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Laugh Though Your Face is Breaking,
This review is from: Fight: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ass-Kicking but Were Afraid You'd Get Your Ass Kicked for Asking (Hardcover)
Great fight book. Robinson is a writer and rock musician (whose band will either play a set or beat up the audience, according to the evening's ambiance), but for purposes of this book he's playing roving participatory reporter on all aspects of the fight scene. With an emphasis but not limitation to Mixed Martial Arts, but veering into all kinds of extremely interesting stuff, such as the eternal question - What is the real sh-t with that 52 Blocks thing?? And lots more. Tons more. He tell how to avoid or get into bar fights (depending on your preference), what it's like to be knocked out (tallies with my own sad experiences) and so much more. Just the few pages where he gets an emergency room doc to detail the worst fight injuries he's every treated are alone worth the price of the book.
Key thing, Robinson, in addition to being a very experienced kick butt fighter himself, most importantly is a gonzo funny writer - and I love funny writing above all things. This book is way more interesting and vastly better written than the spate of other MMA related books that have come out recently - that I am too kindly to enumerate by name here.
And while proffering practical information and being so highly amusing, Robinson touches on the deeper stuff which preoccupies me. Like: why are human males so obsessed with violence and competition? I mean I've dabbled in martial arts, including boxing and Yi Quan and other violent, competitive things like that. But you know, deep down, unlike Robinson, I don't really approve of it at all. I don't like it, I don't think it's good. Violence is bad.
But I thank Robinson most heartily for throwing some light and laughs on our dark, dirty, dangerous path.