Two martial artists set the world record for the longest ever Jiu Jitsu session on October 8 at Revolution Martial Arts Academy in Dewsbury, United Kingdom.
Damon Kinta and Daniel James were part of the Team GB Jiu Jitsu world record attempt which involved 20 martial artists training in an almost non-stop session.
With five-minute breaks allotted for every hour on the mat, the athletes worked for 24 hours and 24 minutes, raising more than £1500 ($1698) for children in need.
The challenge was organized by Steven Scaddan, head coach of Revolution Martial Arts Academy, who brought together MMA fighters from across the country to raise money for a charity that funds thousands of projects for young people nationwide.
“We had a five-minute break for every hour on the mat, but we all pretty much went straight through,” Kinta said.
“It was pretty grueling to be honest, and after 17 hours or so of training, things start to feel a bit surreal.
“But I loved doing it for such a good cause and getting my face a bit more known in Jiu Jitsu community – although I won’t be doing it again anytime soon!”
The world record attempt was also broadcast on BBC Breakfast.
Four years ago, Chris Civello, owner of Sakura BJJ in Dover, New Jersey, and black belt under Marcelo Garcia, put his love for jiu jitsu to the test as he helped create an awareness for a local charity. He rolled 11 straight hours to raise $11,000 for Eleventh Hour Rescue, a volunteer based, non-profit, 501c3 organization in northern New Jersey that saves dogs and cats from death row. To date it remains the highest single day fundraiser conducted for the charity.
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