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Old 01-18-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
Jim Biancolo
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Hi folks,

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Check out the amazing performance this guy turns in on what has to be a ridiculously challenging obstacle course. The video's nine minutes long, but it's worth sticking it out to the end, as each stage gets harder. Quite a display of pulling strength and endurance, agility, etc.

I found this via this thread at the RossTraining forums (comments safe at the time of this writing)

A little follow-up Googling turned up this Wikipedia article stating the guy is Makoto Nagano and the show is "Ninja Warrior", and that only he and another guy (Kazuhiko Akiyama) have ever successfully completed all four stages of the course.

Trying to make sure this hasn't been posted already... I found this thread, but it only shows Paul Terek tackling the first stage.
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:24 AM   #2
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Nice post!

Makes me want to keep working on my pullups of any and all variations...
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:40 AM   #3
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Lots of Parkour-inspired movements. Monkey vaults, tic-tacs, wall runs, cat leaps... Interesting. I've gotta get one of those rolling logs for my backyard...

It's amazing what one can accomplish with a few cans of ninja super glue spray.

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Old 01-18-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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thats awesome!
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:05 PM   #5
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Anybody know what he's spraying on his hands??
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:38 PM   #6
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Something akin to chalk I suppose, for grip.

that is amazing. It might be the gymnast background but I didn't see anything on there I don't think I could do with a couple tries... but linking them all together like that - HELL no. Insane strength, endurance, wow.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:58 PM   #7
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That was the best Ninja Warrior Footage I've seen to date.

I wonder if it's like the " Liquid Chalk " products I've heard of before or if it's like baseball stick'em.

Lifting those walls was a definite C&J and that was a long rope climb.
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Old 01-18-2007, 03:13 PM   #8
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I thought him crossing that hanging curtain was pretty cool, he went across it like a spider. That has to be a whole lot harder than he made it look!

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Old 01-18-2007, 07:52 PM   #9
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the curtain and the two-handed ladder dynos were my favorite part...especially the finisher! from the unanchored pipe to the platform...looked HARD.
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Old 01-19-2007, 02:49 PM   #10
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That's probably contact adhesive. It's used often in the Hammer throw in the Highland Games. It would help a LOT with the grip in these things, with the only potential problem being that if it were TOO sticky, your hands wouldn't come off. That's where a little chalk might temper it.

It was interesting to note how he rested as often as he could, whereas in the only other video of stage 3 I've seen, he took little rest. It looked especially needed prior to the final part with the trapeze.

Excellent video. Thanks for posting it!!!
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