"martial arts has become very essential and important"
Martial artist Kiran Deoli Uniyal broke her 12th world record after she landed 258 full contact elbow strikes in one minute using alternate elbows.
Throughout the feat, she averaged 4.3 strikes per second.
As a result, she has the most martial arts-related world records of any woman.
Ten of the records are Guinness World Records while the others are recognised by India Records and High Range Book of World Records.
In addition, the 47-year-old taekwondo practitioner also has records in “The most full contact knee strikes in three minutes (one leg) in the female category with 263 strikes” and “The most full contact knee strikes alternate legs in one minute in women category with 120 strikes.”
In relation to her 12th world record, Kiran was inspired by her other achievements and previous world records.
The belief pushed her to attempt the world record.
In preparation for the attempt, Kiran practised for up to three hours a day.
She previously said: “Being a Guinness World Records Titleholder would mean a lot to me as it will be an inspiration to attempt more records and will give a sense of satisfaction and achievement for my hard work.
“It will be an inspiration and encouragement to other girls and women also through me to join fitness and martial arts.
“It will boost morale that age is no limit to follow fitness, martial arts, and your passion.”
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Kiran Deoli Uniyal native of Uttrakhand, India, has achieved 12 World Records in Martial Arts in speed elbow strikes & kicks. pic.twitter.com/gRCvpPrTA0
— High Range World Records (@HighRangeBOR) March 9, 2021
She now hopes her achievements inspire women and girls in India to take up martial arts.
The Uttarakhand native stated that it would break the stereotypical mentality and prove that age is no limit for pursuing fitness.
The mother-of-two said:
“When crime against women is increasing, martial arts has become very essential and important for all women and girls to pursue for their self-defence.
“Martial arts can be learned and practised at any age with regular and disciplined fitness training.”
In addition to being a martial artist, Kiran is also a philanthropist and mother to two children.
Many of her records include rapid elbow strikes and kicks, but Kiran insisted that they are not just for looks or for breaking records.
“Speed and reflexes play a vital role in martial arts, self-defence, since it is important to neutralise the perpetrator or an attacker and bring him to ground in the initial few seconds, which can scare him, besides giving courage and confidence to self.”