Monday, January 6, 2014

World record attempt planned for most dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

MT. CLEMENS — It’s going to be a totally tubular night — March 28 at Gibraltar Trade Center, that is.
The Mount Clemens location, 237 North River Road, is hosting a world record attempt for the most people dressed in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costumes in one location. The current record is 826.
The record attempt will be the opening event for the D-Lux Expo, which will include several movie and television actors, a martial arts competition and several celebrities from the worlds of professional wrestling and martial arts competitors.
“As a kid, I watched Ninja Turtles a lot,” event promoter Adam Lux said. “I got into karate because of the Ninja Turtles.”
This is the 30th anniversary of when Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird created the crime-fighting foursome. Eastman will be among the guests at the expo.
Along with Eastman, Ernie Reyes Jr. (the actor that was in the Leonardo suit for the live-action turtles films and also played a pizza delivery man in the second film), Leif Tilden (Donatello in the first two live action films) and Jason Ybarra (who served as a stuntman on several incarnations of the Power Rangers) will all be in attendance.
Ybarra will bring with him a replica of the Turtles’ Party Wagon from the first animated series of the show.
World class fighter Frank Dux will also be at the show. Dux had his life story immortalized in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie “Bloodsport,” after he won five consecutive full contact Kumite championships. He still holds 16 world records.
Professional wrestler Bill Goldberg, Ernest Miller and several other people will also be in attendance at the show.
The idea for the record attempt came about because Reyes made an appearance at Lux’s karate studio in June. Some many people showed up that Reyes was invited back for the winter competition Lux was sponsoring. From there the idea to invite Eastman came about.
“What better way is there to celebrate the Turtle’s 30th anniversary,” Lux said. “We’ve been planning it since August.”
There will be workshops and training seminars on Friday and Sunday, with the tournament taking place Saturday. About 500 people are expected to compete in the tournament.
“It’s going to be a fun weekend for fans of the Turtles,” Lux said. “The first two world records didn’t have anyone from the Turtles involved.”
A second world record attempt will also take place at the expo. Warren resident Kevin Taylor, who holds the world brick breaking record already, breaking 587 bricks in 57.5 seconds, will attempt to top himself with 600 bricks in under a minute. Taylor set the current record in September.
In addition to running multiple tournaments a year, Lux also operates DLux Karate in Washington Township.
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