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WATCH: World's Taekwondo high kick record broken in France

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Athletes from the NBA are considered some of the best leapers on the planted. Yet, one French Taekwondo artist showed that martial arts men can jump too.

In 2005, on a French television show, martial artist Pascal Gentil looked to break a world record for the highest successful Taekwondo kick.

Now, Gentil was no Spud Webb at 6-foot-5, but he needed every inch of it in his attempts to reach a target nearly nine feet in the air. In the embedded footage, the Frenchman showcased his gifts for leaping over and over as a balloon target was placed higher and higher, and he kept reaching his target.

Taekwondo practitioner sets highest kick world record

Gentil's grand finale saw him take to the sky and kick a ballon eight and a half feet in the air.

Taekwondo is martial art born in Korea that has an emphasis on punching and kicking techniques. Many of the strikes focus on head kicks, jumping spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholders Anthony Pettis, Benson Henderson, and Rose Namajunas are several world-class fighters with a taekwondo background.