The Chi Taekwondo Show Team broke the ‘assisted high kick’ world record in magnificent style on Sky1’s legendary Guinness World Records Smashed show on Sunday. The huge 4.25m attempt aired on Sunday (17th May) at 8pm GMT and saw kicker, Brett Sawley, launched towards the target by his two team-mates, Ray Sawyer and Andy James.
Chi have previously toured the country plying their own exhibition brand of the martial art and are well renowned on the UK taekwondo circuit, which has been rapidly growing in popularity since Sarah Stevenson won Britain’s first Olympic medal in the sport when taking bronze in Beijing last summer.
Russell Shaw, Chi Team Manager said, “We are absolutely delighted to be world record holders and all of our athletes are very proud. It was a magnificent performance and I’m sure that one day we will be back with an even more impressive challenge!”
Andrew Link, Operations Director of BTCB – Sport Taekwondo UK Ltd, commented, “The Chi team should be very proud of what they have achieved and I think it’s safe to say that they managed to capture the imagination of all who saw the show. For a club from the north east of England to hold this record is fantastic. We hope that through seeing the skills and training principles taekwondo has to offer, many more will be encouraged to go down to their local club to give it a try.
“We can’t promise world records but during Augusts’ British Open, we are lucky enough to have the sport’s top athletes coming to Manchester from all over the world. It is the ideal opportunity to see the best competitive action on home soil and a great chance to support our Olympic athletes in their build up to London 2012.”
View a video of the record breaking kick here.