Pain Don’t Hurt is the no-holds-barred memoir from the single expert fighter in heritage to come to the hoop after open-heart surgical procedure, kickboxer Mark “Fightshark” Miller—an inspiring tale of kin, selection, and redemption.
In 2007, Mark Miller used to be a emerging famous person in specialist kickboxing, till a regimen actual exposed a major that required open-heart surgical procedure. The obstacle helped to briefly reunite his fractured family members and made Miller extra decided than ever to come back to the kickboxing ring. yet inside a yr, his mom and dad and brother have been all lifeless, and Miller’s fragile optimism imploded, sending him right into a tailspin of gear and alcohol.
Pain Don’t Hurt is a narrative of magnificent tenacity, commitment, and difficult work—how one fierce competitor overcame repeated hindrances to achieve his goals. Miller recounts tales starting from his youth spent within the Steelers locker room to the unbelievable lifestyles classes he discovered from different opponents to his successful go back to combating in a Moscow kickboxing ring. He talks truly approximately relations and fatherhood—of the tough classes approximately masculinity and violence realized from his father. He additionally bargains an inspiring, intriguing, and frank account of the fights—both out and in of the ring—that have formed him.
A deeply own account of guts, blood, and glory, Pain Don’t Hurt can pay tribute to the never-say-die spirit embodied in a guy who refuses to back off, regardless of the odds.
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He hated it. soaking up the impression of a kick in your thigh is silly, since you can’t do it very again and again earlier than your leg is lifeless. but when you raise the leg being kicked, stiffen the reduce a part of the leg, and “check,” or take the effect at the shin . . . belief me. As undesirable because it may harm you, it hurts them a long way worse. Tommy used to be pawing at me. i used to be circling out, difficult him. He feinted a low kick and that i lifted my leg to envision, yet he went for my again leg in its place, shedding me to the ground. As i used to be pushing to get myself up, he positioned his fucking foot on my again, as though he used to be going to face on me whereas i used to be on all fours. The ref yelled at him to come again in his nook. I obtained up. a number of extra pitty-pat exchanges happened after which i used to be again within the nook. Tommy had me offended. In Tommy’s nook he realized that he had a break up over his eye. He additionally obtained instructed through his nook many times not to “follow [me] round. ” Tommy had a susceptible fuel tank, and he drained simply. They couldn’t determine how I had made touch with him, and now they have been anxious. Shit used to be occurring that they hadn’t counted on, and Tommy was once getting drained. i used to be in my nook clean as will be. moment around all started and he begun pawing at me back, wanting to gauge distance. I threw a correct kick cutting at once on the most sensible of his thighs. It damage him, and stale of that I threw a knee on to his sternum and rotated out. Tommy me, me, me. . . . I threw a kick, and he checked it, yet I obtained a high-quality jab and a move off on him. The pass bobbled him. He stepped again. keen, I rushed in and threw one other sizeable pass, which he sidestepped, and that i threw myself off stability and ended up at the ground. Tommy got here up in the back of me and pretended to hump my again. the gang cheered. i've got no tolerance for this bullshit. You wanna showboat, tremendous, yet you higher beat me decisively now; another way, you’re going to appear like showboating is all you could have. and that i meant to use Tommy the following time he fucked round in there. The ref scolded Tommy, urged that he stop with the shenanigans, and Tommy feigned feeling contrite. He got here again together with his paw bullshit back. Then he jammed me up, hugging on me so tight the ref needed to pull him off. i may believe his respiring getting worked. I threw a spinning again kick that was once in poor health timed; I didn’t have sufficient distance and that i simply knocked myself off stability. Pause; ok, again to it. I got here out with an ax kick. Crowd beloved it. Tommy flashed moderate predicament prior to jamming a kick into my thigh. I’ll take it for making you seem like an uneventful pud. you were given jokes? I acquired ability, motherfucker. We clinched up a couple of extra occasions, and the bell sounded. I went into my nook, and Jason smiled and requested how i used to be feeling. “I suppose solid. and that i imagine I harm him. ” “He’s no longer having a look so clean, Mark, that’s needless to say. ” And he wasn’t. i used to be pacing in my nook. Tommy used to be plunked on his stool heaving away. enormous muscle mass want sizeable oxygen. Tommy was once equipped for appears, now not stamina. i'll under no circumstances have had Tommy’s measurement, yet I don’t put on out within the moment.