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    Yuzhen Palace

    Is there really a 'world record' catagory for Taoist temple construction speed?

    World record breaking work on Yuzhen Palace complete
    12019-09-12 10:27:12 China DailyEditor : Li Yan ECNS


    Yuzhen Palace on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, is seen last week. (Photo by MAO YONGSHENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

    Yuzhen Palace, a group of Taoist palaces in Central China's Hubei province, has had all its foundations raised a record 15 meters and its buildings restored.

    The central government started the work in 2011 to prevent the World Cultural Heritage site from being submerged by a nearby reservoir for the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

    The palace complex on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, was built in 1412 by an emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) for Zhang Sanfeng, a legendary Taoist who created tai chi. Its name Yuzhen means "encounter with the immortal".

    To raise the foundation, workers used jacks to lift three stone gates weighing about 7,000 metric tons and build up the foundation beneath them, according to the publicity department of the Wudang economic zone.

    The department said that it was the first time a building had ever been raised 15 meters for a restoration.

    At its peak, Yuzhen Palace had 400 halls and pavilions covering 5,600 square meters. Now, however, just a few of the main halls remain, showcasing the well-preserved style of the early Ming Dynasty.

    Workers had to dismantle the buildings and then restore them as close to their original state as possible on top of the new foundation. The total cost of the effort was about 200 million yuan ($28 million).


    Yuzhen Palace on Wudang Mountain in Shiyan, Hubei province, is seen last week. (Photo by MAO YONGSHENG/FOR CHINA DAILY)

    The work was designed by the country's South-to-North Water Transfer Project Office and National Cultural Heritage Administration for this diversion project's expansion.

    In 2005, the central government planned to enlarge water storage capacity of the Danjiangkou Reservoir, the water source of the middle route of the diversion project. By 2013, its dam's top was raised from 162 to 176.6 meters, leading to a 66 percent increase in its water storage, according to local authorities.

    The reservoir is one of the largest artificial freshwater lakes in Asia and provides water to areas of Henan and Hebei provinces as well as Beijing and Tianjin.

    However, the expansion posed a submergence risk to surrounding areas within 300 square kilometers. So Yuzhen Palace, located about 1 kilometer from the water, needed to be saved from ruin.

    By 2013, the dam and foundation raising projects were completed. In July this year, all the other buildings were restored, concluding the foundation project.

    Cai Jianping, deputy head of the department of South-to-North Water Diversion Project Management with the Ministry of Water Resources, said that it should be celebrated that the work of Yuzhen Palace has passed technical checks, and it should be recognized as a historic moment for the palace that will help ensure its future.
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    52 candles blown out by a nunchuck in 1 minute

    There's some weird records in the Guinness book...


    Chinese martial art master sets world record for blowing out candles with nunchaku

    02019-09-11 09:38:43 Global Times Editor : Li Yan ECNS


    A Chinese martial arts master sets a world record for extinguishing most lit candles in one minute using a two section nunchaku. (Photo/Screenshot from the Beijing News)

    A Chinese martial arts master has set a world record by blowing 52 candles with a traditional Chinese weapon within one minute, the Beijing News reported on Tuesday saying the feat has been published in the 2020 edition of the Guinness World Records.

    The man furiously swung the weapon known as a nunchaku, hitting only the flames of the candles, putting them out without making contact with the candles themselves, as seen in a video the Beijing News posted on Sina Weibo.

    The report also mentioned some other odd records, such as the longest distance an arrow shot using feet has traveled, the person who has most tattoos, and the world's longest handmade egg noodles.
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    Longest journey on a kick scooter - Guinness World Records



    It's doing it in full samurai armor that makes this martial worthy.
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    What a lousy reason to fail...

    Temuka Tai Chi master forced to give up world record attempt after footage failure
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    17:48, Jan 31 2020


    BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF
    Thai Chi master David Thew has had to give up on his world record after the videographer failed to upload the footage properly.

    Tai Chi master David Thew has been forced to abandon his efforts to register his world record with the Guinness Book of Records after his videographer failed to deliver all of the footage of the attempt.

