I'd like to understand MMA on an intellectual level, but not actually be proficient at really doing it in the real world.
"Why?" you may ask. I'd like to write about fictional characters that use MMA, and I don't like making stuff up. I like realism.
"Got Fight?" by Forrest Griffin.
Also just search bullshido for the some of awesome stories posted by M.Tripp, Omega and Geezer.
lol this is one of my all time favourite books, but has absolutely nothing to do with actual MMA as a sport.
Originally Posted by Squerlli
read it to understand the philosophy but try an instructional if you want to understand the moves
"The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". - Cus D'Amato
Renzo's "Mastering JiuJitsu" will give you a solid grounding.
Ah nice, that reminds me his new book is out.
Originally Posted by MMAMickey
As a guy who writes about MMA, my advice is to take a class. You can learn all you want about it intellectually, but the stuff really worth writing about is the visceral experience. Until you learn what it feels like to have to fight through adversity while someone is physically dominating you in that setting, you won't be able to understand it well enough to express it.
Sure, there are other good writers who know this experience and have cool devices to walk you through the more visceral parts of MMA. But it's a very individual experience that differs slightly from person to person. Until you know it you'll only be regurgitating rather than adding something new.
Total MMA,by Jonathan Snowden is a very cool read.
It has even less to do with MMA!
Originally Posted by OiScout
It's a book about the early days of the UFC and MMA as a sport.
It got almost nothing about the techniques or strategies, but it's a REALLY interesting look at where the sport came from and some of the personalities that developed it.
Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
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