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MMA in Malaysia, The Sport of a New Generation

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2011 at 5:45 am

By Antonio Graceffo

Mixed Martial Arts Competitions are capturing the hearts and mind of young Malaysians.

 

The bell rings, and Malaysian national san da team member Raymond Tiew flies out of his corner, ready to do battle. His opponent, Kong Ravy is a Khmer Bokator fighter, probably the first Cambodian to ever fight in Malaysia. Ravy throws a flying knee technique, better than any Tony Jaa movie, because it was real. The knee lands with enough force to knock Raymond out, but years of fight training have given the young Malaysian just enough instinct to slip about half the force of the blow. He is hurt, but he remains standing. Ravy delivers a shin kick to Raymond’s thigh with such force, that Raymond still bears the black-and-blue marks a month later.

 

San da fighters are experts at grabbing kicks. Eventually, Raymond plucks one of Ravy’s kicks right out of the air, and takes Ravy to the ground. He pounds Ravy on the ground right up until the bell sounds. Raymond was declared the winner, but every spectator understood that there were two winners in that fight, and any clean fight.

 

Fighting in a cage or in a competition you are not fighting your opponent. There is no anger. At the end of the day, you are fighting yourself. You are fighting to overcome your own fears and deficiencies and to test your skills. Seen from that point of view, your opponent is your helper, not your adversary.

 

A steel cage in a shopping mall is not exactly a scene from ancient Rome but like the gladiators of olden times, 64 MMA fighters met at Sunway Pyramid on September 11, to fight in Malaysia’s first, large-scale MMA tournament, Mayhem II, sponsored by Muayfit of Petaling Jaya. During the course of the twelve-hour event, thousands of spectators stopped by to watch. A month later, on October 15, the cage was set up in Overtime Bistro in Mont Kiara. This time the Muayfit event was called Fight Night I. Twelve pairs of fighters fought their hearts out to the shouts of encouragement from a young, upwardly mobile crowd.

 

Talking to the fighters and fans it seems that MMA in Malaysia is the sport of the young, a new generation, fluent in English, internet savvy, and open to people of all races, colors, and religions. Living out the spirit of Satu Malaysia (One Malaysia). Among the fighters and fans at both events were Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, and foreigners who live in Malaysia. There were fighters from US, UK, Pakistan, Kazakistan, Uzbekistan, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and three Cambodians from my Bokator Academy in Phnom Penh.

 

One of the most popular fighters on the burgeoning Malaysian MMA circuit is twenty-year old Allamurad, from Turkmenistan. He was the overall winner in both Mayhem I and Mayhem II and also won his fight at Fight Night I. With a record of nine wins and zero losses, he is now the most experienced and most successful MMA fighter on the new circuit.

 

Allamurad came to Malaysia to complete his university studies, now because of the opportunities afforded him by Muayfit events, he has also begun his career as an MMA fighter, the completion of a life-long dream.

 

“I like MMA better than muay Thai because I can use my wrestling skills.” Says Allamurad. “I also like being in Malaysia, so fun! I have a lot of friends here.” Malaysia has given Allamurad chances that his home country couldn’t have. “In my country maybe I could be competing in sambo (Russian submission wrestling) but MMA is difficult to find fights.”

 

I told Allamurad, Turkmenistan people have a reputation for being tough. He just laughed. “People in my country are really tough.” His laugh basically said, “Hit me with a table. I don’t care”

 

“But now in Malaysia the people are getting tougher.” He continued. “From Mayhem I, to Mayhem II, to Fight Night I, the level has increased a lot.”

 

Mayhem III (Scheduled for February, 2012) will in addition to amateur and semi-pro, include a professional division.

 

As testament to how much the level has increased in just a few months, Allamurad said “The Mayhem I runner up got knocked out in Fight Night.” To be the runner up in Mayhem I meant this guy had won four fights in a single day. Now, he was knocked out. “The level is going up, and new guys are coming in.”

 

I also fight on the circuit. In Mayhem II I had one win and one loss. I won my fight in Fight Night I. Training and fighting in Malaysia has allowed me to make a lot of friends and meet a lot of bright, optimistic young people who give me hope about the future of Malaysia.

 

So far, the experience of training and fighting MMA has only been positive. There seems to be no bad blood between fighters or rivalries between gyms. Everyone knows each other and helps each other. The organizers have also worked hard to keep gambling out.

