Jesse is an incredibly sweet girl from Ireland. Most girls of her age would be playing games with their friends and practising things they have learnt in school. But not nine-year-old Jesse Jane McParland.
The Britain’s Got Talent judges undoubtedly thought she would have an equally adorable and cute act. But she did not! They were certainly not expecting Jesse to, scowl, roar out loud, and then begin swinging a Samurai sword around. Their eyes bulged and their jaws dropped as Jesse tumbled and flipped around.
There was nothing sweet about the performance that followed, featuring armless cartwheels, back flips and, of course, the Irish schoolgirl’s incredible talents with her sword.
All four judges were stunned and each gave her an immediate ‘yes’, which sends her through to the next round. Jesse Jane McParland impressed music mogul Simon Cowell so much that he jokingly offered her a job as his bodyguard.
Despite her young age, she is already a world champion kick boxer, with an astonishing 117 martial arts titles under her belt. Jesse has been practicing martial arts since the age of three, after deciding she wasn’t interested in the more traditional pastimes her mother wanted her to try such as ballet. Last year she added sword work to her list of skills including kickboxing, kung fu and Tae Kwon Do, with which she has competed and won awards all over the world. She trains with her coach Sensei Gary Kelly in Ireland four times a week, as well as master Jeff Scott in the UK.