Samurai Slices A 160 Kph Baseball In Half

Samurai Slices A 160 Kph Baseball In Half

Master swordsman Isao Machii is back! This time he’s here to cut a fastball in two.

This latest clip is done in one continuous take so you can see that Machii doesn’t need camera trickery.

He only needs a sword.

In the clip, they show how the radar clocks the ball’s speed at 161 km/h (100 mph). Machii cut the ball at 9.22 meters from where the pitching machine fired it.


Machii, who’s often called a “modern day samurai,” is staggeringly quick on the draw. Previously, we’ve seen him cut 80mph fried shrimp and battle a robot.


  • Fake. If japanese shows and anime have taught me anything the wall and everything else in front of him would have been sliced in two as well.

    • Yes, and then everything would have stopped still for several seconds before a spray of blood came out of everything, the ball included. Only then would the sliced objects have fallen apart.

  • Isn’t he pretty much just unsheathing the sword in line with the machine and the hole in the net?

    The reaction time is impressive, the accuracy….meh.

    • If you slow it down, you can see he’s making contact with the upper section of the blade, so he has fully unsheathed, and started a strike. That being said, the ball launcher is obviously on a predetermined path, so that helps a lot.
      Iaido and Kendo prize conservation of movement and precision, so why swing if there’s no need?

    • I can just imagine him getting up at 5am to practise every day, facing ball after ball, day after day, until he can finally get it. A bit like Don Bradman practising with a cricket stump and golf ball, this will stand him in good stead as enemies rush towards him, head first, at 160 km/h.

  • Its pretty amazing. But all you would have to do is stick the blade out in front of the ball and the force of the ball traveling would just do the work for you.

    If it is like any pitching machine I have faced you can load the machine up with many balls and it just continuously spits them out in 5 second intervals.

    If you noticed he took a couple pitches first and just counted the timing. Not to mention since it is a video it could of been redone a 100 times.

  • Well that was a waste of time.
    A split second of cutting, the rest was a counting lesson with some random dude… i expected a slowmo or something. ..

  • Is samurai still an actual profession, or is “guy with sword in bathrobe” more accurate?
    We’re all agreed that none of us get to pretend we should be called knights, right?

        • “guy with sword in bathrobe”

          You don’t find that culturally racist & insensitive? If you don’t then you’re out of touch and ignorant of other cultures. Are you going to go to PNG(my birthplace) and say all the guys there are wearing skirts? No, you’re not, because they’re not skirts, they’re lap laps(sarong) and the traditional wear of those native to their land. Just as this Japanese individual is wearing his traditional clothing.

      • No, I’m not the ignorant one, I’m just prejudiced against time travelers.
        samurai: a member of a powerful military caste in feudal Japan.

        You can call be major in 2015, you can’t be a knight. This is not a racist statement.

        • The article says people call him a “modern day samurai” (in inverted commas). This isn’t saying that he is a historical samurai: it is simply comparing him to the historical figures. And from the context, they are comparing his sword skills.

          And in 2015, you can certainly be a knight. We just made Prince Philip one this year.

          • Prince Phillip is almost 95yrs old. While technically a knight, imagine him in a suit of armour protecting the realm against the Barbarians. Haha

    • Speak for yourself. I am known to all as a Knight of the Most Ancient and Majestic Order of the Traveling Samurai Brethren.

  • Something most people don’t know is that the Samurai are extinct.

    The Last known samurai was Saigō Takamori who died in 1877 at The Satsuma Rebellion.
    If you have ever seen the Last Samurai movie, it is heavily based on Saigō Takamori and The Satsuma Rebellion.

    Anyone claiming to be samurai are simply hired as a tourist attraction.

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