 

Paul Teo, owner of Muayfit and promoter of Mayhem and Fight Night said, “I like MMA Malaysia because it brings together all the races. It fosters unity, bridging racial and religious gaps.”

 

One of the disadvantages to training in Malaysia is that we don’t yet have a solid MMA gym. So, people like Allamurad, Ryamond and I train at two or three gyms to cover all of the skills necessary for MMA, namely Muay Thai, boxing, grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, San Da, and conditioning.

 

I originally met Allamurad at Alex’s Boxing gym and later at Muayfit. But we both also follow our separate training circuits at various gyms which help us with MMA training.

 

“I currently train with Muayfit MMA coach Peter Davis and BJJ coach Samir from France.” Said Allamurad.

 

Raymond trains primarily at the Shaolin Goh Chor, Five Ancestors san da club, in Puchong, with his Sifu Alex Loh. He also trains with Allamurad at Peter Davis MMA gym and at Muayfit.

 

I train primarily with the Combat Wing Chun MMA team in Kota Damansara, and fight for them in competitions (unless the Khmer fighters are here, then I fight for Team Cambodia). But I also train at Muayfit. Allamurad and I both visit Raymond and train with him at the san da club from time to time.

 

“We don’t have a real MMA center yet. We also don’t have a good MMA instructor or trainer yet.” said Raymond. What he meant was that in other countries, you would try and get all of your training under a single roof and with all of the trainers coordinating with each other. My boxing coach, for example, is still Paddy Carson, at Paddy’s Fight Club, and I train with him once a month or so, when I am in Phnom Penh. Has no contact with my other trainers. The same is true so far for most of the trainers in Malaysia, while the athletes train at two or three gyms, the Sifus don’t get to meet each other so much, because they are too busy training people.

 

All of this moving around may keep the overall fighting level lower, but it has done wonders for friendship and social interaction between fighters. When the fights are on you never know who to cheer for because we all know each other and have trained together at the same gyms. And of course, going from gym to gym, reshuffling students and masters has made race mixing inevitable, which is really a blessing. Malay, Chinese, and Indians are working together. And for us foreigners, there is probably no other sport or activity in Malaysia where we can participate as full members.

 

Sam Chan, a very popular MMA fighter on our burgeoning circuit, won his Fight Night fight in ten seconds. Sam said, “I like Malaysian MMA because we can all have a chance to fight like UFC. If we build up Malaysian MMA it could actually attract more fighters from other countries to fight, which would build up Malaysia’s name.”

 

 

“Another problem with training in Malaysia is we don’t have full equipment for stamina training. In America or Singapore they have every piece of equipment to train every part of the body.” Continued Raymond.

 

When MMA first started, with the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) in USA in 1993, it really was a contest between different martial arts. The point of the event was to test if judo could beat karate, or kung fu could beat boxing. The sport quickly developed, however and the bulk of the fighters adopted a very similar MMA style of fighting, which was a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. Critics of the sport have complained that the word “mixed” should be taken from the title because everyone fights the same.

 

As Raymond pointed out, “In Malaysia we are still in the mixed martial arts but the standard is not high enough to go for international competition.”

 

In many of the fights in Malaysia you can still see distinct martial arts styles.

 

“I think in America is boxing style but here is silat style, muay Thai, wing chun, Shaolin…” agreed Allamurad.

 

Yeow Chet, former professional Muay Thai fighter with over 90 fights and one of the few Malaysians to ever fight professional MMA in Europe is working as a coach, to help the sport develop in Malaysia. “MMA has just been newly introduced into Malaysia within these few months. Surprisingly there’re so many people in Malaysia interested in this sport, despite the lack of exposure to it other than the INTERNET(YOUTUBE). It is rapidly growing. More and more gyms are slowly converting into MMA gyms. I’m happy to see that there’re people who strongly support this game financially and physically ( fighters/ Contestants ) (promoters and sponsors),”

 

MMA fighter Keanu Subba, half Nepali and half Chinese, born in USA has lived nearly his whole life in Malaysia. “I think that the sport is still in its infant stages here in Malaysia, but in time as more people start to watch and understand the sport it will grow and hopefully we will see some talent come.”

 

MMA fan Eulver Raymund Tan Presto pointed out that not everyone in Malaysia is excited about the MMA boom. “It’s something new to them. Some old generation Malaysians may not like it.”

