Small but tough Meggie Ochoa saved Philippine team from what could have been a fruitless campaign in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World 23rd Men’s and 21st Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships 2018 in Walter Pyramid, Long Beach, California over the weekend.
“Though I did not get the gold second time in a row, this year I fought with so much joy, with one thing on my mind: to glorify the Lord with everything I could possibly give,” said the 28-year-old jiu jitsu teacher on his social media post.
“Every single match was like a finals match, with extremely tough opponents. Committed mistakes that I’m grateful for because without recognizing them, I wouldn’t have the drive that I currently have to significantly improve. I am so so excited to get back on the drawing board.”
The 5-foot-2 Filipina, seeded no. 14 in the four-day tournament and no. 105 in the IBJJF, won her first two matches in upset fashion, assuring her of the bronze in the purple adult female rooster.
After hurdling Ana Luiza Oliveira of Brazil, IBJJF no. 45, and top seed American Asela Hernandez, IBJFF no. 34, Ochoa found no. 20 Almeida dos Santos of Brazil a tough not to crack, losing their battle for a final slot.
Dos Santos eventually settled for silver following a loss to IBJJF no. 73 Vicky Hoang of Canada in the final. World no. 15 Brazilian Mariana Rolszt took the other bronze medal.
Ochoa, based in Makati City, had won the gold last April in the Abu Dhabi World Pro Championships. She also took the gold in the Ashgabat 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017 in September last year. RIPPLESDAILY.COM