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Brilliant follow up and companion for A Fighter's Mind
on 12 June 2013
This book's definitely worth reading along with Sam Sheridan's other book A Fighter's Heart. Each chapter here focuses on one particular individual in an interview-like format questioning what it is that distinguishes the great from the good, and the author's got a real good mix of individuals, from outstanding fighters/athletes (Marcelo Garcia, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock etc) to outstanding coaches/trainers (Freddie Roach, Virgil Hunter, Greg Jackson etc). Lots of valuable nuggets here on mental strategy. Here's three by way of example:
"It's easier to teach the skills than the mentality."
"When you hear Randy [Couture] describe what he's going to do in a fight, or talk about another fighter, his language is interesting. It's technical and dry and devoid of emotion. Randy sees a problem, a technical problem, not an emotional fight filled with fear and rage..."
"In every discipline, the ability to be clear-headed, present, cool under fire is much of what separates the best from the mediocre..."