I'm so scared.
As the world's most popular UFC fighter, Georges "Rush" St. Pierre seemed untouchable--the best-conditioned and most well-rounded fighter in mixed martial arts, with thousands of fans following his every move in the ring and every insight on social media. He was the reigning welterweight champion of the world, with the record for consecutive title defenses- but when he was suddenly derailed by injury in 2011, it jeopardized not only his champion status and ability to defend his title, but his entire livelihood.
Forced to go back to the drawing board, GSP embarked on a careful regimen of physical therapy--as an athlete, it was an approach he knew well. But as he painfully repaired his body on the sidelines of his career, it became an ideal period for reflection on lessons he learned throughout his life: being a victim of bullying as a child, tortured by older schoolmates; immersing himself in martial arts study, becoming a black belt at age 12; working as a garbageman as he grew as a fighter and suffered early losses; and finally, his triumphs on the way to reaching the top of his profession. GSP discovered a simple truth: never stopping helps reach goals.
With startling honesty, GSP relates his story of a guy who got derailed, but is the better for it. As it turns out, it's not just being a mixed martial artist that makes him happy, but his physicality, his passion for learning and teaching, and his advocacy for bullied youths. By way of fighting, he's discovered how to succeed, and by way of injury, how to maintain perspective on that success--and in this book, highlights the lessons that brought him there.
An intimate, gritty look at a fighter's journey from victim of bullying to the top of the fighting profession, only to overcome the challenges of debilitating injury, told through inspiring biographical vignettes.
- Publication Date:
- 03 / 06 / 2013
- 230 x 153mm