 

One of my sponsors, a Malay business man, said to me, “This is not martial arts. This is gusti (wrestling). I prefer to see boxing, much more exciting.’

 

A Malay Silat Guru told me, “This is not free fighting. It is wrestling with boxing.” The Guru and some older Malays were concerned that people would get angry at the fights and want to fight in the parking lot or get revenge later.

 

Luckily, until now, everyone seems to be treating MMA Malaysia as a community.

 

“So far, the youngsters portray excellent sportsmanship which is good for the MMA sport here to blossom and at the same time building a strong relationship between each and every single training center.” Said Yeow Chet.

 

What is the future of MMA in Malaysia? I personally hope it will grow and grow. Yeow Chet is probably the fighter with most overseas experience, and this was his message to the Malaysia MMA community.

 

“I sincerely hope that Malaysian MMA scene would continue to grow as there is much room for improvement. Malaysians have yet to experience what the real professional MMA scene is. It’s been long on going in the United Stated etc. As an ex professional MMA fighter, I would hope to see Malaysians going out to the international scene and also for overseas fighters to come fight in our local league. In fact we have quite a few local Malaysians who fought overseas without us knowing, due to the lack of publicity 5 to 6 years back.”

 

“Lastly, Malaysian young fighters should remain humble, as they are still new. Always remember the saying “there’s always a mountain higher” meaning there’s always a better fighter outside. You can’t beat everyone in this world. We’re still in the amateur ground compared to overseas. SO TRAIN HARD, FIGHT HARD AND REMOVE ALL EGOS TO PROGRESS FURTHER!”

 

 

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 a columnist for Black Belt Magazine and 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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Antonio Graceffo MMA Fight Overtime I

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

 

Overtime bistro, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 15, 2011

Sponsored by Muayfit

 

Overtime MMA I: Antonio Graceffo vs. Red Sha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1s8TCGURi0

 

Overtime MMA I: ALLAMURAD KARAYEV) vs. Derrick Ee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdiLSONG6p8

 

Overtime MMA I: RAYMOND TIEW vs. Aiman Asmawar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NZ2av9ixcE

 

Overtime MMA I: SAM CHAN vs Mohd Faizul Mohd Fozi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaPa42HxWpw

 

Overtime MMA I: SUNIL RAJ vs Chan Man Kong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ71bQZMn_A

 

 

Overtime is a bi-monthly MMA event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Overtime bistro. The evnt is sponsored by Muayfit and is a tune up for those competing in the thrice annual Mayhem MMA tournament. In September of 2011, Mayhem II was comprised of over 60 athletes, making it one of the biggest MMA tournaments in Asia.

 

Tale of the Tape

  Red Sha Antonio Graceffo
Age 20 something 44
Height 185 cm 170 cm
Weight 98 kgs 89 kgs
Martial Arts Street Fighting Bokator
Fight record Street fights 1 and 1
Hero Lour Ferigno Ernest Hemingway
     

 

 

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
 

website

www.speakingadventure.com

 

Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

 

facebook

Brooklyn Monk fan page

 

Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE

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

 

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

 

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

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Overtime Mont Kiara Results, October 15 2011

In Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 at 3:08 am

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sponsored by Muayfit

(Winner’s name first)

 

 

1. FAN SHENG CHENG (55 kg) vs. Ong Jen Hui (55 kg)

 

2. MUHAMMAD AMAR (57 kg) vs Adib Afdhal (59 kg)

 

3. ALLAMURAD KARAYEV (61 kg) vs. Derrick Ee (65kg)

 

4. KENNY YAP (61 kg) vs Fouzein Fozi (61 kg)

 

5. ZIYAD AYOUB (65kg) vs. Azfar Azland (64 kg)

 

6. RAYMOND TIEW (67kg) vs. Aiman Asmawar (65 kg)

 

7. SAM CHAN (68kg) vs Mohd Faizul Mohd Fozi (67 kg)

 

8. HANIF (74kg) vs Yong Hong Leon (75 kg)

 

9. MUHAMMAD KAMAL (68 kg) vs Mussilman Turat (70 kg)

 

10. SUNIL RAJ (77 kg) vs Chan Man Kong (83 kg)

 

11. BAYAN CANNON (83kg) vs Khaled Almahgob (84kg)

 

