Contrary to geje “gravity” eustaquio nickname there’s nothing that’ll keep him down
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With undeniable passion, grit and of course, skill, Pinoy mixed martial artists, led by former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang and Brandon Vera, have gained the utmost respect of their peers and genuine admiration of fans in Asia's ONE Championship. But despite this achievement, there's still more left for Filipino One athletes to accomplish. Helping the local martial arts community continue its rise is one of Folayang's Team Lakay teammates, Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio. Just last January, the Baguio native did the country proud by beating Kazakh wrestler Kairat Akhmetov to become One's Interim Flyweight World Champion. Kind enough to accept our invitation, the 29-year old dazzling Wushu striker took us through his journey and shared useful life lessons along the way.
How did you feel winning the interim belt on home soil? Winning the belt is an incredible achievement for me. All the hard work and effort has paid off in God’s due time. But this victory is not just mine, it is one that I share with my team, my fans, and my family. The belt is for all of us. I feel the best I have ever been and I am excited to soon unify the belts and become the undisputed champion. Why do you think you didn't get the unification fight against Adriano Moraes right away?
I think Adriano was not available at the time and now he is injured. I hope for a speedy recovery for him. I respect Adriano as a man and as a martial artist. He has honor and humility. One day we will unify the titles and it will be a great fight.
Does your training at elevation in Baguio make your conditioning better?
Yes the mountains are a very good place to train your cardio. We run uphill and downhill and in different terrain. It is very challenging. Plus the cool weather is also very pleasant and Mother Nature gives us great training. At Team Lakay, strength and conditioning is very important, so we always make sure to train hard.
What improvements in your fighting style have you made as you go along?
Just controlling the action and fighting at my own pace. Being able to dictate the pace is an important part of every fight. But to do this, you have to be sharp and focused. We do a lot of mental and spiritual activities aside from our usual martial arts training. This helps a lot in clearing the mind and maintaining laser focus. We found out that you are also educated as a teacher. Do you think you would have pursued a teaching career if you hadn't gone into martial arts?
I think no matter what, I would have always been a martial artist. It is my true calling. I enjoyed being a teacher and I loved to help out the children, but it wasn’t the life that I wanted. I wanted more than to just go to work everyday from nine to five. As a martial artist, I am now following my passion.