Bromley taekwondo instructor smashes tiles with her bare hands and sets another world record

PUBLISHED: 11:46 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:46 28 July 2014

Lisa with her medal.

Lisa with her medal.


A former World ITF TaeKwon-Do champion has set yet another new Guinness World Record, smashing 923 clay roof tiles with her bare hands in one minute.

Lisa in actionLisa in action

Lisa Dennis, 40, smashed the target of 700 roof tiles in a minute, to set the new record.

This adds to the record she already set in March this year, when she became the first woman to smash 1,000 roof tiles in 83.98 seconds, which was filmed by BBC breakfast.

The attempt took place on the popular Italian TV Show Lo Show Dei Record, which was filmed in Milan, and will be aired on Italian TV in the Autumn.

It was a four day process and Lisa’s tile smashing attempt was filmed live.

She said: “I had my hair and make up done and I was just about to go and break some tiles!

“There was very minimal blood this time, I am fully recovered now.

“It was a mad experience.”

Lisa and her partner Chris Pitman, who accompanied her to Italy, run Virtue Taekwondo and hold classes for all ages and levels in locations throughout Bromley including Petts Wood, Farnborough, Orpington and Beckenham.

They have more than 450 students in total.

Lisa said: “They showed me a video that my students had done which I didn’t know about so I was crying!

“I am 40 years of age and you just think, how could life get any better?

“It was the best experience of my life and Chris was so supportive.

“It looks like they might invite him out to do the male record of it.

“The people you meet are incredible.”

For both of Lisa’s successful attempts, the clay roof tiles were arranged in 100 piles of ten and Lisa broke more than 16 per second.

Chris took the male title for the fastest time to smash 1,000 tiles in August 2013, which he did in 51.08 seconds, with his attempt being filmed by Blue Peter.

Chris’ feat and both of Lisa’s attempts were done in the presence of an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records, who provided on-the-spot record verification.

The couple are now hoping to feature in the 2016 official record book.

Speaking about when she met Chris, Lisa said: “He was amazing at breaking and I thought, oh my god I’ve met my match, he’s like the male version of me.”

She added: “I have had a completely amazing year. Achieving two Guinness World Records is something I am extremely proud of and it’s not been an easy journey,”

Lisa’s Guinness World Record achievements have added to her long list of taekwondo successes, and she has taken the European title several times and became World Champion in New Zealand in 2011.

“Everyone is born into the world with a special gift and you’ve got to find that.

“Mine is smashing things!

“I totally believe I will still be doing these things in my 50s and 60s.

“You’ve got to keep yourself young and that’s what it’s all about,” she said.

For more information about Lisa, Chris and Virtue TaeKwon-Do, visit or follow them on twitter @virtuetaekwondo.

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