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Hardcover Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-To-Face Combat Book

ISBN: 0061721719

ISBN13: 9780061721717

Got Fight?: The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-To-Face Combat

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A New York Times Bestseller, Got Fight is an hysterical, entertaining, and in-your-face guide to fighting from the most enigmatic and unpredictable fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Forrest Griffin... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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"Got Fight?" makes for a fantastic read.

This is one of the wittiest and 'laugh out loud' funny books that I have ever read. While it may not be a "how-to" guide for MMA, it certainly provides useful information peppered in amongst hysterical stories and anecdotes. Griffin's self-deprecating humor and unique writing style make for an extremely entertaining read that will you have you laughing until your sides hurt. I would recommend "Got Fight?" not only to MMA fans, but to anyone who has a sense of humor.

Gotta Love Forrest

I must start my review by saying that I am a female. (My name could go either way...thus the clarification). I am a fan of MMA and the UFC. And Forrest Griffin is by far my favorite fighter. He always make me laugh, whether it be as a contestant on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, or as a coach in a later season opposite of Rampage Jackson, or in the ring when he gives what could be miscontrued as a spooning hug to another fighter after he taps him out (can't remember the other guy's name...but it may be because its not anyone with a name...). So obviously when I saw Forrest had a book out- of course I want to read it! Lay the monkey humor on down! I most enjoyed the preface from the publisher. I think that sums up Forrest beautifully. However, most will want to read on because his personality is all over this. Forrest talks about the psychology of a tough guy, and there are excerpts from people who know him who illustrate that, in fact, Forrest is what he preaches. Frankly, this book makes me think he's more insane than I imagined, but that fine. I'm not going to face him in the octogon! He also includes general tips for life, which can vary from hilarious to misogynistic. The last part of the book reviews some basic moves for MMA wannabes. I skimmed through this as I have no intention on ever using them (but, hey, who knows?). There are illustrated with pictures of Forrest and Neil for different submission techniques and fighting stances. And lastly, the concluding chapter includes Forrest's moves for fighting and defensive techniques that could be used out of the ring. My personal favorite is the Asian Dart. My last note on this book is that any point in the book that may have had me shaking my head from my feminist side was quickly brushed away by the sheer fact that I learned this: Forrest married a girl named he clearly has a good head on his shoulders! (Because all girls name Jamie/Jaime are very cool.)

Amazingly funny, not a "How-to" book, and if you make it through - the women might even like it

As one of the two women that Forrest expects to read his book, I've got to say that I loved it and found myself laughing at quite a few moments in the book. The stories Forrest presents are obnoxious, bawdy, and all around "Good ol' boy" humor, which makes up much of its charm. There's no polished language, no Rated-G scenarios - about as far the polar opposite of a "chick flick" as you can get; this is very much a book for the guys. That being said, even as a woman I found much of Forrest's humor transcends genders and will simply leave you laughing. While a few of the UFC Ultimate Fighter fans will probably be saddened to learn that this book is not a serious MMA tactics manual nor a year by year memoir, I believe that the wit and humor presented in "Got Fight" will more than make up for the lack of dry material you'd expect from many of the other MMA biographies. That's not to say that there are zero informational items - sprinkled through the book are several insights into what makes Forrest the intimidating presence in MMA that he is, along with a few step-by-step descriptions on how to perform moves like the rear-naked choke and various arm bars and kimura, however they should be considered an anecdotal part of the book and are usually presented with the ever-present Forrest brand of humor. Should you get it to read? Absolutely - this book was so addictive I read it all in a single sitting. Is it an MMA book? Only "sort of" - again, not a real instructional but a lot of ideas on the level of heart and commitment that goes into making a true MMA fighter. For kids? Probably not - there's a *lot* of gutter humor in this book; I would suggest keeping it to the 14-16+ crowd with this one. Oh, and for the record, I agree that "Who moved my nose?" would have been a better title.

I love Forrest Griffin even more, now that I've read his book...

Ok, I am a huge Forrest Griffin fan. This is the reason I chose his book. I've heard him do different interviews and I watched him on the Ultimate Fighter season that he won and the season that he coached. I've been following his career for some time now. With that being said, I love his book too! He uses bad language throughout the book, which I expect from him and it made the book even more enjoyable. That's just his personality. So, if you don't like the bad language, this book is NOT for you. In the beginning of the book, Forrest writes about a 13 year old child that s___ himself while bungee jumping at Dollywood. You, then assume that the child was him and that he has had to live with the teasing ever since. He really gained my respect by admitting something that hilarious and un-macho. Like others, I enjoyed the hilarious section about the "dog attack." The book should be taken with a grain of salt. He is a very sarcastic person and you have to remember that when reading it. He doesn't divulge any top secret fight moves. He did, however, write about how he studies his opponent's fight tapes and learns how to capitalize on their weaknesses and improve upon his own weaknesses, because they are studying his fight tapes as well, for the same reason. I'm sure this is a common thing among MMA fighters, but I had never really thought about it until reading it. I will definitely watch fights with a little more knowledge from now on. I feel like his book taught me a lot that I didn't know about MMA fighters. I love it and if you are a Forrest Griffin fan, I know you will too.
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