I don’t watch much TV generally but today I came across a terrific show from Japan on G4 called Ninja Warrior! [LINK]. When you’re flicking through the stations and you see a show named "Ninja Warrior" there’s only one possible course of action: Watch it.
"Olympic athletes, K-1 fighters and pro-wrestlers from around the world compete to conquer the ultimate obstacle course – Ninja Warrior. Since 1997, over 1,400 people have attempted Stage One, less than 200 have made it through. Only one has completed all four stages. Tune in to see what it takes to conquer… Ninja Warrior!"
The basic premise is 100 competitors compete on each show. There are four rounds. Each round has it’s own obstacle course and if you finish you get through to the next round. The obstacles are related to what a ninja might face and they are crazy. Only 11 people made it through round 1 on the show I caught.
Competitors make impossible leaps off of spring boards to catch on to chains or metal rings. If you miss you land in the drink. It’s sort of like MMX but for real athletes.
The toughest obstacle was probably in stage 3. It’s a thin ledge about 2 inches wide which you must cling to using your finger tips, sort of doing a chin up with your palms facing outward. You then have to work your way along this thing, about 12 feet. The ledge is stepped in the middle so you have to move UPWARDS to the next ledge about 2 feet. Then on a bit, then back down. It’s nuts and only I think 3 dudes finished.
Add to this that it’s Japanese with hilariously bad english subtitles, I wish there was more stuff like this on TV.