An 11-year-old Derry fighter has claimed silver and bronze medals at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Junior European Championships in Wolverhampton, England,
Evolve Martial Arts ‘Wee Warrior’ Tristan Logue was the only child competing to represent a Northern Ireland club against some of the best young competitors from across Europe. After securing a Bronze medal by finishing third in his own Yellow Belt category at Under 30kg, Tristan then stepped up into the next weight category of Under 34kg were, despite being outweighed by approx 5kg, he managed to win silver, only narrowly missing out on being crowned Junior European champion on a referee’s decision, after the time had expired with neither competitor scoring any points or securing a submission win.
Tristan had worked very hard in the build up to the championships, training six days a week in five different martial arts: BJJ, Traditional Ju Jitsu and Kung Fu at Evolve, Judo under Seamus Gallagher at Samurai Uladh and Wrestling under Barry Pollin at Waterside Sharks.
“Every now and then a coach has a student come across his path with a special talent,” explained Team Evolve’s head coach Jason McCabe.
“Even less frequent that student also has work ethic. I can say that little Tristan has both, plus he does it all with passion and a smile. This little warrior has been setting trends as the only kid from Northern Ireland to go to the BJJ European Championships and he came back with a silver and a bronze, narrowly missing out on two gold medals. It’s a massive achievement and really only the start for this young martial artist.”