Sport

Martial arts master to compete in 100 consecutive rounds

Grant Ratcliffe will have 100 consecutive rounds of Kumite.
Grant Ratcliffe will have 100 consecutive rounds of Kumite. John Gass

A Tweed Heads man will be kicking his way into the record books with a world first attempt at completing 100 consecutive rounds of mixed martial art competitions to raise money for charity.

Owner and head instructor of the Tweed College of Martial Arts, Grant Ratcliffe, has set himself the gruelling challenge of completing, what is referred to in traditional Japanese martial arts, as 'The Hundred Man MMA Kumite'.

Mr Ratcliffe said this was a challenge that required great discipline, as it was both mentally and physically taxing.

"I will be facing off against professional mixed martial art practitioners with rounds including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and submission grappling."

"The challenge will take five hours to complete, each round lasting two minutes with only a one-minute break between each until completion," he said.

"It's been a goal of mine for 20 years now and I am training for up to five hours a day in the lead up to the event.

"No martial artist has ever attempted this challenge in a mixed martial art format and only 17 people have ever completed the challenge in a Karate format."

Mr Ratcliffe said his efforts wouldn't be in vain

" I'm I am utilizing this huge test to raise $45,845 for the local Tweed Heads public hospital auxiliary.

After a personal experience that saw his son in the auxiliary ward at Tweed Heads hospital he was inspired to use his position to raise much needed funds.

"Its time we support our local hospital that supports so many of us and all the money will be used to upgrade and/or purchase new equipment," he said.

The event will take place on April 20.

Medical Equipment purchased with the money raised will include:

Three x Dinemap Blood Pressure Machine $8985.00 1 x Glidescope for PAEDS & Adults $14,0001 x Birthing Bed $19,2802 x Air Mattress with Overlay $3580, totaling $45,845.00.

If you would like more information or to donate money you can visit www.tcma.com.au

Topics:  martial arts



The pacemaker cells of your gut

Restroom sign

Living Naturally: problems with the gut

Dunn eyes Millions for Group level push

TRAINING MASTERS: Matt and Keira Dunn at a Murwillumbah Racecourse race day.

Trainer eyes a cast of millions.

Pennant season out of sync?

SWING DOCTOR: Norman Carmichael, pictured with Julie Keegan, has sadly passed away.

Greg Kelly: On the mat.

Latest deals and offers

What's on the small screen this week

Bella Frizza in a scene from the TV series Married At First Sight.

THE Block's $65,000 bathroom is revealed and strangers marry.

MOVIE REVIEW: Life on the Road

Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey Smith and Foregone Conclusion (Steve Clarke, Andy Burrows, Stuart Baxter Wilkinson, Michael Clarke) in a scene from David Brent: Life on the Road.

Ricky Gervais has brought David Brent back to life on the big screen

Jessica Alba wants tequila shots served at her funeral

Businesswoman and actor Jessica Alba

There won't be mourning at this funeral

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

Actor Tom Hiddleston

Thor star the latest celebrity targetted by hackers

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

Maggie's Kitchen by Caroline Beecham is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99.

New novel reminds readers that bravery exists in many forms

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m