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[[ Read Kindle ]] Ø Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring ì Finally, we can talk about Fight Club or,A physical and philosophical mediation on why we are drawn to fight each other for sport, what happens to our bodies and brains when we do, and what it all meansAnyone with guts or madness in him can get hit by someone who knows how it takes a different kind of madness, a persistent kind, to stick around long enough to be one of the people who does the knowingJosh Rosenblatt was thirty three years old when he first realized he wanted to fight A lifelong pacifist with a philosopher s hatred of violence and a dandy s aversion to exercise, he drank to excess, smoked passionately, ate indifferently, and mocked physical activity that didn t involve nudity But deep down inside there was always some part of him that was attracted to the idea of fighting So, after studying Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and boxing, he decided, at age forty, that it was finally time to fight his first and only mixed martial arts match all in the name of experience and transcending ancient fearsAn insightful and moving rumination on the nature of fighting, Why We Fight takes us on his journey from the bleachers to the ring Using his own training as an opportunity to understand how the sport illuminates basic human impulses, Rosenblatt weaves together cultural history, criticism, biology, and anthropology to understand what happens to the human body and mind when under attack, and to explore why he, a self described cowardly boy from the suburbs, discovered so much meaning in putting his body, and others , at riskFrom the psychology of fear to the physiology of pain, from Ukrainian shtetls to Brooklyn boxing gyms, from Lord Byron to George Plimpton, Why We Fight is a fierce inquiry into the abiding appeal of our most conflicted and controversial fixation, interwoven with a firsthand account of what happens when a mild mannered intellectual decides to step into the ring for his first real showdown An excellent book I ve been taking and teaching various martial arts for over 30 years, and I ve often reflected that about what you learn about yourself when you face someone else is combat even sporting combat Rosenblatt vocalizes many of things I ve had floating around in my head for years, everything from the personal discoveries of training in martial arts to the feeling I had, as a Jew being a trained fighter in the post Charlottesville era Written with clarity and honesty, I think ev An excellent book I ve been taking and teaching various martial arts for over 30 years, and I ve often reflected that about what you learn about yourself when you face someone else is combat even sporting combat Rosenblatt vocalizes many of things I ve had floating around in my head for years, everything from the personal discoveries of training in martial arts to the feeling I had, as a Jew being a trained fighter in the post Charlottesville era Written with clarity and honesty, I think everyone who has ever fight trained will find echoes of their own thoughts Dear Josh Rosenblatt, How are you doing under COVID Fauci basically said we will never fight again, ha Warning This is the clich fan letter I picked up your book during the lockdown just to maintain me throughout the drought This is before UFC 249 got cancelled, even before Khabib pulled off So, there were still things to look forward to Getting fatter by the day, I took up running again and this was my time to listen to Why We Fight It is a good combo Gets me going The mind wonders o Dear Josh Rosenblatt, How are you doing under COVID Fauci basically said we will never fight again, ha Warning This is the clich fan letter I picked up your book during the lockdown just to maintain me throughout the drought This is before UFC 249 got cancelled, even before Khabib pulled off So, there were still things to look forward to Getting fatter by the day, I took up running again and this was my time to listen to Why We Fight It is a good combo Gets me going The mind wonders off and let uncontrolled it goes to weird places in these solitary, will testing activities It was a treat to wonder off, this time, with someone else s streams of consciousness Familiar in many ways in some a bittroubled than my own in relation to violence for instance , nicely developed and often funny streams Thank you for sharing the unflattering bits And then on Friday, they called me Here is the clich I wanted to like this book I love MMA I consume as much as I can through as many mediums as possible This book was not a tasty consumption First off, the title reads weird Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring Usually we is two orpeople and one man is one man So I thought that to be a little of Plus it was his journey and his meaning inside the ring And many people fight fir many different reasons It should ve been titled Why I Fight Secondly, he seems t I wanted to like this book I love MMA I consume as much as I can through as many mediums as possible This book was not a tasty consumption First off, the title reads weird Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring Usually we is two orpeople and one man is one man So I thought that to be a little of Plus it was his journey and his meaning inside the ring And many people fight fir many different reasons It should ve been titled Why I Fight Secondly, he seems to have major problems with the church Which is fine A lot of people do and I understand But