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Georges St. Pierre
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13 Mar 2014

UFC fighter, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, shares the lessons he learned on his way to the top, in The Way of the Fight, revealing how he overcame bullying and injury to become an internationally celebrated athlete and champion.

The reigning UFC welterweight champion, St. Pierre seemed untouchable until injury derailed him and jeopardized his title and his career. Determined to make his comeback, he embarked on a careful regimen of physical therapy. He also used this healing period to assess his life, where he's been, what he's achieved, where he wants to go, and and lessons that helped shape who he is.

In The Way of the Fight, Canadian championship fighter St. Pierre invites fans into the circle of his life, sharing his most closely guarded memories. A compelling memoir that offers an intimate, gritty look at a fighter’s journey, told through inspiring vignettes, GSP is a moving account of commitment and power, achievement and pain, dedication and conviction from one of the world's greatest champions.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (13 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062195654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062195654
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Like St-Pierre, this book is part philosophical, part scientific, part business-tutorial and even part self-help, with carefully selected pieces of the fighter’s personal story interwoven throughout. It’s all fascinating, coming from one of the most evolved fighting minds the sport has ever produced.” (SportsIllustrated.com)

“The Way of the Fight delivers a great deal . . . part biography, part self-help, part philosophy. It is a book that, read in the right manner, teaches more than it tells.” (Bleacher Report)

“An interesting view into the psyche of an athlete . . . the most insightful view to date of a fighter and person that has not only dominated his sport, but has been one of the foundational figures bridging the gap between MMA’s community and the greater mainstream sports audience.” (Sherdog)

“This is an outstanding book . . . at the heart of it The Way of the Fight is about setting and achieving goals, and what it takes to overcome obstacles to become your most successful self. . . I highly recommend The Way of the Fight.” (New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag)

“GSP the warrior reveals himself. The Way of the Fight is the way of his life. It’s about the process of Georges St-Pierre, who came from nowhere to become an international icon.’’ (Diane Sauvé, Radio-Canada)

From the Back Cover

There’s more to winning battles than fists and feet

For world-renowned professional fighter Georges St-Pierre, the greatest asset is not physical strength or athleticism—it’s a sense of purpose. From his beginnings as a small, mercilessly bullied child first discovering karate to his years as a struggling garbage collector who spent all his free time in the gym, his hard-fought rise in the sport of mixed martial arts, and his long, painful recovery from a career-threatening injury, Georges never lost sight of his ambition to become the greatest martial artist of all time. In The Way of the Fight, Georges for the first time reveals what propelled him not only to become a champion but to embrace obstacles as opportunities to build character.

Georges’s story is interwoven with fascinating insights from those who know him best: his mother, who tells of his drive to master new skills, even as a child. His mentor Kristof Midoux, who describes a young fighter with an extraordinary sense of discipline. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher John Danaher, who witnessed the development of an indomitable work ethic. His coach Firas Zahabi, who worked alongside the champion through a potentially career-ending injury. And his longtime friend, training partner and manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, who may understand this intensely focused athlete more than anyone.

The Way of the Fight is an inspirational look into the mindset of a master. To Georges, all life is competition, and there’s no more perfect metaphor for competition than the life of a fighter. He explains the value of discipline, risk and even fear, with the wisdom of one who knows that nothing is assured—his next fight could always be his last. Drawing inspiration from fighting legends, Eastern philosophy and a trusted inner circle, The Way of the Fight is a powerful, life-changing guide to living with purpose and finding the way to accomplish your loftiest goals.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a biography 3 Jan 2014
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This book has been incredibly interesting and insightful. Understanding GSP's philosophy on dealing with the immense pressures of competition that he has to live with really has been helpful to me, especially his writing on dealing with fear and using it to your advantage. I think the philosophy of martial artists is especially practical and useful as it has to work for them, and they are facing real dangers when stepping into a fight.

I really believe that GSP's philosophy can be applied to much more than fighting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, recommended to all GSP fans 18 Aug 2014
By S.L.L
Format:Paperback
- An enjoyable read, recommended to all GSP fans. Those who would have preferred an autobiography won't be too disappointed.

- I didn't plan on purchasing this book. Like many others, i was hoping to one day own and read the full-fledge autobiography of GSP. The idea of reading a book pertaining to GSP's philosophy on subjects like training and combat were not that appealing to me, especially after having read establish classics in these areas like Miyamoto Musashi's "The Book of Five Rings", Sun Tzu's "The Art of War", Lao Tzu's "Tao Te Ching" and having delved into the plethora of strength and conditioning, physical rehabilitation content, etc available from world renowned experts on these topics.

- Still, it was a pleasant surprise when i received this as a gift. I still learnt a lot about GSP. The book offers unique insight into GSP's upbringing, life and past. It includes accounts from those closest to him, including his mother, John Danaher, Kristof Midoux, Firas Zahabi and Rodolphe Beaulieu whilst pleasantly blending in aspects of GSP's philosophy. The book is of high quality and is aesthetically pleasing.

- To those looking for an alternative or visual companion to book - i recommend watching "Takedown: The DNA of GSP" (2014). Sam Sheridan's "The Fighter's Mind" is an excellent book providing insight to the mind of the fighter if you haven't read that already.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical fighters autobiography 25 July 2013
By Dougie
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This is not your typical fighters autobiography.....then again GSP is not your typical fighter. It isn't packed full of backstage-rumble rumours and hard luck stories. It is, however, packed with an insight into what makes GSP tick. It is a book about preparation, psychology, philosophy and attitude. Intelligently written this had me gripped from the start
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 25 Jun 2013
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Not just a book about fighting. Far from it.

If you interested in the things that got GSP where he is today, (goal setting, vision, strategic thinking etc..) this is a great book. If you just want a blow by blow account of each fight you won't like this book.
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A good read overall and insight into the life of my idol GSP, but will I pick it up again soon, probably not.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Amateur! 24 May 2014
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I'm a massive GSP fan and parts of it are good however he is trying too hard to write a book as if he is Bruce Lee...and he's not! I also find the comments from his entourage (coaches, mum, etc) extremely nauseating, written as if GSP is some sort of god...I'd rather read an autobiography from him than his amateur tales of wisdom and ego massage from him friends
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By NP
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Compelling read, couldn't put it down once i started. Demonstrates a psychology, philosophy and attitude that i if feel is a real winner for everyday life even outside the octagon. Put away those self help books and buy this instead if you have something you wish to achieve !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Jan 2014
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I found it very hard to get this book locally so it was a relief when it was so readily available on amazon. Great present for my brother.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book is apparently "awesome" :-)
Published 2 months ago by debbie smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This does stand out as a book for a few reasons.

He shares his view on life and martial arts, how he sees things and how his perceptions have changed, in any biography I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. S. R. Uddin
4.0 out of 5 stars was a gift
it was a gift and my girlfriend likes the books as she's a huge gsp fan,arrived on time an was as described
Published 8 months ago by gary collinson
4.0 out of 5 stars I know at lot more about Georges St. Pierre
An ambitious book from the start with George making it very clear from the get go his own expectation from his own writing

Does it succeed? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andy C
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
having read numerous auto and semi autobiographical accounts of fighters lives this stands out as being a much more intelligent, analytical and inspiring account. Read more
Published 11 months ago by William K
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Georges st pierre is my favorite fighter and I have learned so much from him that he inspired me to take kickboxing and its amazing to read about his life
Published 13 months ago by Lokey2020
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an autobiography, but good.
This book is different from what i expected, good but different. GSP in my opinion is the most complete martial artist around, maybe not the best, neither is Silva or Jones until a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sean Taylor
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