A Fighter's Heart : One Man's Journey Through the World of Fighting Paperback
by Sam Sheridan
After a series of adventurous jobs around the world, Sam Sheridan found himself in Australia, cash-rich and with time on his hands to spend it.
It occurred to him that he could finally explore a long-held obsession: fighting.
Within a year, he was in Bangkok training with Thailand's greatest kickboxing champion and stepping through the ropes for his first professional bout.
But one fight wasn't enough, and Sheridan set out to test himself on an epic journey into how and why we fight, facing Olympic boxers, Brazilian jiu-jitsu stars, and Ultimate Fighting champions.
A Fighter's Heart is a dizzying first-hand account of what it is like to reach the peak of finely disciplined personal aggression.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Illustrations, ports.
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/02/2009
- Category: Autobiography: sport
- ISBN: 9781843547334
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Review by civil
It's hard to describe that feeling... that feeling that drives you to try to prove something. Sam Sheridan does a good job in A Fighter's Heart. Reading as much like a travelogue as a "journey into the world of fighting", Sheridan takes his reader from Harvard to Thailand to Brazil and places in between detailing the local cultures, scenery, and the people in each location as well as he details any fights. I took some issue with the chapter on dogfighting. I know that it is woven into the fabric of fight culture in Brazil - from Filho's tattoos to Shogun's pet pits - it's there. Are there better ways to illustrate the concept of "gameness"? Quite likely - but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.