The delta of records | Linger wins first place at Fiji BJJ West Virginia Championship
BUCKHANNON – Mady Linger, a 10-year-old Buckhannon native, is the No. 1 ranked female athlete in West Virginia for the 6 to 13-year-old division by Fuji BJJ, in terms of no gi jiu-jitsu. She is also No. 5 in the chart in terms of gi jiu-jitsu. Linger trains at the Body Armor MMA martial arts school located in Buckhannon, under the tutelage of trainer Chad Marsh.
On December 4, 2021, Linger competed in the West Virginia Championship tournament as part of the Fuji BJJ Championship Series. She outclassed some of the best competitions in the state before being crowned the state champion for her age group in no gi jiu-jitsu.
This is a huge achievement for the young local product, who has been practicing jiu-jitsu for just under two years. Linger plans to continue striving to work in his craft and fully pursue his passion for martial arts in the hopes of fulfilling his potential.
Her father, David Linger, is very proud of the level of dedication and drive his daughter has shown in her pursuit of jiu-jitsu goals, saying, âIt is so gratifying to see her hard work paying off and I am very proud of her. This experience has been so enriching for her.
Linger also praised Marsh, who spoke enthusiastically about his star pupil. âShe is an overall strong martial artist. She is an incredibly fast study. She understood the different aspects of jiu-jitsu in no time, âsaid coach Marsh. âHis progress in such a short time has been impressive to say the least. If she sticks to the martial arts and continues to compete, I think she really has unlimited potential. I think Mady’s success is due to her hard work. I think she is a great representative of our exceptional program for the 6-13 year old division.
While martial arts, and jiu-jitsu in particular, can be demanding in terms of the time and level of dedication it takes to master the techniques, Marsh thinks it’s worth it in the end, as it offers a way to ” teach children discipline and control. . âIt allows them to test themselves and show what they’re capable of under duress,â Marsh explained. âIt makes them think, make quick decisions and teach them to overcome adversity. I firmly believe that participating in martial arts is a very beneficial learning experience as it pushes children to grow up and develop a strong sense of self-worth through hard work. The lessons they learn through jiu-jitsu will pay dividends for our athletes later in life. “
With additional training under Marsh’s constant guidance at Body Armor MMA, the local jiu-jitsu prodigy from Buckhannon will continue to push himself to improve and compete at a high level. At such a young age, Linger has plenty of room to develop to his full potential as a martial artist. It will be exciting to see where her sporting activities take her in the future.