In the summer of 2011, Antonio Graceffo agreed to fight in Mayhem II MMA tournament in Malaysia. He trained the first two weeks in Thailand, then returned to Cambodia to do fight prep with the Khmer Bokator team and with Paddy Carson at Paddy’s Fight Club, Phnom Penh. Eventually, he arranged for the Khmer Bokator team to also send three fighters to Malaysia to compete. This would be the first time any of the four had fought in an MMA fight. An unconventional team, Antonio would be turning 44 a few days before the tournament. The four, Antonio Graceffo, Tun Serey, Kong Ravy, and Say Tevin trained together, grappling, every morning at the Bokator Academy, assisted by Sarin Sebire, the captain of the French Bokator team, who acted as grappling coach.
After ten days of training, Antonio was offered the chance to prepare at K-1 Fight Factory, Phnom Penh. This three part video series shows the training at the Bokator Academy. The K-1 training will appear in a separate series.
Bokator MMA Fight Prep (Part 1)
Bokator MMA Fight Prep (Part 2)
Bokator MMA Fight Prep (Part 3)
Antonio Graceffo is self-funded and needs donation to continue his writing and video work. To support the project you can donate through the paypal link on his website, www.speakingadventure.com
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.
Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey
See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on http://www.blackbeltmag.com
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