Contact Us
South Passaic Daily Voice serves Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne & Woodland Park
Return to your home site

Menu

South Passaic Daily Voice serves Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne & Woodland Park

Nearby Towns

Breaking News: 'Severe' Virus Outbreak At Haskell Pediatric Facility Prompts Investigation
neighbors

Paterson Brothers Master Jiu Jitsu For Championship

Paterson brothers Jalen and Jason will head to the jiu jitsu championships in California.
Paterson brothers Jalen and Jason will head to the jiu jitsu championships in California. Photo Credit: Facebook

PATERSON, N.J. — Two Paterson brother each trained hard for a chance to be named the best martial artists around.

Tracia McDonald said her son Jason and his brother Jalen will look to compete in the jiu jitsu Pan Kids Championship Feb. 14 in California. Jalen, 9, and Jason, 8, started martial arts years ago but kicked up their training recently to another level.

"They love it," McDonald said of her sons' interest in jiu jitsu. "When they don't train for a day or two, they bounce off the walls."

The duo started winning medals in local tournaments while training at Unity Jiu JItsu academy in New York City. The school's team won the Long Island Pride Jiu Jitsu Tournament to help send them to the championship in California.

It would be the first cross-country trip for Jalen and Jason, their mother said, leaving the boys excited.

Jalen started his training with judo when he was around 4 or 5, McDonald said. Jason started a year behind his brother and didn't take to it right away, but eventually he was hooked. Their father helped introduce them to martial arts.

Jason also wrestles, his mother said.

Jalen said he wants to be an instructor someday, his mother said.

Regardless of the outcome in California, McDonald said she saw the sport have a positive impact on her kids.

"I think jiu jitsu and wrestling are excellent sports for structure and confidence," she said. "Jason was very timid and shy but as soon as he started [jiu jitsu] he came out of his shell."

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

South Passaic Daily Voice!

Serves Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne & Woodland Park

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

South Passaic Daily Voice!

Serves Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne, Little Falls, North Haledon, Passaic, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa, Wayne & Woodland Park

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.