    The 54-year-old Temuka man beat the world record for longest Tai Chi marathon at the Temuka Alpine Energy Stadium on April 27, 2019, overcoming dehydration and sleep deprivation to beat the standing record of 29 hours with 30 hours and 15 minutes and raise $2600 for the South Canterbury Cancer Society.

    Thew said he had to withdraw his world record application after the man he paid $900 to film it did not produce the footage needed to prove his success to the Guinness Book of Records.


    BEJON HASWELL/ STUFF
    Thew knows "in my heart" he, alongside every supporter and well-wisher, beat the record.

    Thew said after 10 months of the videographer not replying to calls, emails, or social media messages requesting the footage be uploaded, he managed to track him down - in Sussex, England.

    He said the man at last added the footage to the application and Thew spent days combing through the files.

    "What I found was about nine files were doubled up, about four hours were missing, and there was a one-minute discrepancy between one file and the next," Thew said.

    "We can't delete any files, only add. We can't keep adding more files that are missing because it would be a total mess.

    "I had to withdraw the application. There was nothing else I could do."


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    David Thew celebrates beating the world record for longest Tai Chi marathon at the Temuka Alpine Energy Stadium on April 27, 2018.

    Thew knew "in my heart" he, alongside every supporter and well-wisher, beat the record.

    "I always try and find a positive out of every situation. I think it's a good lesson of impermanence," he said.

    "Everyone came together, taking shifts through the night and through the day, and just had fun and raised money for cancer.

    "You can't put a price on that. Being part of that is worth more than any world record."

    But he would not be aiming to beat it again. A Canadian man, Sam Michaud, had already beaten his attempt and was going through the application process - while the current record holder, British woman Sheila Dickinson, was training towards beating Michaud.

    "I think I'll leave them to it. It's time to move on and do new things, new challenges, and help people help themselves," Thew said.

    "I'll still be teaching and representing New Zealand on the world stage."

    Thew has been practising Tai Chi for about 37 years and has won two gold and four silver medals across a number of World Kung Fu Championships.
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    China crop field

    Who is the WRCA again?

    China crop field takes world record
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    File photo of the Tai Chi patterned crop field in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (Photo provided to Xinhua)

    HOHHOT, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The World Record Certification Agency (WRCA) has recognized a Tai Chi patterned crop field in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as the world's "largest crop field Tai Chi pattern."

    The Tai Chi pattern is composed of wheat and rapeseed flowers, with a diameter of 1,301.13 meters and a total area of about 1.33 million square meters.

    This landscape was created by Shiwei Farm in its manor on the right bank of the Ergune River, the Sino-Russian border river. The manor is a complex project of agriculture, culture and tourism.

    In recent years, Shiwei Farm has been developing eco-tourism with the local ecological environment and folk culture.

    Tian Yimin, an official of Shiwei Farm, said the certification of "the largest crop field Tai Chi pattern" will help increase the farm's popularity and turn it into a well-known tourist attraction.
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    Xie Desheng

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    Shanghai martial arts master Xie Desheng has claimed his fifth Guinness World Record, lighting 21 matches in one minute with a pair of nunchaku. Xie, 27, who describes himself as a follower of the legendary Bruce Lee, is a nunchaku specialist originally from Guangdong province in south China.

    “Using nunchaku to set another Guinness World Record is an homage to my beginnings,” said Xie, who has been training with the martial-arts weapon for 11 years and now lives in Shanghai. Nanchaku—also known as nunchucks—consist of two hardwood sticks tied together with rope or chain.

    His latest feat took place March 7 in Shanghai, and he received a certificate from Guinness’s London headquarters last month verifying it is a world record. His other feats to make “the big book” are two records in extinguishing candles with nunchuka (52 in a minute on June 26 2019, followed by 70 in a minute in December of that year); hitting the most table-tennis balls in a minute with a nunchuka (32, in December 2019); and for the fastest time to unscrew 10 bottle caps with a nunchaku (34.80 seconds in January of this year).

