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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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  • Jw
  • 18-11-20

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

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Fantastic book, incredibly inspiring and full of great insights

Really great book, Georges philosophy on life and training is fascinating and I couldn’t recommend this book enough. I took notes from start to finish because it was so interesting and relevant.

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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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Essential for fighters

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

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  • Berserk
  • 03-05-13

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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  • Paul Repko
  • 29-07-17

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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  • Jay Quintana
  • 22-04-16

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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  • Marv
  • 07-03-16

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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  • David A. Johnson
  • 04-11-20

Recommended Buy! Insights into a champion

This book outlines the philosophy, strategy, vision and motivation of a world class professional athlete. You will enjoy it if you want to hear how to win in sports and life. You will have greater insights if you’ve ever wrestled, boxed, or competed in the martial arts such as Judo, Karate, Brazilian JuJitsu. If not, the book will resonate with competitive athletes trying to reach the peak of their ability. I chose the book because of all the MMA athletes, I respect Georges the most. He’s humble, is an expert in multiple disciplines, and really understands the mindset of martial arts (I’m a wrestler and black belt in Judo, so I have insights into this). Beyond hearing his personal story, I loved how he shared his honest feelings of fear, what he thinks about when he’s out of the octagon and what he thinks when he’s fighting. He sets the bar high for any other MMA athlete to follow. Georges, if you read this, thank you for sharing your thoughts and visions. I respect you and am sure you will impact the sport for generations to come!

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  • Ellie Rojas
  • 07-10-20

Phenomenal

I really enjoyed listening to George’s book “Way of the Fight”. I gained a lot of knowledge with training, and life. He is so humble and inspiring I will carry his ways to mine. Love Ellie

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  • s
  • 23-09-20

Authentic GSP. Enjoyed Listening.

After listening you gain so much more respect for this man. There are many lessons here for adults and kids alike. I’d buy it again.

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  • Jerrica Meeks
  • 27-07-20

GSP

Always a thrill to learn more about my long time hero. Excellent delivery, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Bob Mulhall
  • 07-06-20

What A Great Role Model For Kids To Get Behind

George St. Pierre is the epitome of how a martial artist should conduct his life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-20

Well done George

This book was not only a perfect fit for anyone struggling with motivation, anxiety, or most specifically “fear” as a negative source within your life. George’s words are astonishingly poetic and he truly welcomes you into his worldview both physical and philosophically. Stone did a phenomenal job narrating and I could not have enjoyed this book more!