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"Modern Samurai" Uses Lightning-Quick Reflexes To Slice Flying Targets

May 21, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
Iaido is a modern Japanese martial art or sport. It is focused on smooth, controlled movements with a single sword. The primary focus of this art is the psychological state of being present, and the secondary focus is on drawing the sword swiftly and responding to a sudden attack. Both iaido and iaijutsu are both considered to be a counterattack-oriented art, versus an aggressive one.

Modern samurai Isao Machii resides in Kawanishi, Hyogo. He is credited with the Shushin-ryu iaijutsu style and teaches iaijutsu at the "Shushin-kan" iaido training venue, where he lives. He devotes himself to his studies each day and intends to restore the traditions of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu.

Softbank is comparing the speed of its LTE telecommunications services with Machii's lightning-fast reactions to his opponents in their latest advertisement. As of this year, Machii holds five Guinness World records, four of which are related to speed. The records are: most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes, fastest 1,000 martial arts (iaido) sword cuts, fastest tennis ball cut by sword, fastest BB pellet cut by sword and most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (Suegiri).
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