Getting a kick out of charity: Joondalup’s Diesel Gym

Jason Lee (right) and coach Frankie Dehghan in training.
Jason Lee (right) and coach Frankie Dehghan in training.

A NEW world record may have been set for most muay thai rib kicks in 30 seconds.

Joondalup’s Diesel Gym owner Frankie Dehghan hosted an interclub fundraising event on October 4, with gyms from around Perth taking part in friendly sparring matches to raise money for Telethon.

Diesel Gym instructor Jason Lee then attempted to set the new world record.

“I will kick a standard set of Thai pads held at my rib height with the same leg for 30 seconds,” Lee said.

“I will be kicking by using my shin to hit the pad every time and my foot will touch the floor before I do every kick.

“Each kick will be done with as much force and speed as I can.”

During preparations, Lee was performing 65 kicks in 30 seconds but his goal was 70 to 75. He encouraged students, family and friends to donate $1 for every kick.

Lee first attempted the challenge about two months ago but could only get to 40 kicks and was “worn out by the 20-second mark”.

“Martial arts has always been a big part of my life and I loved to kick before I could walk but I knew that I had to step it up if I wanted to achieve my goal,” he said.

“I started to workout and run every day and Frankie trained me every week pushing me beyond my limits.”

He said in his last attempt during training, he was able to get to 67 kicks but “just couldn’t seem to push past that”.

“I also got sick one week before and I couldn’t train for four days so that made me even more nervous,” he said.

“I wasn’t sure if I had lost any fitness or if I could still do as many kicks.”

Lee performed 70 kicks on the day, raising more than $600 and taking the gym’s donation to more than $1200.

The gym will also hold a Halloween themed end-of-term party on October 31 with money raised going to Telethon.

The record application has been sent to Guinness World Records and Record Setter to be verified.