NIGULA BABAYEVA: From A(zerbaijan) to B(eijing)

NIGULA BABAYEVA: From A(zerbaijan) to B(eijing)

#043 - From A(zerbaijan) to B(eijing) | Nigula Babayeva

Nigula Babayeva has quite a tale. She was working as an auditor at a Big 4 accounting firm in her native Azerbaijan, but she wanted more adventure in her life. She applied for a scholarship to an international MBA program in Beijing, and while she waiting for a decision from the school, she had a near-death experience, nearly drowning in the Caspian Sea. The very next day Nigula found out she was accepted, so she bought a one-way ticket, moved, and THEN told everyone back home she was leaving. She’s been here two years now, and along the way - from her former job running social media at restaurant / crossfit gym mashup GLO, to her current day job as, again, an auditor, Nigula has also applied her lifelong love of athletics to become a serious martial arts practitioner. She won 3rd place in her very first international wushu competition and hasn’t looked back. Nigula trains jiu-jitsu with world-renowned competitor and coach Paulo Tavares, among her other pursuits. Good talk, great story. Enjoy!

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 Paolo Tavares

Paolo Tavares

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Nigula Babayeva on Instagram:
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On moving to Beijing:
http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/YT0uA1KNcCXCybxWY0J2tA

Kyle Mullin / The Beijinger article:
http://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2017/06/20/beijing-expats-shaolin-kung-fu-odyssey-nigula-babayeva

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