Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Japanese ju-jitsu, Yaw-Yan
3rd Degree BJJ Purple Belt
De La Salle University Manila
URCC Hall of Fame Awards: Maybelline Masuda recognized for her Brazilian jiu jitsu contribution
Maybelline Masuda is a Filipino jiu-jitsu practitioner. Masuda is a 3x Pan Asian International Jiu Jitsu Championship open category champion. She has earned the Philippines prestige by winning and becoming the first Filipino Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion in 2009 and for winning the Country's 1st ever Gold Medal at the Asian Beach Games for Ju Jitsu in 2014.
- URCC Hall of Fame Awards Maybelline Masuda recognized for her Brazilian jiu jitsu contribution
- Early life
Maybelline Masuda was born in Calamba, Laguna. Her mother, Victoria Constantino is a native of Quezon and her father, Douglas Masuda is a Japanese-American from California who is a retired lawyer and an Elvis Tribute Artist, known as the Elvis of Japan.
At age 15, Masuda was introduced to the Filipino martial art of Yaw-Yan and later joined a Yaw-Yan Buhawi Vale Tudo tournament where she won a gold medal. At age 18, during her 3rd year in college at De La Salle University Manila, she was encouraged by a friend to join a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class held in school and led by URCC MMA Champion Allan Co and DEFTAC Philippines coach Pichon Garcia, due to her prior experience in Yaw-Yan. They eventually invited her to train and join the team Deftac in 2008, where she met Alvin Aguilar, the first home-grown Filipino Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 1st degree blackbelt and founder of the URCC. With Hard work and dedication, she further developed her special talent in Jiu Jitsu under his guidance.
Masuda won the lightfeatherweight title at the 2009 World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships becoming the first Filipino to win a title at the tournament.
In 2012, she was promoted to purple belt by her mentor Aguilar which made her the first Filipina Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
She is among the two who brought home the first gold medals for the Philippines at the Asian Beach Games during the 2014 edition in Phuket, Thailand. She won a medal in Ju-jitsu in the -50 kg category beating Le Thu Trang Dao of Vietnam in the gold medal match. The other one who bagged the other gold medal following her victory was Annie Ramirez also a ju-jutsu practitioner.
In September 21, 2016 she was promoted and became the first home-grown Filipina brown belt.