Filipina grappler Meggie Ochoa bags gold in London
(Photo courtesy of @meggie_ochoa on Instagram)
Filipina Brazilian Jiu-jitsu specialist Meggie Ochoa took home gold at over the weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiu-Jitsu World Tournament in London.
The 28-year old Ochoa, representing ATOS Jiu Jitsu, bested four other Purple Belts to take home the top prize in the Female Adult 49KG division.
Ochoa defeated Spain’s Luna Barea in the semifinals before submitting Indonesia’s Fransisca Nelson in just over five minutes to emerge victorious.
Considered one of the best grapplers in the Philippines, Ochoa is a three-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) world champion and has taken home a number of top honors in various jiu-jitsu tournaments all over the world.
I dedicate this victory to Wulfilda Galvante who, together with Mary Rose Peralta always took care of me and my teammates whenever we’d go to San Diego. She was a true servant of the Lord and loved greatly. She impacted so many lives in her time here with her genuine care and thoughtfulness. I know you are rejoicing with our Lord, free from pain and suffering and experiencing eternal joy. I will miss you so so much, Filda. I still can’t believe I won’t see you anymore when I go to the US. Though I know you won’t be physically present, your memories will forever be in our minds and hearts. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to be broken, to admit that you are overwhelmed, so that the Lord can completely take over. When that happens, you move with the Lord’s strength, and that is when you live the best possible way, overcoming obstacles that you never could have in your own strength. This year actually had quite a rough start, with back to back losses, injuries and other challenges and misadventures. I give thanks to the Lord for speaking through His word and the people and events around me: my family, friends, apologetics class, worship service, @monica_dl, to remind me that all He wants is intimacy, and to trust Him completely. Jiujitsu is my worship to glorify our God to the best of my ability, whatever the result. This weekend, He allowed for this victory at the @uaejjf Abu Dhabi Grand Slam Jiujitsu World Tour in London, and I am just so grateful and joyful, not just for the victory but knowing that He is in control and that His plan is perfect and beyond what we can imagine! Thank you to my coaches @jiujitsumanila, @ralphgojj, @alisulit, hansel co, for your constant guidance. Thank you @alisulit, @giandeebjj , @yannieramirezbjj, @kailanapolis for being at my corner, for coaching and helping me recover between matches. Thank you to my training partners at @jiujitsumanila, @atosphwolfpack, @atosjjphilippines, @subsportph for always helping me prepare for comps pushing me further. Thank you to JJFP, pres. Choy Cojuangco for making this trip happen and for everything else in between. Special thanks to the @phil.sportscommission (cont.)
Two other Filipinas scored silver medals in the same two-day tournament, as Kaila Napolis finished second in the Femal Adult 55KG Purple Belt division, while Annie Ramirez went as far in the Female Adult 62KG Purple Belt division.