A Mexican breaks two records with an impressive handstand

Nicolás Montes de Oca is a creative stuntman with a unique ability to perform world-class headstands!

Today, he holds Guinness World Records titles for the longest time to perform a one-arm handstand (male)with a handstand measuring one minute and 11.82 seconds, and the longest time to perform a headstand on a rotating platform (male)with a handstand measuring 25.78 seconds.

The beginning of the career of Nicolás Montes de Oca

Nicolás, now a professional circus artist, started juggling at an early age after seeing a juggler perform in his hometown of Mexico City. The memory of the juggler became a source of inspiration to become an expert himself.

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At first, Nicolás was self-taught, but then he entered a circus school, where he honed his skills and eventually decided to dedicate his life to the activity. His interest in learning to become one of the best in the world led him to travel to China and Ukraine, countries that stand out for their high level of circus training.

He started doing handstands one day when he broke his foot in circus school and couldn’t juggle anymore. After rehearsing daily and loving it, he decided to give up juggling and focus entirely on handstand.

Nicolás was inspired by several coaches, one of them being Liu Laoshi from China, a highly recognized hand balance coach around the world.

Black and white photo of Nicolas Montes practicing the handstand

After training and honing his craft in China with coach Liu Laoshi, Nicolas traveled to Kyiv, Ukraine to train with the talented Vitold Antonovich Kuvshinov, considered one of the best coaches in balance in the world.

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This outstanding juggler and handstand specialist trains 2 to 3 hours a day, 7 days a week. He believes that discipline and talent are necessary to make people’s dreams come true.

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Nicolás stays focused on maintaining strength and balance while training for the specific tricks he uses in his artistic performances.

Nicolas Montes performing a handstand with one hand

In 2019, one of his dreams came true when he took part in the Cirque de Demain, a global festival, in Paris. He loves the circus life, but also describes it as a “special life”.

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Nicolás is always adventurous and often experiments with new things. Although he enjoys the adventurous lifestyle, he says, “one of the most peculiar situations is not belonging anywhere.”

His first record title took about five years of training to achieve. The second took ten years due to its complexity.

“It took me a while to get ready to do the handstand twist, which is something new and not many people in the world do it. To be able to spin that fast…it took a while. “

Nicolás was very excited when he learned of his Guinness World Records achievement. He was confident he would make it, but he was still surprised when his titles were confirmed. His family was very happy for him, but they didn’t believe him until they saw the official certificates!

He encourages anyone interested in this discipline to try it, sharing that the most important thing is to find a good teacher, find balance and believe in yourself. He advises, “It’s important to have good technique and then practice as much as possible!”

Nicolás has developed a unique and characteristic headstand style combined with movement and dance.

Nicolas Montes from Mexico performing at the circus

“Achieving two Guinness World Records titles is amazing. I put so much effort into it. I went to China and Ukraine to study the standing position. It took me a long time to learn. I’m ready to beat more records.”

He has worked for different performing arts companies around the world, such as Franco Dragone, Les 7 Doigts De La Main and Cirque du Soleil, demonstrating his great talent and passion for the performing arts.

Nicolás also won a place in the new Guinness World Records 2023 edition, available now! Find out where you can buy your copy.