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One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

Amid what's an engrossing dissection of the Gracie clan's history and hubris, containing lots of remarkable trivia (did you know the family can trace itself to the New York mayor's official residence?), this choice insight into the minds of elite MMA athletes: "The experience of raw, knee-trembling, paralyzing fear is not what separates great champions from average competitors. Rather, what distinguishes the best fighters is the ability to recognize the exact size and texture of every grain of fear and feel it fully and discretely, while also functioning physically at an elite level. Because fighters are obliged to live with a maximal amount of crippling fear to gain an advantage over their opponents, they rarely seem heroic in the lead-up to a fight." #link