Jump Hang (ジャンプハング) was a First Stage obstacle introduced right after Akiyama Kazuhiko's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 4, debuting as the fourth obstacle in SASUKE 5, replacing Maruta Kudari from the previous tournament.
Competitors had to leap forward off of a trampoline to grasp the underside of a cargo net. After that, they either traverse under it and risked touching the water or climbed over it and rolled down the cargo net, though none of those who cleared it in SASUKE 5 did it this way.
The obstacle ultimately proved to be one of the most difficult obstacles in SASUKE history, as most top competitors failed here once, including almost every member of SASUKE All-Stars, with Shiratori Bunpei being the only one to never fail it. Shiratori is also famous for his one-foot jump's technique, with him being the only one to clear it doing this way.
In SASUKE 6 alone, it took out 51 competitors, becoming the obstacle with most eliminations in a single tournament, including Akiyama Kazuhiko in his first tournament back since his Kanzenseiha. Akiyama will then fail it twice more in SASUKE 7 and 8, before finally clearing it in SASUKE 10.
There have been few minor modifications to this obstacle. In SASUKE 10, the net was slightly placed further away than any other tournaments, which caught several competitors who cleared the obstacle from the previous tournaments off-guard, such as Takeda Toshihiro and Nagano Makoto. In SASUKE 14 and 15, due to the appearance of Butterfly Wall, Jump Hang was moved to the fifth position. Lastly, in SASUKE 17, it again moved to the sixth obstacle due to the appearances of Maruta Zaka and Circle Slider.
However, the biggest modification came in SASUKE 13, where a new version of Jump Hang, known formally as Jump Dangle (ジャンプダングル) or Jump Hang (Rope Version) [ジャンプハング (ロープ版)], was used instead of the original Jump Hang. The purpose remain the same except the net was now replaced by ropes dangled from a scaffolding. Perhaps due to the modification, competitors noticeably spent less time clearing this version, so producers decided to use this version only in SASUKE 13. In fact, Nagano Makoto cleared the jump's sequence in only four seconds, which wouldn't be possible in original Jump Hang.
After Nagano Makoto's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 17, this obstacle was replaced by a much harder Jumping Spider in SASUKE 18. However, when Urushihara Yuuji achieve Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24, as part of Kanzen Renewal, Jump Hang returned again in SASUKE 25. It however was directly replaced in the following tournament by Jumping Spider again.
Although the intent was to grab the net, it was possible to grab the top support of the obstacle. Four competitors did this:
- Hatakeda Yoshiaki in SASUKE 6, with him being the only competitor to grab the top part of Jump Hang with both of his hands, while others managed to grab the support with only one hand.
- James Okada in SASUKE 7.
- Kane Kosugi in SASUKE 7.
- Paul Anthony Terek in SASUKE 17.
Jump Hang Kai
Instead of jumping to one net positioned perpendicular to the trampoline, two nets were positioned parallel to the trampoline. Competitors needed to jump from the trampoline to either one side and grabbed the front of the net. From there, they needed to traverse the net similar to Net Bridge to reach the other side. It was also legal to climb inside the net, but doing so wasted a lot of time.
Despite not doing much damage like the original version, it took down notable competitors like Ishimaru Kenjiro and Shiratori Bunpei in SASUKE 30. Shiratori's failure create a funny and interesting stats, as he is the only member of SASUKE All-Stars to fail this version, while Shiratori was the only member of SASUKE All-Stars to never fail the original version.
Its purpose remained the same, jump using a trampoline far enough in order to reach and grab the net. However competitors could only go under the net instead of above, similar to Jump Hang used on American Ninja Warrior 6 in Miami and American Ninja Warrior 7 in San Pedro (Military). This rule might be affected by the fact that the top of the net was close enough to the ceiling of the indoor room, leaving no space to climb above it. Also, the net was painted in red to match the name of the stage.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
- Notes: In a special before SASUKE 15, the completion percentage was said to be from SASUKE 5 to SASUKE 14, 201 clears out of 470 attempts for a percentage of 42.7%. It was unknown how competitors did in each specific tournament, therefore these numbers were not included in the individual tournaments but were calculated into the final overall total.
Jump Hang Kai
American Ninja Warrior
The Jump Hang appeared as the fourth obstacle on:
- American Ninja Warrior 3 in qualifying and semifinal,
- American Ninja Warrior 4 in every qualifying region,
- American Ninja Warrior 5 in Denver (Jump Hang Kai version),
- American Ninja Warrior 6 in Miami, and
- American Ninja Warrior 7 in San Pedro (Military), as the second obstacle rather than as the fourth obstacle, with the Monkey Pegs took its place.
On American Ninja Warrior 6 and American Ninja Warrior 7, competitors could only climb under the net. This particular rule made this obstacle more challenging, as competitors tried to stay above the water. Although several competitors failed on this obstacle, it was notable for eliminating:
- Dustin Rocho during American Ninja Warrior 4's Southwest region finals, resulting a ruptured eardrum,
- Brian Orosco during American Ninja Warrior 4's Northwest region qualifiers, and
- Flip Rodriguez during American Ninja Warrior 6's Miami qualifiers, when his posterior touched the water while climbing down the cargo net.
On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the Jump Hang Kai, locally called Vách Lưới, appeared as the fourth obstacle in Stage 1B, replacing the Giant Swing from the past three SASUKE Vietnam seasons. However, unlike in SASUKE, one additional rule was added to the obstacle, in which competitors were not allowed to climb inside either of the cargo nets. If they did so, they would be disqualified.
This obstacle was extremely easy compared to its appearance in SASUKE. Since the nets were placed very near to the trampoline, many competitors skipped the trampoline jump by making a long run-up or even just making a standing jump at the starting platform, very similar to the Net Bridge in SASUKE 18. However, it shockingly claimed Hiroshi Miyamoto as the only victim of this obstacle, when his hands slipped at the net after the jump and fell into the water.
Other SASUKE's International Formats
Jump Hang has been used in several SASUKE/Ninja Warrior's international formats, with most of them had the same specification and completion rule from American Ninja Warrior 6 and American Ninja Warrior 7, including:
- Ninja Warrior UK.
- Australian Ninja Warrior.
- SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia.