Aberdeen martial arts school pays tribute to former teacher Jordan who died in Thailand

Jordan Coe and Ellie Burr, daughter of Wendy Smith of Granite Fight Factory.
Jordan Coe and Ellie Burr, daughter of Wendy Smith of Granite Fight Factory.

An Aberdeen martial arts school has paid tribute to a former teacher who is believed to have died of heatstroke in Thailand.

Jordan Coe, 20, was found dead in a heavy tracksuit and is understood to have been trying to reach a certain weight for a professional fight.

Jordan had ties to the North-east through his involvement with Granite Fight Factory in the city.

The talented fighter, originally from Maddiston near Falkirk, often made the journey to the North-east to teach private and group lessons, as well as leading seminars on the subject of Thai boxing.

Wendy Smith, owner and founder of Granite Fight Factory, in Kings Crescent, shared the sad news with the school’s attendees.

She said: “Jordan was very well known in Aberdeen having trained numerous adults and young Muay Thai fighters.

“He was an absolutely lovely lad who was extremely well respected by everyone who came into contact with him.

“Jordan was very popular due to his professionalism and friendly nature – nothing was ever too much trouble regardless if you were an established fighter or a beginner.”

Jordan Coe giving a seminar at Banks O’Dee.
Jordan Coe giving a seminar at Banks O’Dee.

In recent years, Jordan had been living in Thailand, which Wendy said had been his dream. She added: “He encouraged me to take students to Thailand to train, this will be our third year that we have gone.

“Now more than 60 people over three years have gone and experienced Thailand thanks to Jordan.”

Jordan’s body was found on Sunday. It is believed he had been trying to lose weight before a fight, a practice known as “weight cutting”.

A fundraising page has been set up to cover the cost of bringing Jordan back to the UK and towards his funeral.

Originally set at £5,000, the amount has now reached more than £20,000.

Wendy said: “I am sure I speak for all the fighters, trainers and students in Aberdeen who knew him, in saying he was truly a genuine, great lad who always gave 100%.”

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