Kinniku Banzuke was the predecessor show to SASUKE. It ran from October 14, 1995 to May 4, 2002 and ran the first 8 SASUKE tournaments as specials, before its subsequent independence.

The show had over 100 different events over its seven-year span, and like SASUKE, when a competitor earned kanzenseiha in one of a handful of events, it was completely redesigned but the general purpose stayed the same. To reflect this, the event name had a roman numeral added to the end of it (ex. Hand Walk II).

Due to two competitors ending up seriously injured in an event titled "Power Island", the show was canceled and SASUKE became an independent program starting with SASUKE 9.

Notable Events

Concepts Used In SASUKE and KUNOICHI

Many obstacles, events, and concepts were reused for the SASUKE and KUNOICHI tournament, which itself was a spinoff of SASUKE.

  • Deadly Hammers - This obstacle was used in many events and was later recycled into the Goren Hammer. It was based off of the version used in Like a Pierrot IV. On KUNOICHI 5, a similar obstacle, title Furiko Michi, was added as the fourth obstacle on Stage 2, then the Goren Hammer was returned on KUNOICHI 10 and KUNOICHI 11. The Goren Hammer was also appeared on SASUKE Vietnam and Mongolian Ninja Warrior.
  • Spider Walk - This was both an event in Banzuke and an obstacle in SASUKE. In the first four SASUKE's the Spider Walk was very long and similar to the event, but it was shortened for SASUKE 5, then the walls were arranged like an upside down "J" from SASUKE 7 to SASUKE 17. When the obstacle returned from SASUKE 28 onward, the wall arranged same as the one used on the Jumping Spider, and added the Spider Drop from SASUKE 30 onward. A similar obstacle, title Jumping Spider (a hybrid of the Spider Walk and the trampoline on the Jump Hang), was used from SASUKE 18 to SASUKE 24, then returned on SASUKE 26 and SASUKE 27. From American Ninja Warrior 9 onward, thers was a similar obstacle title Bouncing Spider, which was a hybrid of Jumping Spider and Wall Drop.
  • Stage system - This was used in the Trampoline event and later in SASUKE.
  • Conveyor Belt - This obstacle was used in several events and was later named the Gyakusō Conveyor (Reverse Conveyor from SASUKE 32 onward and KUNOICHI 9 onward). It was the same in every event save for Like a Pierrot V, where instead of simply going forward against the movement of the conveyor belt, competitors instead had to stay away from a gate that would close for ten seconds while the conveyor belt moved forwards towards the gate.




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