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Kung Fu Kid: Taiwanese boy sets world record for most martial arts medals

Taiwanese boy sets Guinness World Record for most martial arts medals in his age group

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(Photos from CNA and Taichung City Government)

(Photos from CNA and Taichung City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A seven-year-old Taiwanese boy has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for winning 158 medals at martial arts tournaments, the most ever by a child his age.

Wu Tsung-hsiu (吳宗修), a second-grade student at Dadun Elementary School in Taichung City, has been certified by the Guinness Book of Work Records for having been awarded the most martial arts tournament medals in his age group. On behalf of Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕), Taichung City Sports Director Lee Yu-jui (李昱叡) on Nov. 4 awarded Wu yet another medal to recognize him as a world record holder, reported CNA.

On his first day of pre-school at the age of three, Wu got into fights with his classmates and was unable to sit still. After his parents took him to see a specialist, he was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to Liberty Times.

In order to help him release some of his pent up energy, his father Wu Chin-chieh (吳晉杰), who also trains in martial arts, enrolled him in Taekwondo classes. The junior Wu then happened to see a Bruce Lee movie and wanted to train in kung fu.

Kung Fu Kid: Taiwanese boy sets world record for most martial arts medals
(CNA photo)

The young Wu started studying many styles of kung fu, such as Wing Chun, Bajiquan, Tai Chi, Xingi, and Praying Mantis, to name a few from his repertoire. Wu only began competing in tournaments in March 2017, when he won his first gold medal.

By October 2019, after only having competed in tournaments for two years and seven months, Wu had accumulated an astonishing total of 158 gold medals, reported China Times. On Oct. 28, Wu was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having won the most martial arts tournament medals by any child aged seven in recorded world history.

We said that he feels "100 percent happy" every time he wins a gold medal, and now that he has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records, he feels "1,000 percent happy," reported Liberty Times. As for the future, the ambitious youth says he hopes to surpass Bruce Lee and someday win an Olympic gold medal in Wushu, which would make him "10,000 percent happy."


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:58 GMT+08:00