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Martial Arts Odyssey: OLD SCHOOL Taiwan (Parts 1 and 2) In

In Martial Arts on April 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm

4_24_2009-3_27-pm_0001a small gym, in Tainan, Taiwan, Host Antonio Graceffo meets 62 year-old Chen Ging Hway a former champion of boxing and San Da (Chinese kickboxing). He teaches Antonio some old-school professional fighting and tells stories about the early days of Syo Bodji, free fighting, in Taiwan. Still active, Chen Ging Hway is an official in the Taiwanese Kudo association and trains Taiwanese fighters who go to competitions in Japan. Kudo is a new form of MMA from Japan which is sweeping Asia. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbCI0bbrh38 Martial Arts Odyssey: OLD SCHOOL Taiwan Part 2 Antonio helps train a young Taiwanese Tae Kwan Do practitioner who wants to fight San Da and MMA. Sixty-two year-old Chen Ging Hway a former champion of boxing and San Da (Chinese kickboxing) Teaches Antonio the painful wedge-hand strike that he used to use to lay his opponents out. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp2FZRx3SXo 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,Taiwan,ROC,mixed,traditional,CMA,TMA,grappling,striking,clasic

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Master and Soldier

In Martial Arts on April 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

 

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Calling attention to the genocide with a martial arts video

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Master and Soldier

 

In the war zone of Burma, Antonio Graceffo meets Mater Kawn Zanie, a legendary, undisputed master of Lai Tai, Shan Kung Fu, a soldier with decades of combat experience who often goes out on patrols armed only with Shan double swords, and no gun. The Shan have been fighting a defense war against genocide and oppression for more than forty years. Mater Kawn Zanie a veteran of countless battles said he training kept him alive.

 

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Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg_R65F3mxw

 

 

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 www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

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Shan Medical Mission (Parts 1 and 2)

In War in Burma on April 19, 2009 at 2:33 am

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“In Shanland: Medical Mission (Parts 1 and 2),” the latest video in the series In Shanland, shot in the war zone of Burma, by Antonio Garceffo is now available on youtube.com

 

Antonio Graceffo accompanies a volunteer medical mission on a visit to SSA headquarters in Loi Tailang, where they render much needed medical aid to the war orphans and abandoned children. Hear “Steve” an aid worker, with nearly twenty years of Burma experience explain the conflict. “What these children need most is the one thing no one can give them right now, freedom for their country.” Steve goes on to say, “I don’t believe it is wrong for them to fight for their country, to even kill for their country, but …even in the act of killing, you can be motivated by love.” Steve applies his life philosophy to the children of the conflict, “The most powerful force, historically is not hate, and it’s not brutality, which this regime is known for, it’s love.”

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO28ivXBD0Y

 

 

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 www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo.

 

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In Shanland: At the Battle Front

In War in Burma on April 15, 2009 at 12:23 pm

shanf3by Antonio Garceffo Host, Antonio Gracefo, takes us to the front lines of the world’s longest running war. He explains the history of the conflict and how the genocide is being fueled by the drugs trade. He joins a patrol of Shan soldiers, sent out to prevent the SPDC from killing Shan families who are returning to their village after celebrating Shan children’s day. Meet two young war orphans, and a woman who had to abandon her four-year-old child when she fled her village. Now, nearly ten months pregnant, it seems her second child is afraid to be born. Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fiEUuqoWx4 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. SSA,brooklyn,monk,brooklynmonk,Antonio,Graceffo,shan,state,army,tai,burma,Burmese,refugee,displaced,war,thai,Thailand,thai,shanland,junta,shanland,rebel

Martial Arts Odyssey: Military Fighting (SSA) Part 1

In Martial Arts on April 11, 2009 at 7:07 am

 

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Calling attention to the genocide with a martial arts video

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Military Fighting (SSA) Part 1

 

Host Antonio Graceffo, in the war zone of Burma, teaches practical military hand-to-hand fighting techniques to the soldiers of the Shan State Army, a rebel group, protecting the Shan people from genocide committed by the Burmese government. Practical fighting is a basic program of 18 strikes, beginning with the head, and working its way down, using each part of the body as a weapon. The system is very basic and easy for people to learn, even if they have no martial arts background at all.

 

 

Using martial arts to educate the world about the plight of the Shan people of Burma. A lot of fight fans don’t get very involved with international politics. Hopefully featuring the Kung Fu of the Shan people will help call attention to the genocide in Burma.

 

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXO-jaiNbA4

 

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 www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

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New Burma Video: Grandfather With One Leg

In War in Burma on April 11, 2009 at 7:06 am

 “In Shanland: Grandfather With One Leg,” 1_12_2008-11_08-am_0001the latest video in the series In Shanland, shot in the war zone of Burma, by Antonio Garceffo is now available on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-JVx8CcK_w In this new episode, Antonio Graceffo interviews an aged Shan man who was captured by the Burmese SPDC forces, held and tortured for four years, and then released to a life of slave labor. The Burmese soldiers used him as a human mine detector and porter, forcing him to walk in front of them through the minefields. Eventually, his luck ran out. He stepped on a mine and his leg was blown off. He lay for six days, suffering in the jungle, where the Burmese soldiers left him. Eventually, he was found by a Shan State Army patrol, who took him to the SSA base at Loi Tailang, where he lives today, playing grandfather to the many refugee children. Inside the war zone of Burma, under protection of the Shan State rebel army, Host, Antonio Graceffo interviews refugees, soldiers, civilians, all victims of the junta that rules Burma. The Shan are one of Burma’s many ethnic minorities being subjected to genocide at the hands of heir own government. Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-JVx8CcK_w 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. SSA,brooklyn,monk,brooklynmonk,Antonio,Graceffo,shan,state,army,tai,burma,Burmese,refugee,displaced,war,thai,Thailand,thai,shanland,junta,shanland,rebel

Martial Arts Odyssey: Bokator Radio

In Martial Arts on April 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

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The art was almost lost in the Cambodian genocide, but it is making a comeback in Phnom Penh, thanks to the efforts of Grand Master San Kim Saen.

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Bokator Radio

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

 

“Martial Arts Odyssey” host, Antonio Graceffo, was the first foreigner to ever train in or write about the Cambodian martial art, Khmer Bokator. Since his first story about the art appeared in “Black Belt Magazine,” five years ago, the art has been featured in various international TV shows and documentaries. Antonio’s own efforts to film the art and make it available to the world have been fraught with difficulties. The release of the full-length Bokator film he was involved in is two years behind schedule. The Six episodes of “Martial Arts Odyssey” he shot in Cambodia were done on a borrowed camera, in some strange HD format, which he has been unable to edit.

 

This compilation video was done from various Bokator clips, filmed over a period of five years, combined with audio provided by a radio interview Antonio did with DJ Julian of Love FM in Phnom Penh, during the filming of the movie, “Brooklyn Bokator.” Viewers will get a real treat as they will see the Antonio get fat, get fit, get fat, and get fit again, as the video clips were shot over a period of years.

 

 

 

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Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1Yb5LTYSFg

 

 

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 www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To. Some of the video was shot by Tim Pek of Transparent Pictures, and it features a radio interview courtesy of DJ Julian and Love FM of Phnom Penh.

 

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Learning History and Culture Through Martial Arts

In Martial Arts on April 4, 2009 at 7:59 am

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David Calleja talks to Antonio Graceffo, host of web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, and leading kuntaw instructor Grandmaster Frank Ayocho. about the importance of history, culture and identity within lesser-known martial arts. It’s all about discovery.

 

Read it on Foreign Policy Journal;

 

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/articles/2009/04/03/calleja_martial-arts-odyssey.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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