    Xie said his latest feat was a long time in the making and was challenging both physically and mentally. “I was already training for it when I started practicing for the table tennis record in 2018,” he said. “I had already thought of setting a Guinness record for lighting matches back then, but I never told anyone because I knew how difficult it would be. The surface area of a match is much, much smaller than a ping pong ball. So, the toughest parts about this most recent challenge is firstly having to ensure the safety of my assistants, but then also lighting the actual match. The challenge is psychological because of the risk of injury.”

    As for what inspired him to do the stunts, he points to a TV ad he saw in which a Bruce Lee impersonator performed the same feats—with the help of special effects.


    Xie Desheng during his record-setting bottle cap challenge in January 2020. (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)


    Xie Desheng demonstrating his nunchuk skills. (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)


    The master with his awards, (Xie Desheng / Asia Wire)

    “What was showing in the advert was not possible to achieve because it wasn’t real, so I decided to set these records using real kung fu, with no computer-generated imagery and no post-production trickery,” he said. “Everyone sees CGI these days, so it was important for me that viewers experienced the real thing. What you see on a screen may not be true, but what you experience in person is always true.”

    His next goal is to set a Guinness World Record on the Great Wall of China, which he sees as the ultimate symbol of Chinese history and tradition. However, he’s keeping mum for now on details of the stunt.

    (Edited by Matthew Hall and Stephen Gugliociello.)
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    So many questions...

    ...but I'll limit it to one: what the heck is the High Range Book of World Records?

    Martial arts grand master sets world record in Pines
    Bayside GazetteNewsMartial arts grand master sets world record in Pines


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    Grand Master Sunil Shakya demonstrates kenjitsu, the Japanese art of the sword, during a recent world record setting performance at Chesapeake Martial Arts in Ocean Pines.

    By Greg Ellison

    (Sept. 10, 2020) Grand Master Sunil Shakya, head instructor at Chesapeake Martial Arts in Ocean Pines, set a world record for longest tai chi performance last month after notching a comparable achievement earlier this summer.

    “I am a multi-martial artist and master of 10 different styles of martial arts,” he said.

    Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Shakya, 43, relocated to the U.S. in 2008, three decades after beginning a lifelong study of traditional Asian forms of self-defense, including kung fu, wushu, taekwondo, tai chi, kickboxing, Krav Maga, jeet kune do, close-combat weapons, pankration and kenjutsu.

    “I started teaching martial arts back in 2000 all over Nepal, India, Europe,” he said. “I came here for martial arts seminars in New Jersey.”

    Although recent record-setting endeavors had to be judged remotely due to covid-19 considerations, on Aug. 21 Shakya qualified for the longest performance of tai chi in the High Range Book of World Records after hitting the two-hour mark.

    “Actually, I wanted to go to Guinness World Records but the process was so long,” he said.

    This was the second entry in the High Range Book of World Records for Shakya, who also made the pages after performing seven different styles of martial arts back to back on June 30.

    Both feats were accomplished at Chesapeake Martial Arts with High Range officials viewing a live stream and nary a spectator, save for Shakya’s wife, Susmita Lama, and 7-year-old son, Syalwon.

    “Just me and my family,” he said.

    Although only a witness last month, Syalwon Shakya is following in his father’s discipline.

    “He’s also a martial artist learning kung fu and taekwondo with me,” he said.

    Since beginning martial arts instruction at age 4, Syalwon Shakya quickly excelled and more recently has begun echoing some of his father’s achievements, which have included stints competing, coaching and judging national, international and world championships.

    “Last year in 2019, he got a lot of trophies,” he said. “This year we had planned to go to a championship in Virginia but they’re all cancelled, so maybe next year.”

    While proud to speak about his son’s recent achievements, Shakya also took first place for taekwondo, kung fu and weapons competitions during the 2019 Mid Atlantic Martial Arts championship in Delaware.

    The father and son also placed second in taekwondo team forms and took home a martial arts champion family award.

    In lieu of in-person events, the Shakyas continued their winning traditions virtually in 2020.

    “This year we did the team forms for an online championship,” he said. “We got first place.”

