World record smashed

A Cornish strongman has set a new world record by breaking 55 concrete blocks with his bare hands in less than five seconds.

Karate expert Ed Byrne, 40, chopped through the granite and concrete edging stones in 4.86 seconds, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The ninth dan black belt shattered the previous record of 17.49 seconds.

He said: “I used to break things when I was a kid for fun with my friends and I would break things easily whereas my friends wouldn’t.

“People think it’s a lot easier to break blocks than it actually is – I make it look easy. I have hypnotherapy and picture breaking the slabs. I also feed off the energy of the crowd.”

Mr Byrne is now aiming to beat the existing record for breaking the most blocks in one stack which currently stands at 31.

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