Record-breaking kickboxer battles for 100 rounds

WH 061241 Nick Brewer attempts 100 consecutive rounds of kick-boxing for charity   Photo by Derek Martin
WH 061241 Nick Brewer attempts 100 consecutive rounds of kick-boxing for charity Photo by Derek Martin

A KICKBOXER fought his way into the record books with a display of superhuman endurance on Saturday.

Fundraiser Nick Brewer, 45, completed 100 consecutive three-minute rounds of kickboxing and raised more than £800 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in the process.

Around 80 people, including British and European champions, volunteered to spar with Nick on the day at Gym Xtreme, in Bath Place, Worthing.

Nick, of Queen Street, Broadwater, said: “It was good. It was really tough, but I did it.

“About round 80 I had really bad cramp in my calves and I was really struggling to walk, let alone do everything else, but I had a really good support team in the corner who gave me hydration salts and massaged my calves.

“My heart rate was through the roof. I can’t move. I’m essentially crippled. I need a couple of weeks off.”

Over the course of the challenge, which lasted from 9am until 4pm, Nick lost more than half a stone in weight. His resting heart rate between rounds was around 130bpm.

Just one week before the challenge took place, Guinness World Records threw a spanner in the works.

The organisation told Nick he needed to do 100 three-minute rounds rather than 150 two-minute rounds he had initially prepared for.

Each round required a minimum of six kicks and he was allowed up to one-minute to rest between rounds.

The whole challenge was professionally filmed and a referee from the World Kickboxing and Martial Arts association oversaw the action.

In addition, two judges counted the number of kicks, three independent witnesses and two professional witnesses from the martial arts world were present, as were a team of paramedics.

All the information will be sent to the Guinness World Records and an announcement will be made in the new year, said Nick.

“I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that helped me,” he said. “I trained for three months solid before the event - running, swimming, boxing, kickboxing, weights and conditioning. I needed it and it’s paid dividends.”

Father-of-two Nick has a history of fundraising and said Chestnut Tree House was a good cause.

Caroline Roberts-Quigley, community fundraiser for Chestnut Tree House, said: “I think it was an unusual challenge. We really do appreciate Nick’s support. Without the local community we couldn’t provide the services we do in the community.”