Annie Ramirez fights like a girl and she’s proud of it.
The 27-year-old has become one of the top women’s fighters in the Philippines and in the continent after bringing glory to the country in the world stage in the past half a decade.
“It gives me pride knowing that I get to influence those women who are into this contact sport,” said Ramirez during a press conference of the Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines Wednesday.
“And I can also give inspiration to girls that they can also become the no. 1 in this kind of sport, which is a really big honor.”
Annie Ramirez won gold in the 2016 Asian Beach Games and another in the Ashbagat Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, both in the women’s -55 kilogram division.
In the two events, Annie Ramirez also shared the honor with Meggie Ochoa who won the gold in the -45 kilogram division.
They are also set to compete in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta this August.
Annie Ramirez is hoping her exploits in the world of jiu-jitsu could inspire others in their own battles.
“Through this sport, I know I can inspire more people on a wider scale,” said Ramirez who’s set to compete. “I hope I can inspire people fight through whatever problem in life they’re facing.”
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.