Abu Dhabi–Filipina Brazilian Jiu-jitsu athletes Annie Ramirez and Meggie Ochoa bagged bronze and silver, respectively.
Two of the Philippines’ most decorated female grapplers brought honor to the country once again with their performances in the 2017 Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-jitsu Championship, held at the IPIC Arena, UAE.
Ramirez, who trains out of John Baylon Clube de Jiu-jitsu, won the bronze medal in the women’s purple belt division under 62kgs. She had a total of five matches and won four, including a victory over Atos JJ’s Gina Contel Galvao, en route to her 3rd-place finish.
Atos JJ Philippines’ Ochoa, on the other hand, secured a spot in the championship match with wins over Ester Gama of Gracie Barra Total Combat and Mariana Bravo of UAEJJ Team- Al Ain. She lost in the final to Ivo Neto JJ’s Rita Reis, giving her the silver medal in the women’s purple belt division under 49kgs.
“Masaya ako na nakapasok ako sa podium, hindi man gold,” Ramirez told DojoDrifter.com after the competition. “Pero yung pagod sa bawat laban ko kanina nasuklian ko, unlike last year [na] first round pa lang, eliminated na ako. Kaya andun yung naisip ko na may improvement ako.”
For Ramirez, her victory wasn’t just a gauge of her improvement since last year, but was also a heartfelt opportunity to bring honor to the Philippines alongside a fellow Filipina.
“Masaya ako na magka-iba man kami ng team sa Pilipinas [ni Meggie], iisa lang naman dinadala namin na bansa dito sa laban at sobrang masaya ako sa pagkapanalo nya,” Ramirez shared.
Photos via Mike Miguel