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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (January 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595478913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595478910
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,788,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Tokiharu Mayeda received his PhD inAmerican Studies from the University of Hawaiiin 2005, where he also served as an assistantprofessor. He recently entered his first amateurmixed martial arts competition.David E. Ching received his MA in Economicsfrom California State University, Long Beachand also taught at the University of Hawaii. He and his wife, Una, have a daughter,Natalie, and reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.E-mail us at MMAcademics@yahoo.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Onzuka on January 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book will bring very important issues regarding MMA to both the hard core fan as well as the casual sports fan that sees MMA as a new sport on the block. The authors provide many references from actual fighters to solidify their points which are interesting to read to see the actual viewpoints of these world class athletes that compete in the ultimate test of man vs. man. Although written by two university professors, the book is a very good read and does not come off as too scholastic, but it makes great points and is a must read for all MMA fans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MMA Researcher on July 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Madeya and Chings book was a step forward in terms of the limited academic research that has been conducted in the field of Mixed Martial Arts.
I found the book to be well grounded in terms of literature around sports sociology, masculinity research, and what little is aready written about MMA. These foundations, along with the rich type of data they had should have provided a rich critical analysis of the sport, it's commodification, and it's participants. However, the analysis of Madeya and Ching's book was shallow, uncritical, and at times overly biased towards the sport. One gets the notion that the authors were star-struck by the famous athletes they interviewed.
These critiques aside, Madeya and Ching lay the groundwork for further research in this field and for this I offer my thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elton Tui Suganuma on October 3, 2008
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Should you be a newly introduced fan or an aficionado of long standing, this book is an excellent window into the realities of MMA. Using direct quotes gained through arduous interviews it weaves a tapestry that touches upon the trials and anxieties of trying to keep it together while trying to make it. And shares the bare bones of a 3-tier system that is the business of MMA. Regardless if you want to be ringside or inside the ring or cage for that matter, consider this book, it's a great text.
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