Sometimes ninjas almost seem like mythical beings of cinematic invention. Affixed to every ninja is a quality so mysterious that it makes it hard to think of them as real-life beings. Little do we know, though, ninjas walk among us; we usually just do not have the benefit of getting to see them in action. Thanks to Isao Machii, however, the public finally gets to witness the skills of a ninja up close and personal.
Officially labeled as a laido master (which is basically sword karate), the 42-year-old Machii has been making videos displaying his impressive skills for a while now. He has done everything on camera from battling the world’s most advanced robot, to cutting flying fruit in half. There is even a video of him slicing a BB gun pellet in half that had been shot at him. (See picture on right for reference.)
Now he has turned to sporting equipment. Machii has further proven his skills by cutting a baseball in half that was pitched at a speed of 100 miles per hour. For this test of his laido greatest, they use a batting cage. Probably, I would imagine, to ensure the accuracy of the pitch. Before the baseball is launched, our heroic ninja seems cool, calm, and collected. He watches a couple pitches go by to get the timing down. He then proceeds to cut the baseball cleanly in half without an air of hesitation. (See video below)
The camera shows us the ball immediately following the slicing, which has been cleanly bisected. We are then made witness to the incredibly short distance Machii stood from the pitching machine.
You might wonder how Machii was able to keep his cool throughout this event of living up to his skills. Then you remember his credentials, and you understand why he didn’t break a sweat. Not only has he proven himself time and time again in all these videos, he also holds multiple spots in the Guinness World Records, including “Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (suegiri),” “Fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts,” “Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes,” and finally, “Fastest tennis ball (708 km/h) cut by sword.” So, yeah… the guy can’t do much more to prove himself.
And whether or not you are impressed by Machii’s skills, you now at least know that ninjas do indeed exist.