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The Cauliflower Chronicles: A Grappler's Tale of Self-Discovery and Island Living Paperback – December 1, 2010
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This book is well written and reading Marshal's recollection of his time training in Hilo, Hawaii at BJ Penn's gym is quite entertaining. A bit of a coming-of-age type of story made all the better by the fact that it is real. Marshal has no problem with sharing his insecurities, failures and struggles. This openness and honesty is refreshing!
I also really enjoyed the sections of the book where he details his meeting and training with pro UFC fighters such as Evan Dunham, Charuto, Urijah Faber, and BJ Penn. He talks about these incidences from the perspective of a somewhat awe-struck BJJ neophyte which makes the reading all the more entertaining. Marshal describes these sessions so well though that the reader gets a real feel for the amazing talent level of some of these athletes.
Marshal also includes some "fluff" where he talks about little side-trips he did while on the island. I don't think these stories were necessary and may have taken away from the flow of the rest of the book. Having said that, I may just have resented the fact that these little side-notes took away from his discussion of BJJ training and day-to-day interactions with the locals.
Bottom line - LOVED THE BOOK!
I found myself wondering what was going to happen next long after i put the book down.
I really would recommend this book for anyone "not just the mma fan" who wants to read a great story.
If you like A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan, you'll also love this book!
I'm keeping an eye out for more of your books and colabs Marshal!
Personally, I enjoyed his personal struggles having shared some of the same affects of introversion myself. The authors honesty is the best part of his writing. As a martial artist, I enjoyed it for obvious reasons. I've been involved with a Hawai based kempo school for 18 years, and his insights about language, culture and Haoles is pretty keen. Hawaiians love to fight. As a BJJ blue belt, I enjoyed his passion for training but hoped to hear more stories from the mat. That was some serious mat time in 5 months, and we didnt hear much about it. The book read like a journal or letter accounting events but lacked the depth I was hoping for. As a langauge nerd, the invasive thoughts in parathenticals throughout the book drove me crazy. Seriously friend if those thoughts stuffed into parentheticals are important enough to get published then give them thier own sentence. It made me grind my teeth reading it, but his analogies mostly made up for it.