    Sunil Shakya, who was certified by the World United Martial Arts Federation as an eighth-degree Black Belt in March, also took top honors for kung fu, taekwondo and tai chi during the World Martial Arts E-Championship this June.

    “Every championship, fortunately at the age of 40-plus, I’m still winning,” he said.
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    Muhammad Rashid

    Meet the Pakistani martial arts expert working towards 100 record titles
    By Connie Suggitt Published 25 September 2020



    Breaking a Guinness World Records title is often on peoples' bucket lists.

    But one serial record breaker and black belt holder, Muhammad Rashid (Pakistan), doesn't want to stop at just one.



    He’s currently working towards a slightly more ambitious goal.

    “My target in future, I want to complete my 100 records.” - Muhammad Rashid
    The martial arts expert from Karachi, Pakistan, holds over 30 records, almost a third of the way towards his goal.

    Most of his records are smashing – quite literally.

    They include:

    most walnuts crushed by the hand in one minute (284)
    most watermelons crushed with the head in 30 seconds (49)
    most drinks cans crushed with the elbow in one minute (77)
    most spins of a fire staff in one minute (188) – yes, he can spin as well as smash!



    As well as just using his fists and elbows as smashing instruments, he also holds many records using nunchaku and a Bo staff – both traditional martial arts weapons.

    His record-breaking journey began in 2013, when he broke the record for the most bottle caps removed with the head in one minute (40) at the Punjab Youth Sports Festival, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

    A year later, he went on Italian television show Lo Show Dei Record to break his own record, achieving 61.

    Most bottle caps removed with the head in one minute

    Seven years later, his record-breaking appetite has only grown.



    He’s already broken 14 records in 2020, including the fastest time to unscrew 10 bottle caps with a nunchaku, achieving a time of 17.82 seconds.

    Not only has Muhammad broken records this year, but he also trained his daughter, Fatima Naseem, to break a record too!

    She broke the record for the most full contact elbow strikes in one minute using alternate elbows (female) with an incredible 242 on 16 August 2020.

    Fatima Naseem most full contact elbow strikes in one minute using alternate elbows



    The feat is even more impressive as Fatima is only seven years old!

    Muhammad doesn’t just train his daughter, however.

    As the founder and president of the Pakistan Academy of Martial Arts, many of Muhammad’s students have gone on to become record holders under his training.

    “I want my students proud to view me as a role model due to my Guinness World Records,” Muhammad said.

    muhammad rashid leading martial arts class on the beach

    His protégés include Syed Taj Muhammad (Pakistan), who holds the record for the most knuckle push ups in one hour (2,175), and Mujtaba Hassan Mughal (Pakistan) who holds the record for most walnuts smashed with a nunchaku in one minute (118).

    With such as array of amazing records, Muhammad has secured himself the status of a record-breaking martial arts icon.

    Who knows, maybe Fatima or one of Muhammad's students will follow in his ambitious footsteps and become a serial record breaker too!
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    The most coach qualifications (multiple sports)

    Never mind what I said about Rashid yesterday.

    Most coach qualifications (multiple sports)

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    What
    19 TOTAL NUMBER
    Where
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    19 APRIL 2020
    The most coach qualifications (multiple sports) is 19, and was achieved by Anthony Kelly (Australia) in Armidale, Australia, on 19 April 2020.

    Anthony had always been into sports growing up. He started with rugby union, cricket and basketball, then got into martial arts at the age of 15. He began training hard already with the aim of becoming a blackbelt. After achieving it in Taekwondo, he had a passion for more and started to train in more and more styles.

    This is what got eventually got him into the world of record breaking as Anthony made his first record attempt on television on El Show de los Récords in 2001 for records around arrow catching. Becoming a record breaking marked a real turning point in Anthony's career as now, renowned martial arts trainers from around the world were asking him just how he trained his reflexes to be able to catch flying arrows.

    This lead Anthony to develop his training program based on his specific training exercises which he called "Reaction Training". He trained many athletes of different sports.

