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Episode 12: Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 12: Working on Big American TV part 2

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2010 at 2:30 am

Episode 12: Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 12: Working on Big American TV part 2

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Antonio Graceffo got back to his apartment in Bangkok and immediately received a phone call from film producer, Johnny Civello.

“Tony, Bubbee, Bubeleh, I am calling to talk to you about your dress for tomorrow.” He said. “We can’t have you going in there wearing some facacta outfit you found in a trash dumpster.”

Working on big TV was different than working on small productions, except Antonio wasn’t getting paid. That part was the same. But no one ever referred to hisfashion sense as “facacta” on youtube.

Episode 12 Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 12: Working on Big American TV Part 2 http://podOmatic.com/r/bimfM37

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of six books, available on amazon.com, most notably, Warrior Odyssey and The Monk from Brooklyn. He is the host of the web TV show Martial Arts Odyssey, which has had over 160 episodes. Of late, he is starring in the world’s first 3D martial arts TV series, Brooklyn Monk.

His website is www.speakingadventure.com you can contact him through his website and sign up for his newsletter, as well as order copies of his books or the DVD Martial Arts Odyssey, Volume One http://www.lulu.com/product/dvd/martial-arts-odyssey-volume-1—kuntaw-and-bokator/11921381

Follow Brooklyn Monk on twitter http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

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Episode 11: Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 11: Working on Big American TV Part 1

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2010 at 4:49 am

Doing movies and TV is such a quick way to fame and fortune that the producers hold all of the cards. As a struggling up-and-comer Antonio is no position to say NO, or even to negotiate most of the time.

When C3PO played hologram chess with Chewbaka he learned that fair or not fair, if he won, the Wookie would just rip his arms out of their sockets. So, he let Chewbaka win the game. Trying to get on TV is a similar experience. TV is a Wookie and I am C3PO.

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

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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 10: Anthony Bourdain, Please

In Uncategorized on September 24, 2010 at 12:35 am


In Taipei, Taiwan, Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo’s attempts to meet his hero, Anthony Bourdain, are thwarted, as his phone call is lost in translation.

Antonio is a huge fan of the book, Kitchen Confidential, as well as Anthony Bourdain’s TV series, “No Reservations.” When Antonio heard that Anthony Bourdain was in Taipei, he got so excited about the prospect of meeting his hero. But he forgot that there would be a Chinese receptionist between the Brooklyn Monk and the celebrity cheff.

Listen to the Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast, for free

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of six books, available on amazon.com, most notably, Warrior Odyssey and The Monk from Brooklyn. He is the host of the web TV show Martial Arts Odyssey, which has had over 160 episodes. Of late, he is starring in the world’s first 3D martial arts TV series, Brooklyn Monk.

His website is www.speakingadventure.com you can contact him through his website and sign up for his newsletter, as well as order copies of his books or the DVD Martial Arts Odyssey, Volume One http://www.lulu.com/product/dvd/martial-arts-odyssey-volume-1—kuntaw-and-bokator/11921381

Follow Brooklyn Monk on twitter http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

Join the Brooklyn Monk fan page on facebook

Watch Martial Arts Odyssey on youtube

www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1

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BMA Podcast 9: Life with Mashooq (Part 2)

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Antonio Graceffo continues to be amazed by his roommate, Mashooq. Back in his village, Mashooq probably equated being in possession of many goats to being popular with the ladies. If he was flying to America and customs officials seized his goats he would be thinking, “Oh, great! Now, how can I get married?” he will strike out with countless women at discos in Manhattan thinking, “If I only had my goats.”

Please click the link below to view it.
http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com/entry/2010-09-02T11_16_31-07_00

See you there!

– Antonio

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast in Syndication

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast has been called an anti-travel show. Author Antonio Graceffo left New York a decade ago. He threw away his expensive suits and has been living out of a backpack in Asia, traveling from country to country, studying languages, fighting, writing books, doing TV shows, and complaining.

“People think I hate everyone.” Says Antonio. “But the truth is, I don’t have everyone, just mooks, mamalukes and morons, and people who do things like defecating in a frying pan.”

The show has only completed its third week, but already, it has more than 600 subscribers and has enjoyed nearly 2,000 page views in a single day! Now, the show will be syndicated, and run in podcast directories all over the world.

Tune in and catch some of the playful xenophobia, and ask the question so many others have asked, “Why did this guy even bother leaving home in the first place?”

