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  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Edition edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802145019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145017
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"Another must read. . . . Sheridan never gets bogged down in psychology, rendering his book accessible even to non-fight fans. The lessons handed down from the book's subjects are fleshed out on their own and by Sheridan, painting a complete picture of the pain and joy it takes to get to the top, stay there, and eventually surrender the crown." --"FIGHT! Magazine"
"Fantastic ... One of the best MMA books I've ever read, and I've certainly read my fair share." --Eric O'Brien, "Way of the Warrior," ESPN radio
"You don't have to care about fighting, or even know that MMA stands for mixed martial arts, to find insights into human behavior in Sam Sheridan's The Fighter's Mind."--"Bloomberg"
"In tasking himself with peeling back the layers of a complex and multifaceted activity, [Sheridan is] raising the bar for everyone else. . . . If you want a better grip on a sport even some of its participants may not fully understand, his work is quickly becoming required reading." --Jake Rossen, ESPN.com
"The Fighter's Mind is an entertaining and enlightening read and is a worthy addition to any MMA fan's bookshelf." --Dave Doyle, Yahoo! Sports
"Sheridan wrote one of my favorite books of recent times, "The Fighter's Heart," and is one of those writers who could write about getting the oil changed in his car and still make it riveting ... So it comes as no surprise that "The Fighter's Mind" is a terrific read."--Jeff Fox, "MMA Manifesto"
"A must-read for fight fans." --Evan Holober, "The Queensberry Rules"
"Tirelessly curious and game, deftly sidestepping pretentiousness and macho posturing and all the other usual traps that snare writers who delve into the form and meaning of fighting, Sam Sheridan seeks out fearsome teachers and comes away with a rare prize a deep understanding of the mental aspect of the fighter's craft and what it can teach us about how--and how not--to live." --Carlo Rotella, author of "Cut Time, An Education at the Fights"
"Having opened up professional fighting worldwide in the best-selling A Fighter's Heart, former Merchant Marine and Harvard grad Sheridan here plumbs the mental side of the sport. ... this should be a knockout with fight fans." --"Library Journal"
"As accurate and perceptive an account of what makes top fighters tick as I have seen. Sam Sheridan is a great observer and with his profiles of some the top names in MMA, he cuts through the clutter and highlights what it is about these men's psychologies and thought processes that has made them so dominant. There is so much valuable information in this book that I read it once and then went back through it again with a highlighter. The chapter on legendary trainer Greg Jackson alone makes the book worth purchasing."--Donovan Craig, Editor In Chief, "FIGHT! Magazine"
"Relevant for fighters and non-fighters alike, ["The Fighter's Mind"] creates new bridges between the fight community and the rest of the world."--Lockflow.com
"In Sam Sheridan's "The Fighter's Mind" you are taken on a journey that starts in the mind of wrestling great Dan Gable and meanders through the inner psyche of today's fighters. Paradoxically, the knowledge illuminated from this fascinating journey remains timeless and true, reflecting the wisdom of the archetypal ancient warrior--truly a great contribution to the field of mental athletic peak performance." --Michael Lardon, M.D., sports psychologist and author of "Finding Your Zone"



Another must read. . . . Sheridan never gets bogged down in psychology, rendering his book accessible even to non-fight fans. The lessons handed down from the book s subjects are fleshed out on their own and by Sheridan, painting a complete picture of the pain and joy it takes to get to the top, stay there, and eventually surrender the crown. "FIGHT! Magazine"
Fantastic One of the best MMA books I ve ever read, and I ve certainly read my fair share. Eric O Brien, Way of the Warrior, ESPN radio
You don t have to care about fighting, or even know that MMA stands for mixed martial arts, to find insights into human behavior in Sam Sheridan s The Fighter s Mind. "Bloomberg"
In tasking himself with peeling back the layers of a complex and multifaceted activity, [Sheridan is] raising the bar for everyone else. . . . If you want a better grip on a sport even some of its participants may not fully understand, his work is quickly becoming required reading. Jake Rossen, ESPN.com
The Fighter s Mind is an entertaining and enlightening read and is a worthy addition to any MMA fan s bookshelf. Dave Doyle, Yahoo! Sports
Sheridan wrote one of my favorite books of recent times, "The Fighter's Heart," and is one of those writers who could write about getting the oil changed in his car and still make it riveting So it comes as no surprise that "The Fighter's Mind" is a terrific read. Jeff Fox, "MMA Manifesto"
A must-read for fight fans. Evan Holober, "The Queensberry Rules"
"Tirelessly curious and game, deftly sidestepping pretentiousness and macho posturing and all the other usual traps that snare writers who delve into the form and meaning of fighting, Sam Sheridan seeks out fearsome teachers and comes away with a rare prize a deep understanding of the mental aspect of the fighter's craft and what it can teach us about howand how notto live." Carlo Rotella, author of "Cut Time, An Education at the Fights"
Having opened up professional fighting worldwide in the best-selling A Fighter s Heart, former Merchant Marine and Harvard grad Sheridan here plumbs the mental side of the sport. this should be a knockout with fight fans. "Library Journal"
As accurate and perceptive an account of what makes top fighters tick as I have seen. Sam Sheridan is a great observer and with his profiles of some the top names in MMA, he cuts through the clutter and highlights what it is about these men's psychologies and thought processes that has made them so dominant. There is so much valuable information in this book that I read it once and then went back through it again with a highlighter. The chapter on legendary trainer Greg Jackson alone makes the book worth purchasing."Donovan Craig, Editor In Chief, "FIGHT! Magazine"
Relevant for fighters and non-fighters alike, ["The Fighter s Mind"] creates new bridges between the fight community and the rest of the world. Lockflow.com
In Sam Sheridan s "The Fighter s Mind" you are taken on a journey that starts in the mind of wrestling great Dan Gable and meanders through the inner psyche of today s fighters. Paradoxically, the knowledge illuminated from this fascinating journey remains timeless and true, reflecting the wisdom of the archetypal ancient warriortruly a great contribution to the field of mental athletic peak performance. Michael Lardon, M.D., sports psychologist and author of "Finding Your Zone"
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About the Author

