Linger continues to reign supreme in W. Va. Fuji BJJ competition

Madisyn Linger, under the guidance of her coaching duo, Body Armor MMA’s James Jamison and Chad Marsh, continues to establish herself as one of the top youth martial artists in the state. Here, Linger proudly poses for the camera, showing off her medals alongside her coaches. PHOTO SUBMITTED

BUCKHANNON — Madisyn “Mady” Linger, a 10-year-old Buckhannon native, has continued to cement herself as one of West Virginia’s toughest combat sport youth athletes. Linger is the #1-ranked female athlete in West Virginia for the 6 to 13-year-old age division by Fuji BJJ in terms of no gi jiu-jitsu and ranked #5 in terms of gi jiu-jitsu. Linger trains at the Body Armor MMA martial arts school located in Buckhannon, under the tutelage of coaches Chad Marsh and James Jamison and has garnered quite the reputation for whipping up on opponents.

So far in 2022, Linger has competed in two Fuji BJJ Championship Series tournaments, as well as the WVGO Grappling tournament. Ever the fierce competitor, Linger has overcame all challengers pitted against her in gi competition this year. In 6 separate brackets, Linger emerged victorious with gold medals in each. In doing so, she consistently outclassed some of the top competition in her age group from around the Mountain state. In her most recent competition, Linger captured 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal. 

The young local product is also the reigning state champion in no-gi jiu jitsu, proving that she has all the makings of a martial arts prodigy. Linger has only competed in jiu-jitsu for just over two years. Linger plans to continue to work at her craft and fully pursue her passion for martial arts in hopes of realizing her full potential.

With further training under Marsh’s steady guidance in the Body Armor MMA youth program, she will continue to push herself to improve and compete at a high level. 

Speaking with Linger shortly after her most recent competition, Madisyn made it abundantly clear how passionate and dedicated she is to her craft

“I just go out and compete. I don’t worry about winning or losing. I just do my best and have fun. I try to learn from the times I do lose and use that to make me better,” said Linger.

At such a young age, Linger has plenty of room to grow into her full potential as a martial artist. It will be exciting to see where her athletic pursuits take her in the future.


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