The Origin of a Species and The Mixed Martial Arts by John Perretti from Lulu.com. John Perretti floors overlap between the find in the martial arts is only he the “Martist” can. Experimental, literary, and wide-ranging, this book offers a rarely shared perspective on Mixed Martial Arts history as part of a much larger life story that takes the reader from John’s 1950s and 1980s upbringing in New York, to his time in the Hollywood’s stunt world, to big game hunting, Bluewater spearfishing, fighting around the world, surreal adventures in Peru, artistic musing on life and love, and so much more.
John Perretti first coined the term “Mixed Martial Arts”. He was a key player in the early years of MMA, created the gloves, the rounds, the music, the weight classes, and the talent by co-founding Extreme Fighting, the contenders and acted as the legendary UFC matchmaker/color commentator. He founded The Bas Ratten Invitational. He is also a painter/sculptor who has taught at the School of Visual Arts and the founder of “Madison Avenue Muscle Inc.”, his New York City mega gym, which changed the landscape of fitness in the 1980s. John is a prior pugilist, three-sport world-class athlete, fitness professional, painter, poet, actor, and now adds author to his extensive resume.
He continues to dedicate himself to the largely unexplored territory between the fine and martial arts. John divides his time between his home now in Houston, Texas and Baja, California. John Perretti is still doing “knife on knife” seminars with his partner Edi Mufel world-wide.
My Opinion: this is an interesting biography on John Perretti, and also taught me some things I never knew about the martial arts world and what an impressive life John Perretti really had.
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