Our new weekly video series Meet the Record Breakers – Japan Tour shines a spotlight on some of the most incredible world record holders from the nation.
This week’s instalment features multiple record-breaking martial arts expert Isao Machii, who attempts to set a new record for Most martial arts sword cuts in one minute (rush straw).
He attempts the challenge under the watchful eye of Guinness World Records adjudicator Kaoru Ishikawa in a park in Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan.
The rules for this title state that the straw shafts must be a minimum of 90 cm in length and clearly divided into four sections of 15 cm. The cuts must then be made in the 15cm sections marked on the shafts.
The martial arts master successfully wins the record with a total of 87 precise samurai sword cuts.
Cutting rush straw 
“I see Guinness World Records as a way of securing my legacy … a great way for me to have my name go down in history around the world,” Isao said.
The 44-year-old, who learning his sport at the age of five, has secured a number of impressive Guinness World Records titles thanks to his katana skills.
Cutting BB pellet 
His other titles include Fastest tennis ball cut by sword, Fastest BB pellet cut by sword (pictured above), Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes, Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (Suegiri) and Fastest 1,000 martial arts (iaido) sword cuts (pictured below).
Isao Machii
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