Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | May 27, 2009

Mike Tyson needs tai chi

A friend of mine invited me to see Tyson, the documentary film. What can I say? I can’t judge the man, and it was terrible what happened to his daughter today. His description of his life as a kid in Brooklyn, the brutality of the streets. I lived in Newark all my life, but it ain’t no Brooklyn like where he grew up. His relationship with Cus Damato was special, and Mike Tyson, all the negative stuff to one side, achieved being the heavyweight champion of the world by working hard, being disciplined, and studying, studying fight films, the art of boxing. It’s a shame there was so much negativity to drag him down, most of his own doing. No excuses. I’m sure there are a lot of people in his part of Brooklyn who didn’t become criminals, who work hard, make their way, etc. So, there’s a lot of pathos in the life of a boxer, a fighter, a man who reaches the top, even he says, at way too young an age to process it all, and then falls. And, I gotta say too, it’s hard to have sympathy for someone who thinks 30 million dollars is chump change.

But Mke Tyson is only 40 years old. I would love to se him become a tai chi warrior, to follow the way of the warrior as in Trungpa. Mike, if you are reading this, need a sifu?

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