Thank God for books! And yet thank God that the great realm of truth lies yet outside of books, too vast to be mastered by types or imprisoned in libraries. HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs From Plymouth Pulpit (1887)

I’m not sure when it started, but at some point I’ve grown to love books. Hopefully not as a bibliophile, one who loves books for collection and admiration, but as a bookworm, a person devoted to reading or studying.

The adult relation to books is one of absorbing rather than being absorbed. ANTHONY BURGESS, “The Book is Not For Reading,” The New York Times Book Review, Dec. 4, 1966.

I’ve always admired my best friend John McCarthy, he’s one to never be absorbed by reading. Specifically I recall him telling me on one occasion that he never reads fiction. By contrast when I left Stanford and 600+ pages of textbook reading a week (I did well but never truly “kept up” on all of the reading assignments)  I swore an oath to read novels only for the next year. Honestly, not a very productive year.

Here’s John at his gym with Cameron, right and A.J. left. Just after he opened in 2006. 

John is particularly fond of reading Biography’s. To confirm testimony for today’s post title, John recently published his auto-biography, Let’s Get it On: The Making of MMA and Its Ultimate Referee written with author and sports writer, Loretta Hunt. 

John has enjoyed marked success through hard work. While completing his career with LAPD, John was instrumental if not completely responsible, for the survival of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in it’s early days. MMA has completely changed how the world practices “martial arts,” and unarmed self defense. These changes have provided our armed forces, police and others’ tasked with protection and service, marked improvement in close quarter combat systems which can keep them safer in their chosen profession(s).  Not too shabby.

For those of you local to Southern California, John has retired from the LAPD and owns and operates his own MMA/Fitness/Athletic Development Gym in Valencia, CA Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy (BJMUTA)A great place to train.

So read on! Absorb, don’t be absorbed and enjoy the journey toward peak performance. Have a great day, Joe H