By Doug Merlino
Combined martial arts is America's fastest-growing sport-around the rustic, new gyms open their doorways as enthusiastic audience song in to UFC suits. even if a few brush off it as brutal wrestle, its opponents are one of the so much devoted athletes in any enviornment. yet MMA additionally takes a heavy toll at the physique, and it's an extraordinary fighter who can earn cash within the sport's most sensible ranks.
Beast follows 4 high-level warring parties at one of many sport's elite gyms, Florida's American best crew. Doug Merlino had remarkable entry, education along the lads for 2 years, touring to their suits, and consuming of their houses. Mirsad Bektic, a tender Bosnian refugee who all started in karate as a boy in Nebraska, desires of stardom. Jeff Monson, a battered veteran at 41, is an outspoken, tattooed anarchist having fun with a extraordinary burst of star in Russia. Steve Mocco is a newcomer-a former Olympic wrestler from a close-knit, highbrow relations. eventually, there's Daniel Straus, who, from a existence brief on chance, fights his method as much as identify competition. All will event electrifying highs and occupation lows, and Merlino takes us alongside each step of ways whereas additionally studying the historical past, tradition, company, and that means cage struggling with. A e-book for either the uninitiated and the hard-core fan, Beast bargains a desirable trip into a frequently misunderstood global.
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Extra resources for Beast: Blood, Struggle, and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts
Merely assimilating the new gizmos to create new media is a timid response. The arts have a much more profound calling. They can become an independent zone of research – pursuing agendas ignored by commercial interests and scientific disciplines and integrating critical commentary with the search for new knowledge and the elaboration of new technical possibilities. Those who believe that the arts are now up to date because they pay attention to digital technology have misunderstood the course of history because the research goes on – investigating many other fields in which the arts should be proactive pioneers rather than merely consumers of the results.
Qxd 34 8/4/08 18:32 Page 34 | EDUCATING ARTISTS FOR THE FUTURE visionary “comprehensive anticipatory design” which stressed systems thinking and exhortation to avoid disciplinary blinders. For Fuller, artists, when functioning at their best, were exemplars of the open-minded, expansive innovators that the culture desperately needed. Here is an excerpt from Fuller’s Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (Fuller 1973) that gives a flavor of this thinking. The great aesthetic which will inaugurate the twenty-first century will be the utterly invisible quality of intellectual integrity; the integrity of the individual dealing with his scientific discoveries; the integrity of the individual in dealing with conceptual realization of comprehensive interrelatedness of all events; the integrity of the individual dealing with the only experimentally arrived at information regarding invisible phenomena; and finally integrity of all those who formulate invisibly within their respective minds and invisibly with the only mathematically dimensionable, advanced technologies, on the behalf of their fellow men.
Conceptual Design Working within the Art Department at San Francisco State University, Bryan Rogers and James Storey created another pioneering program that attempted to define a relevant education for artists in the contemporary technological era. A. D. in engineering from UC Berkeley. Rogers felt that most art programs clung to traditional formats that did not respond to the cultural foment of the scientific and technological worlds and to the innovations of art movements such as the conceptual, electronics, performance, and earth art, which challenged conventional notions.