WORLD RECORD, $600 FOR TELETHON
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.