Sam Sheridan joined the U.S. Merchant Marines after high school and then attended Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1998. He has written for Men's Journal, Newsweek, and FIGHT! --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.


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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..."
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Read both Sam's books about fighters, first is better than the second.
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Very good and inspirational book, actually bought it twice because I gave my first copy away and wanted to re-read it but its that good that I am quite happy to get it again.
Second hand quality was excellent might as well have been new.
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I found this book hard to put down. Each individual studied gives the reader an insight into the mindset of not only fighters but trainers, chess players, wrestlers and some of the worlds best coaches.
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A pleasing read - the author visits big names in the fight scene to discover what makes certain guys so tough. I found the book quite helpful in providing an insight into mental toughness - preparation,hard work,focus,determination,really wanting it and when the going gets tough to use that moment to push into a new gear, knowing that when it is all done - the fight, the marathon run, the endurance event - you can rest and then, the pain will subside...

Reading this book some of the points stuck and I tried to implement them in my own workouts -and you know what? Conditioning the mind, setting yourself tasks to toughen yourself up - deliberately playing mental games with yourself to force your mind to endure pain and put up with hardship, really does work!

Would have liked even more insight and there is quite a bit of personal rambling which I found a bit distracting -however, despite this the book left me with an impression and in amongst the text there are some helpful bits of information an endurance athelete or fighter will find useful.
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A good book parts of which were excellent. Sam Sheridan used very much the same formula as he did in Fighters Heart. Talking to the leading trainers and fighters in different combat sports. The main problem for me was that there was not too much new information in the book from Fighters Heart. This book was more along the lines of what trainers are looking for while they are training their fighters. The thing is when you are talking tot he top trainers, talking about their top fighters, these guys already have IT. Now the trainer just has to fine tune them. There were great chapters like Kenny Florian's where he talks about his career and preparation for his fights and his attitude to wards wins and losses. To me this is what the whole book should been like. Unfortunately some of it (probably because of the subject matter), reads like a bit of a text book, but there are more great chapters then the dry ones. I would recommend Fighters Heart or everyone wanting to know about a fighters mindset, and need to fight. This book is a good add on and if you have not read the first book it would possible very good as a stand alone book. It just falls a little short of being great for me.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I originally purchased this in the hopes it would provide a silver bullet solution to my pre competition nerves in an upcoming Jujitsu comp. In some ways it did but that is not the purpose of this book.

This explores not only the motivations and thought process of fighters, but of all those who test themselves beyond the usual requirement of day to day living.

This includes the valulable insight of a Chess prodigy, an internationally respected art critic, an ultra-marathon runner plus various coaches and supportive figures in competative sports.

Thoughout the text the author gradually highlights the correlation between the various world-class individuals from their chosen activity and highlights what is required to excel in sport. Or any activity for that matter.

What surprised me most was the scientific research which was also referenced. Which was both compelling and reinforced the overall sentiments of the book, rather than some loose figures thrown in to add weight to the ideas outlined.

The final chapter ties the various ideas throughout the text into a solid conclusion which leaves the reader satisfied, but also with a real interest for futher reading. Luckily the author quotes various texts which the reader can investigate futher.

This book has a very wide potential appeal, only the title may put people off.
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