Hello Simral, can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello everyone, my name is Simral Tagiev, I am an Azerbaijani living in Moscow, I have a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Is it your first time participating in Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu Jitsu Championship?
No, this is my second world championship, the last time I fought in 2019 as a purple belt. I had 5 fights and took 4th place. I remember that championship by the fact that I got sick before the competition and 3 weeks before the tournament I only had about 2-3 trainings.
How is your training going leading up to the ADWPJJC?
It is very difficult to prepare now, given that Moscow has imposed restrictions due to the pandemic and most of the gyms are closed, but I try to keep in shape.
Now I train 5-6 times a week. I will try to show a good fight and give my best in the upcoming championship.
How did the sport of Jiu Jitsu impact you on a personal level? Why do you recommend youth to practice the sport?
In my opinion, Jiu Jitsu is one of the smartest sports, so a person who practices Jiu Jitsu develops mentally, not just physically, because in battles you have to solve various problems, and the higher the belt, the more problems. You have to decide.
How do you see Abu Dhabi hosting global Jiu Jitsu championships and giving the chance for athletes to compete against the best in the world?
I am sure that everything will be held at the highest level, since the federation always holds some of the best tournaments and, most importantly, gives everyone the opportunity to perform in such a difficult time of the pandemic.
Who influenced you the most in developing your BJJ game?
I follow all good competitors and I think you can learn something from everyone, regardless of the color of their belt. The main thing is to approach everything wisely, but at the same time I try to create my own style and constantly improve.
Would you like to give any advice to our readers that would help them either on the mat or in their lives?
The advice that I would give readers is to train hard, be patient, be a good person both on mats and outside the mats, and most importantly, they do not forget GOD and understand that if the LORD touches you with misfortune, then no one can get rid of it besides HIM. If HE touches you with good, then HE is capable of anything.
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