Martial Arts Odyssey: Orphan Boxers (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

By Antonio Graceffo

Martial Arts Odyssey: Orphan Boxers (Part 1)

Paddy’s fight Club Cambodia, Antonio Graceffo trains with the “Big Trainer” (Bu Menia) a man mountain of a man with a heart of gold who helps Paddy Carson train the young, up and coming boxers. The boys come from poor families and are missing one or both of their parents, so “Big Trainer” supports them. They live with Big Trainer’s family and he trains them for free. Paddy sponsors them for their training, but their overall standard of living is extremely low. None of the boys can afford school fees, to attend high school, but they have a dream of punching their way out of poverty.

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Orphan Boxers Part 1

Watch it free on youtube

Martial Arts Odyssey: Orphan Boxers 2

Martial Arts Odyssey: Orphan Boxers Part 2

Paddy Carson talks about the need for sponsorship for aspiring boxers in Cambodia. Employment options are minimal in the country and without a college degree and not being able to speak English, the boxers could only hope for a salary of $50 USD per month. But as boxers they have a shot at someday earning enough off a single fight that their whole family could be raised out of poverty.

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.

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


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