Win or Learn

MMA, Conor McGregor and Me: A Trainer's Journey

Author: John Kavanagh

Publisher: Penguin UK


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Growing up in Dublin, John Kavanagh was a skinny kid who was frequently bullied. After suffering a bad beating when he intervened to help a woman who was being attacked, he decided he had to learn to defend himself. Before long, he was training fighters in a tiny shed, and promoting the earliest mixed-martial arts events in Ireland. And then, a cocky young lad called Conor McGregor walked into his gym ... In Win or Learn, John Kavanagh tells his own remarkable life story - which is at the heart of the story of the extraordinary explosion of MMA in Ireland and globally. Kavanagh has become a guru to young men and women seeking to master the arts of combat. And as the trainer of the world's most charismatic male MMA star, he has become a magnet for talented fighters from all over the world. Kavanagh's portrait of Conor McGregor - who he has seen in his lowest moments, as well as in his greatest triumphs - is a revelation. What emerges from Win or Learn is a remarkable portrait of ambition, discipline, and persistence in the face of years and years of disappointment. It is a must read for every MMA fan - but also for anyone who wants to understand how to follow a dream and realize a vision.

Modern Sports around the World: History, Geography, and Sociology

Author: David Asa Schwartz

Publisher: ABC-CLIO


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 381

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Modern Sports around the World focuses on the history, geography, sociology, economics, and technological advancements of 50 sports played from India to Ireland. Sports have become an international spectacle that influences nations' foreign policy, world economies, and regional morale. Hundreds of billions of dollars are at stake as governments and multinational corporations rush to make sure they have a place at the table. And yet, sports come from humble beginnings. We are fascinated by who can run the fastest, lift the most weight, jump the highest, swim the farthest, and act with the most precision. The history of sports is the history of the world. Modern Sports around the World examines 50 of the world's most popular sports. Each chapter features one sport and details that sport's origins, global migration, economic forces, media influences, political environment, pop-culture inspirations, scandalous moments, and key individuals. Sports history is a tapestry of sociological variables; Modern Sports around the World weaves them together to create a unique history book that explains not only where humanity has been, but where it might be going. Provides readers with a global historical understanding of 50 of the world's most popular sports Demonstrates the many ways sports touch all of our lives, whether through economics, pop culture and entertainment, or politics Explains the ways people of the world are connected through sports, bridging economic class and geographic location Shows how sports mirror, and sometimes instigate, social progress, including the advancement of gender, race, class, and cultural issues Gives examples of ways athletes inspire people through exceptional individual and group achievements

Becoming Your Version of an Athlete

Creating an Individual Approach to Training

Author: Jamie Geraghty

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 245

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Sport is one of life’s greatest forms of expression—the opportunity to showcase your creativity, your artistry, the individual within. As coaches, why do we so often place athletes all in the same box? Or in a fitness setting, why is every person given the same ‘beginner’ programme over and over? Much like placing a bird in a cage, if we never truly understand the individual, they will never know their wings are supposed to be used to fly. In this book, we look at how we can create an individual approach when working with athletes. Understanding their physical characteristics, emotional reactions and cognitive responses to training are key aspects of coaching. This book will help you unlock the door to a person’s individual potential. This book looks at how we create a structure to suit the individual, not forcing an individual into our structure. It is a vital concept to look at and understand no matter what your sporting background is. Whether you are a coach or an athlete, there are concepts here that will help you improve your understanding towards taking an individual approach and how you can improve the people you work with, build better relationships and create systems to suit them. Jamie Geraghty has written this book, Ireland’s first representative in the WSWCF Calisthenics World Cup Super-Final, and he has developed the largest Calisthenics Club in the country. He has created the first Athlete Development Pathway for the sport, and his courses and programmes have been implemented in clubs and schools across the country.

The Family Game

What Sport and Psychology Teach Us About Parenting

Author: Dr Paul Gaffney

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

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What Sport and Psychology Teach Us About Parenting ‘It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature.’ Andre Agassi Dr. Paul Gaffney has used his experience of working as a clinical and counselling psychologist with children, adults and families experiencing a wide range of problems, and with athletes and coaches striving for excellence, to write this book which will outline practical strategies for living better lives together. The book takes its lead from the stories of inspirational sportspeople and teams. These are supported by, and linked to, psychological knowledge and practice. Sport can reflect all that is good and bad in people. We have seen fabulous success achieved following great dedication, world class performances reflecting incredible skill and a win at all costs attitude leading to, in some cases, cheating and doping. In sport as in life, we can experience the entire rollercoaster of emotions: elation, heartbreak, exhaustion, vindication, hopefulness or helplessness. This book aims to help parents and families face up to and deal with 20 difficult questions, and provide clear advice, direction and resources. It will show you practical things you can try and idea for further reading and information to help you and your family.