Fighting in its ssence and the philosophies behind it to find out what it really means at the nd of the day Being someone with a history of combat sports there were parts that I could definitely relate to However there were others that really made you think about it What does it mean to get there were others that really made you think about it What does it mean to get a ring with someone where their goal is to inflict damage on you Unlike wrestling judoetc this is a fight where ven so than not your life and will are both on the line I d definitely recommend it to martial artists as I think they d really be able to consider the information from a personal perspective I m not particularly a fan of MMA nor boxing although I was a fan of WWF like a bunch of other kids Hulk Hogan The Ultimate Warrior Macho Man The Pocket Wife eraBruce Lee wasn t my hero when I was growing up like Christian Slater type from Pump Up the Volume 1990 Also I should have watched Reality Bites when it came out in 1995 the 90s I have never considered being a fighter or practicing martial art until I started my strength training 2 years ago I get used to training my bodyxercising activities and believing that ough body and mind are the sameThe author Josh Rosenblatt confessed that he had been a literature dilettante until he hit 33 years maybe a symbolic age which once you passed that age without a magnum opus without dying suicide orand drug addiction preferred it s very clear that you re not a genius so you had better living forever then started a martial art Krav Maga The book is about his personal journey and finished after his first MMA fightThe great thing about this book He is a writer and fighter so he writes with his Personal Experience So Things experience so things real Josh Rosenblatt s Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring is one of the better fight books I ve come across Rosenblatt decided he wanted to fight at age 33 He had a lot of past he wanted to work through and his present of living the good life was far from fulfilling He spent seven years preparing for his debut bout studying various forms and deciding it was mixed martial arts that would test him in the way he wanted He was looking for maximum brutality He got his first and only fight at age 40Rosenblatt s writing strategy is also a maximum The Color of Our Sky effort He tells us about himself his motivations and psychology gives us a history of martial arts and anecdotes galore His wide open account of the terror of the ring is beautifully written There s a heavy dose of barroom philosophizing about humanity manhood and transcendence through physical violence but only a few pages where the prose goes too purple and I skipped those without missing a beat of narrativeFascinating from a fight perspective is his respect for the sweet science He writes beautifully about his coach his training and his sparring practice It turns out that it s boxing that wins his first match for him and he waxes poetic about the beauty of the jab and thextreme fficiency of the jab. Cked physical activity that didn't involve nudity But deep down inside there was always some part of him that was attracted to the idea of fighting So after studying Muay Thai Krav Maga Brazilian jiu jitsu and boxing he decided at age forty that it was finally time to fight his first and only mixed martial arts match all in the name of xperience and transcending ancient fearsAn insightful and moving rumination on the nature of fighting Why We Fight takes us on his journey from the bleachers to the ring Using his own training as an opportunity to understand how the sport illuminates basic human impulses Rosenblatt weaves together cul. .
The book was an ok readA man of 40 prepares for his first MMA fight Has great references to other fights and glimpses at history and wisdom of oldBut the writer wallows in his own self doubt pity and loathing just too much and waffles uite a bit Especially in chapter 7But Obsession entertaining and still worth a readJust my humble opinion Very good just not what I wasxpecting This is primarily a memoir of the author s training for and ventually fighting in a sanctioned MMA match with a lot of philosophical of the author s training for and ventually fighting in a sanctioned MMA match with a lot of philosophical and history of all kinds of fighting including a lot of boxing thrown in I went in thinking it was going to be of a historical view of boxing great fighters books about the sport portrayal in culture tc Good for what it is and very ntertaining just didn t blow me away A memoir of an out of shape writer training for and fighting an MMA matchThis wasn t a bad book nor was it poorly written There s a lot interesting things in here about history psychology and physiology It was just that the author got a little to overdramatic with his descriptions and musings It became a little bit too self abusive if you know what i mean Listening to this book I couldn t help roll my yes several times Regardless if you re into fighting and memoirs check it out An xcellent book I ve been taking and teaching various martial arts for over 30 years and I ve often reflected on what you learn about yourself when you face someone All Roads Lead Home else in combatven sporting combat Rosenblatt voc Navel gazing at its finest Josh Rosenblatt follows somewhat of a cliche line of thinking and after years of drinking promiscuity and general slothfulness decides to dive into the world of fighting He goes through roughly a year of reflection and training along