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Got Fight?: The 50 ZEN Principles of Hand-toface Combat Hardcover – 15 Jun 2009
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From the Back Cover
Wondering why you should purchase this book when there are other titles on the shelves written by much higher-caliber fighters? Well, Forrest Griffin is not as good-looking as those guys. He's not as smart as them. He's also not as athletically endowed. And let's face it, neither are you. Those other fighters are pretty much better than you in every way. But you can actually aspire to be as good as Forrest one day. Why? Because he is nothing special, just like you.
Forrest is not a martial artist. He's a fighter, and this book was written for his kin. If you're a hillbilly like Forrest and you get off on having your face rearranged, 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, more powerful than a well-lubricated locomotive.
In these pages you will learn about true mental toughness--whether it's 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. You will learn the essential tactics of hand-to-hand combat as well as how to defend yourself in the event of a sword attack. Never been attacked by a sword? You need this book worse that we thought.
Still not convinced? Don't worry. Even if you find that the book sucks, it will be no worse than having sex with Forrest Griffin. You'll feel a small prick and some minor discomfort, and then it will all be over.
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's a political science graduate from the University of Georgia and a former police officer, and can grow an awfully full set of muttonchops. But down, ladies; Forrest and his main squeeze, Jaime, live in Las Vegas.
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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.
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...
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.
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