Filipina Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Meggie Ochoa added another hardware in her growing collection.
This time the decorated champion bagged gold in one of the most prestigious Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in the world: the IBJFF World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship 2016.
This, however, was not the first time the famed female BJJ fighter won a gold in her division. She won her first gold medal in the 2014 World Jiu Jitsu Championship as a white belt and won her second gold medal last year as a blue belt. Meggie’s accomplishments, including this year altogether, makes her a 3-time world champion in two different belt divisions and one weight class.
Ochoa came out on top as she won close matches against Daniell Elizabeth Rosch (Amazonas Rice Bros BJJ), Cindy Lieu (Gracie Humaita), and Barbara Zanchi Bazzan Barros (De La Riva Poa) who were all tough competitors.
In a recent Facebook status, she expressed her gratitude to her coaches and training partners as well as generous institutions and individuals who helped her fund her own campaign.
Ochoa, when asked about her future plans, says she is excited to get back home to develop her new learnings from the previous competition and looks forward to the upcoming Asian Open competition to be held in Tokyo on September. “I’ve got a long long way to go but I’m looking forward to every step of the way,” Ochoa said.
Other Filipinos who joined the competition were Eros Baluyot, Jed Baluyot, and Mara Yokoyama from Atos JJ Philippines, Gerard Gallos, Jr Rulloda, May Masuda, and Kim Custudio from DEFTAC Philippines and Marc Lim, Mike Lim, Chad Gutierrez, and Jaguar Tang from KMA Philippines.