Taekwondo teachers take on tile smashing World Record in front of Blue Peter cameras

PUBLISHED: 13:35 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:35 13 August 2013

Chris Pitman smashes through tiles in preperation for the record attempt.

Chris Pitman smashes through tiles in preperation for the record attempt.


Blue Peter crews will film taekwondo teachers Lisa Dennis and Chris Pitman attempt to break the world record time for smashing 1,000 roof tiles at Ravenswood School, in Bromley, on Monday.

The pair, who previously failed this challenge, will be joined by an official adjudicator from Guinness.

Tiles will be arranged in 100 piles of 10 for Chris and he’ll need to smash 20 per second in order to break the existing record.

Lisa’s tiles will be in stacks of eight and she’ll be aiming to smash 16 per second.

Lisa has taken the European taekwondo title seven times, became World Champion in 2011 and won yet more gold at the Brighton World Cup last year.

She is now retired from competition and focused on teaching at her school, Virtue Taekwondo.

She said: “This is not an easy record to break, as we discovered during our first attempt in April.

“However we were very close and having made a few adjustments to our technique are very positive we can do it. Having the attempt filmed by Blue Peter makes it even more exciting and it will be great to show off our wonderful students on national television.

“Chris and I are currently putting in hours of training each week.

“I have won many national and international taekwondo titles but being a Guinness World Record holder would be incredible. My hands are pretty sore at the moment, but the hard work is hopefully going to pay off.”

The existing World Record was set back in 2001 by Chris Byrd, in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

Their efforts are set to air on August 22.

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