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Fistfight Volume 1: The CKY3 Fight: Explained

The story behind the story…

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Mike Vallely is a legend of skateboarding, a musician, and an actor. Daniele Bolelli is a university professor, a writer and the host of the Drunken Taoist Podcast. Despite the differences in their backgrounds, they teamed up here because they both approach life with reckless passion and to tell a story grounded in just that — High voltage passion.

On the surface, the story written here revolves around the infamous fight that turned Mike into the star of one of the very first viral videos. Ever since that day, Mike has been asked about what really happened in the fight, why it took place, etc. And for the first time, all those questions are answered here. But this is little more than an excuse for a much deeper tale — A tale of willpower breaking down all the doors that were being slammed shut in Mike’s face, of triumph over what doctors considered a career-ending injury, and of unyielding commitment to live life on one’s terms despite what everyone else is telling you. Ultimately, it is precisely the kind of tale that Nietzsche referred to when he wrote, “Of all that is written, I only love what a person has written with his blood.”

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In 2011 I discovered On The Warrior’s Path by Daniele Bolelli — quite accidentally in a bookstore. I saw the title, picked it up, skimmed one paragraph and decided it was a must-buy. I had been on a heavy book reading streak at the time and his book just found me somehow. I sat down with it and I couldn’t put it down. When I reached the end of the book, I saw that there was an email address for the author. I had never considered emailing an author before but his book had struck such a chord with me that I decided to fire off a simple note thanking him and telling him how much I had enjoyed his book. A few minutes later he emailed me back. It turns out we lived in the same town. We made plans to connect and soon became good friends. Crazy.

Working on Fistfight: Volume 1 with Daniele has been a great joy. His storytelling, humor, intelligence and insight bring depth to a subject matter and incident that on the surface of things may seem moronic and shallow. And not only does Bolelli shine a light below the surface of the incident itself, he digs much deeper into my life and times, and reveals a a tale of true willpower, triumph over great obstacles and an unyielding commitment to live life on one’s own terms. My kind of story.

— Mike V

w/ Daniele

About Daniele Bolelli:

Daniele Bolelli is a writer, martial artist, university professor and podcaster. He was born in Italy and currently lives in Los Angeles.

@dbolleli on Twitter

Editorial Reviews for On The Warrior’s Path:

“Bolelli’s humorous and at the same time profound prose makes On the Warrior’s Path one of those very rare books about martial arts that is masterfully written … this is one of the most original books about martial arts published in the last decade.”
—Journal of Asian Martial Arts

“Daniele Bolelli has written both a poetic and pragmatic vision of what the martial arts can be.”
—Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D., author of In Search of the Warrior Spirit


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