Phuket resident accepts BJJ world record attempt
MMA: A martial arts instructor from the south of Phuket is preparing for a 36-hour marathon training session to not only break the world record, but also to raise funds for a jiu-jitsu program for children.
At the age of 16, Campbell Symes moved to Phuket from Australia to train full-time under 5NS Degree in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt Olavo Abreu at the Phuket Top Team Academy in Chalong. Now that both men have moved to their new academy in Nai Harn – Temple BJJ – Campbell plans to break the world record in rolling, a term used for the sparring aspect of BJJ.
“I’m trying to break the world record for the longest BJJ role to raise funds for the RDC Gym in Phuket, Thailand,” said Campbell.
“RDC is a local Thai gym that has some of the best kid jiu-jitsu athletes in the country.
“When COVID-19 hit and we lost our jiu-jitsu home, RDC opened its doors to us, greeted the team and also gave me the chance to teach these great kids.
“Now COVID-19 has really affected the gym, parents can’t afford to exercise, and the gym is about to close.
“Please help to donate for the future of Thai Jiu-Jitsu and give a smile back to the children of the RDC Gym,” he added.
The current world record is 24 hours straight BJJ rolls, and if Campbell succeeds it would add 12 hours to the record.
Campbell, born in the small Australian town of Broken Hill, has won a significant number of national and regional competitions including the Pan-Asian Championships, UAEJJF National Pro, Siam Cup, Copa De Bangkok and IBJJF Pan Pacific Championship.
The world record attempt is to benefit the RDC Gym in Phuket Town, where local Thai children have been learning about the art since it opened a few years ago. Campbell aims to raise 250,000 B and at the time of this writing about 13% or 33,722 B has been raised.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art that was developed for self-defense. The sport has grown massively in popularity over the years, particularly with the advent of mixed martial arts (MMA) as BJJ is considered to be one of the basic martial arts for cage fighting, on par with muay thai, boxing, wrestling and other martial arts.
The world record attempt is part of a multi-day opening event in the new Temple BJJ facility. The event starts tomorrow (October 21st) with a BJJ seminar by 8-time world champion DJ Jackson, and goes on Saturday (October 22nd) with a grappling competition and a world record attempt to start on Sunday (October 24th). The proceeds go to local charities on the island.
You can find more information about donating here: https://gogetfunding.com/bjjlongestroll/