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When you think about the first few women who trained and actually accelerated in the early years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the Philippines, 1 name comes to mind first: Maybelline Masuda. Don’t let her small frame and sweet looks deceive you; this 100Lb girl has been fighting since 2008 and has even had to fight (and has actually won) in the Men’s division for a few years, being the only woman competitor in the early Philippine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene. You can even search for her videos on YouTube if you don’t believe me!

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Maybelline or May, as we all call her, started training with us in April 2008. Even early into her training, May has never been afraid of stepping out of her comfort zone to compete and represent our team, bringing home shiny gold medals each and every time. She rightfully received her Blue Belt after being crowned the first Filipina World Champion at the 2009 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships at Long Beach, California. After 3 years of consistent training and active competition, she received her Purple belt on September 2012, becoming the first homegrown Filipina to attain this rank. It was then she started teaching the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Girls Team (and still continues to do so every Saturday at BAMF). In November 2014, May made our team and country proud yet again by winning the first ever Gold Medal in the history of the Philippines’ participation in the Asian Beach Games.

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After a long hiatus from the competition scene, May came back this 2016 and proved that she has still got it in her! After fighting at this year’s Asian Open Championship, she received her Brown Belt, making her the first homegrown Filipina to achieve this. 8 years of hard work and dedication to the sport and her team has made a big part of who May Masuda is today. 29 Gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 8 Bronze medals later, she is still the same eager young woman with a champion’s heart who first entered the gym; only now with so many girls (and boys) looking up to her.

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