Record-breaking karate group sweeps world cup

Ashley Fleming and several other local GKR Karate students recently picked up world championships. The group also took part in a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the most pine boards broken simultaneously. Picture: Simon Bennett

Ashley Fleming and several other local GKR Karate students recently picked up world championships. The group also took part in a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the most pine boards broken simultaneously. Picture: Simon Bennett

A host of Macarthur martial arts students have a new title to their names – world record holders.

The GKR Karate students were part of a 500-strong group who earned the Guinness World Record for the most pine boards broken simultaneously.

Local GKR senior instructor Ashley Fleming said it was great to be a part of such a record.

“We only needed about 250 people to take the record, but we had 500 attempt it,” he said.

“In the end 433 people successfully broke their boards.

“It was pretty interesting to watch this official lady from the Guinness World Records go around and check every single board.

“It was all done very professionally.”

The Narellan Vale resident said participants had to be aged at least 13 to be involved in the attempt and they could be from any level of expertise.

The martial arts school had great success at the recent GKR Karate World Cup.

Fleming was crowned the Kumite (sparring) world champion.

But the humble 30-year-old didn’t let the win go to his head.

“I wouldn’t take any more confidence out of this than if I was knocked out of the first round,” he said.

“It doesn’t change my ability of the way I feel about myself.”

Locals also won Black Belt medals through the Junior Team Kumite (gold), Junior Open Male Kumite (gold and world champion) and Senior Open Male Kata (bronze).

Further medals were won in the coloured belt divisions.

In Kata the group won five golds (world champions), one silver and eight bronzes, while in Kumite they picked up three golds (world champions), six silvers and two bronzes.

Fleming said about half of the roughly 50 locals who attended the world cup ranked in the top three of their discipline.

The event had roughly 1200 competitors.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop