This Has to Be Seen to Be Believed, a Modern-Day Samurai’s Amazing Skills

Modern-Day Samurai Isao Machii. (Image: Creative Commons)
Modern-Day Samurai Isao Machii. (Image: Creative Commons)

This truly needs to be seen to be believed. Isao Machii calls himself a modern-day samurai warrior, and he began studying this ancient Japanese martial art at the age of 5. He is now the head of his own samurai school.

Isao Machii holds a number of Guinness World Records for his sword skills,

which includes:

  1. Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (suegiri)
  2. Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts
  3. Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes
  4. and fastest tennis ball (440 mph) cut by a sword

Now, he has been video-taped slicing a speeding pellet in half with a sword, a 3 mm plastic ball shot out of a BB gun. The pellet travels at 200 mph and reaches him in 0.026 seconds. A standard person’s reaction time is about .19 seconds to visually identify that something has occurred, which means it takes about .30 seconds to decisively react.

Watch Isao Machii cut this plastic pellet in half with his sword:

A witness, Dr. Ramani Durvasula, an associate Professor of Psychology from California State University, said she heard the blade connect with the bullet, but could not see it.

Here, Isao Machii cuts a pellet in half traveling at 220 mph, shown in slow motion:

What this guy can do is nothing to scoff at; he has some insane reflexes. It is easy to see how the samurai kept the Shoguns in power for nearly 700 years in Japan.






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