Catch Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast and hear Antonio Graceffo remind you to go out and do something stupid today.

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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast was voted a Mover and Shaker on Podomatic

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

You can catch the Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast, with two new episodes each week, for free:

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Even being nominated for an Academy Award is a great honor. Antonio Graceffo was never nominated, but he did win something: not an Emmy, not a Tony, not even a Soapy, but his podcast, Brooklyn Monk in Asia just received the Mover and Shakers award.

It’s not an award exactly, it was a congratulatory email from Podomatic, the host of Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast.

“I am overcome with emotion.” Said Antonio, “It was almost as exciting as the previous email, telling me that I had won the Spanish lottery.”

According to the prestigious email from Podomatic Brooklyn Mon in Asia Podcast has climbed more than 700 positions in a single day, earning it the designation of Movers and Shakers.

The BMA podcast is only in its third week, but has already climbed to the top 500 podcasts on podomatic. BMA podcast has now been submitted to iTunes, and will hopefully be viewed by an even wider audience.

BMA was the first podcast Antonio ever listened to. In fact, he only barely knew what a podcast was, but when he found out he wouldn’t have to watch his weight anymore, like he did on TV, he knew that he had found his medium of choice.

In his own words, Antonio says, “Podcasting is as much fun as writing, but my bad spelling is not an issue.”

The podcast is the work of Antonio Graceffo, an over-forty, over-educated, underpaid, cranky New Yorker, who has been living in Asia for too long. Antonio is more well-known for writing books, most recently, Warrior Odyssey, and magazine articles about Asia, which is serious, informative writing. He is also known for his web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which often has a humorous slant to it. But in Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast, Antonio cuts completely loose, making fun of himself, the Asian world around him, and the western world that he left behind.

According to Antonio, the show was meant to be a joke, a bit of comedy to lighten the lives of people faced with a global economic depression and fear of the year 2012, when many believe the world will simply burst into flames and we will all die a horribly painful death, and life, as we know it, will come to end.

To keep people from dwelling on those facts, Antonio created his podcast. He did it especially for people worried about cancer or obesity or dying of Ebola or rabies, people who lose sleep thinking about anthrax and credit crunch, or being maimed in a freak microwave popcorn accident.

“Hopefully the show speaks to that segment of the population who isn’t as rich, as beautiful, or as famous at 30 or 40 or 50 as they thought they would be when they were 19.”

For everyone who never became a cowboy, an astronaut, a failed poet skulking around cafes in Paris, a fire engine, a failed painter skulking around the cafes of Paris, a sailor, or Miss Universe, you can tune in, and laugh at other people’s misfortunes.

A central theme to all of Antonio’s writing and filming is that we should be non-conformists. “Don’t be what THEY want you to be.”

At the end of every episode of Brooklyn Monk in Asia, Antonio reminds you to “Go out and do something stupid.”

You can catch the Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast, with two new episodes each week, for free:

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

You can catch the Brooklyn Monk in Asia podcast, with two new episodes each week, for free:

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast, Episode 7, Chuck Norris Doesn’t Know (excerpts) (Press release)

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

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When he was 21 years old, Antonio Graceffo got a part in the Chuck Norris movie, Delta Force 2. At the time, he believed it was his huge break, which would lead to super stardom. Instead, it would be more than a decade until he had a part in a movie again.

Based on that movie, no one ever asked him to sign an autograph, and Kenner never made an Antonio Graceffo Delta Force action figure.

Working on the Chuck Norris film was an impact-full and hilarious experience which, like so many of Antonio’s significant life-moments, meant a lot to Antonio but neither Chuck nor anyone else will remember.

The story deals humorously with the issues and expectations of working on a Hollywood movie, but it also is a bit of an indictment on modern star-culture. Antonio got caught up in the moment, but you could also say he was caught up in an era of a celestial cult that worshiped the stars.

We all need to accept that being a rich, famous movie star is not everything. Of course, it is better than a lot of other things, like working at the post office, or sitting in a hotel room in Saigon, broke, and writing about almost, not even coming close to being a movie star.

“If I had made it back then, I would never have written this story or done this podcast.” Admits Antonio. “But, on some level, having millions of dollars and superstardom would have compensated.”

