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Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio, Kevin Belingon train together in Baguio during COVID-19 pandemic

Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

The experience of Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 24, of Baguio City, Philippines as a member of Team Lakay has put him in good stead while the current new coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is far from ideal for an elite martial arts world champion. While quarantined, he has been training with his teammate Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 32.

“The hardest part is that we can’t go to the gym to train,” Pacio shared. “That’s why we find ways to train inside our homes. In the past years, we were lacking training equipment in the gym.”

“This is not new to us so we find ways to stay sharp,” the reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion continued. “Luckily, I have punching mitts and manong (older brother) Kevin (Belingon) and I are in the same barangay (village) so we hold pads for each other.”

Having a teammate nearby is certainly helping Pacio stay sharp during the pandemic. His dog named Toffee, a beagle, has also become a mainstay of his daily routine.

 

Under the watchful eye of Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao, Pacio and his team combine a strong work ethic with deep-rooted values to achieve unprecedented success. They did not start out with any fancy equipment but the strength of their collective mindset gave them everything they needed to succeed.

Despite not having a bout booked for the first time in a long time, Pacio maintains a sharp mindset as he looks to carve out an enduring legacy in the world’s largest martial arts organization. He said, “Honestly I’m not the guy who has a dream opponent.”

“I just focus on improving every day and every bout,” Pacio continued. “I am a champion and I need to prove that every time I step inside the circle.”

Judging by Pacio’s work ethic and the strength he draws from his faith and his teammates, he has all the ingredients to flourish under any circumstance. Here is a clip from his recent training with Belingon:

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