Dad and son make quick work of smash­ing chal­lenge

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

The motto of Jef­fery Chandy’s karate club is “noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble” – some­thing the eighth dan black belt has proved on na­tional TV.

Mr Chandy made it into the Guin­ness Book of World Records for the fastest time for hav­ing 16 con­crete blocks smashed on his chest with a sledge­ham­mer.

The suc­cess­ful at­tempt was filmed for tele­vi­sion and Jef­fery was able to break the pre­vi­ous record of 9.77 sec­onds, com­ing in at 9.32 sec­onds.

The Mt Roskill res­i­dent had the 16 con­crete blocks piled on top of his chest, weigh­ing a to­tal of 150kg, and his son Den­ver used a 6kg sledge­ham­mer to break them while friends cleared them away be­tween swings.

It might seem like an im­pos­si­ble task but the 48year-old mar­tial arts mas­ter says it didn’t even hurt.

Jef­fery has been do­ing karate, taek­wondo, In­dian karate and tra­di­tional In­dian mar­tial arts for more than 40 years and has per­formed feats in the past like break­ing blocks of ice with his head, hav­ing gran­ite blocks bro­ken on his body and hav­ing a car drive over him.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Winning team: Den­ver smashed con­crete blocks on his dad Jef­fery Chandy’s chest to break a world record.

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