Intro

The 1st tournament, (officially,「究極のサバイバルアタックSASUKE」) (Kyuukyoku no Sabaibaruatakku SASUKE; literally Ultimate Survival Attack SASUKE), was the first ever SASUKE tournament, held in 1997, and aired as a special on Kinniku Banzuke. It was the only indoor tournament in SASUKE history, held at Tokyo Bay NK Hall.

Several recurring competitors made their first appearance here, including two future SASUKE All-StarsYamamoto Shingo and Yamada Katsumi. Other strong competitors emerged, such as Ōmori Akira, Hasegawa Ken, Miura Eiichi and Kane Kosugi. Not all, however, would stick around SASUKE all that long despite their seemingly high skill level.

Results-wise, 23 competitors cleared the First Stage, which was the sixth most clears in the First Stage, with SASUKE 34 (24 clears), SASUKE 27 (27 clears), SASUKE 30 (27 clears), SASUKE 2 (34 clears), and SASUKE 4 (37 clears) being the tournaments with higher clears in the First Stage than SASUKE 1. At 44 years old, Inoue Kiyomi became the oldest competitor to clear the First Stage. His record still stands today.

Six competitors cleared the Second Stage, while four cleared the Third Stage, including Kawashima Takayuki, who is the youngest ever to do so at 18 years old. However, no one was close to achieving kanzenseiha.

