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PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 16 August 2010

KUNG-fu students have raised nearly £12,000 for a hospice after breaking a martial arts world record for a mammoth training session.

KUNG-fu students have raised nearly £12,000 for a hospice after breaking a martial arts world record for a mammoth training session.

Thirty three students from the Julian Hitch Martial Arts Schools of Excellence took part in a non-stop 29 hour training session on April 24.

They began at 10am on Saturday and continued the exhausting training through the night until 3pm the next, smashing the nearest record by more than three hours.

Student Mark Watts, 43, a partner in a law firm in the city, said: "It was very exciting, particularly at the beginning as no one there had taken part in a world record attempt before.

"Going through the night was the most difficult part as we were sleep deprived and physically exhausted.

"Then as it got light and the record was in sight everybody felt better."

Participants aged from 16 to 50 took part in the marathon event, and had only a 5 minute break each hour to use the toilet and take on refreshments.

Each student had undertaken to raise £250 for St Thomas Hospice through sponsorship, but some raised over £1,000 through their endeavour.

The school's master, Si-Fu Julian Hitch, said: "Many of these people who trained non-stop for 29 hours had only ever done 3 hours as a maximum length.

"They were not professional athletes, but determined people who had wanted to make a positive difference to the world around them. Achieving world records is special, but helping fellow human beings in need is far more important."

As part of the rules set out by Guinness World Records, two independent witnesses, two trained timekeepers and stewards watched the event, and it was recorded on video for the judges.

The school is now waiting for official confirmation from Guinness about the attempt.

All sponsorship is still welcome at the school's just giving page at www.justgiving.com/JulianHitchMASE

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