12 SECSYEN (86 kg) vs. Eugene Gan (87kg)

 

13. ANTONIO GRACEFFO (90 kg) vs Red Sha (97 kg)

 

 

Call for fighters and wanna-be’s

In Uncategorized on October 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm

 

Living the MMA Dream (Muayfit)

Malaysia’s First MMA Reality TV Show

 

If you like the Contender Asia, but you’re a fan of MMA, then you’ll love “Living the MMA Dream” a new reality based MMA show, sponsored by Muayfit in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

 

And best of all, YOU have a chance to be on the show. Just register for the open selections, come down, train and fight your butt off and show us that you got heart. Many will come, but only 8 will be chosen for the full season of the show.

 

The pilot episode of Season One will cover the selection process. ANYONE interested in being in the show, and trying for one of 8 spots which could lead to a professional MMA contract, come to Muay Fit Studio, at 12 Noon (12 SHARP not Malaysian time) on Saturday, October 22.

 

The filming will start almost immediately as the shows two coaches/hosts Antonio Graceffo, of Martial Arts Odyssey, and Peter Hugh Davis, an MMA title holder and instructor, put all of the prospective tough guys through the physical ringer, with five consecutive hours of exercise, followed by striking sparring and grappling sparring. Along the way, if the coaches see someone slacking or giving up, they will be sent home.

 

If you vomit or pass out, but then get up again, that’s the spirit we’re looking for.

 

In the sparring, we aren’t looking for winners. In fact, we don’t want you to knockout or hurt your opponent. We are looking for guys who, after five hours of exercise, still have the heart and the will to keep fighting.

 

Even if you have NO martial arts skill, you still may be chosen.

 

We can teach you to fight. But we can’t give you heart. We’re looking for people with heart and courage.

 

This first episode will air on the internet, so all of your friends can see it. It will also be the proof that we take to the TV network to convince them to pick up the show. When the show gets picked up, the 8 winners will have a guaranteed place. We will also have wild card spots.

 

Living the MMA Dream can help you live your MMA dream. The show will be watched by people around the world. That kind of exposure can lead you anywhere you want to go, IF YOU HAVE THE HEART!

 

Contact Muayfit on facebook to pre-register.

Or contact the Muayfit website http://www.muayfit.com/

 

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 a columnist for Black Belt Magazine and 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
 

website

www.speakingadventure.com

 

Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

 

facebook

Brooklyn Monk fan page

 

Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE

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

 

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

 

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

 

The Men That Don’t Fit In

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2011 at 2:06 am

By Robert W. Service

 There’s a race of men that don’t fit in,

A race that can’t stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain’s crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don’t know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they’re always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say:  “Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!”
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It’s the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that’s dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life’s been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha!  He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He’s a rolling stone, and it’s bred in the bone;
He’s a man who won’t fit in.

Shaolin Temple was founded by Khmers and Teaches Silat

In Uncategorized on October 1, 2011 at 6:27 am

Stupid story number 1,0328 that I have heard on my martial arts journey.

By Antonio Graceffo

A Silat master told me this: “Shaolin Kung Fu is actually Silat, a Muslim martial art. The Shaolin temple is in Yunnnan where the people are Muslim. The people learned Silat, then built the temple, and later the Chinese government forced the temple to become Buddhist for nationalistic reasons.”

My reaction: First, the Shaolin Temple is not in Yunnan, which sooo many people think because they are idiots and can’t speak Chinese or use a map. If you google search right now, you will find articles, even by people who have been to the temple, putting the temple in Yunnan. But actually the temple is in Henan, which means, “South of the river” and is hundreds if not thousands of miles away from Yunnan. Occasionally people put the temple in “The Hunan Province,” as did the Kung Fu TV show with David Carradine. Although China has a Hunan province, the temple is not located there. It is in Henan.

The Shaolin temple was built around 477 AD, about 100 years before the birth of Islam. Furthermore, Islam didn’t travel to China till the 7th century AD. The oldest records of Silat are in Indonesia, not Malaysia, and are from the 5th or 6th century. It is generally accepted that there are documented and reliable records of Chinese martial arts, pre-dating all but Indian martial arts.

The history of Kung Fu coming to China is quite well documented. Bodhidharma (also called Da Mo in Chinese) a Buddhist monk, came from India in 464 AD to spread Buddhism. He is credited with founding the Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple.

