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Way of the Fight

By: Georges St. Pierre
Narrated by: Eric Stone
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Publisher's Summary

There’s more to winning battles than fists and feet

For world-renowned professional fighter Georges St-Pierre, the greatest asset is not physical strength or athleticism - it’s a sense of purpose. From his beginnings as a small, mercilessly bullied child first discovering karate to his years as a struggling garbage collector who spent all his free time in the gym, his hard-fought rise in the sport of mixed martial arts, and his long, painful recovery from a career-threatening injury, Georges never lost sight of his ambition to become the greatest martial artist of all time. In The Way of the Fight, Georges for the first time reveals what propelled him not only to become a champion but to embrace obstacles as opportunities to build character.

Georges’ story is interwoven with fascinating insights from those who know him best: his mother, who tells of his drive to master new skills, even as a child. His mentor Kristof Midoux, who describes a young fighter with an extraordinary sense of discipline. His Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu teacher John Danaher, who witnessed the development of an indomitable work ethic. His coach Firas Zahabi, who worked alongside the champion through a potentially career-ending injury. And his longtime friend, training partner and manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, who may understand this intensely focused athlete more than anyone.

The Way of the Fight is an inspirational look into the mindset of a master. To Georges, all life is competition, and there’s no more perfect metaphor for competition than the life of a fighter. He explains the value of discipline, risk and even fear, with the wisdom of one who knows that nothing is assured - his next fight could always be his last. Drawing inspiration from fighting legends, Eastern philosophy and a trusted inner circle, The Way of the Fight is a powerful, life-changing guide to living with purpose and finding the way to accomplish your loftiest goals.

©2013 Georges St-Pierre (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great! Great Book

This book is outstanding a lot of ways particularly in how it dispenses with advice. George is a very intelligent athlete and a class act all around. The story of his life is very interesting. What I found particularly useful was the talks he gave about fear and anxiety. The only shortcoming of this book I can point to is the abysmal narration. Many a great book on audible has been ruined by a subpar narrator and this book almost fell into that category. However. I think the book is well worth your time to listen to and I think you'll enjoy greatly.

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Filled with cliches and abrupt interruptions

Each chapter interrupted by a third person over and over. Too many cliches for my taste too. I feel like the book doesn't have much depth. You probably should have interest in fighting beforehand otherwise the long winded descriptions of his career will be dull. The third person interruptions are demoralizing. You want George to continue on a train of thought and just when it's getting good his trainer or mother cuts him off with some unrelated information.

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A must listen for MMA fighters and avid fans

We learn a lot about how he trains, what his strategies and tactics are, what his philosophy on fighting (and life) is. George comes across as intelligent and thoughtful. It's hard not to root for him. The problem, for me, is I wanted to learn more about George. He doesn't offer much beyond the fact that he was bullied as a kid, has supportive parents, and has a good group of people around him.

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GSP on how to be a winner!

Would you listen to Way of the Fight again? Why?

I would listen to parts of the book. Martial Artist will be able to relate to many of the story and incites addressed in this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

GSP and his 2 fight coaches.

What about Eric Stone’s performance did you like?

Yes the narration reminded me of GSP and his french accent. So the story sounded like it GSP himself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Towards the end he talked about over-training. Many martial artist and athletes will be able to identify with this section and the final epilogue was very good.

Any additional comments?

Good book and a good read.

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Very good

I was surprised this was a very good book I didn't expect it to be as good as it turned out to be

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Inspirational

Inspirational , full of tips for fighting life and for life in general . GSP one of the best to do it

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5 out of 5 no doubt

if you want to have an insight of how the brain of an elite sports performer works this is the book of choice.

a very inspiring and worthy audiobook if you like mma and sport psychology. GSP is a legend and is quite interesting to hear him and his team stories and thoughts

the only one thing i dislike about the audio was the tone and pace of the narrator, at first it was a little bit odd but get used to quickly and despite that i really enjoy the book .

greetings from Argentina!! hope this review motivates more people to get this book because really worth it.

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Beautiful

Man as a fighter this is one of the best books I’ve ever heard. Good

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Very good!

Even if you aren't into MMA. this is an awesome book. Maybe you're another kind of athlete, a business leader, an aspiring author or entrepreneur, this book does more than just talk about fighting. It talks about a mindset and more powerful mentality to live your life by. I definitely recommend!

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No real substance.

The book feels like a long advertisement of how great George is. It is packed with interviews from his trainers and others singing his praises. I have always been a fan of George but this book lacks depth.

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  • Sambini
  • 09-04-22

Disappointed

As ab MMA history lover, and someone who has studied martial arts and been actively competitive, having read most martial arts books out there and as a fan of GSP I was expecting a decent biography and this started off with so much potential but faded very quickly into watered down philosophy of which there are literally thousands of books that do it better. It was mostly drivel which is sad. Chuck Lidell's, Rickson Gracies, Frank Shamrocks- all much better. Even Matt Hugh's was better than this, and he's a total dickhead.

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  • Gary Gunn - Social Attraction Founder
  • 03-10-22

Great book for life lessons

Loads of great ways you can use to improve your life. Read this book!

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  • LaYarantella
  • 11-10-21

Sorry George, but this is awful

I've just come from Michael Bisping's book Quitters Never Win which is well written and exciting. By contrast, this is clunky, introspective and repetitive. It needs the attention of a good editor. I love GSP but not his book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-27-21

Excellent insight in to MMA

An interesting listen, where philosophy and martial arts are combined with a narrative of GSPs life.

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  • Jw
  • 11-18-20

Interesting read. But could be better.

Interesting if you know mma. Language barrier does not translate well. Narrator doesnt know mma and like most of these types of books that is a prerequisite. Numerous reading errors.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-20

Inside the mind of a champion

A true athlete a warrior and martial artist. GSP knows how to use the mind which 80% of fighter don’t do. Studies have proven this improves performance significantly. This make GSP a conscious competent and probably TBE

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  • Gordon Lawtie
  • 07-15-20

boring

pretty boring and poor narrator, but I like GSP so I won't hold a grudge.

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  • Phillip
  • 11-20-19

Brilliant all the way

Such an inspirational book, with many practical examples, I recommend it for anyone that loves doing sports, beautifully narrated by Eric Stone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-19

Essential for fighters

Such an amazing insight into the mentality of a champion. this book is very insightfull.

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  • Samuel Crocker
  • 01-12-22

Bad read

I couldn’t get past the voice reading, do not recommend. was looking forward to it as well!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

great if you like to think deeply.

its great if you like philosophy, but if you just want the story bispings book is better.

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  • 03-21-20

repetitive

repetitive & self serving, obscures the few simple.messages in the book. great fighter and good messages just too repetitive for me

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  • Jason
  • 01-24-20

Gap!!!!

Following and being a massive fan of Gsp I can whole hearterly say this book was awesome. a great insight on how Gsp lives his life and what drives him

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  • 11-02-19

GSP Philosophical Approach to Fight

George experiences and discusses alot of what Bruce Lee experienced and discussed before him. GOAT