This is Isao Machii. He can cut a speeding bullet with his trusty katana. Like a mother fucking boss. Observe:
The physicist in my says, “Yeah, that’s cool, but…”
A BB pellet has a much greater rate of deceleration than a true bullet due to its shape. It may leave the muzzle at 200mph, but I want to know how slow it is moving at the point where Machii hits it. That’s also a hell of a lot slower than an actual bullet travels.
Also, based on perspective, it is probably easier for him, staring down the path of the projectile to track it than for someone to the side of the path.
But still pretty damned impressive.
The physicist in you might be right, but you need to think about how small and white that BB pellet is.
Even if it slows down, it is still inhumanly difficult to cut.
Actually, Isao Machii has had some tests run on his perception during extreme-speed cuts, and it has been determined several times by different teams of scientists that he is perceiving something his eye cannot actually physically see, thus, one of his other senses (the idea that we only have 6 is a common misconception – the proper number is anywhere between 14-20) is so sharp that he is able to detect the object before making a cut.
Aside from that, Isao Machii is a renown Iaijutsu master who holds dozens of records. His skill in battojutsu and iaijutsu is currently unrivalled – and I doubt it ever will be.
Fucking science. This is why we can’t have nice things. 😛
People can give all the explanations they like, but seriously….only someone with his skill and coordination could possibly have pulled that off. Epic..
Isn’t this the same guy that was on a japanese gameshow awhile back? He did the same trick, but cut the BB from less than 30 yards. I’ll see if I can find the video.
Well, I couldn’t find the exact video I was looking for, but it is the same guy. Here’s a link:
Oh…well, didn’t expect the player to fill the screen like that. Sorry!
Machii is pretty amazing, I’m curious what that last ball was. Baseballs don’t have dimples (unless Japanese baseballs do), and it’s too big for a golf ball. Absolutely loved the mat cutting, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it where they were free-standing on their end.
That History Channel shot is cute, but how many rounds were fired? The host said something that led me to believe that it took several rounds before he hit one.
Mythbusters did one of their ninja myth episodes of a ninja being able to catch an arrow. It was pretty thoroughly busted.
This is such bull. He is a skilled artist but not superhuman. A skilled marksman fires the bullet directly at the point were the sword exists the scabbard.Machii watches the marksman at all times and just as the marksman fires the pellet, machii pulls his sword in a very practised and precise manner and the bullet hits the sword.
Amazing artistry for sure and probably has taken many years to perfect, but superhuman he aint.