The complete title of this book is “Got Fight? – The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat”. The author is Forrest Griffin (with Erich Krauss). It was published in 2009.
This is a book about fighting and Mixed Martial Arts, but it’s fun and interesting. Because Forrest Griffin is fun and interesting.
Just so you know, Forrest Griffin is one of the top-ranked light-heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world.
There are a few testimonials on the back cover. The last one is the best one:
- “Forrest Griffin has written a masterpiece. Not since Hemingway has an author stimulated and tantalized the readers’ senses through such delicate and colorful prose. This book is destined to become one of the greats, an international bestseller for centuries to come. We should all remove our hats and bow to the genius of this thought-provoking work. Bravo, Griffin. Bravo.”
That testimonial was written by Forrest Griffin.
The book is dedicated to 13 entities, first of which is “To my stepfather, Clifford Abramson, for teaching me how to be a man.” It was his stepfather who told Forrest: “Beer is an acquired taste, so you might as well acquire a taste for cheap beer.”
As I said, the title of this book is “Got Fight?”, but Forrest came up with a few alternate titles on his own:
- Who Moved My Nose?
- Fist Meets Face
- Death Is a Journey and My Bags Are Packed – The Forrest Griffin Story
- Punch Drunk
- Face Full of Scars
- A Few Scars More (for the sequel)
Mr. Griffin discussed the importance, to a fighter, of getting the right manager: “By nature, managers tend to be sleazy people. A good manager is still sleazy, he just isn’t sleazy to you.”
Mr. Griffin went to college, and I believe he actually graduated. He was also a police officer at one time.
Forrest has a theory about the difference between those who call themselves “Martial Artists” and those who call themselves “fighters”. His theory is right on the money, although, as he himself points out, it is not universally applicable.
On the subject of cheating, Forrest opines: “I would rather be known as a cheater than a loser.”
Forrest discusses his relationship with fear: “…street fighting isn’t that big of a deal, so there is no reason to let your fear hinder you going out to the bars with your old lady. If you get whomped on, so what. A black eye will disappear and a broken nose can be mended. Fear is a good thing because it keeps you alive, but if it becomes so great that it hinders you from doing what you want, you need to confront it head-on.”
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “Right then I realized that I had been a nice guy, and nice guys have no business being in the ring.”
- “Most intelligent stockbrokers will tell us that the past is not a good indicator of the future, but it’s the best indicator we’ve got.”
- “If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.”
- “Everywhere you go, you have to tell them that they have the prettiest women on the planet.”
- “If you decide to fight, do so hard and fast and without mercy.”
As I said at the beginning, this book was fun and interesting, and I enjoyed reading it. Forrest Griffin has a great sense of humor (or maybe he’s just taken too many head shots), and this is an entertaining book. I recommend it to anyone, not just fighters and wannabe fighters.