The Fighter's Mind

Inside the Mental Game
Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Sports, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (608 ratings)

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In his acclaimed national best seller, A Fighter's Heart, Sam Sheridan took listeners with him as he stepped through the ropes into the dangerous world of professional fighting. From a muay Thai bout in Bangkok; to Rio, where he trained with jiu-jitsu royalty; to Iowa, where he matched up against the toughest in MMA, Sheridan threw himself into a quest to understand how and why we fight.

In The Fighter's Mind, Sheridan does for the brain what his first book did for the body. To uncover the secrets of mental strength and success, Sheridan interviewed dozens of the world's most fascinating and dangerous men, including celebrated trainers Freddie Roach and Greg Jackson; champion fighters Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and Marcelo Garcia; ultrarunner David Horton; legendary wrestler Dan Gable; and many more. What are their secrets? How do they stay committed through years of training, craft a game plan, and adjust to the realities of the ring? How do they project strength when weak and remain mentally tough despite incredible physical pain?

A fascinating book, bursting at the seams with incredible stories and insight, The Fighter's Mind answers these questions and many more.

From Atlas by Teddy Atlas and Peter Alson Copyright 2006 by Teddy Atlas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers.Excerpt from Blood in the Cage by L. Jon Wertheim. Copyright 2009 by L. Jon Wertheim. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.Excerpt from Cut Time: An Education at the Fights by Carlo Rotella. Copyright 2003 by Carlo Rotella. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Excerpts from Musashi’s Book of Five Rings copyright Stephen Kaufman. Reprinted by permission of Tuttle Publishing, a member of the Periplus Publishing Group. From Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel. Copyright 1953 by Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc. and renewed in 1981 by Random House, Inc. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc. From Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance by JeanWilliams. Copyright 2006. Published by the McGraw-Hill Companies and reproducedwith permission of the McGraw-Hill Companies.From The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin. Copyright 2007 by Josh Waitzkin LLC. All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of The Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. From Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki; protected under the terms ofthe International Copyright Union. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, MA. www.shambhala.com.Excerpt from Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings by Paul Theroux. Copyright 2000Paul Theroux. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcout Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc.
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A Magnificient Perspective

A definite read if you have ever wondered what "mental" toughness is. It was much more relatable than I expected, another great piece from Mr. Sheridan.

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highly entertaining and interesting

While the gems to write down are few and far between, the book caught me and never let me go. It was willing to leave questions unanswered because the greats disagree, so he did his best to show both perspectives as they are. Loved it.

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5 Stars for a reason!

Highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in fighting, military, or just trying to become mentally tougher. I'll probably listen to it again!

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fantastic insight into the world of fighting

absolutely loved this book. well read. highly recommend this for anyone interested in the mental side of sports.

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Great insights but far and in between, and...

The worst narration, in my opinion. The narrator tries so hard to balance grit and machismo of a fighter with some faux depth of a bad writer. I found his dramatic pace and intonation so off putting it actually made a massive dent in my enjoyment of this book. Otherwise, yeah, it's an interesting gritty read into the minds of fighters, but it also tries too hard to make a groundbreaking insight out of mundane observations (or maybe that was the narration again?)

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required reading

so many quotables I'll definitely read it again. I'm not even into fighting, i got this book just to learn mental toughness and got so much more out of it.

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Info is WAY better than the narrator

This book is great. Insightful. Meaningful. Poignant.

I had to regularly remind myself that Sam is a much better writer than the narrator was representing.

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All martial artist should read this.

Thiae is a GREAT book.
All martial arts enthusiast shpuld read this.
Great for coaches too

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Great book and performance. But it's very distracting when the narrator butchers the Gracie names.

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Solid Content

I really liked this book. The stories and concepts and thought processes shared by so many top combat sportsmen are great! My only complaint is the narrator mispronounced EVERY Brazilian's name.

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  • Adam Sergeant
  • 08-01-17

Not what I expected!

What would have made The Fighter's Mind better?

Analysis! I've given up at the half way point as this book is so poorly written. If I wanted the history of combat sports I would have purchased a book on that subject; it would have been better as well. I was expecting a look at the psychological aspects of fighting and how to use them to make myself better. I got none of that whatsoever!

Has The Fighter's Mind put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Did Nicholas Techosky do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

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You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's an easy listen - probably owing to lack of depth!

Any additional comments?

I would not recommend it. Save your money / credits.

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  • Kay London
  • 07-18-17

Interesting

Interesting listening and managed to get to the end but did not enjoy the journalistic narration.

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  • Robert
  • 01-28-20

very good

loved it, very interesting and easy to listen too. not just for fighters. not just

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Brilliant

A great insight, very informative and very motivating. Very easy to listen to and divided very well with different fighters of different backgrounds. About to start it again.

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  • Alexander
  • 07-19-19

Outstanding Insights

I'd been looking for a book to help understand the mental game of fighting and this certainly delivered. In fact, it's much broader than just fighting with examples from the world of chess and running.

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  • Madiha elhoummaidi
  • 06-17-19

loved it

as a fighter i needed this book , i fall in love with it, so much wisdom behind it , i believe it's a must read for everyone, we all fighting something!

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  • Mark Patchitt
  • 10-08-18

was hooked from the start

very interesting book with outlooks from a lot of different perspectives on fighters. would definatly recommend to anyone interested in combat sports or sports psychology

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  • Mr. J. D. Waterhouse
  • 10-05-18

my fav book of all time

pro fighter; love this book! some mispronounced names by reader. gifted it to 4 students

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  • Toby Robinson
  • 06-05-18

Great book

Good in depth knowledge to the world and life of a mixed martial artist. Opens your eyes on why some fighters are the way they are and do what they do. highly recommended, especially to fellow martial artists like myself who love and train in MMA and maybe even fought in MMA, it makes your live of our game even stronger

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  • DaveDude1975
  • 06-24-16

Good stuff

enjoyed this insight, clear and goes into varying detail. Will listen again at some point.

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  • Ant
  • 05-01-19

An excellent read

Whilst fight sport focussed this book is an excellent insight into the mental requirements for peak performance in sports and broader life. It ties together within a well told narrative the 'street smart' learnings of pinnacle level fighters with western and eastern documented philosophies on mental strength.