Attempting to beat a Guinness World Record for, well just about anything, is pretty awesome, but for one proud Brummy it wasn’t enough – he decided that he’d attempt three all in one go!
Muay Thai kickboxing champion, Mubz Bajwa, already holds the 2014 Guinness World Record for carrying out a whopping 111 consecutive rounds of full contact Thai Sparring over 7 hours and 20 minutes.
The 37-year-old fitness enthusiast from Birmingham, hugely inspired by the selfless work of late Pakistani humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, decided that he would take on the incredible challenge of breaking three world records in one go.
Being the talk of social media with thousands of messages of support, Bajwa’s mammoth triple martial arts world record challenge raised an impressive £6000,
Completing the feat on Sunday 29th January, he smashed times for ‘most full-contact knee strikes in 60 seconds’ (alternate legs), most ‘full-contact elbow strikes in 60 seconds’ (alternate elbows) and 'most-full-contact elbow strikes with one arm' in 60 seconds'.
Overseen by two officially-approved Guinness judges, it took around two hours for Mubzz to accomplish his mission, with just short intervals between each record attempt.
“The regulatory judges ensured I was using the correct technique along with keeping track of count repetitions," says Mubzz.
"Two timekeepers were also present equipped with a video camera with time functions capturing my record-breaking attempt.”
Mubz inspired by the simplicity and humble lifestyle of the Abdul Sattar Edhi, comments: “The Edhi Foundation is unique and has a 100% donation policy and also holds the Guinness World Record for the Largest Voluntary Ambulance Service in the world.
“It was a no-brainer that I should take pride in marrying my martial arts world record with Edhi’s.”
Whilst preparing for this challenge, Mubzz worked closely with an experienced team of Muay Thai trainers, including Raf Hussain from Eight Limbs Gym in Birmingham and Team Taz Muay Thai in Oldham.
Beginning his training around six months ago, Bajwa had initially set a target of beating 15 world records in one day and trained with that goal in mind.
"Unfortunately, as circumstance would have it, that did not happen".
He says: “It was completely out of my control. I know my body, and I know what I am capable of".
"Everything happens for a good reason, the records are a means to an end - I'm glad it was three and not 15 now!” laughs Mubz.
“Everything read and heard about the challenge was positive, but the main aim of the whole event was to raise funds to buy an ambulance for the Edhi Foundation, and I’m delighted I was successful in doing that.”
Now that Mubz has managed to achieve his goal, he along with his valued team are working on the next challenge over the next 18-months.
“The next event will require medical staff to be present - just in case something goes wrong,” says a mysterious Mubz.
“I'm looking forward to that challenge, so watch this space...”