Saturday, August 22, 2009

Got Fight – Book #74

Title Got Fight: The 50 Zen Principles of
hand-to-face combat

Author Forrest Griffin
Genre Adult Nonfiction
Pages 188
Publisher William Morrow
Copyright 2009

Synopsis (from web-site)
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.

Why I read It
It looked interesting on the new book shelf at my library. I quickly flipped through it and the self depreciating humor was quite funny so I picked it up.

The Good
If you want an accurate picture of what MMA fighting is about AND the type of mentality required to be successful at it, then this is the book for you. It is also very funny as the author doesn’t take himself too seriously. His detailed diagram on how to fend off a dog attack is worth the read alone.

The Bad
Slightly profane and blunt as one would expect from someone who earns his living fighting.

The Ugly (my opinion)
A lot of what makes a successful fighter is also true on what would make you successful at most things in life. This book beneath all the bravado is full of useful advice and is a funny read. And at 188 pages it isn’t a big commitment if you disagree.

The Truth? (other reviews)
Total MMA
Five Knuckles
MMA Opinion

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Forrest Griffin (born July 1, 1979 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American mixed martial artist and author currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Griffin is currently ranked as the #5 light heavyweight fighter in the world by Sherdog, and #5 by MMAWeekly.

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