Age is just a number for Jayanth Reddy, who broke Guinness World Record at 54
Guest Author : Maruthi Rao
Jayanth Reddy, an unsung hero of martial art from Hyderabad scripted an inspirational journey even after being rejected by Indian Olympic Taekwondo Association. He broke almost every Guinness world record in Taekwondo. He has a total of 12 world records. A taekwondo practitioner since the age of 14, Jayanth won five gold medals at national championships from 1983-88. At the age of 54, he broke an Guniess record by punching fastest punches in 1 minute in July 2016. He is also a winner of eight US Presidential Sports Awards.
Jayanth’s passion for Taekwondo began when he was a kid. He started practicing karate, later he found his passion with Taekwondo. He, along with his brother Sridhar Reddy embarked on a mission ‘Run for Humanity’, a 500 km run in Cyprus to spread awareness on AIDS. In a career spanning over 35 years, he has trained over 5 lakh students so far. He gives training at the A.P. police academy, Railway police, Army artillery, Administrative staff college of India, celebrities, schools, colleges, clubs to name a few.
He voluntarily trained thousands of students. When it comes to smashing world records, his students aren’t even behind him!! Konda Sahadev, one of his students has nine world records to his credit, while R Gajendra Kumar and Abdul Khalil have six each.
Jayanth always believes that India has many talented sportsmen, but what lacks is a proper platform for them. Jayanth’s main goal is to help Indians achieve world records in martial arts.
The author is a freelance journalist and writer from Hyderabad, with a particular interest on documenting heroics of unsung heroes around the world.