with all the challenges along the way taking detours into history and the philosophy of fightingIt s a pretty simple and familiar formula But it works for what it is I got into martial arts for much the same reasons with much the same go and high xpectations of myselfAt the nd of the book it s clear that this is a great big pro fighting pamphlet It says modern life is full of confusion lack of activity weak and impersonal goals and a surprising dearth of knowledge about oneself Maybe try getting punched in the face And punching someone lse in the face Maybe get choked or slammed or have your joints twisted You might feel better for itAnd you know what He s rightSimple uick fun read 37 That s what I d rate this book So why do we fight Even after reading the book I m not certain But the author a writer turned martial arts decides to find out by signing up for a single official MMA fight in the cage This book follows his journey of what The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis ensues beforehand He attempts to find meaning in what it means to go on a path of self destruction tongage in one of the most archaic behaviors that still continues to xist in our modern society The book is a marriage between the brutal simplicity of. Finally we can talk about Fight Clubor A physical and philosophical mediation on why we are drawn to fight ach other for sport what happens to our bodies and brains when we do and what it all meansAnyone with guts or madness in him can get hit by someone who knows how; it takes a different kind of madness a persistent kind to stick around long nough to be one of the people who does the knowingJosh Rosenblatt was thirty three years old when he first realized he wanted to fight A lifelong pacifist with a philosopher's hatred of violence and a dandy's aversion to xercise he drank to xcess smoked passionately ate indifferently and mo.
SUMMARY Why We FightJab cross combination It s all here desire and motivation training self doubt build up fight and victory followed by let down depression and back to the gym Rosenblatt nds the book wondering whether he s going to retire after one fight or fight onThis is a good read for fight fans I don t know about civilians Dear Josh Rosenblatt How are you doing under COVID Fauci Basically Said We Will basically said we will fight again ha Warning This is the clich fan letter I picked up your book during the lockdown just to maintain me throughout the drought This is before UFC 249 got cancelled ven before Khabib pulled off So there were still things to look forward to Getting fatter by the day I took up running again and this was my time to listen to Why We Fight It is a good combo Gets me going The mind wonders off and let uncontrolled it goes to weird places in these solitary will testing activities It was a treat to wonder off this time with someone lse s streams of consciousness Familiar in many ways in some a bit troubled than my own in relation to violence for instance nicely developed and often funny streams Thank you for sharing the unflattering bits And then on Friday they called me Here is the clich I wanted to like this book I love MMA I consume as much as I can through as many mediums as possible This book was not a tasty consumption First off the title reads weird Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring Usually we is two or people and one man is one man So I thought that to be a little of Plus it was his journey and his meaning inside the ring And many people fight fir many different reasons It should ve been titled Why I Fight Secondly he seems to have major problems with the church Which is fine A lot of people do and I understand But it comes through in his writing way too much He ven takes needless digs at it on pg 77 Not only that but he grossly misinterprets Scripture to for what he needs to make his point on pg 156 What he is uoting has nothing to do with the point he is trying to make It was a lazy way to try to get his point across Another thing is that I m pretty sure he may be an alcoholic He has a whole chapter on the struggles to give up on alcohol You are 40 Aren t you a little old to still be getting drunk But that isn t ven it Throughout the whole book he mentions his love of alcohol going out to get drunk the hardships he has with giving up Over and over again But he barely mentions his wife at
all and what a struggle there relationship must be and the hardship ofand what a struggle there relationship must be and the hardship of sacrifice of his time to train on what he says will be a one off right That isn t ven mentioned really So it made it seem as if alcohol was the worst thing in the world he had to give up instead of the many other things that should ve been way important The only other criticisms I have we that he book is way over philosophized and the almost whole page of a run on sentence on things he hates A while page One sentence. Tural history criticism biology and anthropology to understand what happens to the human body and mind when under attack and to xplore why he a self described cowardly boy from the suburbs discovered so much meaning in putting his body and others' at riskFrom the psychology of fear to the physiology of pain from Ukrainian shtetls to Brooklyn boxing gyms from Lord Byron to George Plimpton Why We Fight is a fierce inuiry into the abiding appeal of our most conflicted and controversial fixation interwoven with a firsthand account of what happens when a mild mannered intellectual decides to step into the ring for his first real showdown.