Leeds’ very own karate kid has become an internet sensation after being watched by more than 15million people.
Pint-sized Sophie Wong’s mini martial arts routine has become an online star after a video recorded at Premier Martial Arts Leeds, in Carlton Mills, Armley, was uploaded on to social networking site Facebook on February 4 and went viral.
The 80-second clip, which shows the three-year-old enthusiast striking a number of poses and repeating words said by her instructor, has been shared and liked by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Sophie, who is from Whinmoor, has only been practising martial arts for just over a month, having joined Premier’s Tiny Champions class for three to four year olds as their youngest member inspired by her older brother Harry, 6, in January.
Her mum Wendy Wong, a 41-year-old project assistant, said: “I’m absolutely gobsmacked with the response, I just can’t believe the power of the internet.
“She loves to learn and copies her brother, and I just wanted her to come and learn about discipline, attention and the concentration that she might need in school.”
The video clip has been picked up by several online video sharing Facebook pages such as The Last Benchers and iVillage Australia – the latter’s clip has more than 10m views alone.
Back in Armley the adorable tot’s exploits have created a huge spike in interest in martial arts. Ricky Lam, master instructor and owner of Premier Martial Arts Leeds, claims the membership of the Tiny Champions group has quadrupled in just a fortnight.
He said: “We’re always trying to get the best out of our young people, but for a three-year-old I’ve never seen this type of focus and dedication. Her attitude is fantastic.”
The company, founded around seven years ago, has more than 260 members.
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