    As he progressed as a trainer, Anthony became more curious about how these athletes were mastering their sports and had a desire to learn more from them, so he decided to study and subsequently master more martial arts and some different sports and earned more coaching qualifications.

    To date, Anthony has 21 blackbelts and has completed over 70 coaching courses. He also has at least another 10 coaching courses he plans on completing to add to his current record of qualifications.

    The most important piece of advice Anthony had to share was “learning and practice is the key to being the best you can be”.
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    Not sure how this is Karate...

    Weird record to break...

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    Guinness Record: Martial Arts Student Smashes 49 Coconuts in One Minute with a Blindfold

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    A martial arts student and teacher of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh smashed their to way, literally, to the Guinness Book of World records, crushing 49 coconuts in one minute with a blindfold.

    The Martial Arts Master, P Prabhakar Reddy lay on the floor and arranged the coconuts around to his body while his student Boyilla Rakesh, student of Reddy blindfolded, smashed all the coconuts one after another without missing any, with a hammer in under one minute.

    © Provided by News18 Guinness Record: A Martial Arts Student Smashs 49 Coconuts in One Minute with a Blindfold
    Guinness Record: A Martial Arts Student Smashs 49 Coconuts in One Minute with a Blindfold[/caption]

    The Guinness Book of Records recognised their rare and bold achievement. Prabhakar Reddy said that they had worked hard for six months to perform this feat. "Our target was 35 coconuts but we could achieve more," Reddy added Prabhakar Reddy has achieved many records in the past.

    © Provided by News18 Guinness Record: A Martial Arts Student Smashs 49 Coconuts in One Minute with a Blindfold
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    Most Grapes Sliced on a Balance Board w/Samurai Sword - Guinness World Record

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    Xie Desheng

    Chinese nunchaku master swings high to hit world records
    By Cao Chen | China Daily | Updated: 2020-06-19 07:49


    Xie Desheng, a Shanghai-based freelance nunchaku instructor, wins three Guinness World Records for his stunt performances.[Photo provided to China Daily]

    Driven by his fascination with martial arts legend Bruce Lee and nunchaku, Xie Desheng has gone on to win not just one but three Guinness World Records.

    The nunchaku practitioner from Guangdong province earned his first world record in June last year when he extinguished 52 candles in a minute using the weapon.

    His second was earned in April this year when he hit 32 ping-pong balls in one minute.

    The 28-year-old followed up on that feat by winning another title the same month, unscrewing 10 bottle caps with a nunchaku in 34.8 seconds.

    Xie may have been a nunchaku practitioner for a decade, but he does not simply enter these competitions without preparation. In fact, he says he trains for almost a year just to prepare for each Guinness World Record attempt.

    Xie, who is currently a Shanghai-based freelance nunchaku instructor, first learned about this form of martial arts when he was a restaurant waiter in Dongguan, Guangdong province, in 2009.

    "I love watching martial artist and actor Bruce Lee's nunchaku scenes in movies. Once, when watching one of my colleagues use the nunchaku, I was impressed by the neat movements and thought that it could be a self-defense skill," says Xie.

    Since that moment, Xie has spent most of his spare time scouring web for instructional materials. He has even traveled to Hunan, Hubei and Henan provinces to attend classes and engage with beginners and experts. During his time in these provinces, he stayed financially afloat by taking on part-time jobs.

    "But life was less beautiful than I had imagined it to be. Constantly practicing the nunchaku made me too exhausted to work. With a rather unstable source of income, I basically depended on my limited personal savings," he says."But I didn't want to give up."

    Xie says that he draws motivation from his nunchaku, which have been with him through the ups and downs in life. He shares that his father died when he was 15 years old and his mother later abandoned him.


    Xie Desheng, a Shanghai-based freelance nunchaku instructor, wins three Guinness World Records for his stunt performances.[Photo provided to China Daily]

    "A child who grows up in an environment like mine might become cold-hearted and self-abased when he enters adulthood and may embark on the road of doing bad things.

    "But when I wield my nunchaku, I know I have dreams and the desire to change my fate. I feel confident and driven."

    His persistence in the face of adversity eventually paid off.

