Yamada wearing his red and white gloves during the Chain Reaction.

Yamada Katsumi's Glove Disqualification is a controversial ruling that occured during SASUKE 12's Second Stage where Yamada Katsumi was disqualified for using his gloves on the Spider Walk portion. For safety reasons, competitors must wear gloves during the Chain Reaction obstacle, but must take them off before they attempt the Spider Walk obstacle. Yamada did not know this and the rule was never explicity stated before this, thus the controversy was created. Most people have only seen his first run and are either unaware or have never seen the other two.

Yamada's First Attempt


Yamada using his gloves on the Spider Walk.

This was the run shown in the TBS broadcast and all other broadcasts there after. During his introduction to the stage, Yamada is shown wearing his red and white gloves for his iron works job. Nervous about the Chain Reaction, Yamada brings these gloves to the course. He uses those own gloves on the Chain Reaction obstacle and then fails to take them off before the Spider Walk obstacle. He goes on to beat the Balance Tank that he failed in SASUKE 11 and clears with 3.64 seconds left. However, the judge rules that Yamada is disqualified for using his gloves on the Spider Walk. Yamada appeals, stating that he did not know that one had to take off their gloves, as it wasn't an explained rule before that (it was more understood). Because of this, the judge gives Yamada a rare second attempt at the course.

Yamada's Second Attempt

Yamada's second run was cut from the TBS broadcast but shown on ZONE, a show similar to the future show SASUKE Maniac. In this run, Yamada cleared most of the Second Stage, but timed out on the Wall Lifting obstacle, just as he was hitting the button. Yamada again protested, this time claiming there was a mechanical problem on the button. The judge then awarded him an even rarer third attempt of the Second Stage after Nagano Makoto's run.

Yamada's Third Attempt


Yamada falling from the Brick Climb in SASUKE 12's Introduction.

In Yamada's third and final attempt, his whole run was cut from any broadcast. The only video about this run was shown during SASUKE 12's introduction, where Yamada is shown climbing the Brick Climb but slipped and fell to the bottom. During this run, Yamada suffered a foot injury and was either too injured or too tired to continue much further. He eventually made it to the Spider Walk where he timed out there, and the judge ruled that his first attempt would be the official ruling.


Number Name (Age) Profile Result Notes
98 Yamada Katsumi (37) Ironworker ② Disqualified on Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク First Attempt. Most people have seen this and this is the official ruling. Yamada clears the stage with 3.64 seconds left. However, he was disqualified for using his gloves on the Spider Walk.
98 Yamada Katsumi (37) Ironworker Wall Lifting ウォールリフティング Second Attempt. Time Out. Yamada made it to the Wall Lifting obstacle, pressed the button but ran out of time. Claimed a mechanical problem.
99 Jordan Jovtchev (30) Olympic Gymnast Clear (02.68 seconds left) Digest.
100 Nagano Makoto (30) Miyazaki Prefecture Fisherman Clear (14.6 seconds left)
98 Yamada Katsumi (37) Ironworker Spider Walk スパイダーウォーク Final Attempt. Time Out. Run all cut, only part shown during SASUKE 12 introduction.
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