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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau


HOUSE HONORS TWO PINAY JIU-JITSU GOLD MEDALIST IN 2022 JIU-JITSU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
21 November 2022 10:10:33 PM


THE House of Representatives adopted on Monday a consolidated
resolution commending and congratulating jiu-jitsu athletes Kimberly
Anne Custodio and Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa for winning gold medals in
the 2022 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates (UAE) from October 29 to November 8, 2022.

“Through sheer determination, hard work and perseverance, Filipino
Jiu-Jitsu athletes, Kimberly Anne Custodio and Margarita ‘Meggie’
Ochoa successfully emerged as the champions in their respective weight
divisions,” according to adopted House Resolution (HR) No. 575 in
consolidation with HR Nos. 528, 529, 533, 535, 538, 539, 551, 558, and
549.

The lawmakers said “the outstanding performance and great strides” of
the two-spirited Filipina jiujiteiros would serve as spring of
inspiration for young athletes and women in a male-dominated sport in
the world.

“Their success puts the Philippines at the forefront of the
fastest-growing martial arts sport, jiu-jitsu competitions,” they
added.

HR No. 575 was introduced by Speaker Martin G. Romualdez, Majority
Leader Manuel Jose “Mannix” M. Dalipe, Minority Leader Marcelino C.
Libanan, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander A. Marcos,
and Tingog Party-list Reps. Yedda Marie K. Romualdez and Jude A.
Acidre, and other lawmakers.

With a contingent composed of four women and four men, the Philippines
joined the 2022 Jiu-Jitsu World Championship organized by the Ju-Jitsu
International Federation (JJIF) held at the Zayed Sports City in Abu
Dhabi.

The tournament featured top Jiu-Jitsu players from different countries
including Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, United States, Sweden, Spain, UAE,
Israel, Canada, Germany, and Tunisia.

The resolution noted that in the women’s -45 kg division, Custodio of
Carpe Diem Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Philippines and Modern Day Samurai
Jiu-Jitsu Iloilo, clinched the top prize by scoring a tight 6-4
victory against Thailand’s professional athlete Kacie Pechrada Tan in
the thrilling final match.
Custodio, the 2004 Miss Iloilo Dinagyang beauty queen turned “armbar
queen,” has previously brought pride to the country by winning a
silver medal in the 2016 Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship held
in Long Beach, California; gold and bronze medals at the 2017 and 2018
San Diego Spring International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship,
respectively; bronze medal in the 2019 Jiu-Jitsu Asian Championship;
and a gold medal in the Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix in Thailand on the same
year.

Ochoa of Atos Jiu-Jitsu Philippines, meanwhile, reclaimed her
champion’s crown and once again ruled the women’s -48 kg division
capped by a 2-0 win over Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang in the finals,
according to the resolution.

Custodio, an advocate for the environment, child protection and women
empowerment, has bagged significant awards for the country since 2014
in various Jiu-Jitsu competitions in California, Japan, Vietnam,
Turkmenistan, and Abu Dhabi.

She also made history as the first Filipino and first Asian to become
the 2018 JJIF Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, and led the Philippines with
gold medals in the 2019 and 2021 Southeast Asian Games.(END)