On Oct. 26 of this year, Dr. Eugene de Silva set two new world records at the ATA Leadership Academy in Morristown, Tenn.
The first world record that was set was for the “Most Concrete Blocks Broken on Neck.” For this record, four cinder blocks (ASTM C 90) were placed on Dr. de Silva’s neck while lying down, and then were broken with a hammer. Each cinder block weighed 30 pounds. The cinder blocks were supported on his neck by using another concrete slab that weighed 40 pounds. The total weight balanced on his neck was 160 pounds.
The second world record was for the “Most Concrete Blocks Broken on Groin.” Within this record, seven cinderblocks were placed on Dr. de Silva’s groin while he was lying down, then each was broken with a hammer. The total weight of the concrete balanced on the groin equaled 210 pounds.
These records have since been entered as new world records by “Record Setter” on their webpage, RecordSetter.com. Dr. de Silva, who now holds these two world records, is the Chair of the Institute of Physics (IOP), UK/USA Branch, has been the President of Tennessee Association for Science Department Chairs (TASDC) since 2008, and is a professor physics and chemistry. He has been performing these acts in mini-forms since 2004 across the USA. Dr. de Silva is also an Executive Member of the Tennessee Academy of Science. He is a martial artist with the highest ranking Dan grade and the founder of the Society of Martial Arts, United Kingdom and the National Accrediting Commission for Martial Arts (NACMA), USA. Dr. de Silva was also inducted to the Hall of Fame in the USA in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to martial arts education.
As a professor of physics and chemistry, Dr. de Silva initiated and implemented the “Physics and Chemistry Day” which has been carried out since 2004 across the country. This day is allocated to purely giving high school students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of physics and chemistry by watching martial arts demonstrations and partaking in hands-on experiments. Due to Dr. de Silva’s accomplishments, the well-known WonderWorks has contacted him to establish a show in which he will perform similar acts of martial arts mixed with physics for high school students and the general public in Tennessee. This performance is planned to begin in the fall of 2014.
Through his international contacts and positions within various organizations, he is currently working to bring international connections to Tennessee. Dr. de Silva holds the highest qualifications in chemistry and physics and is a chartered physicist, chartered chemist, and a chartered scientist; he also holds the acclaimed Fellowship “FRSA” from the Royal Society. Dr. de Silva is an internationally recognized educator with his name entered in the Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in America.