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.