Paul Garrigan is not a typical fighter. As a child he dreamt of imitating his hero Bruce Lee, he even practiced Kung Fu for numerous years, but he never got past his fear of being hit in the face. By the time he reached his twenties the only fighting he was once doing involved a battle with alcoholism. Garrigan turned from a ten stone weakling in his teens to an overweight alcoholic in his thirties, but the desire to practice a martial art never left him. He ended up living in Thailand where the fiercest of all martial arts is practiced – Muay Thai. Eventually he managed to find his way out of addiction and despite the fact that he was once now in his forties he made up our minds to pursue his martial art dreams.
In this book we get to see what happens when a middle-aged ex-inebriated decides to be told the toughest fighting art on the earth. Garrigan wasn’t expecting it to be easy, but could never have anticipated how demanding the training was once going to be. It brought him to levels of physical and mental pain that he never guessed existed. A famous saying in martial arts is that the only person you are in reality fighting is the person you were the day past. This is the inspiring tale of how we will be able to all still achieve our dreams no matter how much we have messed up in life.