A short left kick to the top

2019-02-05 06:20
Jayden Molander (11) is a karate wizz and will qualify  for his junior blackbelt soon.PHOTO: Samamtha Lee

Jayden Molander (11) is a karate wizz and will qualify for his junior blackbelt soon.PHOTO: Samamtha Lee

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Dynamite really does come in small packages, and this powerhouse is proving it over and over again.

Jayden Molander was given a second lease on life, after he was placed in foster care at a young age.

Found under a bridge, sick and near death’s door he came to live with the Molanders when he was still a toddler. Now 11-years-old, Jayden is making his mark on the Karate Scene, bagging several national and international accolades.

Last year, Jayden took home gold in the Common Wealth Karate Federation Cup, competing against fighters from Canada, Britian, Scotland and Namibia.

“He has been doing karate for only four years now and he is doing so well,” says Isaiah, his father.

“He was inspired by our daughter who also started karate with him,” says Maxine, his mother.

Isaiah and Maxine have officially adopted Jayden and are still foster parents to two more children, along with their six biological children.

Maxine says it is her love for children and helping that has made it difficult to turn any children in need away.

It is this love that brought them Jayden.

“I never had any boys and one day, a few days before Isaiah’s birthday the social worker told me she had a gift for me. When I came home she handed him to me. He was thin and terribly dirty. They found him living under a bridge, his mother was on drugs. He immeditely called me ‘mommy’ and he held on to me. When Isaiah came home he also went to him and knew he was his dad, even though he never met him before,” says Maxine.

“He was found in water, in a drain. It feels good to have him. He is loved. Maxine works with the department and every time she comes home with a child, I have to accept it and build on another room,” jokes Isaiah.

He is a former Navy Seal, now retired but works as an electrician, often doing odd jobs to help pay for Jayden’s trips.

“We are pensioners but we do what we can. God has been good to us. This is an expensive sport but we do it for him because he loves it,” says Isaiah.

Isaiah says that although Jayden is shy, when his glasses come off, he is a different person. He now spends all his time outside of school perfecting his skill.

“We are glad that he is involved in karate and all his friends are part of the same dojo,” says Maxine.

Jayden is now a brown belt, three stripes and will soon be qualifying as a junior black belt. A great feat for a boy so young, says Isaiah.

“I knew he was good at Karate when I watched him fight one day. He is a lefty and most of the time that does not work because you block and kick with the right and if a lefty tries to block with the left, the hit will come in from the right. But he was so good and he beats everyone. Even children older than him,” says Isaiah.

He has won several titles, including Unicity, Nationals and regional titles.

Jayden is very reserved during the interview, with the biggest smile on his face when showing off his moves.

“I like karate because it keeps me fit and focussed,” says Jayden.

“I want to do karate when I grow up.”

Isaiah says he hopes that Jayden will use his skill and talent to assist other young children in the

“I would like him to start his own dojo in the area, to teach other children here in the area how to do karate. He is so good and if he can train them and take them off the streets, they will be away from the bad elements,” says Isaiah.

“He can show them. His age and where he is from, surrounded by drug houses and shebeens, but look where he is, worldwide at such a young age.”

Isaiah was in the Navy for 12 years where he did karate. Now in his 60’s he is continuing by supporting Jayden at all his events and tournaments.

Jayden also wants to mould himself after Isaiah, always wanting to wear the same clothes and is always at his side, they say.

Jayden trains at Karate Sitori.

“It felt good to win. I like karate because I have fun,” says Jayden.

He now has the opportunity to fight in Croatia, and the family are in need of funds to help get him there.

He will also be fighting in his fifth consecutive Nationals in March.

The couple say they are working at getting the funds but would appreciate any donations they can get.

“He is not a normal child. He is my baby and he makes us so proud. I would do anything and go the extra mile to do this for him,” says Isaiah.

Maxine says the sport is very expensive, with travel, fees,suits and belts.

Maxine, now 71 says she is so happy that Jayden came into their lives.

“God is good and he gave me love to give. To give love to children, you are doing God’s best work,” she says.

If you would like to assist the family in raising funds, or for more information, call Maxine on 073 795 1352 or Isaiah on 062 686 5086.

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