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Arm Rings, romanized as Arm Ring (アームリング), was a Third Stage obstacle that introduced as the first obstacle in SASUKE 16, replacing Rumbling Dice that had been used since SASUKE 9. Competitor must hang from two rings on different-shaped sliding horizontal 5.5 m track and negotiate several separate rises on the left track and dips on the right track. To make it through the obstacle quickly, competitors would do a strong push in the beginning to make it to the middle and would use the rings to bounce on the poles to get momentum.

Jordan Jovtchev attempting Arm Rings in SASUKE 16

Jordan Jovtchev attempting Arm Rings in SASUKE 16, viewed from close range

Close range view of the transition from Arm Rings to Arm Bike as seen during Takahashi Kenji's run in SASUKE 18

In SASUKE 18, after clearing the obstacle, competitors must grab a horizontal bar as an intermediary to the next obstacle, Arm Bike. However, this design was only used in that tournament, as Arm Bike was replaced in the following tournament.

Although the obstacle was placed for nine tournaments, it served as more of an energy drainer, proven as the only two competitors to ever fail it, Nakata Daisuke (in SASUKE 17) and Yamamoto Shingo (in SASUKE 23), suffered so due to both of them being injured prior to Third Stage. The high clear rate, combining with Urushihara Yuuji's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24, prompts the producers to replace it with Roulette Cylinder in SASUKE 25.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
16 8 8 100%
17 7 8 87.5%
18 3 3 100%
19 0 0 N/A
20 1 1 100%
21 3 3 100%
22 4 4 100%
23 6 7 85.71%
24 7 7 100%
Total 39 41 95.12%

Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 4's Arm Rings in Southwest and Northwest regions

American Ninja Warrior 6's Arm Rings in Denver

Arm Rings appeared in American Ninja Warrior 4, as the eighth obstacle during Southwest and Northwest region finals, and then returned on American Ninja Warrior 6 during Denver finals, once again as the eighth obstacle.

However, the obstacle was proven to be a little harder, as some competitors ran out of energy as they were doing the obstacle. Also, the track was at the same length, but the rises and dips on the track were slightly different than in SASUKE.

Several competitors who failed on this obstacle were Michael Zernow (during American Ninja Warrior 4's Southwest region finals) and Lance Pekus (during American Ninja Warrior 6's Denver finals).

Ninja Warrior UK

Ninja Warrior UK's Arm Rings

In Ninja Warrior UK and Ninja Warrior UK 2, Arm Rings appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semi-finals, which was similar to the one used in SASUKE (since the obstacle was not preceded by any obstacle with no rest).

Ninja Israel

Ninja Israel 3's Arm Rings

The Arm Rings would appear as the fourth obstacle of the qualifiers of Ninja Warrior Israel 3. It is paired with the Crank It Up as part of Route B of the Crossroads. Compared to its previous appearances on other competitions, the obstacle would involve two separate pairs of tracks with various handles placed in between the tracks. In addition, a rope was added at the start of the obstacle, as a medium to reach the pair of rings on the first pair of tracks.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found.
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 (Southwest region) 13 19 68.42%
ANW4 (Northwest region) 16 17 94.12%
ANW6 14 16 87.5%
Total 43 52 82.69%