BONUS Episode 3 - Joel Gerson About Fighting and Philosophy

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  • Rumina Sato, god of grappling
  • Daniele's shady quasi-legal deals in the Japanese enclave on Sawtelle
  • Had texting existed back then, Joel's life would have turned out different
  • "I was trying to convince myself that I could win, and I knew that I was bullshitting myself"
  • Joel's university professor father "My son is a bruiser"
  • "Anybody can learn how to give a beating, it's learning how to take a beating that is the tricky part"
  • The appeal of combat sports
  • Being honest with oneself is the antidote to ending up like Ted Haggard
  • Dogma and ideologies
  • The fear of facing the universe without certainties
  • Ideology is a disease
  • Lessening the hold of fear
  • Inspiration as fuel for heroism
  • The quest for self-perfection is something that any human being who is not an ass should be on
  • Sakuraba epic 2000 Grand Prix
  • MMA work ethic
  • Carlos Newton
  • The joys of the internet