Bromley taekwondo instructor sets new world record

PUBLISHED: 12:24 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24 27 March 2014

Taekwondo's power couple

Taekwondo's power couple


A Bromley taekwondo instructor became the first woman in the world to smash a thousand roof tiles in under 90 seconds yesterday.

Lisa Dennis who teaches the martial art across Beckenham, Petts Wood, Bromley and Orpington tore through the tiles in 83.98 seconds in the presence of a Guinness World Records adjudicator at Crofton Hall, York Rise, Orpington.

She said: “It was an absolutely phenomenal day full of emotion, blood, sweat and tears.

“When the tiles were set out it was intimidating but that didn’t faze me. To be honest I don’t remember a lot of the actual attempt because I just went into the zone smashing tiles.

“There was blood and tiles everywhere it was crazy. I passed out briefly afterwards and had to be taken to hospital with cuts to my hands but I’m completely fine, I’m still buzzing that I managed to do it.

Lisa’s partner Chris Pitman shattered the male record when the pair appeared on Blue Peter in 2013, breaking the tiles in 51.8 seconds and Lisa, 40, of Dalmally road, Addiscombe felt she couldn’t have done it without him.

She said: “Chris has been fantastic, without him helping me train and prepare, as well as coaching me during the attempt on technique, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

She says this now makes them “the world’s most powerful couple” although there is a healthy rivalry between the two as Mr Pitman completed his challenge in less time.

Lisa said: “He keeps teasing me saying he could have done it and had a slice of cake and a cup of tea in the time it took me!”

BBC Breakfast were there to witness the event and Ms Dennis and her pupils put sports reporter Mike Bushell through some taekwondo training before she set the record.

Lisa will now take a rest and allow her hands to heal before the couple head off to Italy to take on another taekwondo challenge on television in the summer.

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