Ironman Paddy joins the Black Belt ranks

HE’S better known for his feats of endurance, tackling and overcoming Ironman events, ultra marathons and demanding long distnace swims, but Paddy Logue has added another string to his bow by becoming a Black Belt in Chinese Kickboxing!

He has been living in County Cheshire, England, for a decade and during that time he has raced all over Europe and America and for half of that time he has been studying Chinese Kickboxing for at his club based in Chorlton, South Manchester.

He was thrilled to be honoured with the highest accolade in his sport: “This was definitely a very proud moment,” he beamed.


“I chose a tough club with old school traditions which places more meaning into the black belt journey.

“Our club encourages fighting from white belt and has very high standards in all parts of our syllabus.

“Black Belt grading day was six hours of intense drilling and ended with 45 minutes of full contact sparring so it was a very tough day.”

The day wasn’t without incident with Paddy breaking a few bones in his foot and suffering a bit of concussion, but he has no regrets!

“I wanted a new challenge after I raced in America a few years back,” he explained.

“The abuse on the body when training for Ironman is intense and to be honest, I sort of lost a bit of hunger for triathlon due to over training and constant racing.

“I got bullied at school and always looked up to guys like Paul McFadden and Bob Gallagher, so I just felt that gaining my Black Belt would be a perfect challenge and a nice one to add to my Ironman achievements.

“Ironman shows your mental and physical toughness and defines your character, so adding my Black Belt achievement is a very proud moment for me and shows my high level of athleticism and toughness.”

Paddy has just returned to light training as he continues his recovery from the broken bones in his foot and he hopes to soon take up a coaching role within his Chinese Kickboxing Club, before considering another Ironman challenge in 2020.

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