Grayden McKee is shown with one of his Brazilian jiu jitsu instructors, Monica Brogan.

11-year-old York County boy uses martial arts to fight cancer

  • Grayden McKee is an 11 year old boy from York County.
  • He uses his participation in Brazilian jiu jitsu to raise money to fight cancer.
  • McKee has already raised over $1,500 and hopes to raise $2,000.

On a planet of nearly 8 billion people, only 2 million practice Brazilian jiu jitsu.

The average person who plays this sport is a 30-year-old blue belt.

It’s not the most popular form of combat, mostly because it teaches more about defending than hurting others.

While most older men play the sport, a youngster from York County not only excels at BJJ, but he also uses it to promote a positive cause.

11-year-old Grayden McKee uses BJJ to raise money for the Tap Cancer Out organization.

Tap Cancer Out is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for cancer research societies on behalf of the martial arts community. They use tournaments and other events to raise money which goes directly to funding new cancer research. Grayden is raising funds through his appearance at the Tap Cancer Out BJJ Open in Baltimore on Saturday, May 14.

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McKee has studied jiu jitsu since the age of 5 and is currently at his sixth belt in the sport. He was introduced to the sport by his father, Brian McKee, who has been practicing jiu jitsu for 12 years. It has become more than just a way to pass the time for the young York resident.

Now Grayden uses the sport for a good cause.

“I wanted to get involved. I wanted to do more than fight. It was exciting to know that I could use jiu jitsu to raise money for this cause,” said Grayden.

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