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8 y/o girl BOXES up a storm in southwest China's Bijie

China, Bijie
August 19, 2019 at 14:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

An eight-year-old girl is taking Chinese social media by storm with her boxing prowess. Zheng Yaqi, can be seen training hard in the backgarden of her home in Bijie, in southwest China's Guizhou province, in footage from Monday.

The girl, nicknamed Xiao Tangyuan - meaning sweet little dumpling - by her family, reportedly spars regularly with her ten-year-old brother Yuchen, with the duo also training by aiming blows at a punching bag and even the walls of their house.

The children's father, Zheng Weixin, started training his daughter a year ago after finding out his son had experienced violence at school.

"The girls are the vulnerable group in the society and the boys have to practice boxing it as well. It can avoid school violence, and it's good for body building," said Zheng.

In June 2018, Yaqi was invited to participate in a children's boxing championship and, contrary to all expectations, won the match. "We didn't have confidence, the opponent was a professional. Our attitude was about participating instead of winning," said Zheng.

Zheng added he plans to send his daughter to a primary school where she can keep practising the sport. "I hope she can insist on doing boxing," he concluded.

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An eight-year-old girl is taking Chinese social media by storm with her boxing prowess. Zheng Yaqi, can be seen training hard in the backgarden of her home in Bijie, in southwest China's Guizhou province, in footage from Monday.

The girl, nicknamed Xiao Tangyuan - meaning sweet little dumpling - by her family, reportedly spars regularly with her ten-year-old brother Yuchen, with the duo also training by aiming blows at a punching bag and even the walls of their house.

The children's father, Zheng Weixin, started training his daughter a year ago after finding out his son had experienced violence at school.

"The girls are the vulnerable group in the society and the boys have to practice boxing it as well. It can avoid school violence, and it's good for body building," said Zheng.

In June 2018, Yaqi was invited to participate in a children's boxing championship and, contrary to all expectations, won the match. "We didn't have confidence, the opponent was a professional. Our attitude was about participating instead of winning," said Zheng.

Zheng added he plans to send his daughter to a primary school where she can keep practising the sport. "I hope she can insist on doing boxing," he concluded.

W/S Zheng Yaqi, and her brother Zheng Yuchen practising box, Bijie

M/S Kids boxing

W/S Kids boxing

C/U Kids boxing

W/S Kids boxing

W/S Kids practising with punching bag

W/S Kids punching wall

W/S Child boxers

SOT, Zheng Weixin, Father and trainer (Mandarin): "The girls are the vulnerable group in the society and the boys have to practice boxing as well. It can avoid school violence and it's good for body building. Boxing is a good exercise for the kids to improve their health and reaction times. Xiao Tangyuan [the daughter's nickname] tried her best and won in the end."

M/S Boxing gloves

M/S Punching bag

SOT, Zheng Weixin, Father and trainer (Mandarin): "In July this year, the boxing champion, Mr. Zou Shiming, invited Xiao Tangyuan [the daughter's nickname] to join the children's boxing match. The opponent was a professional kid boxing athlete, who was a head taller than her. We didn't have confidence, the opponent was a professional. Our attitude was about participating instead of winning."

M/S Cellphone screen showing footage of Zheng Yaqi's victory at children's boxing match

C/U Certificate of Zheng Yaqi's victory

SOT, Zheng Weixin, Father and trainer (Mandarin): "I will find a school for Xiao Tangyuan [the daughter's nickname], where she can study while practice boxing. I hope she can insist on doing boxing."

M/S Zheng Yaqi doing homework *NO AUDIO AT SOURCE*

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