Rina Takeda breaks concrete blocks with her head before throwing first pitch

The entire ceremonial first pitch "thing" has been over in North America for a long time, perhaps right after President Taft first made it popular 100 years ago. But in Japan, they've got ideas to make it better.

Take the actions of martial artist Rina Takeda, whom The Big Lead describes as the "23-year-old star of such films as 'High Kick Girl!,' 'Karate Girl' and 'Dead Sushi.' " She threw out the first pitch before the "Sonny" Chiba Lotte Marines and Seibu Lions played Sunday, and her pitch was pretty good. What is more impressive is that she managed to throw the ball after smashing ten concrete blocks with her forehead.
David Brown

Take a look at photos of the martial artist!

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “I've been practicing the ceremonial first pitch” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “fall is coming” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Feeling so welcome here” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “World Cup is here tomorrow” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Action practice!” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Tim Gallo is the photographer” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Photos taken for the movie Kiyamachi Daruma” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “A lot of people wondering if she can do it” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “karate” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Thanks to everyone for this award” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

Rina Takeda

@TakedaRina: “Completed “Girls fought in a different world'” (Twitter/Rina Takeda)

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