    In 2016, Xie took part in the 14th Hong Kong Wushu International Championship and was crowned the champion from among 500 nunchaku contestants. He went on to win competitions in Taiwan and Macao that year.

    In 2018, he was awarded the gold prize at the 4th Malaysia International Wushu Tournament.

    These days, Xie earns a living by conducting short-term training courses in Shanghai every year. He has coached over 5,000 people since moving to the city in 2016. Xie also regularly updates his public account on Chinese social media app WeChat on which he shares tips and information about nunchaku.

    Zeng Shaoyu is one of the keen followers of Xie's public account on WeChat. Although he lives in Jiangxi province, around 700 kilometers from Shanghai, Zeng has no qualms taking the train to Shanghai to attend classes.

    "He is a caring yet strict teacher who strives for perfection. He gives the most detailed instructions of movements to every student patiently and explains the theories vividly. I have never missed a class," Zeng says.

    Xie says he aspires to spread nunchaku culture to more countries.

    "Bruce Lee is my idol. If possible, I hope to become an actor," he says.
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    The current Guinness World Record

    Largest martial arts display (multiple venue)

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    18 OCTOBER 2015
    The largest martial arts display (multiple venues) is 53803 people and was achieved by Chenjiagou Scenic Area Administration (China) in Jiaozuo City and various venues around Zhengzhou on 18 October 2015

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    Removing the most cards with a nunchaku in one minute without toppling the bottles

    Who thinks up these records now? I didn't even know that removing the most cards with a nunchaku in one minute without toppling the bottles was a thing...
    Two sticks and a cord to set world records
    
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    In a yoga gym in Songjiang District, a row of bottles is lined up on a table. Pairs of them are balanced on their lips, with a playing card in between.

    Martial arts coach Xie Desheng is warming up at the table, with a nunchaku in his hands. He is about to challenge the Guinness World Record for removing the most cards with a nunchaku in one minute without toppling the bottles.

    He set a record last August by removing 14 cards. In February, Pakistani Muhammad Rashid superseded that feat with 19 cards removed.

    Nunchaku, which originated on the Japanese island of Okinawa, is a martial arts weapon that consists of two sticks linked together at one end by a short chain or cord. The weapon was popularized by Bruce Lee in kung fu movies.

    “Lee is my hero,” Xie says. “In fact, he is my virtual nunchaku mentor.”

    The timer starts. Xie holds a nunchaku in his right hand and waves it rapidly toward the cards. A counter calls out the number of cards removed without toppling the carefully balanced bottles. The scene is tense because the stick at any moment might hit a bottle. If that happens, Xie has to start all over again.

    Eventually, he manages to hit 20 cards in a minute without breaking a bottle.

    “New record!” Xie shouts out in excitement.


    Two sticks and a cord to set world recordsHu Jun / SHINE
    Xie hits playing cards clamped between bottles with a nunchaku to set a new world record.

    He will send the video to Guinness and expects to get a certificate in months.

    Nunchaku, sometimes called “chuka sticks” or “karate sticks,” was originally a weapon of self-defense. It has now evolved into a sport of stunts — using the device to hit ping pong balls volleyed by a robot, to remove bottle caps, to snuff out candles and to smash walnuts, always in a prescribed time, usually one minute.

    The device has spawned nunchaku sports clubs across the world, though its use is restricted in Norway, Canada, Spain, Chile and several other countries.

    Born in the city of Chaozhou of the southern province of Guangdong in 1992, Xie left his hometown at 15 after his father died and mother left home. He didn’t want to burden his uncle by staying with him, so he went to bigger cities in the province looking for work.

    He took jobs in factories and restaurants, but his life trajectory changed when a roommate introduced him to nunchaku. Xie’s interest was aroused.

    After work, he often went to Internet bars to watch Lee’s movies, especially excerpts with nunchaku maneuvers. Then he would practice the moves from a video at home. As there was no explanation of the moves, Xie could only watch closely and duplicate his idol’s movements — again and again.

    “The beginning was really tough,” he says. “I don’t remember how many times I hurt my head with nunchaku while training, and there were bruises all over my body.”

