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Young athletes learn life lessons with Jiu Jitsu

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

It's amazing to watch little ones in action, displaying tremendous skill at such young ages.

They are practicing Jiu Jitsu, and they are some of the best in the country in their age groups.

"You can get your anger out and not hurt people, and it's a safe thing to do," Solen Sheppard said.

Ethan Blevins is 8 years old and is ranked number 1 in the country in Jui Jutisu.

"I work out five hours a day. Everyday for like six days a week," Ethan says.

Ethan is wise beyond his years. His dad says he rarely keeps the medals he wins; rather, he usually gives them away to kids who have never won anything.

"He likes the mat time more than the award and I think that is what really drives him," Daniel Belvins says.

Along with Ethan, there are a lot of youngsters here doing well nationally in Jui Juitsu. Mike Geey has been involved with the sport for more than 15 years.

"They're wonderful kids that got a great work ethic. They push hard, they train hard, they help other students," Mike Jiu Jitsu instructor said.

Justus Sheppard says he loves the sport because it teaches him so much about life.

"Unlike MMA and all those other sports, I'm not going home with a black eye or broken bone," Justus said.

Whether you are the best in the country, or one of the best, all these kids are striving to learn.

"It's not something that's easy. Not everybody does it, and it's just I love martial arts," Ekusai Tavo Jiu Jitsu said.

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