptor Step Slider ステップスライダー Shown in SASUKE 26 Navi.
48 Kuramochi Minoru (63) Edokko Pub Owner Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
Mori Kohei (22) Shinsengumi Rien Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー Second Attempt.
Sakakibara Tetsuji (21) Shinsengumi Rien Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック Second Attempt.
Kawahara Takuya (23) Muscle Musical Member Rope Ladder ロープラダー Second Attempt. Time Out.
50s Ishimaru Kenjiro (57) Actor Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 1.
53 Haraguchi Akimasa (35) Impersonator Step Slider ステップスライダー Digest 2.
54 Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Wore black track suit.
56 Kawaguchi Makoto Bruce Lee Impersonator Step Slider ステップスライダー All Cut. Shown in commercial during SASUKE 26 Navi.
58? Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Known to have at least made it to the Rolling Escargot.
59? Adam Laplante (23) American Representative #10/Pizza Service Worker Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック All Cut. Shown on American Ninja Warrior 2.
60? Patrick Cusic (21) American Representative #9/Gymnastics Teacher Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. Shown on American Ninja Warrior 2.
61 Paul Kasemir (28) American Representative #8/Software Engineer Clear (00.84 seconds left) First to beat SASUKE 26's 1st Stage.
63 Matachi Ryo Painter Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. External Information.
64 Hioki Masashi Electrician Soritatsu Kabe そり立つ壁 All Cut. Time Out. External Information.
65 Morikami Daisuke (26) MTB Rider Rope Ladder ロープラダー Time Out. Timed out just before he hit the button.
66 Furusato Ryuuji Field Hockey Player Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. Blog
68 Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Wore black shirt and blue pants. Seen during SASUKE 26 Navi.
69 Ishida Takaki (28) Basketball Player Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 3.
70 Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Wore black pants.
72? Adam Truesdell (25) American Representative #7/IT Consultant Giant Swing ジャイアントスイング All Cut. Shown on American Ninja Warrior 2.
73? Evan Dollard (28) American Representative #6/Project Manager Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ All Cut. Shown on American Ninja Warrior 2.
74? Brent Steffensen (25) American Representative #5/Stuntman Clear (08.21 seconds left) Numbered as #62 during the TBS broadcast.
75? Unknown Unknown Unknown All Cut. Seen standing next to Yagi during Adam Truesdell's run.
76 Yagi Masumi (36) Savanna Comedy Duo Step Slider ステップスライダー
78 Mori Takurō (27) East Asian Games Pole Vault Gold Medalist Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest 3.
Sekiguchi Eiichi (30) Gymnast Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック Digest 3.
80 Unknown Gibbon Slackline Japan Unknown All Cut. Failed somewhere after the Hazard Swing.
81 NAOTO (27) EXILE: J Soul Brothers Member Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック
82 Unknown Firefighter Unknown All Cut. Number seen in SASUKE 26 Navi.
Travis Furlanic (25) American Representative #4/Musician/Pizza Maker Clear (14.23 seconds left) Digest 3.
83 Shane Daniels (24) American Representative #3/Professional Free Runner Rope Ladder ロープラダー All Cut. Time Out. Shown on American Ninja Warrior 2.
84 David Campbell (33) American Representative #2/Musician Clear (21.51 seconds left)
85 Ishikawa Terukazu (33) Muscle Musical Member Clear (09.26 seconds left)
86 Tajima Naoya (25) Carrier Service Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー All Cut. External Information.
87 Iketani Naoki (37) Muscle Musical Leader Clear (04.33 seconds left)
88 Miyazaki Daisuke (29) Osaki Osol Handball Player Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
90 Yamada Katsumi (45) Mr. SASUKE Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー
91 Satō Hiromichi (42) 10th NHK Exercise Oniisan Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー
92 Brian Orosco (28) American Representative #1/Professional Free Runner Clear (20.58 seconds left)
93 Kanno Hitoshi (25) SASUKE 23 Finalist Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest.
94 Yamamoto Shingo (36) Only Man with SASUKE Perfect Attendance Record Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ
95 Lee En-Chih (35) Pro Rock Climber Clear (01.32 seconds left)
96 Takahashi Kenji (34) Transportation Industry Rolling Escargot ローリングエスカルゴ Digest.
97 Okuyama Yoshiyuki (40) 1991 World 200m Sprinter for Japan Clear (02.54 seconds left)
98 Hashimoto Kōji (26) Gym Instructor Clear (10.70 seconds left) Digest.
99 Nagano Makoto (38) Second Person to Achieve Kanzenseiha Jumping Spider ジャンピングスパイダー Spider Walk portion. Failed dismount.
100 Urushihara Yuuji (32) Shoe Salesman/Third Person to Achieve Kanzenseiha Half-Pipe Attack ハーフパイプアタック Landed on the mat, but lost his balance and fell off.
Total 101? Attempts 10 Clears

Stage 2

Obstacles

Slider Drop スライダードロップ

Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー

Unstable Bridge アンステーブルブリッジ

Balance Tank バランスタンク

Metal Spin メタルスピン

Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング

Time Limit: 95 seconds

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
61 Paul Kasemir (24) American Representative #8/Software Engineer Clear (02.51 seconds left) First to beat SASUKE 26's 2nd stage.
74? Brent Steffensen (25) American Representative #5/Stuntman Clear (21.6 seconds left) Digest.
Travis Furlanic (22) American Representative #4/Former Motocross Star Balance Tank バランスタンク Digest.
84 David Campbell (33) American Representative #2/Musician Clear (23.4 seconds left) Digest.
85 Ishikawa Terukazu (33) Muscle Musical Member Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー Middle Cut.
87 Iketani Naoki (37) Muscle Musical Member Double Salmon Ladder ダブルサーモンラダー
92 Brian Orosco (28) American Representative #1/Professional Free Runner Clear (05.7 seconds left) Digest.
95 Lee En-Chih (36) Pro Rock Climber Clear (13.78 seconds left)
97 Okuyama Yoshiyuki (40) 1991 World Athletics 200m Sprinter for Japan Clear (00.30 seconds left)
98 Hashimoto Koji (26) Gym Instructor Metal Spin メタルスピン Aired before Okuyama's run.
Total 10 Attempts 6 Clears

Stage 3

Obstacles

*Roulette Cylinder ルーレットシリンダー

*Doorknob Grasper ドアノブグラスパー

^Cycling Road サイクリングロード

*Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー

Swing Circle スイングサークル

Rope Climb ロープクライム

Flying Bar フライングバー

^ Denotes New Obstacle

* Denotes Modified Obstacle

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
61 Paul Kasemir (24) American Representative #8/Software Engineer Doorknob Grasper ドアノブグラスパー Third Doorknob.
74? Brent Steffensen (25) American Representative #5/Stuntman Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー

Digest. Third Ledge. First to beat Cycling Road.

84 David Campbell (33) American Representative #2/Musician Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー Transition from Third to Fourth Ledge.
92 Brian Orosco (28) American Representative #1/Professional Free Runner Roulette Cylinder ルーレットシリンダー Digest.
95 Lee En-Chih (36) Pro Rock Climber Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー Fourth Ledge.
97 Okuyama Yoshiyuki (40) 1991 World Athletics 200m Sprinter for Japan Ultimate Cliffhanger アルティメットクリフハンガー Fourth Ledge.
Total 6 Attempts 0 Clears

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