First Stage

Obstacles

Taki Nobori 滝登り

Burasagari Maruta ぶら下がり丸太

Taki Kudari 滝下り

Sosoritatsu Kabe そそり立つ壁

Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋

Maruta Kudari 丸太下り

Free Climbing フリークライミング

Kabe Nobori 壁登り

Time Limit: 70 seconds

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
1 Tanaka Tomokazu (21) Office Worker/Stage 3 Karate Free Climbing フリークライミング Time Out. First to attempt SASUKE, and first to beat the Taki Nobori, Burasagari Maruta, Taki Kudari, Sosoritatsu Kabe, Yureru Hashi and Maruta Kudari.
2 Yano Shinichi (24) Ito Ham Huskies RB Clear (02.2 seconds left) First to beat Free Climbing and Kabe Nobori. First to clear SASUKE's First Stage.
3 Miyajima Kazuya (16) Chigasaki High School Basketball Club Captain Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋 Digest.
4 Iwasawa Ayako (17) Chigasaki High School Volleyball Club Vice Captain Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest. First woman to attempt SASUKE.
5 Hirata Ryojiro (17) Rikkyo High School Wrestling Club Captain Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋 Digest.
6 Asayama Hiroshi (18) Rikkyo High School Track and Field Club Captain Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
7 Yamamoto Shingo (23) Gas Station Worker Clear (29.0 seconds left)
8 Kawamura Takehiko (24) Trucker Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
9 Okada Takashi (26) Amateur Kickboxer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
10 Iwasaki Tokumasa (21) Toyo University kickboxing Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
11 Sugaya Seigou (21) Toyo University Kickboxing Club Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
12 Isoda Hiromasa (21) Tokyo Science University Rugby Club Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
13 Mitani Takuya (22) Tokyo Science University Rugby Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
14 Kasamatu Nobuyuki (27) Actor Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
15 Matuyama Tatsu (18) Tokyo University lacrosse Club Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
16 Hasegawa Seiichi (30) Class "A" snowboard instructor Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
17 Komiya Riki (27) Snowboard importer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
18 Yamamoto Yoshihito (24) Truck driver Clear (18.8 seconds left) Digest.
19 Kida Naoyuki (23) Gakushuin University Rugby Club Former Captain Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
20 Takubo Kazuo (20) Gakushuin University Rugby Club Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
21 Morita Daisuke (22) Gakushuin University soccer team former captain Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
22 Sakamoto Takashi (30) Japan Action Club member Clear (06.0 seconds left)
23 Fuse Shuzo (35) Snowboard school principal Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
24 Ogasawara Takashi (29) Former Motorcycle racer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
25 Wakae Kazuo (29) Free Climbing instructor Clear (08.3 seconds left) Digest.
26 Mito Hajime (27) Fitness gym instructor Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
27 Atarashii Ichirō (26) Fitness gym instructor Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
28 Takezaki Ryo (22) Sophia University handball Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
29 Wada Naomi (21) Sophia University Shorinji Kempo Club Captain Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
30 Saitoh Minoru (19) Sophia University cheerleader Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
31 Ōta Yūsuke (23) Tsukuba University Swimming Club Clear (01.8 seconds left) Digest.
32 Shimogayachi Takuya (23) Professional kickboxer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
33 Sasa Keisuke (20) Suruga University soccer Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
34 Kaneko Takayuki (22) Chuou University Third Year Student Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
35 Terauchi Hajime (20) Meiji Gakuin University Skiing Circle Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
36 Murayama Ryoei (24) Meiji Gakuin University Skiing Circle Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
37 Urusizaki Akiyoshi (20) Tokyo Science University Soccer Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
38 Yamada Masahiro (20) Rikkyo University Soccer Club Burasagari Maruta ぶら下がり丸太 Digest.
39 Shinozuka Masashi (22) Goldsmith Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
40 Miura Eiichi (29) Construction Worker Clear (26.2 seconds left)
41 Okajima Kōsei (30) Wholesaler Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
42 Ichinose Akiko (21) Tokyo Women's University Hockey Club Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
43 Koyama Shuichiro (19) Yokohama National University Yacht Club Clear (01.3 seconds left) Digest. He timed out albeit pressing the buzzer, but was rectified to have completed the stage on time.
44 Uedana Hiroshi (30) Office Worker Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
45 Kurokawa Toshiyuki (22) Bartender Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
46 Sugaya Yasuyuki (23) Part-time Worker Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
47 Araki Motoharu (21) Tokyo Medical College Skiing Club Clear (09 seconds left) Digest.
48 Tatsukawa Tomihiro (33) Office Worker Taki Kudari 滝下り
49 Kawashima Takayuki (18) Sixth in the 1995 Acro Gymnastics World Championship Clear (11 seconds left) Digest.
50 Shigematsu Hideki (28) Commercial Lighting Industry Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
51 Yukawa Takahiro (22) Waseda University Basketball Circle Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
52 Kudo Takayuki (20) Waseda University Basketball Circle Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
53 Yumigari Makoto (23) Amateur Boxer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
54 Miyagi Hidekazu (22) Amateur Boxer Clear (33.0 seconds left) Digest. Fastest First Stage clear of the tournament.
55 Kamiyama Shun (18) Amateur Boxer Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
56 Ōhashi Katsuhide (23) Waseda University Kendo Circle Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
57 Sakai Hidetaka (21) Waseda University Kendo Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
58 Ōnuma Kimio (36) Carpenter Burasagari Maruta ぶら下がり丸太 Digest.
59 Iijima Toyohisa (21) GSDF Clear (19.4 seconds left)
60 Yamada Kunihiro (29) Chitose Hill High School baseball club Manager Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
61 Ishii Yoshinobu (29) Talent Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
62 Hasebe Kei (23) International Budo University Track and Field Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
63 Yagi Kōsuke (23) Body Board Instructor Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
64 Tada Tomohiro (23) Construction Worker Clear (06 seconds left) Digest.
65 Watanabe Katsusada (23) Barbecue Restaurant Employee Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
66 Washizuka Masaharu (19) Professional Cyclist Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
67 Ishikawa Shinji (19) Professional Cyclist Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋 Digest.
68 Sakai Norihiro (19) Professional Cyclist Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
69 Unesema Hajime (25) Nikko Edo Wonderland Ninja Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
70 Ogai Tetsuo (37) Hang Glider Salesperson Free Climbing フリークライミング Digest. Time Out.
71 Kinoshita Kimiaki (34) Bean jam seller Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋 Digest.
72 Yō Takashi (20) Toho Gakuen Junior College Student Clear (18.5 seconds left) Middle Cut.
73 Aida Shigeru (25) Toei Subway Staff Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
74 Aida Saburō (23) Construction Worker Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
75 Ishikawa Makoto (25) Nihon University Rugby Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
76 Amoto Naoto (23) Demolisher Clear (07 seconds left) Digest.
77 Yamane Kōichi (22) Toyo University Student Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.The foot got caught in-between the barrels when transiting.
78 Sugimoto Kazuhiro (20) Tokyo Agriculture University Basketball Club Clear (10 seconds left) Digest.
79 Fujii Takuma (19) Kokushikan University Basketball Club Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
80 Kawakami Yukio (22) Keio University Skiing Circle Free Climbing フリークライミング/⑧ Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
81 Nakano Tatsuo (32) Professional Wrestler Taki Nobori 滝登り
82 Takemura Takeshi (25) Fitness Gym Instructor Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
83 Mezaki Masahiro (30) Body Builder Taki Nobori 滝登り Digest.
84 Tanaka Shigeru (30) 1993 and 1995 World Handball Championships Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
85 Minagawa Tomoki (23) BBQ Restaurant Service Burasagari Maruta ぶら下がり丸太 Digest.
86 Asida Kazunori (22) Chuou University Swimming Club Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
87 Anzai Koichi (20) SDFP Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
88 Inoue Kiyomi (44) Surfer Clear (15.2 seconds left) Oldest person to clear the First Stage.
89 Kane Kosugi (22) Actor/Geinojin Sportsman No. 1 Clear (02.0 seconds left)
90 Satō Hisaya (25) 1997 All-Japan Giant Slalom Champion Clear (28.3 seconds left)
91 Koyama Takashi (22) Office Worker Kabe Nobori 壁登り Time Out.
92 Yamada Katsumi (31) Quick Muscle National Runner-up Clear (05.9 seconds left) Middle Cut.
93 Kokubu Ken (22) Tokyo Unicersity Shorinji Kempo Club Yureru Hashi 揺れる橋 Digest.
94 Iketani Yukio (27) Barcelona Olympic Silver Medalist in Gymnastics Clear (29.2 seconds left)
95 Zhang Da-Yong (27) Physical Education Teacher Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
96 Hasegawa Ken (24) Nikko Edo Wonderland Ninja Clear (20 seconds left) Digest.
97 Ōmori Akira (29) Comedian Clear (24.1 seconds left)
98 Ishikawa Masaya (17) Keio High School Alpine Club Kabe Nobori 壁登り Digest. Time Out.
99 Fukada Soichiro (30) Free Climber Taki Kudari 滝下り Digest.
100 Kawashima Hiroshi (27) Former WBC Junior-bantamweight Class Champion Burasagari Maruta ぶら下がり丸太
Total 100 Attempts 23 Clears

