MMA: South Phuket based martial arts instructor prepares for 36 hour marathon workout to not only break world record but also help raise money for jiu-jitsu program for children.
At 16, Campbell Symes left Australia for Phuket to train full-time for the Under-5s.e Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) diploma Olavo Abreu black belt at the Phuket Top Team academy in Chalong. Now, as the pair have moved to their new academy in Nai Harn – BJJ Temple – Campbell plans to break the rolling world record, a term used for the sparring aspect of BJJ.
âI’m trying to break the world record for the longest BJJ Roll, to help raise funds for RDC Gym in Phuket, Thailand,â said Campbell.
âRDC is a local Thai gymnasium that has some of the best children’s Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the country.
âWhen COVID-19 hit and we lost our home in Jiu-Jitsu, RDC opened its doors to us, welcomed the team and also gave me the opportunity to teach these amazing children.
âNow COVID-19 has really affected the gym, parents cannot afford to work out and the gym is about to close.
“Please help donate for the future of Thai Jiu-Jitsu and bring smiles back to the children of RDC Gym,” he added.
The current world record stands at 24 hours of BJJ in a row, and if Campbell was successful, that would add a considerable time, 12 hours, to the record.
Campbell, from the small Australian town of Broken Hill, has won a considerable number of national and regional competitions, including the Pan Asian Championships, UAEJJF National Pro, Siam Cup, Copa Bangkok and the IBJJF Pan Pacific Championship.
The world record attempt is for the benefit of RDC Gym in Phuket Town, where local Thai children have been learning the art since opening their doors a few years ago. Campbell is aiming to raise 250,000 B, and at the time of writing about 13%, or 33,722 B, has been raised.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a wrestling martial art that was developed for self-defense. The sport has become extremely popular over the years, especially with the rise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), as BJJ is considered one of the fundamental martial arts for cage fighting, on par with Muay Thai. , boxing, wrestling and other martial arts. .
The world record attempt is part of a multi-day opening event at Temple BJJ’s new facility. The event starts tomorrow (October 21) with a BJJ seminar by DJ Jackson, 8 times world champion, will continue on Saturday (October 22) with a grappling competition and the world record attempt will start on Sunday (October 24). The profits will be donated to local charities on the island.
More details on how to donate can be found here: https://gogetfunding.com/bjjlongestroll/