Lakays start cross training

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013


THE long road to regaining lost ground for Team Lakay is finally taking shape.

From what seems to be their darkest hour during their shutout in the recent One Fighting Championship (One FC) in Manila last May, coach Mark Sangiao and former inaugural featherweight champion Honorio Banario have taken separate ways and return to tiptop shape.

Banario, who got a terrible second round knock out from challenger Koji Oishi, flew to Malaysia to cross-train with T-REX Muay Thai and MMA Studio located in Jaya, Selangor.

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Sangiao said Banario was invited by the CEO Gavin Tan to cross train for a month along with their top caliber instructors of mix martial arts (MMA), muay thai and wrestling for one month.

“He’s doing good. Banario is currently having some cross training with fighters coming from Brazil and the US,” said Sangiao.

Back at the La Trinidad Lakay gym, Sangiao together with MMA rising stars Geje Eustaquio, Jerome Wananawan including Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Rey Docyogen and other upcoming fighters started their formal wrestling and grappling lessons.

Since Saturday, Team Lakay has been under the watch of Ali Heydarabadi, a former Cyprus wrestling coach.

“We will have him train and teach our fighters every weekend for one month then we will see what’s going to happen next,” added Sangiao.

Heydarabadi, according to Sangiao will be flying in every 15 days to teach basic wrestling every Saturdays and Sundays.

The move to have a cross-training came in the heels of their disastrous campaign in international mix martial arts events.

Team Lakay fell to 3-0 in the Guam-based Pacific Xtreme Combat with Crisanto Pitpitunge losing his bantamweight belt being the second full blooded Filipino to win the crown.

As if lady luck was not on their side this time, Team Lakay suffered the most telling blows with a 5-0 shutout in Asia’s largest MMA event, One FC, in front of more the 16,000 Filipino fight fans that was ended by a Banario knock-out.

“These are just some of the changes we want to work out. Team Lakay is basically a young team and we learn from our mistakes that’s why we came up with a new program for us to improve,” added Sangiao.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 03, 2013.

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