Jonathan Brookins off MMA, on Yoga in India


Jonathan Brookins won TUF in 2010, but has gone 1-4 in the UFC, sold his house, and plans to go study Yoga in India. Whether he comes back a better fighter, or something different entirely, is up in the air.

Josh Rosenblatt: Were you in the Octagon (vs. Dustin Poirrier at the TUF 16 Finale) thinking about India?

Jonathan Brookins: I think I was. I think I was ready to go to India and learn something else. Pursuing this sport with the mindset that I have is counterproductive. It didn’t make sense. Mindset is everything. If this is what I’m going to do with the rest of my life it can’t just be a circular argument. It can’t just be about nothing. This quest to be a fighter has gotten to be frivolous, to be the wrong pursuit. I know it can be pursued the right way, but I know I'm not anywhere close to it. I’m not really down to live this temporary, right-now way of life.

JR: What are you looking for?

JB: I’m looking for a mindset to exist better. I think that I can find a happiness about myself, a way of living, where my constitution is more sound. I think that martial arts has been a positive, but it hasn’t been as much as it could be. I want to find martial arts for real. Yoga just seems to me like one of the oldest forms of martial arts. It seems like the very beginning. When the Shaolin monks wanted to learn to fight, there was a yoga teacher who taught the monks how to exercise and how to defend themselves – how to properly prepare themselves, prepare their bodies, prepare their minds. So starting with yoga just seems so natural to me.

I want to say something with my fighting. I want to find the truth. We have the potential for greater consciousness. I want to abstain from this world and tap into the human soul and see what it’s like to live.

JR: Ideally, will India help you get back to fighting or are you open to the idea of not fighting again, if that’s where your mind goes?

JB: Yeah, I’m open to that, that’s for sure.  All the things I didn’t learn in fighting to better myself I feel like I can explore in this avenue. If it means extra effort or extra solitude, I’m going to pursue this harder than I even pursued fighting. I feel like it could make me a much better fighter, but if it leads me to not fight again, I think I would be okay with that.

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tempus site profile image  

12/22/12 3:03 PM by tempus

Clearly what hes after, as indicated in the article =\

Thatsjustlikeyouropinionman site profile image  

12/22/12 2:56 PM by Thatsjustlikeyouropinionman

Has he been cut?

NINERS76 site profile image  

12/22/12 2:51 PM by NINERS76

Whatever makes the brother the most money. Seemed like a nice person on the show

Leghound site profile image  

12/22/12 12:02 PM by Leghound

Love this dude. As a fan I hope he's able to get his mind where he needs it to be for fighting and give the UFC another go as his was a nice contrast to most of the amped up cliche TUFfers.

sly fox site profile image  

12/22/12 11:33 AM by sly fox

I lived in india for a while training and researching the martial arts there...a lot of the old ats are gone, and a lot of the yoga teachers westerners go to are making money..its full of westerners looking for inner peace and stuff.. I had soem great adventures and saw some crazy of luck to him, but inida is full of charlatans adn peopel who want to make money from westerners

Ocean6 site profile image  

12/22/12 8:21 AM by Ocean6

Isn't he some actor fellow?

yellow wrkahlc site profile image  

12/21/12 6:23 PM by yellow wrkahlc

...Russell Brand?

Ocean6 site profile image  

12/21/12 6:21 PM by Ocean6

Great thing. I gave away all of my worldly possessions at the age of 25, and wandered the world on a spiritual journey.He will learn much about himself and his relationship to the world.All the best

Smith1234 site profile image  

12/21/12 5:45 PM by Smith1234

Best of luck to him. Also note that the OP is long, no need to quote it folks

vegard site profile image  

12/21/12 5:33 PM by vegard

In the old days, you went to brazil to study bjj and india to study yoga. Now you can just go to california.