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This book is not quite what I expected as an autobiography. This is probably less about Georges' personal life then Brock Lesner put in his book Death Clutch: My Story of Determination, Domination, and Survival. However the knowledge Georges tries to impart, from philosophy, to his beliefs, sacrifices and rewards is amazing. I read more like a self-help book then an autobiography.
This is actually a creation manual of how the outsider Georges became one of the greatest marital arts fighters of his generation. He takes Bruce Lee and other philosophiser as his inspiration using philosophy (an idea) as a starting stone, the next step is GSP's interpretation (what he thing the person is trying to convey), then practical examples which he lives every day to achieve his goal. He gives a perfect example of Lee's fighting without fighting method is his job as a bouncer.
Here is an example of GSP's though process. He strives for perfection. He knows it is impossible but, that just make him try harder to achieve it. He states as he is writing this book he wants it to be the best book in its category. Who would say that when they have very little to no writing experience, and English is not their first language? As I was writing this review Amazon printed a label the "No 1 martial arts book in the world". That is what GSP lives for setting goals people think are impossible and achieving them. Then seeking a higher goal for himself.
The book really shines on the mental aspect of martial arts. I say martial arts instead of mixed martial arts (MMA), because of it being mixed MMA inherits the theories from the other Martial arts. What GSP has done is managed to group together the ideas that go together e.g. a boxing jab, with a Muay Thai stance, then karate "rush" to break distance for a wrestling takedown, then control pound or look for a submission. He call this "shootbox" (his amalgamated fighting style not the famous Brazilian gym) a style all his own. He sees "Shootbox" as the interface to all these different arts used in MMA.
The negatives I found about the book are there is very little about other fighters and fights. I would have liked to have more of GSP's though on his own fights he does this a couple of times to point out how he jab paid off in the second Kos fight. This can be explained because GSP truly believed his fights are won in the week and months before the execution is done as his body has been taught to over the gruelling training camp. It would have been nice to hear his views about other fighters, and a fight from his perspective. Then again GSP does not remember his fights straight after them he need to watch them again, then he can recall it move for move. Also I would have like to hear GSP's side of the second Penn fight. Penn and a number of people blatantly accused him if cheating (greasing). I think this would have been a perfect forum for GPS to give his side but he does not even mention it.
GSP is always training the training camps are really just him fine tuning his game plan for his specific opponent, more than a really physical change. A great book that will give, I think, and greater insight into GSP then any autobiography could ever do; extremely insightful look into Martial arts. This is GSP book and like martial arts GSP has taken over every aspect of Georges' life. Read it and you will understand what I mean.