It’s a truly monumental challenge but a local BJJ instructor in Phuket, Thailand will be attempting to break the world record for longest continuous rolling by doing so for an unbelievable 30 hours. The current rolling record stands at 24 hours and the man looking to break it is BJJ brown belt Campbell Symes, one of the coaches at the world class Temple BJJ facility. Symes is making the attempt in an effort to raise money for a noble cause, to raise funds for a local gym in the area that is one of many across the world to have been sorely effected by closures relating to the pandemic:
“I am attempting to break the world record for the longest BJJ Roll, to help raise funds for RDC Gym in Phuket, Thailand. RDC is a local Thai gym that has some of the best Jiu-Jitsu kids athletes in the country. When Covid-19 hit and we lost our Jiu-Jitsu home, RDC opened their doors to us, welcomed the team and also gave me a chance to teach these amazing kids. Now Covid-19 has really affected the gym, parents can’t afford training and the gym is on the verge of closing. Please help donate to the future of Thai Jiu-Jitsu, and bring a smile back to the kids of RDC Gym.”
Campbell Symes was originally from a small town in Australia and moved to Thailand at the age of 16, where he started training under 5th degree black belt Olavo Abreu. Symes has competed and medaled at many prestigious competitions across both Australia and most of Asia, and he now focuses on developing the Jiu-Jitsu talent in the gym. At the time of writing, his fundraising efforts have reached a little over 10% of the total goal of 250,000 Baht and for anyone interested in supporting the cause, you can donate at the official Just Giving page.