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Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat Paperback – May 18, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Wondering why you should purchase this book when there are other titles written by much higher-caliber fighters? Well, Forrest Griffin is not as good-looking as those guys. He's not as smart as them or as athletically endowed. And let's face it, neither are you.
If you get off on having your face rearranged, though, Got Fight? is for you. This is a manifesto more strategic than Sun Tzu's The Art of War, more philosophical than Bruce Lee's Tao of Jeet Kune Do. In these pages you will learn about true mental toughness—whether it's for scraping it out in the Octagon or picking up chicks. You will learn about the mental defects that made Forrest Griffin into the abomination he is today and how you can use your shortcomings to become equally horrible.
About the Author
Forrest Griffin is one of the top-ranked light-heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world. He won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005 and has been one of the most beloved UFC fighters ever since. He is the Day man, fighter of the Night man, and champion of the sun. He is also a master of karate and friendship for everyone. But calm down, ladies, Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.
Erich Krauss is a professional Muay Thai fighter and the author of more than twenty-five books, including Anderson Silva's The Mixed Martial Arts Instruction Manual: Striking. He has written for the New York Times, and is the founder and publisher of Victory Belt Publishing. He lives in Las Vegas.
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This book rocked my world. I was looking stupid as hell standing in the chow line laughing as loud as I was. This book will keep you entertained. I generally like to drag my books out over the course of at least a week, because I never know when the next one will get to my ship, but I read this one in about two days; though for a serious reader, it probably wouldn't take that long.
Aside from being a nice change of pace and keeping me in good spirits while I was reading it, the book was inspiring since I like to think that I might one day be able to pursue a career in fighting, and I just think it's fun. Lots of good advice and good stories.
Even if you don't give a rats arse about fighting, I still recommend this book. It's a fun read.
Forrest is everybit as crazy as you think and more, this is a guy who has held genuine conversations with a video tape and his Friend knowing full well he wasn't there. It tells about how he got into the sport and abit about his life in general. Its mostly written as a informative look into how he trains and what all he does to get ready for a fight. He gives tips to aspiring MMA fighters and lays out the different between fighters and Martial artists.
Its writtin in stages with each section being about a different aspect of the sport. It ends with him showing you how to do various techniques and gives detailed instructions for them, he also gives you his "Secret Moves" such as how to effectivly chock out a annoying child or defend yourself against a vicious poodle. The book is always funny and he really is a likeable guy. If you are a fan of Griffin or just want a easy light hearted read, this book is a good way to go.
The first few pages has already give you picture about this book, Forrest Griffin is a very educated guy but he just choose to be like who he is right now. Dirty language, crazy decision and lifestyle in some period of his lifetime but still he has a class that he shows in his real message after all the jokes and crazy stories and foul language he uses. I can't put this book down. There are a lot of great true story ( or may be not?) jokes just like when you watch Pineapple Express or The Hangover movie, you're gonna laugh hard for the sillines, stupidity or bad lucks. But also you can learn a lot of truth in preparing your life you are really serious want to join the world of MMA or cage fighting. Top notch!!
By the way, the lesson we can learn and apply in this book is pretty good, especially if you have experienced or know somebody who has that experience, you 'll laugh hard and agree with his lessons or messages.
Forrest Griffin himself is a former UFC lighheavywight champion after beating Quinton " Rampage" Jackson and he's the top 8 lighheavywight MMA fighter, now. He used to be a cop and finished his college education, being bullies target when he was young. This book is a real big hit true story and messages about life (again, it might not be true 100% but who cares, the book itself is awesome).
It's just so raw and brutally honest, Forrest Griffin is insane and hilarious.
Whether you're into MMA or not, you won't go wrong reading this book. There's not much to learn really, except some of the good Jiu Jitsu techniques given at the end, however the jokes you will get and the fun you will experience from reading this book is totally worth buying it.
I highly recommend it!
Some of the humor was a little over the top. Some of it made me LOL for a couple minutes straight. It's written well for someone who prefers a sort of ADD approach to reading. Recommended if you are not looking for bleeding-edge training information and for lulz.
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First of all this book is not really a biography or a training manual. In fairness it is kind of difficult to catagorise exactly what it is youre holding in your hands here, but what is beyond a doubt is that its a very entertaining, funny and frequently baffling read.
From the acknowledgements on the back of the book (such as UFC legend Chuck Liddells testament that Forrest must have eaten lead paint as a kid and that reading this book will only make you dumber),to the 'manliness' quiz that all readers must pass before even being given permission by forrest to read the book (where you will find out exactly what Forrest whispered into the ear of Dan Severn during his professional MMA debut!), to the instructional section of the book (which includes such dubious gems as the 'Asian dart'), to the insight into Forrests philosophies on life and fighting (for example pre-fight abstainence is simply denying yourself sex that you could be having), to the life of the man himself and all the crazy stuff hes got up to (such as training MMA drunk to simulate defending himself if he got jumped on the way home from the bar), the whole thing is just funny...and kind of worrying...
Peppered with hints, tips, advice, philosophies, life stories, insights and lesson learned the hard way (that can be applied to life inside and outside the ring) it makes for an entertaining, informative and at times down-right hysterical read. You can also add scary to the list - because it quickly becomes apparent that Forrest is one sandwich short of a pic-nic... but then I guess you knew that, and that's why we love him. In it you'll find his views on dating, getting into clubs, diet, how to approach training and all manor of random subjects which seems to work well to convey Forrest's bonkers personality and give a refreshing take on the usual biographies or fight manuals fighters usually churn out - as I said before, this falls somewhere in between the too.
This book would be a good read even if you didn't like fighting I think - although there are parts that focus solely on the subject (like how to choose the right gym and corner team for you, which might seem irrelevant to most), but it's still written in way that is witty and enjoyable. One thing i would say - the editor should have listened more to what Griffin had to say - time after time there were footnotes saying (I wanted to put this but the editor made me change it to this) and every time I thought - Yup Forrest you were right, that's much better, funnier etc. Take what he originally wanted to call the book for instance: "Who moved my nose?"... Much funnier in my opinion and much more in keeping with the rest of the book.
I lost count of the number of quotes or anecdotes like the "title change" above I was going to mention in this review, so probably won't put anymore in - read the Amazon description lifted directly from the books inside cover - the book is basically written in that style... If you find that funny, you'll find this book funny. The stories about him (which I assume are his child hood buddies recounting memories and stories past) don't so much as give you any insight into Forrest's mind, as make you think - OMG this guy is bonkers. You can't get any insight into a mind like this. It's beyond relating too. It's borderline he should be sectioned really. I read the book in 2 days and enjoyed it - I think you will too - especially if you have an interest in UFC, Fighting, or Forrest Griffin... One thing I would say too is - don't forget to buy the paper back. I thought it only came in hardback so ended up paying more.
Overall though, its humorous book which caused me choke on my coffee, and any book that does that is worth the read.
Off to read Randy Couture's 'Becoming the Natural: My Life in and Out of the Cage' - gonna be wicked
A lot of the time the books that come out are a waste of paper but I am happy to support fighters. This on the other hand was quite good. Dated now but worth it for anyone interested.
Doesnt offer anything insightful, wont improve your life or your understanding of the nature of being except as an example of what the human race is best off moving away from.
Has nothing to do with zen and is most likely that he doesnt know what zen means
Only buy it if you are thick and enjoy reading about kindrid spirits.