My good friend and inspirational BJJer Ebe Gansah from Gracie Barra Milton Keynes organised a charity BJJ training marathon over the weekend. He was attempting to break the world record for the longest continuous aerobic exercise class. The previous record was 29 hours.
Well he did it - 30 hours and one minute that is - thus beating the old record by one hour and a symbolic one minute. There were time keepers, cameras and officials all there to ensure legitimacy and so was I. Well okay I did not do the full 30 hours, that job was reserved for the 11 warriors hand picked by Ebe to last the distance. But I was there for around two hours of the event and I thoroughly enjoyed my session.
Anyone who knows Ebe will acknowledge that he is an amazing teacher. His style is at once hilariously entertaining, with his self deprecating one liners and at the same time he easily brings out a deep knowledge of not just jiu jitsu, but of all martial arts and how the human body works. A very wonderful fella.
Ebe and team were raising funds for Keech hospital. You can still donate here: http://www.justgiving.com/Bjj-world-record
The event was sponsored by fightwear and leisurewear clothing company Luta Clothing - themselves with a very interesting story to tell. But I'll save that for another post.
Oh and just to add extra coolness, the news was reported by the prestigious Gracie Magazine!
|Me with Sahid, one of the hardcore 30-hour mob!|