Archer hits tar­get

MAR­TIAL ARTS TOD­DLER AL­READY A CHAM­PION

Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Tyler Brown

SET­TING world records runs in the Lee fam­ily.

Two years ago, Jason Lee set the world record for most muay thai rib kicks in 30 sec­onds, with 70 kicks ver­i­fied by Record Set­ter.

His son Archer fol­lowed in his foot­steps ear­lier this year.

When he was just 11 months old, Archer at­tempted to set the record for “most push kicks done by a baby in 30 sec­onds” in the ring in Joon­dalup.

The video of Archer per­form­ing 22 kicks was ap­proved by Record Set­ter last month and has been sent to Guin­ness World Records to ver­ify.

Mr Lee, who has been do­ing mar­tial arts for more than 26 years, said his son had al­ways en­joyed watch­ing him train.

“Soon he be­gan to love Thai box­ing as much as me. One day I no­ticed he was try­ing to im­i­tate me kick­ing the pad so I held it up and much to my sur­prise, he kicked it pretty well,” he said.

“So I started to train him and he started kick­ing pads be­fore he could even walk.

“He is now one of the youngest mar­tial artists around and at 15 months he is now able to put on gloves, do ba­sic com­bos on the pads and hold fo­cus mitts for you to punch.”

The big­gest chal­lenge in set­ting the record was get­ting Archer to kick con­tin­u­ously for 30 sec­onds.

“As you can imag­ine, try­ing to hold a baby’s at­ten­tion can be quite dif­fi­cult,” Mr Lee said.

“We thought we’d give it a go any­way since a baby kick­ing pads is rare and pretty damn cute.

“In prac­tice, he ac­tu­ally did 52 kicks in one minute but no one recorded it.”

Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

Jason Lee and his son Archer in the gym.

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