24 Questions with NATHAN DOS SANTOS

Nathan Dos Santos is a JUI JITSU athlete and Instructor at Toronto Bjj

1. What does thriving mean to you?

Constantly moving forward and becoming the best version of myself.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?


3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?


4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?

Be ready and able to adapt to major changes in life. Never get too comfortable.

5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?

I can’t think of anything embarrassing off the top of my head. I immediately think of losing meaningful tournaments or experiencing injuries. It also reminds me of how I use those losses to come back even stronger.

6. What did you learn recently?

How to shoot a Compound bow.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

A carefree kid getting through high school, trying to find myself. A martial artist.

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

My mentors and peers. Having people around me with like-minded goals. A strong mentality and being consistent with my goals.

9. Is there a book(s) you have read multiple times or a resource you keep going back to?

The Book Of Five Rings- Miyamoto Musashi

10. What is your favourite quote or motto?

“Flow with the go” -Rickson Gracie

11. What are your top VALUES?

Respect, responsibility, dedication, discipline and integrity.

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

My main focus prior to the pandemic was to train, travel, and compete as much as possible. Now that I am unable to compete I want to focus on improving other skills and passions I have neglected. I am also focusing more on studying jiu-jitsu techniques and finding balance in my life.

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

We are all equal.

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?

My closest friend, Mike Z.

15. What are you thankful for?

I am thankful for my family, girlfriend, my mentors and coaches, friends, students, and health.

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?

Everyone has their hardships and obstacles in life. Don’t let that stop you from becoming something great and use that to fuel your fire.

17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?

It’s hard to pick one. I have a lot of great memories traveling and competing with some of my closest friends and teammates.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?

Getting arrested in Japan for flying a drone.

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?


20. What rule should we be breaking?

Always warm up before training.

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

Compete and train Jiu-Jitsu in as many countries as possible.

22. There are 12 step programs for addiction recovery. If you had to come up with a program for THRIVING what would the steps be?

Set goal, Write down plan, Execute, Repeat.

23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?

My good friend @Chad.Larsson -Instagram

24. How can people connect with you?



– Instagram /Facebook