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 tournaments.

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

Goren Hammer, KUNOICHI 10

In KUNOICHI 5, a variation of this obstacle, named Furiko Michi, appeared as the fourth obstacle in the Second Stage, but no one failed on this obstacle. 

Then, the Goren Hammer returned as the third obstacle in the BLUE Stage (Second Stage) from KUNOICHI 10 onward, which was now being called with its original name and functioned the same as the one used in SASUKE.

Other Appearances

SASUKE Vietnam 3's Goren Hammer

SASUKE Vietnam 3's Goren Hammer

The Goren Hammer (called locally as Tránh Búa Qua Cầu or Cầu Búa) appeared as the fourth obstacle in Stage 2 on SASUKE Vietnam 1, and then as the third obstacle in Stage 1A on SASUKE Vietnam 2 and SASUKE Vietnam 3.

With the introduction of the 100-second time limit on SASUKE Vietnam 1's Stage 2, and then on SASUKE Vietnam 3's Stage 1A, this obstacle became more brutal, wiping out numbers of competitors. On SASUKE Vietnam 3 in particular, it shockingly eliminated SASUKE Vietnam 2's champion Lê Văn Thực when he accidentally grabbed the hammer with his hands, resulting a disqualification.

On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the obstacle was replaced by the Spinning Log.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found


SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
1 8 15 53.33%
2 12 15 80%
3 8 9 88.89%
4 12 15 81.25%
5 1 1 100%
6 5 5 100%
7 5 5 100%
8 5 5 100%
9 6 6 100%
Total 65 76 85.52%


KUNOICHI Clears Attempts Percentage
10 5 5 100%
11 8 8 100%
Total 13 13 100%


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