If we can settle on nothing else, it’s that you wouldn’t want to meet Jesse Jane McParland in a dark alley. Even though she’s only 11.
Jesse Jane McParland has spent roughly one-quarter of her life completing her martial arts skills – a discipline she took up at the age of three when she discovered ballet and Irish dancing weren’t really her thing.
“I saw people doing martial arts and I said ‘Daddy, daddy, look at this,’ but he said it was too dangerous,” she said during an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show a couple years back.
“We went to watch basketball, but I couldn’t stop thinking about karate. We went home and mummy asked why I didn’t like ballet or Irish dancing, and I said, ‘Not every girl dreams of being a little princess.”
That Ellen presence came less than a year after she appeared as a contestant on season 9 of Britain’s Got Talent. The spectators literally issues a collective “awwww” during the short question-and-answer period (isn’t she just delightful?), but that’s before she runs offstage and returns with a katana – a sword used by ancient Japanese samurai.
The judges’ eyes broaden as she lets loose a series of yells and yelps, twirls and flying kicks.