John Kavanagh, who runs Straight Blast Gym Ireland, is one of the world's leading mixed martial arts coaches. His stable of fighters includes the UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Win or Learn: MMA, Conor McGregor and Me: A Trainer's Journeyby John Kavanagh
Conor McGregor's trainer tells the amazing story of his long road to success in the world's fastest-growing sport Growing up in Dublin, John Kavanagh was a skinny lad who was frequently bullied. As a young man, 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 kid 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. Employing the motto 'win or learn', 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 champion, his gym 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. 'For anyone interested in following their dream to the end of the line' Tony Parsons 'It kept me up well past my bedtime' Sean O'Rourke, RTE Radio One 'Remarkable' Irish Times 'Kavanagh is open and honest about his upbringing ... The journey hasn't been easy, but Kavanagh's inbuilt determination has carried him all the way' Irish Examiner
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As a practitioner of martial arts for over half my life, this is an extremely inspiring read. I never thought id read a book willingly. But i can say this is well worth it. It has done everything from bring a tear to my eye, to motivate me to succeed at my sport. Big thanks to John for writing this and sharing.
I'll admit I am a bit bias as i am a McGregor/Kavanagh fan boy, however, this book gives a vivid look inside what takes to be a world champion. The raw detail that Coach John gives is something you feel while reading. I am by no means a reader but this book had me captive from start to finish. Many times I would find myself at 2 or 3 in the morning still reading not wanting to put it down. If you are looking for an inspirational read, looking to learn a great deal about the sport of MMA and it's biggest star, all the while learning about a man who will rest at nothing to achieve his dream then this is the book for you. I can't wait to read it again.