There’s not much to fuss about coming across a 5’ 5” guy who weighs about 130 pounds. However, if that “regular-sized” guy happens to be mixed martial artist Geje Eustaquio, then it's an entirely different story. Upon meeting the Team Lakay product, we felt the energy beaming out of his sheer presence saying, he’s not to be messed with. We instantly knew at that moment, there’s so much we could pick up from such a well accomplished individual. Luckily for us, Geje provided a great starting point by sharing in detail some of his signature moves.
1) Roundhouse kick
Kick with your back foot and be mindful that you must twist your body and pivot foot as you’re maneuvering in order to inflict maximum damage. Connecting cleanly either to the head or body will most likely result in a KO. As Eustaquio said, the impact of a roundhouse kick is like a fully swung baseball bat hitting its target.
2) Straight punch
Like the other famous southpaw world champions of combat sports, namely Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko, Eustaquio has always included the left straight as a main weapon in his arsenal. In fact, it was one of the key punches he used to capture ONE gold.
It’s basically a straight punch, lightly thrown as a distraction, followed by a strong hook punch to the head, ending with a roundhouse kick to the body or a powerful leg kick. According to Eustaquio, this is a personal favorite as it’s not too complicated to pull off yet difficult for the opponent to read.
4) Front kick-jabstraight
This three-hit combo is a great way to confuse the opponent to ultimately land a killer blow. First, put your opponent on the retreat using the front kick then quickly use the jab to set up your power punch, which is the straight. If timed correctly, the outcome can be devastating.
5) Straight punch-knee
Another one of Eustaquio’s most reliable attacks is a straight punch upstairs succeeded by a knee to the body. Eustaquio has two ways of executing of this Muay Thai combo: He throws his left straight as a fake so he can land a huge knee and then he goes full power with the punch and for good measure, unloads a good scoring knee right in the gut.
6) Side kick
For Wushu strikers like Eustaquio, the side kick is a staple. It’s mainly used to thwart an opponent gearing up for an attack. The side kick allows you to score points and keep the opponent at bay at the same time. In the U.S. this defensive striking technique is called NMD (National Missile Defense).
Photography Jonathan Baldonado
This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits were made by the FHM.com.ph editors.