- K.V Babu
- 26:08:00 hour(s):minute(s):second(s)
- India (Kochi)
The longest karate kata is 26 hr 8 min and was achieved by K.V Babu (India) in Kochi, Kerala, India from 14 to 15 October 2017.
It was one of KV's dreams to achieve a Guinness World Records title, so he started a regimented routine. He made time to practice his katas and work out from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. before his karate classes, then later in the evenings between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. KV also followed a balanced diet focusing on fruits throughout training as well as during his attempt. In his rest breaks, he ate dry fruits, bananas while drinking coconut water and orange juice.
K.V kept his dedication from training and throughout the marathon. He took his breaks regularly and had his goal in mind at all times, which is what kept his morale strong. Luckily, he was also able to keep going thanks to the support he received from friends, family, as well as his students who were present at different intervals of his attempt.
K.V says his biggest highlight of the attempt is that he was able to achieve such a feat despite being 55, and managing to achieve his original goal of 26 hours. It was even more impressive that he only needed a few hours' rest before bouncing right back.
When asked what it meant to him to have achieved this title, KV said it was quite impactful for him, both personally and in terms of his practice. "This title will allow me to reach bigger heights in my karate field."