Beyond The Fights: Books About MMA

July 21, 2012 · Posted in Sports · Comment 

These days, mixed martial arts is all over television, but if you can’t seem to get enough of the sport simply by watching bouts, there are plenty of well-written books to consider. Some will help you improve your own skills, and others delve into the history of this popular sport.

An MMA library would hardly be complete without at least a few books about Brazilian jiu-jitsu and its founding family, the Gracies. For a comprehensive, if somewhat idyllic, history of the family, Kid Peligro’s volume “The Gracie Way: An Illustrated History of the World’s Greatest Martial Arts Family,” is a must read. Another great choice would be “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique,” written by Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie and John Danaher.

Fighter B.J. Penn has written several excellent MMA books, but “Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge,” is probably one of his best and a great primer for anyone looking to really improve their MMA game plan. Penn’s philosophy incorporates the idea that you should create a strategy that is based around your strengths but be able to incorporate a fluid mix of striking, submissions and takedowns. You also might consider reading Penn’s personal autobiography entitled, “Why I Fight.”

“Blood in the Cage,” is another idea, a look back at the early days of MMA and the career of Pat Miletich, the first UFC welterweight champion. Written by Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim, the book is a great book for those who are just beginning to become hooked on the sport, as it basically traces the history of the sport from the early 1990s onward.

UFC heavyweight champ and Hall of Famer Randy Couture has written several books, from “Xtreme Fighting: The Fighter’s Ultimate Fitness Manual,” to the autobiographical “Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage.” His autobiography works as a decent history of mixed martial arts in general, as well as the story of this famed fighter’s rise to the top.

If you truly want to delve into the philosophy side of mixed martial arts, consider reading up on Bruce Lee, who was truly one of the first to bring the idea of combining multiple fighting styles to the forefront. His book, “Tao of Jeet Kune Do,” is a legendary work and definitely worth a serious read.

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