    He went to gyms to improve the strength and tried to use nunchaku to do other weapons’ stunts.

    “I believe that different types of martial arts communicate with each other well,” he says. “For example, I could do the movements of a cudgel with a nunchaku and vice versa. Practicing on one improves the other.”

    It was obvious that Xie had a gift for it. Before long, his friends recommended he take part in various martial arts competitions. He went to Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia, winning several trophies, mostly on nunchaku.

    The victories brought about dramatic changes in his life. He became a minor Internet celebrity and a martial arts coach. He travels around China, teaching in various places, and does training sessions for the Shanghai armed police.

    Invitations to variety shows came with the fame. He remembers the first show where he appeared, called “Let Dream Fly.” It aired on a channel in the eastern province of Shandong Province several years ago. He admits he was nervous.

    “For one thing, my hometown could receive the channel, so all my acquaintances there could see me on TV,” he says. “And for another thing, what I was going to do was very challenging, even dangerous.”

    It was a William Tell sort of challenge, using a nunchaku instead of a crossbow to remove an apple from the head of a volunteer. It was difficult to find any people who were willing to rehearse the stunt with him, for obvious reasons.

    “I was also worried that someone might try to imitate what I did on the stage,” he admits, with a laugh.

    More show invitations and competitions followed. Xie felt stuck. The trophies no longer brought gratification. He was puzzled about how he could further challenge himself.

    The Guinness World Records provided that challenge.

    “You know, nowadays most martial arts competitions are judged by your movements rather than how well you can fight,” he says. “Most of the time you don’t even know which move you made to win a trophy. But the Guinness records are different. You can track your improvement through very straightforward numbers. It gave me very clear goals that I could challenge.”

    His first record was set in Shanghai when he managed to snuff out flames on 52 candles with nunchaku in a minute, without knocking down the candles.

    Then he learned a table tennis stunt with nunchaku, just like his idol Bruce Lee once did. He set a record for the most balls hit, with 35 in one minute.


    Two sticks and a cord to set world recordsCourtesy of Xie Desheng
    Xie poses with one of his Guinness World Record certificate.

    “That was probably one of the most difficult challenges for me,” he says. “The sticks are thinner than a table tennis ball, and it feels much less solid waving a nunchaku than a ping pong paddle. After long practice, the motions became a kind of muscle memory.”

    Not all challenges have ended in success. Last year in Beijing, Xie tried to open 10 beer bottles with nunchaku but failed.

    The disappointing performance came in front of a large audience and local journalists.

    “They asked me: ‘Will you be back again?’ And I said: ‘I’ll get up where I fell over,’” Xie says.

    “A month later, I went back to Beijing and finished the challenge.”

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    In the Spring Festival Gala 2019 hosted by China Central Television (CCTV), a group of 20,000 students from the Henan Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School performed a large-scale martial arts program, titled “The Soul of Shaolin”. The performance featured traditional Chinese martial arts.



    The program set a world record for the largest martial arts ever performed, verified the WRCA, a brand under the UK-based World Record Certification Limited. In their performance, the boys demonstrated their accuracy, strength and power in each of their moves, all while following the background music. Many were stunned by the dazzling performance of the students.



    Since its debut on the CCTV Spring Festival Gala in 2003, Henan Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School has been tempering its performance skills and innovating its program format. It has participated in 16 performances and won five awards. They performed “High Aspirations” and Programs such as “Young China” and “Picturesque Country” have been loved by audiences across the countries. Especially after the broadcast of “The Soul of Shaolin” in 2019, it attracted widespread praise.



    The grand TV event, hailed as the biggest TV carnival in China, was in its 36th edition in 2019. The viewing figures, taken from all platforms during the live broadcast, were up about 42 million over the same period. A total of 239 domestic TV channels broadcast the gala live on Lunar New Year’s Eve while audiences from 163 countries and regions simultaneously watched the TV show through 218 overseas platforms. The gala has been a fixture of the Spring Festival celebrations since it was first broadcast live by China Central Television (CCTV) in 1983.

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