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Martial Arts Odyssey: Malaysia, Boxx Warriors (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 4:05 pm

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Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he trains Muay Thai at Boxx Warriors. Owner Kirsty Dzulkarnain explains how she based her program on the best training and fighting she found in Thailand. Her Thai husband, Saksit Chosipasert, a Muay Thai Champion, and now a military officer, was also instrumental in helping her start Boxx Warriors. No pushover, Kirsty runs the gyms three locations herself, recruiting the best trainers from Thailand. “If they don’t train the people well, I send them home, back to Thailand.” said Kirsty.

 

The training and teaching at Boxx Warriors was some of the best Muay Thai training, Antonio has ever had. “Gyms in Thailand are convenient because they are always open and there are so many teachers available to take you on the pads, but they often don’t teach or give actual instructions. The trainers at Boxx Warriors really helped me with proper foot placement and body mechanics.” Said Antonio.

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Malaysia, Boxx Warriors (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4tOcStseo4

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Malaysia, Boxx Warriors (Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At86IRNL0Ho

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Muay Malaysia, Kru Jak

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 4:04 pm

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In Selangor, just outside of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Kru Jak Othman has created a Muay Thai based fitness program that appeals to students and young professionals who want to get super fit while punching out their frustrations.

 

Kru Jak is a former professional Muay Thai fighter and a recognized Silat Master. He knows that most “normal” people don’t need to learn the hardcore fighting skills, so he gives them fitness training instead. Those who want to learn Silat and fighting can attend special classes.

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NF7z8nqsYI

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Guru Azlan Silat (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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Islamic Kung Fu in Malaysia

 

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo heads to Malaysia to explore the martial arts of this fascinating peninsula. The population of Malaysia is composed largely of Chinese, Tamil, and Malay people, all of whom have their own distinct brands of martial art. Silat is the Malay art, but each guru teaches his or her own, unique brand of the arts. Some focused on grappling, some on knife fighting, some on meditation, others on striking.

 

This was Antonio’s first foray into Islamic martial arts, and he welcomed the opportunity to learn about the religion and culture and share it with the world.

 

In Kuala Lumpur, Guru Azlan Ghanie teaches an internal style of Silat which stresses an complete exercise program, similar to Tae Chi, which works all parts of the body, the joints and muscles, and includes breathing exercises. At higher levels, students work with the curved Malaysian blade, the Kris (Keris or Kuris). Azlan also teaches simple, effective self-defense techniques which require little or no energy. The art is extremely good for women and older people, but the health benefits are invaluable for anyone and everyone.

 

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

Part 1

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

 

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qRZwAnX7ZU

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Tomoi Malaysia, Kru Jak (Parts 1 through 4 )

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

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Kru Jak tells host, Antonio Graceffo, about his own martial arts origins. He talks about his first teacher, who taught him Muay Boran on the Malaysian/Thai border. He goes on to demonstrate how the Malaysian blade techniques can replicate the elbow strikes of Muay Thai Boran.

 

Tomoi, A Malaysian word for martial art including Muay Thai and weapons. Kru Jak a former professional Muay Thai fighter and a recognized Silat Master learned the ancient art of Muay Thai Boran, as well as Thai and Malaysian weapons. He believes the Boran techniques are best in the fighting ring. He also sees the parallel between armed and unarmed combat, as he applies many of the same concepts with a weapon as without.

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxvtRv50iY0

 

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H32EFh7W9eU

 

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2swiMzPhU

 

Part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n4XRFR2BZY

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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Muay Thai Chaiya

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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It’s nothing like Muay Thai

By Antonio Graceffo

 

I recently discovered Muay Thai Chaiya, which I train with Kru Lek. It is an ancient form of Muay Thai, a codified martial arts fighting system, which students learn step-by-step from the ground up.

 

NOT ANOTHER SHADE OF MUAY THAI

 

Muay Thai Chaiya has almost no similarity to modern, sport Muay Thai. In fact, it is so different, that nothing I have done in the past, not my boxing, not my kick boxing or Muay Thai can help me in the ring with a Muay Thai Chaiya fighter. The body mechanics and the movements are so different than any other martial art that they have to be learned from scratch.

 

Normally we think a fight is a battle of opponents, not arts, but in the case of Chaiya, it is the art that wins.

 

I was so taken by the art, that I have done the unimaginable; at the age of 42, and after having studied countless martial arts, around the world, with various teachers, I have submitted myself to a master, Kru Lek, and begun training, as a beginner in a fighting art. It pains my ego to be in a class of children and women and people with not even a tenth of my martial background, and to see that ALL of them are better at Chaiya than I am.

