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The Mindset Athlete Podcast

Oct 18, 2020

Nathan Jones, aka Mr Bag & Tag – a professional MMA fighter, hard-working athlete and a dedicated martial artist (KickBoxing black belt and Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt).

What got me into martial arts was, I was at a low point in my life, so any attempt to find the happiness I was living my life by the YES MAN philosophy (watch/ read it) – I had a friend that went for a free trial at the gym, so I said yes. I enjoyed the session except being covered in other people’s sweat – but I kept an open mind. When asked if I wanted to join I said yes, when asked if I wanted to compete I said yes, when asked if I wanted to fight… I said when!

I used martial arts to harness my energy and focus. From being bullied at school and attacked on the street – I promised that I would not be a victim again for anybody. I became quicker, stronger and have overcome many obstacles, the main one of overcoming fear (becoming a professional athlete!).

In the episode we discussed:

- Can you talk to us about the "Yes Man" Philosophy

- What mindset did you need to get into to achieve your Black Belt in KickBoxing and your Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

- How do you keep the youth engaged?

- Do you think martial arts help you keep control in uncontrollable situations?

- "I'd rather be a warrior in a garden, than a gardener in a war" - Bruce Lee

- Do you have to put on a different persona walking in the cage?

- Are you totally locked in after having your hands wrapped?

- What's it like having your family watching you get hit?

- Who gave you the nickname Mr Bag & Tag?

Do you practice KO's?

* Amongst others and this was recorded before all the new lockdown restrictions *

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