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South East Asian Martial Arts Seminar

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

     

 

World renowned South East Asian martial art expert and author Guro Antonio Graceffo (The Brooklyn Monk) now living in Malaysia will be conducting seminars in Southern California Teaching South East Asian Fighting Arts from December 6th– the 11th.  The curriculum will cover history and basic and advanced combatives of Malaysian Silat Tumoi and Cambodian Bokator.  Both styles are no nonsense reality based self defense martial arts that compliment each other or on their own make a complete fighting system.  Don’t miss this opportunity to train in two of the rarest and deadliest martial arts outside of South East Asia. Contact Lee Lollio @  LeeL210@yahoo.com for more info & open dates.

 

Scheduled seminar date: Union Chiropractic Group/Wellness Facility 1555 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 Sunday Dec. 11th 2 pm-5pm with Free parking and showers after seminar.  $40.00 pre-registration or $50.00 at the door.

 

 

Antonio Graceffo has spent the last ten years living inAsia, moving from country to country training and fighting in various forms of martial arts. He was the first foreigner to ever earn a black krama (black belt) in the Cambodian martial art of Bokator Fighting. He was the first foreigner ever awarded the prestigious title of Palawan Kalam (Silat Kalam Warrior) from the Malaysian government. He holds black belts in Bradal Serey (Khmer boxing) and Philippine Kumandos Kuntaw.  He has also trained Special Forces inAsia.

His studies at the Shaolin Temple, Henan, China, became the inspiration for his book, The Monk fromBrooklyn.  Also Antonio lived in Wat Atchatong, a forest monastery inThailand, where he trained in Muay Boran with Pra Kru Ba, the last warrior monk inThailand. He continued his study of Muay Boran, training with Adjan Sok Chai, Tony Jaa’s first trainer, inSurin,Thailand. InMalaysia, in addition to learning Silat Kalam under Guru Mazlan Man, Antonio studied Silat Tomoi under Guru (Kru) Jak Othman.  InThailand, Antonio learned Muay Chaiya with Kru Lek.

You can find Antonio’s column, Destinations, in Black Belt magazine. In total, he has written seven books, all of which have some martial arts theme. His book Warrior Odyssey details his first seven years inAsia, training and fighting. His most recent book, Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Arts Diary was the first book ever written about Cambodian martial arts. Antonio’s web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey is available on youtube. The show now has over 200 episodes, shot in numerous countries and with martial arts all overAsia.  He has also worked on various Films such as Delta Force 2 with Chuck Norris and TV shows; History Channel’s Human Weapon and others.

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Brooklyn Monk in California

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2011 at 4:18 pm

 

I am teaching a seminar on Southeast Asian fighting arts at the UC Wellness Center, in California on Sunday, December 11, from 2 PM to 5 PM all are welcome, if you buy a ticket.

On Saturday, December 10, from 12:00 to 3:00 PM, I will be doing a book signing for my new book, Khun Khmer: Cambodia Martial Arts Diary, the first book ever, exclusively about Khmer martial arts. Location: Martial Arts History Museum, 2319 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506, http://www.amazon.com/Khun-Khmer-Cambodian-Martial-Diary/dp/B006BLPBII/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1322668535&sr=8-13

Southeast Asian Fighting Arts Seminar

WhenSunday, December 11, 2011.Time2:00pm until 5:00pm..Description Seminar details: Lee Lollio will be hosting Guro Antonio Graceffo aka The Brooklyn Monk who is on a southern California seminar tour visiting from Malaysia. Seminar curriculum will be covering basic and advance techniques of Silat Tomoi of Malaysia and Bokator of Cambodia, which both are pure reality based self defense combative systems. Don’t let this opportunity slip by to train with one of the most sought out experts of the South East Asian fighting arts. Price: $50.00 per person on the day of the event or $40.00 preregistration 24 hrs before the event. Free parking in the back of the UCG Wellness Center and use of showers at the state of art training facility, 1555 w. Olympic blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Contact Lee Lollio for further info on this event and also for open dates for seminars and private lessons with Guro Graceffo while in Southern California from December 5th – December 10th and also future dates. Cell phone number: (805) 824-3821 and email: LeeL210@yahoo.com

Bio:

Antonio Graceffo has spent the last ten years living in Asia, moving from country to country training and fighting in various forms of martial arts. He was the first foreigner to ever earn a black krama (black belt) in the Cambodian martial art of Bokator Fighting. He was the first foreigner ever awarded the prestigious title of Palawan Kalam (Silat Kalam Warrior) from the Malaysian government. He also holds black belts in Bradal Serey (Khmer boxing) and Philippine Kumandos Kuntaw and also has studied Wing Chun.

