What’s your favorite sport or game? We love learning, what about you. Be it football, rugby, basketball, Grand Theft Auto, FIFA, you name it. The sport or game being awesome is one thing, doing it is another. It could be dangerous, if you’ve ever had a ham string injury, then you know what we’re talking about. But a ham string injury is no risk as compared to the risk involved in the Banzai skydiving. Is this even a sport?
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Its Banzai Time: Let’s Go Skydiving
The Banzai skydiving is an extreme sport homegrown in Japan; its a rumored form of skydiving in which you throw a parachute off an airplane door — at an altitude roughly 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) — wait for some seconds, and then dive after it.
For a successful skydive, you then must catch the parachute, secure it, and glide to the projected landing point safely. There is no known, credible evidence that a banzai skydive has ever really occurred according to its definition. There have been several instances where skydivers were not attached to a parachute while jumping.
However, these skydives lack the true “uhmf” of a banzai skydive — where a parachute is thrown off an airplane then caught by the skydiver after some delay. In such skydives, the skydiver is detached from the skydiving rig, who is assisted until the rig is secure. The skydiving rig has a much slower terminal velocity than what a skydiver is capable of — the doubt that the banzai skydiving has never occurred as defined.
The 1960 James Bond movie “Moonraker” has a perfect example of a banzai skydive. A parachute was thrown off the airplane concluding a fight between the pilot (Jean-Pierre Castaldi), who had the parachute, and Bond (Roger Moore). Bond threw the pilot out the door with his parachute. Jaws (Richard Kiel) initiated the banzai skydive by shoving Bond out the door — hat’s called a “diver exit.” Bond then reaches stability in free fall, spots the pilot, struggles a bit, before taking the parachute. That scene qualifies as a fictional banzai skydive.
But has a real banzai skydive ever happened? Of course!
Sounds Much Like Natural Selection
The Banzai skydive is actually a Guinness Book of World Records category. You guessed it: It is the most dangerous category according to editor Craig Glenday. And the banzai skydiving world record goes to Japanese Yasuhiro Kubo who took the challenge on September 2, 2000. Kubo took 50 seconds after jumping before regaining and deploying his parachute.
Details are highly speculated whether him or another skydiver held onto the rig while falling. This wasn’t even witnessed by a Guinness Book of World Records official, but by an unknown expert. No video or photograph evidence exists to support the claim. Hmmm?!
The Banzai skydiving category is still accepted in the Guinness Book of World Records. Guinness cannot accept a record claim that is likely to put people at risk other than the person attempting the world record. As long as the Banzai skydive guidelines are followed, nobody is at risk. The guidelines even state that the jump must be done away from public places. No wonder!
Has There Been Any Deaths?
Fortunately enough, there have been no recorded banzai skydiving deaths. This extreme sport has only been attempted by skilled professionals with a large supporting crew. In order to accomplish a dive, the skydiver has to be taken to jump altitude by a piloted aircraft. It’s doubtful that a licensed pilot would take a skydiver up with a half-baked scheme to go skydiving. A skydive gone wrong commonly has only one outcome — death.
Now, lets ask you: would you dare to perform a banzai skydive? Whatever your option is, we’d like to keep enjoy life while we’re young.
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Fri, Apr 26, 2019.