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Who needs ski poles when there are swords?

Recently, Freestyle skier Shogo Kawano donned samurai armor for a photo shoot and some downhill skiing. According to Kawano, the armor weighed about 25 kilograms (55 pounds). Add add in a katana, and you’ve got a tricky stunt to pull off.

“You pray you don’t stab yourself with the katana lol,” Kawano wrote on his Facebook page.

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No shit.

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A fact that not only makes these downhill pics more amazing.

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Ditto for these photos of him climbing back up the mountain.

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Keep slicing up that powder, brave ski warrior.

Top photo: Shogo Kawano | Facebook

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