Second Stage

Obstacles

Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク

Ugokukabe 動く壁

Spider Climb スパイダークライム

Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー

Gyakusō Conveyor 逆走コンベア

Wall Lifting WALL LIFTING

Time Limit: 50 seconds

Length: 65.5 m

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
2 Yano Shinichi (24) Ito Ham Huskies RB Spider Climb スパイダークライム First to beat the Spider Walk and Ugokukabe.
7 Yamamoto Shingo (23) Gas Station Worker Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー Course Out. Cleared all five hammers, but lost his balance at the end and fell. First to beat Spider Climb.
18 Yamamoto Yoshihito (24) Truck driver Clear (9.2 seconds left) First to beat Goren Hammer, Gyakusō Conveyor and Wall Lifting. First to beat SASUKE's Second Stage and the fastest Second Stage clear of the tournament.
22 Sakamoto Takashi (30) Japan Action Club member Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー Digest.
25 Wakae Kazuo (29) Free Climbing instructor Ugokukabe 動く壁 Digest.
31 Ōta Yūsuke (23) Tsukuba University Swimming Club Ugokukabe 動く壁 Digest.
40 Miura Eiichi (29) Construction worker Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー Course Out. Cleared all five hammers, but lost his balance at the end and fell.
43 Koyama Shuichiro (19) Yokohama National University yacht Club Ugokukabe 動く壁 All Cut.
47 Araki Motoharu (21) Tokyo Medical College Skiing Club Spider Climb スパイダークライム All Cut.
49 Kawashima Takayuki (18) Sixth in the 1995 Acro Gymnastics World Championship Clear (2.3 seconds left)
54 Miyagi Hidekazu (22) Amateur Boxer Wall Lifting WALL LIFTING Time Out.
59 Iijima Toyohisa (21) GSDF Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー Time Out.
64 Tada Tomohiro (23) Construction Worker Spider Climb スパイダークライム All Cut.
72 Yō Takashi (20) Toho Gakuen Junior College Student Clear (0.16 seconds left)
76 Amoto Naoto(23) Demolisher Spider Climb スパイダークライム All Cut.
78 Sugimoto Kazuhiro (20) Tokyo Agriculture University Basketball Club Wall Lifting WALL LIFTING Digest. Time Out.
88 Inoue Kiyomi (44) Surfer/Oldest Contestent to clear Stage One. Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク
89 Kane Kosugi (22) Actor/Geinojin Sportsman No. 1 Clear (4.9 seconds left)
90 Satō Hisaya (25) 1997 All-Japan Giant Slalom Champion Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー Course Out. Cleared all five hammers, but lost his balance at the end and fell.
92 Yamada Katsumi (31) Quick Muscle National Runner-up Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー
94 Iketani Yukio (27) Barcelona Olympic Silver Medalist in Gymnastics Goren Hammer 5連ハンマー
96 Hasegawa Ken (24) Nikko Edo Wonderland Ninja Clear (0.10 seconds left)
97 Ōmori Akira (29) Comedian Clear (0.99 seconds left.)
Total 23 Attempts 6 Clears

Third Stage

Obstacles

Pole Bridge ポールブリッジ

Propeller Untei プロペラ雲梯

Hariyama 針山

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
18 Yamamoto Yoshihito (24) Truck Driver Pole Bridge ポールブリッジ
49 Kawashima Takayuki (18) Sixth in the 1995 Acro Gymnastics World Championship Clear First to beat the Pole Bridge, Propeller Untei and Hariyama. First to beat SASUKE's Third Stage. Youngest to clear Third Stage.
72 Yō Takashi (20) Toho Gakuen Junior College Student Clear
89 Kane Kosugi (22) Actor/Geinojin Sportsman No. 1 Pole Bridge ポールブリッジ
96 Hasegawa Ken (24) Nikko Edo Wonderland Ninja Clear
97 Ōmori Akira (29) Comedian Clear
Total 6 Attempts 4 Clears

Final Stage

Obstacles

Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m)

Time Limit: 30 seconds

Results

Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
49 Kawashima Takayuki (18) Sixth in the 1995 Acro Gymnastics World Championship Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m) About 10m up.
72 Yō Takashi (20) Toho Gakuen Junior College Student Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m) About 8m up.
96 Hasegawa Ken (24) Nikko Edo Wonderland Ninja Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m) About 8m up.
97 Ōmori Akira (29) Comedian Tsuna Nobori 綱登り (15m) About 11m up. Last Man Standing.
Total 4 Attempts 0 Clears

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