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Isao Machii bills himself as “The Modern Samurai,” although technically he is “only” a highly skilled and disciplined practitioner of the Japanese formal sword technique called iaido. That’s probably the best for Machii, as the time he might’ve had to spend with the traditional samurai obligations of composing poetry, practicing calligraphy, and managing rice plantations can instead be used to develop his swordsmanship to the point where he holds several Guinness World Records for Japanese swordplay, including “Fastest Tennis Ball Cut By Sword” which stands at just over 700 kilometers per hour. Even more impressive than that is a stunt he’s performed on Japanese and American television: an airsoft pellet (typically around 5mm in diameter) is fired at around 350 km/h at a target just to Machii’s left side, and despite it being literally impossible for the human vision system to even see the pellet he can successfully draw his sword from his scabbard to slice the pellet in two. Scientists are unsure how Machii determines when and where to slash, but it’s assumed that it relies less on sight and more on instinct and subconscious calculation. Isao Machii is currently on retainer for the Japanese government, constantly guarding the Prime Minister from BB-gun wielding assassins.