Local jiu-jitsu star Meggie Ochoa shone on the world stage once again.
Ochoa won gold in the -49kg women’s senior division of the 2018 JJIF Jujutsu World Championships, Sunday (Manila time) at the Baltiska Hallen in Malmö, Sweden. Ochoa bested this year’s IBJJF World Champion Nini Hoang of Canada, 2-0, in the finale.
The Filipina began her campaign with a 4-0 win over France’s Morgane Houx before picking up a 2-0 decision over Poland’s Anna Augustyn. She then submitted Laetitia Boes of France via a kneebar in the semi-final round.
Carlo Pena, Ochoa’s Jiujitsu Manila colleague and Philippine national jiujitsu teammate pointed out that she has defeated the IBJJF World Champion, IBJJF PanAms Champion, and the IBJJF Brasilian National Champion this year alone.
Ochoa’s successes were not left unnoticed by her coaches. After receiving her medal, Atos founder Ramon Lemos, Atos Philippines heads Ali Sulit and Carlo Pena promoted Ochoa to the rank of brown belt.
Joining Ochoa in this tournament sanctioned by the Ju-Jitsu International Federation are Kaila Napolis (women’s -55kg, 6th), Apryl Eggenger (women’s -62kg, 6th), Mariella Rafael (women’s -55kg – 8th), Jan Cortez (-56kg, 8th), Marc Lim (men’s -69kg, 8th), Adrian Guggenheim (men’s -77kg, 16th), Marvin Mariano (men’s -77kg, 16th), Gian Dee (men’s -62kg, 16th), Carlo Pena (men’s -62kg, 16th), Dean Roxas (men’s -85kg, 24th), Alexander Sulit (Team coach), TJ Sulit (Referee), and Ferdie Agustin (JJFP General Secretary).