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The Spider Walk (スパイダーウォーク) is an iconic obstacle that has been used in the Second Stage from SASUKE 1 to SASUKE 17, and SASUKE 28 onward. It was derived from an entirely separate event in Kinniku Banzuke.

The obstacle required the competitor to traverse the space between two parallel walls without touching the ground. The space between the walls are only 1.2m, enough for the competitor's hands and feet to reach.

Four different versions have been used, with Yamamoto Shingo being the only person to attempt all four.

After Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha, it was modified into the Jumping Spider in First Stage.

SASUKE 1-4 Version


In the first four competitions, it was the first and longest obstacle, sometimes taking as much as half of the allotted time. It was divided into two parts:

  • Ugokukabe, and
  • Spider Climb

The competitor must travel forward in the first part, through a moving wall as the second part known as the Ugokukabe (動く壁), and up in the third part known as the Spider Climb (スパイダークライム).

SpiderWalk S2

SASUKE 1-4 version of the Spider Walk

In its first three tournaments appearance, throughout the entire obstacle, there were only mats to fall on. In SASUKE 4, the first half of the obstacle was filled with the water, and the second half of the obstacle (starting from the Spider Climb section) was padded with mats.

KUNOICHI Appearances

KUNOICHI9 Spider Walk

KUNOICHI 9's Spider Walk

A toned-down version of this version of Spider Walk was also used as the second obstacle in BLUE Stage (Second Stage) on KUNOICHI 9 and KUNOICHI 10, with the Ugokukabe and Spider Climb sections being removed in favor of a three panel-long straightaway. The design was somewhat similar to the Spider Wall/Spider Jump, which was used as the fourth obstacle during qualifying and semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 1 and American Ninja Warrior 2, with the walls were arranged in a straight line.


Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 15 23 65.21%
2 13 34 38.24%
3 9 13 69.23%
4 16 37 43.24%
Total 53 107 49.53%

KUNOICHI

KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
9 5 5 100%
10 5 5 100%
Total 10 10 100%

SASUKE 5-6 Version


After Akiyama Kazuhiko's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4, the Spider Walk was moved as the second obstacle, and was shortened to five large sets of panels, while the second and fourth panel moved independently of the others (which is known as the Ugokukabe (動く壁)).

Since the debut of this version, the area under the whole obstacle was filled with water.

In its first tournament, it took out Takeda Toshihiro and Yamada Katsumi (both of them had their feet slipped while moving to the second panel). However, all competitors cleared this obstacle in the next tournament.

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
5 1 3 33.33%
6 5 5 100%
Total 6 8 75%

SASUKE 7-17 Version


The second stage was redesigned for SASUKE 7, and with it came a new, redesigned Spider Walk. 

This version was shaped like an upside down "J". The competitor must go: 

  • 3m upwards, 
  • 5m horizontally, and 
  • 5m downwards. 

Instead of reaching for a fireman's pole, the competitors would use a horizontal bar to swing to the platform. At first the competitors did not realize this and went straight to the platform. 

Although only a handful of competitors failed on this version of Spider Walk, it had been eliminated some strong competitors, such as Kane Kosugi, Nakayama Kinnikun, and Honma Kota

SpiderWalk

Shiratori Bunpei holding the horizontal bar at the end of the Spider Walk, SASUKE 14

Competitor's Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
7 5 6 83.33%
8 5 5 100%
9 6 7 85.71%
10 4 5 80%
11 10 10 100%
12 11 12 91.67%
13 10 10 100%
14 11 11 100%
15 7 7 100%
16 16 16 100%
17 10 11 90.91%
Total 95 100 95%

SASUKE 28- Version


In SASUKE 28, the Spider Walk returned to the Second Stage. The walls were the same as the ones on Jumping Spider but without the trampoline and with an extension at the end. The extension was placed a few inches lower than the fourth wall.

In SASUKE 30, the obstacle was modified with the extended wall being the same height as the fourth wall, and with the addition of the Spider Drop, where competitors must drop down to another set of panels to reach the end.

In SASUKE 31, the Spider Drop was modified with the replacement of the black mats by a curved wall, and was made into an official individual obstacle, rather than being a part of Spider Walk.

Only one competitor has failed this version, which was Nagasaki Shunsuke in SASUKE 34, and so it is seen more as a time waster, sapping time away before the BackstreamDrew Drechsel almost failed the Spider Drop portion in SASUKE 30 as his legs slipped on the lower set of panels. However, he managed to recover and clear.

Competitors Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
28 4 4 100%
29 17 17 100%
30 17 17 100%
31 10 10 100%
32 8 8 100%
33 7 7 100%
34 16 17 94.11%
Total 79 80 98.75%

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