Europe has some of the best Jiu-jitsu athletes in the world. The proximity of the European countries allows athletes to travel all over the continent and compete constantly. The more you compete the better you become at it. One may also get the upper hand by starting Jiu-jitsu from an early age. Being exposed to competition that early makes things a bit easier down the road. So here are the top 5 purple belts under 25 years of age on the continent. Courtesy of fightersmarket.com.
1. Reda Metbouche– Known for his pressure passing, and athleticism this twenty-two-year-old French native is one to watch. He won the Euros and Pan Ams as a blue belt. These great performances earned him a promotion to purple belt. In 2018 he took gold in the medium heavy division at the Europeans.
2.Margot Ciccarelli– This young lady has won multiple gold medals at European and Asian Opens. One of her most impressive performances was at the 2017 World Nogi Pan Ams where she took second place. She is only twenty-four years old.
3. Richard Bukovcskan– Coming back from an ACL injury Bukovcskan has been on a roll. He took first place in the (Nogi) and third place (Gi) purple belt, at the UAEJJF Spanish National Pro. At only twenty years of age, he is already making a splash on the Jiu-jitsu circuit.
4. Ellis Younger– At twenty-two years of age, this young English lad has already accomplished a lot. Besides running his own academy in northeast England he won the 2018 IBJJF European (Nogi) as a lightweight. He has also won the British JJ open multiple times.
5. Taylor Pearman– His most impressive win at the 2017 World Nogi Championships in the middleweight division (purple belt). The UK native has one of the most exciting submission games. He took third place at the 2018 European Championships (Gi).