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Martial Arts Odyssey: Behind the Scenes at Martial Arts Odyssey

In Martial Arts on March 24, 2009 at 1:25 am

 A show about the show.

Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1fVfH6iCzs

boran-t-kneeThis is a look into the new web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey” hosted by Antonio Graceffo. In this short overview, Antonio explains how the show came about and what the basic premise is. Host Antonio Graceffo has been living in various countries in Asia, studying martial arts, for nearly eight years. Along the way, he was writing articles and books about martial arts, available on amazon.com, now, equipped with a video camera, he has been retracing his steps, so you can meet the masters and see the various martial arts. The basic format of each show is that Antonio goes to some interesting location and trains with a unique master in an obscure or well known martial art. Episodes have been filmed in Burma, Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and more. Some of the featured arts include: Bokator, Yaw Yan, Kuntaw, Lai Tai, Thieu Lam, Bradal Serey, MMA, Arnis, Muay Boran, Boxing, and Muay Thai. The show is completely non-commercial. Whatever Antonio wants to shoot, he shoots. If you want to have your art or your school featured on “Martial Arts Odyssey,” just contact Antonio. Send him email or join him on facebook. The episodes run for free so everyone can watch them. Antonio used to live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. “My show might be the only chance some people back home get to even see Asia. So, for ten minutes they can take an exotic holiday and maybe learn something about a foreign culture.” A lot of martial artists dream of coming to Asia to train. Antonio hopes that “Martial Arts Odyssey” can give them a small glimpse into their dream. On practical note, Antonio hopes the show will inspire people to take chances in their lives and follow their dreams, whatever those dreams might be. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1fVfH6iCzs Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries. His books are available on amazon.com Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com Join him on facebook.com His website is http://www.speakingadventure.com This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To. muay,thai,kick,boxing,kickboxing,martial,arts,odyssey,Brooklyn,monk,brooklynmonk,Antonio,Graceffo,china,Chinese,san,da,kung,fu,monkey,fist,Taiwan,ROC,MMA,mixed,traditional,CMA,TMA,grappling,striking,bokator,kuntaw,arnis,kali,lao,lai,tai,yaw.yan,thieu,lam,bradal,serey,pradal,khmer,boxkator,boxcator,Cambodia,cambodian

Martial Arts Web TV Show Inspires and Educates

In Martial Arts on March 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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 By David Calleja

 

 

Martial arts enthusiasts of all levels can now learn from the best trainers and

fighters in the industry by watching Martial Arts Odyssey on the internet.

 

Hosted and produced by Asian-based New Yorker Antonio Graceffo, Martial Arts Odyssey

has gained popularity by taking viewers into the heart of Asia, providing details of

fighting techniques across a range of disciplines. The show also emphasises the

importance of cardio and strength training.

 

Originally shot as a pilot in the Philippines two years ago, Martial Arts Odyssey

has expanded to cover a number of countries throughout Southeast Asia. There are now

over 20 episodes on the internet, with the promise of more to follow.

 

In addition to researching and filming martial and combat arts that are popular

amongst westerners, Martial Arts Odyssey places the spotlight on lesser known

fighting forms and others thought to have been extinct or are in danger of dying

out. Antonio discovered Bokator in Cambodia and Shan Lai Tai while in Burma’s

warzone with the rebel Shan State Army, and believes that he may have the only

footage of Master Kwan Wan to date performing this unknown art.

 

According to Antonio, the aim of the show is to encourage people to be the best they

can be through a combination of fitness, education and reaching goals in life. “I

hope to inspire them (people) to take a chance and go back to school, finish a

degree, start a business, change jobs, get a promotion, and (if possible), travel

and study martial arts and languages,” Antonio said.

 

With an extensive three decade career competing professionally in triathlons, boxing

and numerous martial arts (including the last eight years in Asia), Antonio

maintains a sharp focus and plans to extend Martial Arts Odyssey into Central Asia,

the Caribbean and Africa in the future.

 

You can subscribe to Antonio’s channel on YouTube and follow his trail around Asia

watch with Martial Arts Odyssey for free. The address is:

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

 

Contact Antonio by emailing: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Visit his website, Speaking Adventure, by typing: http://www.speakingadventure.com

Martial Arts Odyssey: Muay Surin Part 1

In Martial Arts on March 19, 2009 at 5:13 am

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Tracing the footsteps of martial arts legend Tony Jaa, Host Antonio Graceffo, travels to village where Jaa was born. He continues learning Muay Boran from Jaa’s first trainer, Adjan Sok Chai, and he explores the world of the Kuy tribe, Jaa’s people, who live with the elephants. Join Antonio on facebook

 

Watch it for free on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9KG5jKWolI

 

See all of Antonio’s videos on his youtube channel, brooklynmonk1, send him a friend request or subscribe.

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on www.facebook.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

This was among the first episodes of “Martial Arts odyssey” edited by Antonio Graceffo. So, please excuse the quality, he is still learning. But, it still features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Kuntaw Fighting 1 and 2

In Martial Arts on March 7, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, is back in Manila, learning Kuntaw, the Filipino traditional art of hand and foot fighting. The art includes grappling, striking, stick, and knife. Master frank Aycocho, a living legend of the art, demonstrates some techniques and explains his philosophy of martial arts practice.

 

Watch the

 

See it on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5u5r3nbd5o

 

See all of Antonio’s videos on his youtube channel, brooklynmonk1, send him a friend request or subscribe.

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries. His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on facebook.com

 

This was among the first episodes of “Martial Arts odyssey” edited by Antonio Graceffo. So, please excuse the quality, he is still learning. But, it still features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Kuntaw Knife 1 and 2

In Martial Arts on March 7, 2009 at 10:32 am

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The Filipinos love knife fighting arts. Kuntaw is the grandfather of all Filipino martial arts, including knife fighting. Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, is back in Manila, learning Kuntaw knife fighting, with Kuntaw Master frank Aycocho. Return to sender, disarm, control and leverage. Turn your opponent’s weapon against him.

 

Watch parts 1 and 2 on youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5u5r3nbd5o

 

See all of Antonio’s videos on his youtube channel, brooklynmonk1, send him a friend request or subscribe.

http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries. His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on facebook.com

 

This was among the first episodes of “Martial Arts odyssey” edited by Antonio Graceffo. So, please excuse the quality, he is still learning. But, it still features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

 

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My Bokator Story (Parts 1 through 8)

In Martial Arts on March 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

 

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Searching for Traditional Khmer Martial arts

In this eight part documentary, Antonio Graceffo, the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” describes how his Asian martial arts adventure began in Taiwan, then lead to the Shaolin Temple, followed by Thailand’s last Muay Thai Temple, studying with Kru Bah and eventually took him to Cambodia, where he was the first westerner to study Bokator, traditional Khmer martial art. Along the way, he also learned Bradal Serey and trained in professional boxing with Cambodia’s lead international trainer, Paddy Carson. The story is also mapped out in greater detail in his books, available on amazon.com See all 8 parts on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mrdhn1GQlWE Antonio asks you to join him on facebook.com Contact him; Antonio@speakingadventure.com Antonio,graceffo,Brooklyn,monk,Cambodia,khmer,bradal,pradal,bokator,san,kim,saen,boxcator,martial,arts,odysseycambodian,muay,thai,shan,Taiwan,roc,Thailand,boxing,paddy,Carson,gym,kickboxing,kick,box