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Tarzan Rope (ターザンロープ), called Tarzan Jump (SASUKE 10 and 12)/Tarzan Swing (SASUKE 11) in English broadcasts, was the penultimate obstacle of First Stage from SASUKE 10 to SASUKE 12.

The obstacle consisted of five ropes hanging from the scaffolding above and over the water. Competitors must cross all five ropes to make it to the next obstacle, Rope Climb.

The ropes were rubbery and stretched when competitors hung from them (similar to Bungee Rope Climb, which would appear in Third Stage from SASUKE 25 to SASUKE 27).

Competitors were also allowed to bypass as many ropes as they wished. Some competitors jumped past the obstacle all together, trying to make it to Rope Climb in order to save time (as Iijima Toyohisa did in SASUKE 11, although he timed out soon before reaching the button due to showboating).

Yamada Katsumi at the start of Tarzan Rope
in SASUKE 10

Yamada Katsumi at the start of Tarzan Rope in SASUKE 11

In SASUKE 11, there was a plank placed above the original starting platform, so it was easier for competitors to reach the ropes.

Nagano Makoto at the start of modified Tarzan Rope
in SASUKE 12

For SASUKE 12, the number of ropes was decreased to four, increasing the size of the gap between each rope. This modification is also what used in SASUKE 13 Trials. This version also removed the plank appeared before.

When the course was redesigned for SASUKE 13, Tarzan Rope was replaced with its predecessor, Tarzan Jump, possibly due to its high clear rate across the three tournaments it was in despite being hoped that it will be a harder version of Tarzan Jump.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
10 8 10 80%
11 12 14 85.71%
12 14 16 87.5%
Total 34 40 85%

Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 1's Tarzan Swing

The Tarzan Rope (called the Tarzan Swing) appeared as the seventh obstacle during semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 1, with twenty hanging ropes instead of five. Also, the ropes were not rubbery.

Later, this obstacle served as the basic concept of the Rope Jungle, which was used as the first obstacle in Stage Two on American Ninja Warrior 6 and American Ninja Warrior 7.