Jiu Jitsu helps Children Build Mental Toughness; Meet Jaylen

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It takes persistence and grit to get tossed around like fighters do in Jiu-Jitsu.

The martial art has helped an 11-year-old gray belt build mental toughness.

“I’m super competitive,” said Jaylen.

He is one of the hundred of kids in Sedgwick County waiting for a big brother.

“Maybe somebody to just talk to when I’m not feeling happy,” said Jaylen. “Not even to do a whole lot, just to talk to sometimes.”

Jaylen’s big brother should have a good ear for listening, but also a good sense of humor because he’s always cracking jokes.

“Do you think you’re funny,” asked KSN’s Amanda Aguilar.

“Yes,” exclaimed Jaylen.

During Jiu-Jitsu practice, Jaylen is known to bust out his dance moves on the mat. If you’re lucky, he might teach you a few.

Jaylen shows confidence in everything he does, and is looking for someone that can help him in areas where he struggles — such as school.

“Maybe if somebody were to help me most of the time, I think my grades would go up,” he shared.

Jaylen is a hard worker, and knows the sky’s the limit.

“When I get my black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, I want to go to Brazil and open up my own gym,” said Jaylen.

If you’re ready to dance, laugh and have fun, then Jaylen is the perfect Little for you.

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