The only controversy seems to be that many Indian historians point out that as a monk, Bodhidharma would have been trained in Indian martial arts. As a result, they claim that Chinese Kung Fu is based on Indian martial art. To date, there is no clear-cut evidence of this. As an observer, however, if you watch Indian martial art, it does not bear any similarity to Chinese Kung Fu.

As for the Silat connection, I have lived in Shaolin Temple and it is quite clearly a Buddhist temple and not some other religion.

When I told these facts to the master, he was taken aback. “This is why this type of history needs to be written down, so people will not get confused.” He said. I responded with “It was written down. That is how I know it.”

Stupid story number 1,0329: Bodhidharma was Cambodian. He brought Bokator to China, founded Shaolin Temple, and it became Kung Fu.

This story was told to me by a Cambodian Bokator master (Not San Kim Saen). He told me, “King Jayavarman VII and Bodhidharma were classmates. King Jayavarman VII taught Bokator to Bodhidharma who then went to China, brining both Bokator and Buddhism with him.

My reaction: Buddhism didn’t become the national religion of Cambodia until the 13th century, basically toward the end of the Angkorian Empire. This means, Buddhism in China predates Buddhism in Cambodia by about 800 years. Also, the Buddhism practiced in Cambodia is Theravada, whereas in China it is Mahayana.

King Jayavarman VII wasn’t born until 1225. If he and Bodhidharma had known each other, Bodhidharma would have been 800 years old, and probably would not have been able to learn Bokator.

And once again, at a glance, there is no connection between Chinese Kung Fu and Cambodian Bokator. Also, it helps that China and India have some of the best historical written records in the world, whereas Cambodia has almost no written history and not a single document to support this theory.

When I presented these facts to the Bokator Master he protested: “You can’t possibly know our history, you are not Khmer.” I had no argument for that statement. He was right, I was not Khmer, but in this argument, I think that adds to my credibility.

Stupid story number 1,0330: Khmers invented English Boxing

The main rational for this is that one of the Khmer words for fight is “bok” like in the word “Bokator” or “wybok”. And it was clear to some Khmers on the internet that the English word “boxing” was derived from the Khmer word “bok.” The French took this word back to Europe and somehow, it made its way into the English language. But then, as part of a Western conspiracy to discredit Cambodia, the entire West decided to claim that England invented English boxing. And everyone from Japan to Russia, to France and America all colluded in writing a false history of boxing.

The introduction of western boxing rules, the ring, gloves, and round-timer by the French in Cambodia is well established. It was in the 1920’s that these western elements were added to Khmer Boxing. Not once, in all of my association with professional boxing and Khmer boxing in Cambodia, did any authority argue this fact.

But, assuming that the French records of introducing the ring and such were falsified, let’s look at the history of boxing.

Men have engaged in prize fighting for literally thousands of years. There are records and paintings dating back to Mesopotamia of men prize fighting. So, neither Cambodia nor Thailand should claim to have invented prize fighting.

The oldest use of the word “boxing” was in a British newspaper in the 1750’s. This predates France’s involvement in Cambodia by 100 years. Even if we believe that France was in possession of a time machine, and went to Cambodia, learned about English boxing, then brought the word back to Europe, WHY would the word be English, rather than French? The “ing” ending is clearly English and not French. Why would French time travelers, bouncing between 1750 and 1850 use an English word for a new sport? And why, after all of their time-traveling toil, why would they credit it the invention of boxing to England and not France? It’s not that England and France have much love for each other.

And since the beginning of this world wide conspiracy, why has France never come forward and tried to discredit England?

On youtbe now, I have been attacked, on the same video, by Thais, for being pro-Khmer, and by Khmers, for being pro Thai. One Khmer actually asked me, “Which side are you on?” The answer is, I am pro truth. You can’t just make up some history and then take pride in it. The other pathetic thing about all of the debate about who invented muay Thai is that it doesn’t bloody matter. Neither Thailand nor Cambodia ever invented anything else” the steam engine, locomotive, automobile, airplane, computer, google, microwave popcorn, democracy, capitalism, Velcro… AND ENGLISH BOXING all came from the west.

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
website

www.speakingadventure.com

Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

facebook

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Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE

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

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

Order the download at http://3dguy.tv/brooklyn-monk-in-3d/