Kick­ing along


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YOKINE res­i­dent Ja­son Lee aims to break a world record for the most Muay Thai rib kicks in 30 sec­onds as part of his gym’s ef­forts to fundraise for Telethon.

A NEW world record could be set for the most Muay Thai rib kicks per­formed in 30 sec­onds.

Joondalup’s Diesel Gym owner Frankie De­hghan hosted an in­ter­club fundrais­ing event on Oc­to­ber 4 where Thai boxing gyms from around Perth took part in friendly spar­ring matches to raise money for Telethon.

As part of this, Diesel Gym in­struc­tor Ja­son Lee at­tempted to set a new world record.

“I will kick a stan­dard set of Thai pads held at my rib height with the same leg for 30 sec­onds,” Lee said be­fore the at­tempt.

“I will be kick­ing by us­ing my shin to hit the pad ev­ery time and my foot will touch the floor be­fore I do ev­ery kick.”

Dur­ing prepa­ra­tions, Lee was per­form­ing 65 kicks in 30 sec­onds, but his goal was 70 to 75.

He en­cour­aged stu­dents, fam­ily and friends to do­nate $1 for ev­ery kick he did in the record at­tempt.

Lee first at­tempted the chal­lenge about two months ago, but could only get to 40 kicks and was “worn out by the 20sec­ond mark”.

“Mar­tial arts has al­ways been a big part of my life and I loved to kick be­fore I could walk, but I knew that I had to step it up if I wanted to achieve my goal,” he said.

He said in his last at­tempt dur­ing train­ing, he was able to get to 67 kicks but “just couldn’t seem to push past that”.

“I also got sick one week be­fore and I couldn’t train for four days, so that made me even more ner­vous,” he said.

But Lee per­formed 70 rib kicks in 30 sec­onds, rais­ing more than $600 and tak­ing the gym’s Telethon do­na­tion to more than $1100 for the in­ter­club event.

The record ap­pli­ca­tion has been sent to Guin­ness World Records to be ver­i­fied.

The gym will also hold a Hal­loween-themed end-of-term party on Oc­to­ber 31 with money raised go­ing to Telethon.

Ja­son Lee, right, with his coach Frankie De­hghan.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d444426

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