Hyderabad: A salesman at a garments store, an automobile mechanic and a smalltime trader may not have much in common. But three such men from the old city have overcome odds and have now received certificates from the Guinness World Records to show what they did as a team.
Shaik Azhar, 26, from Tallabkatta is a salesman at a garments store, while Mohammed Ghani, also aged 26, of Babanagar, works at a car battery shop. Mohammed Aslamuddin, 27, of Edi Bazaar, a smalltime trader, makes up the trio, who were part of a bigger team that now holds the world record for the maximum number of ‘full contact kicks’ in one hour, a Taekwondo record that has been recognized by the Guinness World Records.
“Our team executed 58,683 kicks in an hour and managed to break the earlier record of Cobh Martial Art Academy of Ireland, UK, which had a record of 32,428 kicks,” said Shaik Azhar, who says he executed around 1,800 kicks during the feat.
The team from Jayanth Reddy International Taekwondo Academy at Banjara Hills, where the three of them practised, had attempted the feat on October 13. It recorded the entire proceedings on camera and sent the video to the Guinness World Record authorities, who registered the new record and sent them certificates for the same early this month.
It was not easy for the trio, managing their livelihoods and practising the martial art, that too with facilities in the old city being limited. Their journey into the word of martial arts began in 2003 when they enrolled in a local martial arts club in Rein Bazaar. The club, which operated from a municipal community hall in the area, did not have many patrons and wound up shop three years later.
“We were desperate to continue practice, and so joined the JR Academy in Banjara Hills, where we now go twice a week,” says Ghani.
When they are not flexing their muscles, Azhar, who works at a cloth store at Koti for a monthly salary of Rs.10,000, organizes coaching camps for teenagers at the Imlibun Park. “I don’t earn much through the classes but carry on because I want youngsters to learn martial arts to be fit and healthy,” he says.
Aslamuddin points out that children in the old city are talented and can become good sportsmen. “But where are the facilities for sports here? I go all the way to Banjara Hills for practice. The situation could change if proper infrastructure is provided in local community halls, which can be developed for indoor sports activities,” Aslam says.