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The Way of the Fight by [St-Pierre, Georges]
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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)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6372 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (23 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NF73NU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #195,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Line of the best sports champions alive. Enough said.
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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.
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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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Excellent.
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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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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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- 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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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 super fight. Anyway great book with interesting for a GSP fan to see how he dealt with the shock loss to Serra, his admiration for Hughes and his 3rd challenge to comeback from a knee injury. If you want to learn more about GSP and what made him who he is today in a philosophical sense then definitely buy, if you're interested in MMA buy and if you don't have a clue about MMA buy, you might be a bit lost but I can ensure you, there is something, big or small, for everyone to take from this book.

I look at one of my idols differently now, better, but different. He was always the complete gentleman and ambassador for a fantastic sport, I was disappointed about some things he didn't talk about, BJ Penn cheating scandal and his relationship with Dana White. Overall great book would advise everyone to buy. Can't fully describe the book, but its a thought out book which has funny and lonely points in the book. Must buy and read in my opinion
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