WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield master karate teacher John Mirrione, fully recovered from coronavirus, went so low and then so high 76 times in 60 seconds to break the World Jump Squat record by just one jump Saturday, July 4.

Mirrione said that each jump squat he completed symbolized a message to the world that we all should stand up for those who are bullied or oppressed.

“With all this country has been through I wanted to do this on the 4th of July,” said Mirrione, 55, who was stricken with COVID-19 back in May. “Showing people that anything is possible. We have dealt with the unseen bully and now we are dealing with the fear of those who are different than us and conquering that fear by getting out and marching,” he said, referring to the Black Lives Matters movement.

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Mirrione broke the record in his house in Westfield with friends and family watching via Zoom. The record is certified through UK-based Record Holders Republic. Its president, David Adamovich, was on hand to make it official. 

“I think it’s great, and he’s a wonderful guy,” said Adamovich. “And he’s doing it for a cause about bullying and it’s great that he gets the publicity and does all the work in that direction.”

Since recovering from coronavirus, Mirrione has been training daily, doing splits, full backbends, bare-knuckle push-ups, and, of course, jump squats. Working out in this manner, he said, has led to him being in the best shape of his life.

“My body feels great,” said Mirrione. “I’ve been doing the world jump squat record every day for a month now.”

Mirrione has long had an anti bullying initiative as part of his Harmony By Karate School  called the Harmony Power Foundation. Mirrione recently established the first mandated anti-bullying program in the country in Elizabeth, NJ. He has thrown his support behind the Black Lives Matter movement, as well.

“When children bully they bully because they lack self belief therefore self-love,” said Mirrione, who said he is running for Congress as an independent in the 10th district. “They attack human differences. If we want the future to be better we have educate the children and start to reinforce positive behavior.”

A frequent contributor to TAPinto Westfield, Mike Cohen is the founder/director of Throwback Sports (a sports and educational program for people of all abilities) and the sports editor of Education Update. He can be reached at throwbacksports@verizon.net.

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