Martial art expert eyes Guinness Book of Records

Bonmon Rakesh during a practice session in Hyderabad on Sunday. Photo: Nagara Gopal  

If you think that asking someone to break three solid bars of ice (each measuring 150 kg.) in 30 seconds on the head is outrageous.

Then one would find it tough to come up with an adjective to describe a feat in which a Tindora (Coccinia grandis or Ivy gourd) is cut into pieces on the tongue with a big sword.

Admirable feat

Well, such acts that test physical endurance and courage are providing 25-year-old Bonmon Rakesh with a foothold in the record books. Thanks to a series of such acts, Mr. Rakesh has made it to ‘Record Holders Republic, India', ‘Amazing World Records' and ‘India Book of Records'. A black belt holder in Taekwondo, Mr. Rakesh received the Indian Book of Records certificate for his Tindora cutting feat on Sunday.

“My ultimate aim is to make it to Guinness Book of World Records. But it needs a lot of practice and many more such records before entering into the elite group. Taekwondo has taught me discipline and given me strength to endure pain and endurance levels,” he explains.

The martial artist has many more exploits to his credit. They include allowing others to break two granite (100 kg each) stones on his stomach with a hammer, breaking 10 tiles on the head with a big hammer, completing a 10 km run within 45 minutes and breaking 10 clay pots with flying taekwondo kicks.

So what is the secret behind his endurance levels? “It's just daily practice. Strengthening exercises for head, shoulders and chest. Putting up long hours of taekwondo practice and mental preparation,” he says.

Rich haul of medals

A resident of Musheerabad, the martial arts expert has also won five gold, six silver and four bronze medals in tournaments organised by A.P. Taekwondo Federation.

“Such feats are possible only if one has enough zeal on martial arts. There is also a need to maintain a proper diet and funding to break records,” he says.

Mr. Rakesh can be contacted on: rockzs1419@gmail.com

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