 

Most will learn Chaiya for the art and for exercise and culture, but the ones who fight, fight extremely well. Chaiya fighters aren’t trying to develop muscles, physical strength or even toughness. Instead, they are practicing their drills and movements over, and over again until they are automatic, perfect. As a rule, the best Muay Chaiya fighter will be the one who logged the most hours practicing Muay Chaiya. It is pretty straight forward, cross training won’t help at all. You learn Chaiya by practicing Chaiya.

 

Interestingly, you don’t learn kicking and punching by kicking and punching. You learn the steps and movements. You do them a million times, and then start to slowly learn kicking and punching. After about a month of training, I was finally allowed to kick the bag, but it was obvious that I wasn’t ready. So, I went back to doing the steps and exercises.

 

With the exception of having to harden your shins, they don’t require toughness because they just don’t get hit very much.

 

All of their movements are based on a rocking horse. Their torso pivots they strike in one direction which sets them up for a strike in the other direction. They don’t leap like Tony Jaa and Muay Boran, but they hop. At first, I thought the hopping was part of showboating and I wasn’t interested in learning it. Now I understand that hopping is a way of changing balance and direction instantly, with no loss of motion. Hopping makes the fighter unbelievably fast. Kick with the left foot, hop and at the same time kick with the right foot, hop, spin and kick backwards. All of the while, the torso is rocking, taking the face and body out of the range of the opponent’s strikes.

 

When you strike a Muay Chaiya fighter, the only targets in range are his shins and elbows, which you really don’t want to strike.

 

When I first arrived at the Muay Thai Chaiya school at Baan Chang Thai, with Kru Lek, I thought the regimented series of excerises tthey did every session were simply to build strength, stamina, and balance. After a month of sparring, I realized that every exercise has a practical application. In fighting the Muay Chaiya guys, I see the exercises. In each of their movements in both offense and defense, I can see the specific exercises we practiced in class.

 

I did two “Martial Arts Odyssey” episodes about Muay Chaiya. Then I worked with Robert Clyne, of “The Art of Fighting,” to do an episode on the art. Afterwards, we realized we hadn’t done the art justice. Now that I have been training with Kru Lek, I realize the depth of the art. We are currently working on a much deeper, longer documentary to attempt to explain what is so special about Muay Thai Chaiya.

 

Here are links to my show, Robert’s show, and to trailers for the movie “Muay Thai Chaiya” which feaures Kru Lek’s leading student, Prawit Kittichanthira (Tae), who also appears in Martial Arts Odyssey.

 

 

Muay Thai Chaiya All links

 

The Art of Fighting: Muay Chaiya Fundamentals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU9XpW8x-Ek

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Muay Chaiya Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD_w0VsiMes

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Muay Chaiya Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9mJxif18hQ

 

 

Muay Chaiya movie trailer: featuring my friend Prawit Kittichanthira (Tae) who I fight in my Chaiya videos

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tejWz439L4

 

Another trailer for the Muay Chaiya movie

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Tomoi Malaysia, Kru Jak (Parts 1 through 4 )

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:42 pm

z1Kru Jak tells host, Antonio Graceffo, about his own martial arts origins. He talks about his first teacher, who taught him Muay Boran on the Malaysian/Thai border. He goes on to demonstrate how the Malaysian blade techniques can replicate the elbow strikes of Muay Thai Boran.

 

Tomoi, A Malaysian word for martial art including Muay Thai and weapons. Kru Jak a former professional Muay Thai fighter and a recognized Silat Master learned the ancient art of Muay Thai Boran, as well as Thai and Malaysian weapons. He believes the Boran techniques are best in the fighting ring. He also sees the parallel between armed and unarmed combat, as he applies many of the same concepts with a weapon as without.

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxvtRv50iY0

 

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H32EFh7W9eU

 

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU2swiMzPhU

 

Part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n4XRFR2BZY

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Silat “Because of God” (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

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Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man shares his Islamic martial art and his fascinating life philosophy of peace and gratitude with Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo. “We eat because of God. We drink because of God. We practice martial art because of God.” Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man wants people to remember how lucky they are that they can practice martial art, that they can walk, and speak, that they are not ill or suffering. He says that if we always remember to be grateful, we will be happier, healthier people.

 

In a Muslim community outside of Kuala Lumpur, in Selangor, Malaysia, Antonio explores a version of Silat, the many faced Malaysian martial art. Silat, as taught by Guru Dr. Zahalan Bin Man is a solid self-defense and combat martial art which uses a lot of stand up grappling. In Dr. Zahalan’s martial art, you never attack, but when your opponent attacks, you tie him up with his own limbs and kick him into submission.

 

Join Antonio Graceffo on facebook.com

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGLs-Xqj39Q

 

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doy_-kudvv8

 

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

 

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

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

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

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

 

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