His studies at the Shaolin Temple, Henan, China, became the inspiration for his book, The Monk from Brooklyn. After the Shaolin Temple, Antonio lived in Wat Atchatong, a forest monastery in Thailand, where he trained in Muay Boran with Pra Kru Ba, the last warrior monk in Thailand. He continued his study of Muay Boran, training with Adjan Sok Chai, Tony Jaa’s first trainer, in Surin, Thailand. In Malaysia, in addition to learning Silat Kalam under Guru Mazlan Man, Antonio studied Silat Tomoi under Guru (Kru) Jak Othman. In Thailand, Antonio learned Muay Chaiya with Kru Lek.

For Muay Thai, Antonio has trained with various teachers and at numerous gyms throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Taiwan.

You can find Antonio’s column, Destinations, in Black Belt magazine. In total, he has written seven books, all of which have some martial arts theme. His book Warrior Odyssey details his first seven years in Asia, training and fighting. His most recent book, Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Arts Diary, was the first book ever written about Cambodian martial arts. Antonio’s web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey is available on youtube. The show now has over 200 episodes, shot in numerous countries and with martial arts all over Asia. He has also worked on Films such as Delta Force 2 with Chuck Norris and TV shows: Human Weapon, Digging for the Truth, Kill Arman, The Art of Fighting, Samantha Brown’s Asia, and Thai TV shows about Muay Thai Chaiya and Kun Khmer Champion in Cambodia.

As a fighter, Antonio has had over 45 boxing matches, including military, amateur and professional fights. In 2011, at the age of 44, he began fighting in MMA competitions and now holds a record of 3 and 1.

Military and police experience

Antonio has successfully graduated three US boot camps: Army, Navy, and Merchant Marines. He is also a graduate of US Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning Georgia, Army School of Training Management, and Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.

In Malaysia, he works as a trainer for the Royal Police. In Burma, Antonio was a volunteer with the Shan State Rebel Army, where he worked as a martial arts trainer as well as documenting human rights abuses and war crimes.

Checkout Antonio’s website http://speakingadventure.com/

Bokator Fighter Antonio Graceffo MMA Fight Night II

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2011 at 5:31 am

 

 

 

Brooklyn Monk Antonio Graceffo fights in MMA fight held on November 12, 2011, at Vogue the Club, Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event was sponsored by Muayfit MMA, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. This fight won the award for “hardest kick in the face.” Antonio won the dubious honor (self-dubbed) of “hardest chin.”

 

Tale of the Tape

  Antonio Graceffo
Age 44
Height 170 cm
Weight 89 kgs
Martial Arts Bokator
Fight record 3 and 1
Hero Ernest Hemingway
   

 

 

Watch it on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ha1e5wpMm0&feature=channel_video_title

 

 

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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Book Release: Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Arts Diary, By Antonio Graceffo

In Uncategorized on November 6, 2011 at 1:51 am

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The world’s first, ever, book dedicated 100% to Cambodian martial arts. In this rare work you will find stories about the three Khmer martial arts: Bradal  Serey (kick boxing), Jap Bap (wrestling), and the ancient fighting system of Bokator. The book includes interviews and profiles with most of Cambodia’s living masters and some of Cambodia’s top fighters.

 

Between the stories of martial arts and fighting you will get an incredibly close and intimate look into Cambodian culture. Traveling with Graceffo you experience Cambodia as few people ever can.

 

Order now, direct from the publisher

http://www.valleymartialarts.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11_56&products_id=1706

 

From the publisher:

 

Antonio Graceffo, in his 7th book, returns to Cambodia in search of the elusive origins of Bokator, the unabridged original fighting style of Cambodia.  His search, 10 years in the making, has taken him from Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and many villages and towns in between.   Along the way, Graceffo details the people, culture, and mindset of a civilization far removed from his Brooklyn upbringing.

Always behind his journey, is Graceffo’s determination to find documentation and proof of Bokator’s roots.  This is Graceffo’s motivation, his holy grail, his passion.  Come along as Graceffo combines his passion for Martial Arts and culture to learn what it means to be human, in a sometimes inhumane world.

Experience with Graceffo the beauty of a country where few Americans live, eat with the locals where you can dine like a king for $4.00, travel the many dirt roads to people’s grass hut homes and dirt floors that welcome you with a smile.  Meet the young men who train 8 hours a day, but do not have enough money for food or competition fees.    Understand a country coming to terms with its’ own turbulent past and trying to carve a place for itself in the 21st century.

Discover why this book ends with more questions than answers, but rest assured, Graceffo will take you on a journey that you will never forget.

 

Contact the author: Antonio@Speakingadventure.com