GSP Biograpy: The Way of the Fight
Georges St Pierre is one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. From 2007 to 2013, the UFC Welterweight Division was likely the most talented and toughest division in the entire promotion. And GSP sat as the undefeated champion.
The Way of the Fight comes out a year before his documentary Takedown: The DNA of GSP. Both auto-biography and documentary cover his childhood, his training, and his rise to greatness. They both also cover his devastating injury and gruelling path to recovery.
For fight fans and fighters, both The Way of the Fight and Takedown contain some treasures of how to become great. Lessons that are applicable not only to MMA but to almost everything.
The Way of the Fight gives readers comprehensive coverage of GSPs childhood. The bullying he experienced and how karate gave him confidence. It also goes into the beginnings of his fight career and how he sought out the best to train with in order to make himself the best. As a fight fan, the sections covering his battles with Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were the most captivating.
After reading the GSP biography and watching the documentary, I find myself realizing one truth consistent with all stories about greatness. It takes extreme dedication, practice, and repetition. GSP would learn striking combinations or grappling moves at the gym. Then he would spend the rest of the day, the rest of the week, the rest of the month drilling them. Repeating them late into the night in front of a mirror. He would imagine himself applying the move in different scenarios. Using the move in combination with others he learned.
This detailed and specific dedication is what paved the foundation for his achievements in the cage. It taught me that to be good at something, you need to work at it. Don’t give up and change streams if it starts getting tough. Those who have been practicing it since childhood, under the guidance of parents likely become great earlier and will continue to perform at a high level. Whether it is sports, negotiation, or writing. These are all skills that can be developed and the earlier you start the better. The more times you do it the better.
A good and meaningful read, not only for GSP fans, but for MMA fans as well.