WESTFIELD, NJ — Jordan Mirrione is strong — world record-breaking strong.

There was cause for celebration when the Westfield High School freshman broke his father’s record for the most jump squats in one minute, 87, on Sunday in Manhattan. His dad’s record stood for a mere seven months.

“I can’t describe the joy I have for breaking my dad's world record,” said Mirrione, 15, whose record is sanctioned through the British organization Record Holders Republic. “It took countless hours of training with guidance from my dad.”

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Just like his father, karate sensei John Mirrione, Jordan dedicated his athletic feat to raising further awareness of bullying. Sensei John Mirrione, who is the founder/director of Harmony by Karate and its charitable arm called Harmony Power Foundation, paved the way for his son to take such a stand against bullying.

The elder Mirrione has been a staunch advocate for those who have been bullied and works with school districts and government agencies to come up with solutions to prevent it in the future.

After Jordan Mirrione broke the record before friends and family via Zoom, his father gave him a Harmony Power Award at the event for producing 36 videos for 36 schools as part of an anti-bullying initiative in Elizabeth. 

Jordan Mirrione has produced countless videos, which is also part of his education at Westfield High School in the TV production class. The videos were produced to highlight the many achievements of the kids in the Elizabeth schools during the pandemic.

“I am incredibly proud of Jordan for choosing to empower himself and others in a powerful and profound way,” said John Mirrione, 55, who currently holds seven world records including the most one-arm, one-leg pushups in 30 seconds: 42. 

What’s next for Jordan? He has his eyes set on a second world record for most martial arts punches in one minute. And, not surprisingly, he wants the punches to be not short choppy ones, but with extended arms. But for now his focus is on achieving the next level black belt in instructor training.

“I’m not necessarily interested in breaking any more world records for just the sake of the record, it’s the cause that motivates me,” Jordan Mirrione said.

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A frequent contributor to TAPinto Westfield, Mike Cohen is the founder and 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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