On Sunday 13th October, an intrepid group from the club braved the Autumn weather to take part in Taekwon-Do UK’s attempt at the Guinness World Record for the largest ever Taekwon-Do display in a single venue, in Coventry city centre, in aid of Cancer Research. Local instructor, Stuart Pearson organised the event, which saw groups from several different associations come together to show off their skills. The previous record was held by a group in Hong Kong and required over 340 individuals to beat it.
The record requires all involved to be demonstrating the same routine for ten minutes.
The event itself felt a little like a flash mob, because, due to the weather, all the entrants were hiding in various buildings and shelters around the square in the minutes building up to it, so it went from deserted to packed full in a matter of minutes.
British Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones supported the event by conducting the warm-up and meeting those involved. Mr Archer, President of T-UK led the routine, with senior members of the association on the stage, demonstrating with him (including our very own Mr Crisp).
The rest of us got decidedly damp, but kept together and completed the routine, which at least kept us warm. Once we completed the task, the adjudicators had to get together to collate the number of people who successfully followed the routine sufficiently to be included. After a nervous wait, we all lined up again to hear the announcement from the Guinness representative…. 428!! We were World Record Breakers!! That made everyone’s hard work worth it. It was a particular achievement to have made it despite the rain, and everyone felt they had earned their sponsorship money that little bit more!
The club’s rewards included a lovely photo with Jade Jones and certificates and medals from Guinness, plus, ultimately, the sense of pride that we had been part of a fantastic event that promoted both Taekwon-Do and Cancer Research. A huge well done to club members who raised over £500 for Cancer Research! Click here to see a video of the event.