KARACHI: Pakistan’s martial artist Muhammad Rashid Naeem successfully created three new Guinness records at the Pakistan Academy of Martial Arts on Sunday.
The seasoned athlete broke 158 walnuts with his elbow in a minute, improving on the previous record of 100 walnuts. He also broke the record of most fire spins with nunchaku in a minute (190), and most clay sporting targets in a minute with nunchaku (153) in a minute.
“It’s something I do because it is my passion,” Naeem, who currently holds currently holds 11 Guinness Book World records, told The Express Tribune. “I’ve been a martial artist for the past 20 years, in fact the idea of making world records came to me in 2003, but due to the lack of support from the government or sponsors, I had to wait for almost a decade before I created my first record at the Punjab Youth Festival in 2013.”
Not only has the 35-year-old created his own records, he also encouraged four of his students to do the same.
Taj Muhammad, who trains with Naeem, broke the record of most knuckle push-ups in an hour by pulling off 1,632 push-ups.
Meanwhile, Mujtaba Hassan created a new record by breaking 130 walnuts in a minute with nunchaku, improving on the previous record of 62 walnuts, while Hasaan Butt broke the record of attempting most push-ups on medicine ball in a minute (68), topping the previous best of 47 push-ups.
Another student, Marij Hussain, broke the record for the longest duration front split between two chairs, recording three minutes and 59 seconds to improve on the previous record of a minute and 30 seconds.
The Karachi-based martial artist will be travelling to Korea this week, where he will attempt to crush most cans in a minute with his forehead.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2015.