Three-Year-Old Boy Wakes Up At 5am Every Day To Train To Become A Shaolin Master
When you think about Shaolin monks you probably have a picture of a wise looking man, leaping through the air and smashing through 15 bricks at once with his bare hands, what you probably don't imagine is three-year-old boy doing all this.
But a sweet little boy is taking the world by storm after photos and videos of him being put through his paces in a grueling training regime, began circulating online.
For over a year the little boy, going by the nickname of Little Stone, has been studying martial arts at the illustrious Shaolin Temple, in central China's Henan Province.
And during that time he has garnered quite the following, with some 180,000 followers on his social media channel.
His harsh schedule isn't for the faint-hearted though, waking up at 5am every day, he trains for at least fiver hours in order to achieve his dream - hard to believe a three-year-old has dreams just yet, but ok - of becoming master of martial arts.
Abbot Yanbo is the miniature monk's trainer and has been sharing the videos.
He said that when Little Stone - real name Qi - first came to the school he would cry constantly.
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Speaking to MailOnline, he said: "But after a month or so, he got used to the training and turned out to be a very smart and hardworking student.
"Little Stone still cries from time to time when he thinks about his mother, but he's learned to wipe away his tears and carry on training."
According to Yanbo, Qi only sees his family every two months and he is the youngest in his class, but already he is showing great promise, as can be seen in the clips that have since gone viral on social media, which show the little man throwing punches, blocking attacks, and kicking with perfect timing.
Unsurprisingly the footage has melted the hearts of almost everyone who has seen it, with some saying he is just 'too cute'.
One user wrote: "Such touch training on such a young kid. But he will grow into a well-disciplined adult."
Another said: "So adorable! This is a very good environment for a child to grow up in."
While another admitted they wouldn't 'last two days at the Temple'.
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