Bunpei has had back and knee problems, so it seems more than just an isolated injury. Yamada has had injury problems and is nowhere near as agile as he once was.
lol, yamada agile, pretty funny. IMO yamada was never too agile, i mean sure, he could move quick, but his body wasnt really built for Sasuke, it was built for push-ups. Your not to agile, if you fail the Cross bridge. Yes he ade the final stage, but it wasnt too hard for stages 1 and 3. stage 1 the only challenge was the rolling log..., and if u didnt have enough time, then the rope climb. 2nd stage, nothing really agiley, i mean if you have to be agile to Spider walk, then i'm agile. Stage 3, nothing really required you to be agile. And stage 4, you have to be somewhat agile, but have strength, Yamada failed stage 4.
Post by supersheep on Apr 19, 2009 16:37:40 GMT -5
I think 10 years ago Yamada might have had an outside shot at clearing stage 1.. problem is he got worse as the course got harder and now theres such a huge gap between his ability and the difficulty i think it's pretty hopeless.
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I disagree with that, actually. I think Yamada has the physical abilities to at least get to stage two. I don't know how he'd do on the Salmon Ladder, but if he beat it, I think he could also go to stage three. Then the Cliff Hanger would kill him or something and he'd cry.
But yeah, even though he's getting kind of old and he went insane years ago, I believe he's physically capable of going far. He just doesn't have the mental aspect of it down. At all.
All of the All-Stars have the physical ability to pass Stage 1. Probably everyone with the exception of Yamamoto and maybe Yamada could clear Stage 2.
Unfortunetely, the first stage has turned into a crap shoot. The Jumping Spider, Halfpipe Attack, and Slider Jump are all major places to fall even if you've trained for them. Also, only a few people have shown any amount of consistency.
IMO Yamada was always built better for stage 2 and 3.
Stage 1 just hasn't been nice to him.
I think he'd pass the Salmon ladder pretty easily, easier than Sato at least.
I'd say better than Washimi, but Yamada vs. Sato on the salmon ladder is really a toss up on who could do better.
Looking back on how many times the Jumping Spider has back lashed Yamada is really starting to piss me off. I think his best crack at beating Stage 1 was during 20, he knew where he failed last time, what slowed him down and what to expect from 19. He was younger than he is now and he knew the course fairly well. Sadly just another JS fail, his fall in 22 continued to lower my hopes.
Post by japantv1210 on Apr 20, 2009 18:28:13 GMT -5
I feel that all of the allstars, with the exception of Takeda, have passed their prime. However, I also feel that some of them, like Nagano, Shiratori, and possibly even Yamamoto if he stops making careless mistakes on stage 1, have many more good tournaments to come. I just feel that their best days are possibly behind them. The allstars' aging doesn't concern me though, because I feel that there are several younger contestants that have the capability to become serious consistent contenders on the show, like Urushihara, Kanno, and the Nagasakis if they compete again.
Post by Captain Obvious on Apr 21, 2009 20:46:19 GMT -5
Several recent posts seem to revolve around "How would Katsumi Yamada do on the Salmon Ladder?"
Well, that's an interesting question. He does have the upper body strength, but I don't think that would be enough. I would think he'd perform about the same as Koji did, who also has plenty of upper body strength.
Surely he's practiced it... I mean.. seriously... I cannot fathom a world where that man didn't practice a Sasuke obstacle of it's infamy. That said, I can't think of a time I've heard of him performing it in public, like Muscle Park or some festival. Can anyone think of such a time?
The term 'all-stars' implies athletes who have performed better than most based on their performances over the season or are consistently near or at the top. Which of the current 'all-stars' can you say that about?
Look at the results...
Yamada- has failed stage 1 since #12 Akiyama- has failed stage 1 since #16 Yamamoto- has failed stage 1 since #17 Bunpei- Only to 2nd stage once since #17 Takeda- has failed 1st stage last 3 out of 4 times Nagano- Only reached 3rd stage once since #18
All-stars you say? OK Takeda and Nagano maybe. But not the others. Anyways, this whole talk of Sasuke All-stars is pointless but seems to persist on this board. Why?