Monday, August 22, 2011

Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat by Forrest Griffin

This is a fun read. Forrest is a complete goof and that shines through almost every page. My sense of humor has been dulled so it takes a certain sort of depravity to really tickle my funny-bone and Griffin's just the masochist to do it. I enjoyed a lot of the little stories and anecdotes peppered through including those from his close longtime friends, stuff like the type of women a younger Forrest would bring home, his disconcerting obsession with Good Will Hunting, fighting an MMA fan in a bar bathroom, etc. My biggest complaint with this book is it sort of has two identities and they don't always blend together well. Most of it is the aforementioned romp but then there's also parts that are instructional guides, especially the last portion, where you're getting (from what I can ascertain) pretty sound advice if you're starting an MMA career, everything from management and training, to specific fighting disciplines. It's just rattling going from crude humor to a detailed instruction manuel on passing someone's guard. Still, from the opening manhood test at the beginning of the book to instructions on how to survive a dog or sword attack at the end, this is a worthwhile read.

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