The experience spawned the story, Chuck Norris Doesn’t Know my Name” Which Antonio has recently released as a PDF e-book (e-story) on his website

http://speakingadventure.com/chuck-norris

This podcast is composed of a few outtakes from the longer story. In addition to making laugh at and pity Antonio, it will leave you wondering: Does the hero ever earn the money for his sister’s dowry, so she can marry? Do they ever catch the murder? Is the DNA evidence enough to get a conviction?

If any of these questions is bothering you, you will need to find the answers somewhere else. But if you want to know how the Delta Force story turns out for Antonio, you have to go click and download on his website.

http://speakingadventure.com/chuck-norris

Listen to the podcast

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com/entry/2010-09-13T20_58_13-07_00

New video: Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Parts 1 through 3

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 1

Learning to fight in the movies! In Bangkok, Thailand, Antonio Graceffo finds John Ledalski a veteran of more than 50 films. Sifu John is a martial arts master, an experienced stuntman, and a respected stuntman trainer. Antonio asks John to help him prepare for his upcoming work in TV and films.

This episode of Martial Arts Odyssey is a parallel filming with Al Caudullo of both

3DGuy.tv and Al Caudullo Productions. Hopefully you will be watching the Al Caudullo production in 3D on American TV. The 3D show was professionally shot and edited, Antonio’s youtube video wasn’t.

Watch it free on youtube.

Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 1

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 2

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 3

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 2

Throwing punches and kicks with big swings and missing is not Antonio Graceffo’s forte. Sifu John Ledalski tries his best to teach Antonio the necessary skills for movie fighting. Al Caudullo of both 3DGuy.tv and Al Caudullo Productions, has to reign Antonio in and tell him how to act, like he is acting.

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

Martial Arts Odyssey: Movie Stunt Fighting 3D Part 3

John Ledalski walks Antonio Graceffo through his first, short stunt fighting sequence. John says Antonio only needs 997.5 more hours of training and he could almost be ready to begin.

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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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast 6: About the story “Chuck Norris Doesn’t Know my Name”

In Uncategorized on September 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

In an interview recently, someone asked me how I got my start in TV and video work. The funny story is that my first film work was in 1989, when I was an extra in Delta Force Part II, with my idol, Chuck Norris. At the time, I was so excited, I thought it was the beginning of huge things for me. I really thought I was going to be a major star before I reached my mid twenties.

To read the full story, “Chuck Norris Doesn’t Know my Name”as a PDF E-book, visit my website,

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Follow the link below to hear the audio podcast About the story “Chuck Norris Doesn’t Know my Name”

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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast Press Release

In Uncategorized on September 10, 2010 at 5:21 am

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast Press Release

It’s a case of Monk amok; Over-forty, over-educated, underpaid and cranky: Former investment banker, turned book author and martial artist, Antonio Graceffo has been living in Asia for nearly ten years, studying  martial arts and languages. He has written six books and more than one thousand magazine articles. Additionally, he appears on various TV shows in the US and abroad.

“When I am on TV, the directors generally rein me in and curb my comments. But on my podcasts, I can say whatever I want.’

Antonio definitely takes of the gloves and throws the rules out the window as his Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast becomes an indictment of everything and everyone, including himself.

The Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast is intelligent, critical, humorous, and disrespectful.

“A little playful xenophobia never hurt anyone.” Says the author. “If we can’t make fun of ourselves and other cultures, what’s the point of traveling?”

Readers of Antonio’s books are familiar with his aggressive brand of humor, but the podcasts are all humor, like his books times ten.

Listen to the Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast on podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Podcast

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Introduction to the Brooklyn Monk

Before 9/11 I worked in the financial industry in New York City. After that day, I just sort of changed my values, changed my life and I took off for Asia. I have been here ever since, traveling from country to country studying martial arts and languages.

Twice along the way I cut my hair and lived in a monastery and that is where the name Monk came from.

For ten years I have been living in Asia, writing books and working on American TV shows, but my directors always tell me to tone down the accent, and my publishers tell me I can’t state my real opinions, because someone might get offended and sue us.

Now I got a podcast! My own podcast. And no one can tell me what to say. And I’m calling them like I see them.

And it’s not just the perspective of an over-forty, over-educated, under cultured guy from Brooklyn in Asia, oh no, I also look at America from the outside, and talk about our absurdities too.

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

Brooklyn Monk in Asia: Podcast

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

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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 is also on twitter, with the name, Brooklyn Monk. Follow his adventures and tweets.

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

His website is www.speakingadventure.com sign up for his mailing list on the site.

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