-- Jonna B.
While I was away in the mountains last weekend, my fellow Filipina BJJ blue belt Maybelline Masuda beat a guy in a local tournament at the Copa Manila. We are not from the same team, but I have respect for her just the same -- because she has excellent progress in BJJ, she fights with her heart, and she has made the Filipinos proud by taking home the gold in the Mundials in 2009.
I don't have any information on what happened during the competition, but I have seen the video of her first match:
Personally, getting on the mat and facing your competitor is already something. Facing a guy competitor who is naturally stronger and has the capability to hurt you, requires even more guts. I salute her for displaying pure skills in winning over the guy.
Here are some of her photos that I took during different tournaments:
And this is my favorite, only because I captured her femininity while on the mat, fighting!
And because I was in the mountains and away from all the BJJ action, I just want to share what kind of beauty my eyes feasted on after a four-hour hike to the summit:
|Mt. Pico de Loro, Cavite, Philippines|