After getting knocked out of the postseason by the lowly Chicago Cubs, we’re pretty sure St. Louis Cardinals fans are in desperate need of a little awesomeness today. And Isao Machii is here for you, Redbird Nation.
In case you haven’t seen one of his many videos that have gone viral, Machii is a 42-year-old Iaido master, which basically means he’s the expert of experts when it comes to being a real-life Fruit Ninja. He and his samurai sword own a number of Guinness World Records, such as the fastest 1,000 martial arts sword cuts and fastest tennis ball cut by a sword. He’s also sliced a BB Gun pellet in half and annihilated a fried shrimp whizzing towards him at the speed of 80 mph.
So, yeah, dude’s a cut above (sorry).
Now, looking to up the ante – or perhaps in honor of MLB’s postseason – Machii is back with a brand new stunt, one that perhaps replicates what it’s like to step into the batter’s box against a fireballer like Aroldis Chapman. Without a helmet, Machii sets up in front of a pitching machine and attempts to slice through a baseball flying his way at 100 mph. To no one’s surprise, he makes it look like a walk in the park.
Look, American Ninja Warrior is cool and all – where else do you get to watch dudes climb a 75-foot rope for $1 million? – but what Machii is doing is on another level. Someone, somewhere, get him his own show where he slices and dices whatever he wants, please.