Naili Monir, an expert in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), grappling and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) was born in France in 1982.
He went on to learn the craft of self-defence for years before getting a federal diploma of BJJ Grappling Gi-Nogi in 2014, followed by earning his 'First Degree' in BJJ Black Belt certified by three-time World Championship gold medallist, David Viera in 2018.
With the hope of imparting whatever he's learnt after spending the better half of his life, Monir is in New Delhi to teach Indian women self-defence at the UFC Gym, India.
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We caught up with the French maestro on the need for common people to learn to protect themselves and here's what he had to say.
“Self-defence is something that the whole world must learn to use. In India, there is a lot of aggression against women and it's a country where the aggression rate in women was very high compared to the average,” Monir said. “I think it is important to at least know how to throw a punch or a kick. BJJ for me it is the ultimate sport of self-defence and hand-to-hand combat," he added.
“It is all about training and practice, Indians already have the culture of wrestling in their blood. When I first came here, I met people who are really strong physically, but they often lack competition. I think in a few years, India can produce very good fighters, because the competition will be tough," Monir said.
© UFC Gym IndiaSo, what if you want to take up MMA professionally?
“MMA is a very physically demanding discipline that draws on practitioners' reserves. Indeed, the fights are generally long, and the victory is declared only by KO or abandonment of the opponent.
“The energy required by the body is substantial. Technique, speed, explosiveness, endurance, strength, everything needs to be sharp. Moreover, this sport involves the whole body: abdominal strap, legs, back, arms, and hips.
“The ground-combat is the most technical and energy-hungry part. Indeed, the muscular tension in this position will be maximum, and we must succeed in getting up then!
“Food is at the heart of this sport, which is very tiring for the body. This must be adapted to provide enough energy, while allowing the muscles to recover, to minimize the risk of injury. The diet must be balanced. Food supplements specifically adapted to martial arts can optimize the contributions provided by nutrition.”
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“The diet must then consist of sufficient intake of macronutrients like lipids, carbohydrates and proteins as well as micronutrients like vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements and fatty acids. Finally, the quality of food must also be ensured," he said.