Bailey is joined by self-defense expert, martial arts instructor, motivational speaker and breast cancer survivor Christina Ioannides to talk about how breast cancer was the best thing that ever happened to her.

This is an incredibly empowering story. Christina was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2021. Although she felt completely defeated sometimes, she came out stronger. It was a choice she made. It was the sense of humor she kept. It was her faith. And the commitment to her physical and mental training that empowered her more than ever. Christina today helps others to do the same through her self-defense and martial arts programs.


Christina and Bailey dive deep into Christina’s journey of resilience while battling cancer and why it was the best thing that could have happened to her.


They talk about how martial arts helped her face the battle of this disease, the importance of choosing to fight instead of staying in a victim mode, how to fight negative talk and how to train your mind to be strong. Furthermore they talk about how she started a business in the middle of her battle.


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About Christina Ioannides:

Christina is a self-defense expert, martial arts instructor, motivational speaker and breast cancer survivor.


She is the founder of Fabulous & FearLESS, a company that offers the opportunity for you to feel empowered, prepared and strong. Their self-defense programs set you up for success by teaching you the knowledge and tools needed to keep you safe. 


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Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t let the loss discourage you, keep going
  • “Go back to the mat, figure it out and keep pushing forward”
  • Physical and mental training can help you survive cancer
  • Make the choice you are going to beat it
  • Mental strength is about training your mind to be strong and also about the choices that we make
  • You can fall into a slump but you can’t stay there forever. You have to work to get out
  • The way you train your body you have to learn to train your mind as well
  • You have to discipline yourself
  • Taking on a coach for mind training helps battle negative talk
  • It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable
  • Self defense is a life skill that everyone should know, it can save your life both emotionally as physically 
  • Choose not to be a victim choose to fight


In the episode we cover:

  • Welcome Christina Ioannides to The Mindrise Podcast!: (00:00)
  • How is it that breast cancer is the best thing that ever happened to Christina?: (01:30)
  • How martial arts prepared Christina to fight cancer: (05:51)
  • Defining mental resilience: (07:35)
  • Navigating negative talk: (12:04)
  • Starting a business while battling cancer: (15:45)
  • Feedback from social media after sharing she had breast cancer: (23:40)
  • How Christina’s resilient mindset filters into Fabulous and Fearless: (28:43)


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Music Production by Corbin Dix