Kicking yourself in the head might simply sound stupid to most people, but it’s also unbelievably hard, requiring extreme flexibility and stability. Doing it 134 times in just 60 seconds sounds impossible, which is what makes Puskar Nepal’s record so impressive.
The young Nepalese apparently spent eight months developing his own head-kicking technique, which involved bending his upper body to an almost 90-degree angle and using both feet to kick his forehead, while maintaining his balance. One of the witnesses of Puskar’s official Guinness World Record attempt at Kantipur City College in Kathmandu, Nepal, said he was so amazed by his speed that he had to watch the whole thing in slow motion to accurately count the number of kicks.
Luckily for Puskar, he managed to kick his head 134 times in one minute, breaking the old record of 127, set in 2013 by Joel Leindecker of the USA on the set of ‘Guinness World Records Unleashed’ in Los Angeles, California.
Asked what motivated him to try and set a new Guinness record, Puskar Nepal said “I want to contribute something for the poor people of rural areas. I want the people from different countries to know about me. Breaking a world record has always been a dream for me.”
Inspired by his successful attempt, Puskar is now looking for new challenges. “I’m now so passionate about Guinness World Records that I aim to set more than 100 records,” he said. “I believe my records would help promote my country, birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, around the globe. Also I want to prove that people from a small and poor country like Nepal can also do anything. I want to be inspiration of the people of my country.”
Even if the ambitious Nepalese would be able to set 100 records, he would still have a long way to go to become the world’s most successful record-breaker. That title currently belongs to Ashrita Furman, who has set 551 records in the last 35 years, and currently holds 200 records.
In case you’re wondering the kicking-your-own-head challenge started in 2003, when a man named Michael Lloyd managed to do it 42 times. Since then, the record has been broken eight times.
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