Revolution Martial Arts Academy is based in Dewsbury, Yorskhire in the UK and they have now managed to set a world record for the longest Jiu-Jitsu class ever. The Jiu-Jitsu academy is run by head coach Steve Scadden and he managed to put together a class that lasted an incredible twenty-four hours in order to break the world record. Scadden organized the entire event himself and he hosted it on October 8th, inviting over 20 mixed martial artists from all over the area to take part. A number of the participants were actually members of Team Great Britain and resided in several different areas of the country. Somewhat surprisingly, this isn’t even the first time that Jiu-Jitsu athletes have attempted to set a world record by training for an incredibly exhausting amount of time.
The athletes got together to train for the twenty-four hour period and they were working almost non-stop across that period. Scadden organized the event in order to raise money for BBC Children In Need, a charity based in the UK that helps to ensure that children living in the UK have their needs met if they’re otherwise unable to do so. In the end the athletes managed to make it for a total of twenty-four hours and twenty-four minutes, with them only taking a five minute break each hour. Scadden and Revolution Martial Arts Academy live-streamed the event so that friends and family of those participating would be able to watch and the group managed to raise over £1,500 for BBC Children In Need.
One of the participants, Damon Kinta, spoke to The Leigh Journal to give his opinion on how the event went:
“It was pretty gruelling to be honest, and after 17 hours or so of training, things start to feel a bit surreal. But I loved doing it for such a good cause and getting my face a bit more known in Jiu Jitsu community – although I won’t be doing it again anytime soon!”
Although the Jiu-Jitsu gym is now the proud owner of the world record for longest class, they did fall just short of the amount that they wanted to raise for charity by the time the session finished. Their original goal was a minimum of £2,000 but the fundraiser that Scadden set up on JustGiving is still live and donations can be made here to help them reach their goal.