it comes through in his writing way too much He even takes needless digs at it on pg 77 Not only that, but he grossly misinterprets Scripture to for what he needs to make his point on pg 156 What he is quoting has nothing to do with the point he is trying to make It was a lazy way to try to get his point across Another thing is that I m pretty sure he may be an alcoholic He has a whole chapter on the struggles to give up on alcohol You are 40 Aren t you a little old to still be getting drunk But that isn t even it Throughout the whole book, he mentions his love of alcohol, going out to get drunk, the hardships he has with giving up Over and over again But he barely mentions his wife at all and what a struggle there relationship must be and the hardship of the sacrifice of his time to train on what he says will be a one off right That isn t even mentioned really So it made it seem as if alcohol was the worst thing in the world he had to give up instead of the many other things that should ve been wayimportant The only other criticisms I have we that he book is way over philosophized and the almost whole page of a run on sentence on things he hates A while page One sentence Josh Rosenblatt s memoir, Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring, is an experimental blend of narrative sports writing and reflective, mid life male psychology wrapped up in a short, punchy package It is clear from the start that he values his writing farthan his fighting, and the journey which he relates is one of self exploration and testing the limits of his own abilities both body and psyche rather than a genuine foray into the fight game.Indeed, while Rosenbla Josh Rosenblatt s memoir, Why We Fight One Man s Search for Meaning Inside the Ring, is an experimental blend of narrative sports writing and reflective, mid life male psychology wrapped up in a short, punchy package It is clear from the start that he values his writing farthan his fighting, and the journey which he relates is one of self exploration and testing the limits of his own abilities both body and psyche rather than a genuine foray into the fight game.Indeed, while Rosenblatt s yarn of hitting and getting hit is authentic, his year long training regimen and one fight finale feels very much like it was constructed to be fodder for a story, like Gallico and Plimpton before him Ironically, the author s interstitial vignettes of the fascinating characters he encounters in the gym and even the awkwardly placed snippets of literary and fighting history tend to conveygravity and insight than the personal experiences and perspectives that he chronicles.This book is a personal journey, of course, and therefore it winds around and sometimes trips over Rosenblatt s crises of identity and mid life agency his struggles with alcoholism, his relationship with his deceased father, and his sharp feelings about religion and politics These reflections are the least deft of the work, and while they function as emotional antagonists to fuel his ordeal of training and discovery leading up to the fight, they ultimately fail to conjure any real empathy these are the reasons he fights read writes , not why we fight.It is here that the book does not quite deliver on what it promises on the cover Why We Fight is an autobiographical toe in the spit bucket of mixed martial arts by an intellectual well past his fighting prime It might be going too far to say that its targeted audience would not find much of value within, but much of the content features flamboyant literary references and poetic reflections upon existential concepts to which the standard 16 to 28 year old fighter could have difficulty relating Further, the only thing that happens in Rosenblatt s titular ring is some sparring in the months before his fight As the fighting style with which he chooses to engage is MMA and not boxing, the culmination of the story naturally takes place in a cage.It so happens that this reviewer shares some of the salient context of the author s yarn, and for this reason I was pleased to have read it In a similar fashion, I experimented with amateur boxing in my late twenties and trained both inside and out for two years leading up to my first official fight Along the way, I knew the experience was not a deep dive but a try out something to help me understand what others go through and to learnabout myself Perhaps also like the author, I stopped fighting shortly thereafter because I was old in boxing years and I needed my senses intact to follow the academic track on which I was already well along.Carrying forward with Rosenblatt s conveyance of why we fight, however, our experiences quickly diverge His narrative keeps coming back to struggles with addiction and the regrettable sacrifice of joy to get into fighting shape He focuses on the act of violence as a primary draw for motivating the combatant, and repeatedly references the need to harness the misery and boredom of training against one s eventual opponent Cultivating deprivation and abstinence into rage against another human being as the embodiment of everything one hates is the author s explicit motivation None of these things represent an iota of why I fought However violent this sport, the real combat that is recounted herein is clearly one within the protagonist s psyche.Josh Rosenblatt is a gifted writer with a real head on his shoulders, and ultimately I am glad he has chosen to preserve it rather than to subject his 40 year old body to a continued trajectory of blows and bruises May he live to write another day