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MMA News Asia Interview with Antonio Graceffo

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 at 4:23 am

MMA Asia is the leading source for news and interviews for what’s hot and new on the Asian Mixed Martial Arts scene. Listen to MMA Asia for the latest news about 1-FC, Dare, Naksu, Malaysia fighting Championships (MFC), URCC Philippines, and more.

In this multi-part series, MMA Asia tele-journalist Alan Cole, based in Kuala Lumpur, interviews the Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, a martial arts author and TV host who is also fighting in the Malaysia Fighting Championships.

Listen to the MMA Asia interview with Antonio Graceffo

http://www.mmanewsasia.com/2011/12/24/mma-news-asia-podcast-antonio-graceffo-the-brooklyn-monk-pt-1/

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Antonio Graceffo on No Holds Barred RadioNew York

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

With Host Eddie Goldman

Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk, on Martial Arts and MMA inAsia

http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2011-12-21T23_47_40-08_00

Born in Brooklyn, raised in Tennessee, and living for many years in Asia, Antonio Graceffo has written books, hosted the “Martial Arts Odyssey” web TV show, studied traditional martial arts and boxing, and more recently has fought in mixed martial arts events in Asia, even though he is now 44 years old. He is also now adding wrestling to his repertoire of martial arts.

 

We spoke with Antonio while he was visitingNew Yorklast week. He has been bringing to the rest of the world information on Bokator, a traditional martial art fromCambodia, which is similar to muayThai.We spoke about how he ended up living in Asia, the martial arts and its culture in Asia, and how that differs from the culture ofWestern MMA. He explained which styles and techniques are practiced in which countries and regions ofAsia, and where some styles like wrestling are not. He discussed MMA in Asia, and especiallyMalaysia, as well as the emergence of the ONE Fighting Championship and its network, and much, much more.

 

Antonio Graceffo is a fascinating and unique individual, and we hope this lengthy interview is just the start of many discussions with him on No Holds Barred.

 

 

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 inAsia. He is a columnist for Black Belt Magazine and the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk fromBrooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey throughAsia, 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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Twitter

http://twitter.com/Brooklynmonk

 

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BrooklynMonk on YOUTUBE

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BrooklynMonk in 3D

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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

South East Asian Kombatives (SEAK)

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Ancient techniques from Southeast Asia Enhance Modern MMA

By Antonio Graceffo

When the opponent’s punch comes, Silat Tomoi tell us to block it aggressively with an elbow, hopefully breaking his hand. If he kicks, San Da teaches to catch the kick and take him to the ground. In close-in stand-up fighting, Muay Boran teaches us to use close in, spinning back elbow strikes. Chaiya says that if we spin one way, we are now setup to spin the other way, action, reaction, and always, move your head out of the path of attack. Kick the thigh with your shin, then spin back around and smash him in the head with your forearm.

South East Asian Kombatives (SEAK) is a new series of videos, seminars, and books, where Antonio Graceffo shares the experience he gained during his ten years of traveling throughSoutheast Asia, training with various masters.

SEAK combines techniques from a variety of regional martial arts, including: Cambodian Bokator and Bradal Serey,Thailand’s Muay Thai, Muay Boran, andMuay Chaiya,Malaysia’s Silat Kalam and Silat Tomoi, as well as other arts such as Chinese San Da, Philippine Yaw Yan, and even some modern MMA techniques.

At medium distance, Yaw Yan uses a one-two combination of spinning back-fists to knock the opponent out. If the opponent grabs you and wants to grapple Muay Thai style, Bokator encourages us to move in with a close elbow, striking the man in the center of the chest, just above the solar plexus, knocking him to the ground. If he doesn’t fall, Silat Kalam offers a variety of throws. MMA tells us to go to the ground and grapple with him. Bokator gives us some basic chokes and submissions to end the fight on the ground.

From standing to ground fighting, South East Asian martial arts offer a complete set of techniques to dominate at any distance. MMA may be a new concept in the west, but revisiting the ancient techniques could offer a new twist to the fight game.

Before going toAsia, Antonio had a background in western boxing and kick boxing. He fought numerous boxing smokers, challenge fights, amateur and professional boxing matches. InAsia, Antonio has fought in boxing matches, as well as MMA competitions. During his travels, in addition to months he spent inChina’sShaolinTemple, as well as a Muay Thai temple inThailand, Antonio was the first foreigner to earn a Black Krama in Cambodian Bokator. He was also the first non-Muslim to be permitted to study the Malaysian art of Silat Kalam.

During his years on the road, Antonio wrote seven books, which are all available on amazon.com The most recent ones are Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Arts Diary, which is one of the first books ever written exclusively about Cambodian martial arts, and Warrior Odyssey, a book which details the first seven years of his travels. His web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, with over 200 hundred episodes on youtube, follows his travels and martial arts studies.

“My first goal in traveling and studying the way I did was so that I could learn and grow as a martial artist. My second goal was to share the experience with people in theUSand elsewhere, who maybe didn’t have the same opportunities I had.” Explains Graceffo. “Many of the masters asked me to go back toAmericaand teach their system, to help preserve and promote the arts. But teaching a single system seemed oo restrictive. SEAK gives me the opportunity to share a variety of systems and to pick and chose, passing on the techniques that I like best.”

It’s not just fighting techniques that you will learn in the SEAK DVDs, seminars and books, it’s also culture and history. “I know people want to learn deadly techniques or techniques that might help them win a fight, but I think it’s important to share the culture and experience that I gained from this incredible opportunity that I’ve had.”

In the seminars, Antonio tries to add some history and cultural perspective to the techniques he teaches.

“Some of these arts are dying out in the countries where they were created.” Antonio explains. “Tae Kwan Do was the fastest growing art in most of these countries, now MMA is exploding inSoutheast Asia. SEAK is a way of reminding people how wonderful these ancient arts are, before they go away.”

Antonio just finished teaching a SEAK seminar in California. His next seminar series will be in March of 2012, when he is planning several dates in California, New York, and other USlocations. You can get information about SEAK seminars and find out about the DVD release on Antonio’s facebook page, Brooklyn Monk (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Monk)

watch Martial Arts Odyssey on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/brooklynmonk1 catch up on all of Antonio’s news at his website, www.speakingadventure.com

get his books on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/185-4365010-6514835?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=antonio+graceffo&x=0&y=0

 To arrange a seminar in your area contact Lee Lollio email: LeeL210@yahoo.com

Martial Arts Odyssey: Masters of Miri (Part 1)

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

 

In Miri, Malaysian Borneo, Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, meets a number of masters of various styles of Silat. 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Masters of Miri (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iizc61kYJJg

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Masters of Miri (Part 2)

 

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 inAsia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk fromBrooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey throughAsia, 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

 

BrooklynMonk on YOUTUBE

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

 

BrooklynMonk 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

 

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Antonio Graceffo interviewed on ES News in Los Angeles

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm

 

Journalist Eli Seckbach interviews Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo, and martial arts expert, Lee Lollio, in Los Angeles. Eli asks the very volatile question, “Which is the best martial art?”

ES News interview 1 with Antonio Garceffo: Which Martial Art is Best

Watch the video on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hBrxE8W8Zs

ES News interview 2 with Antonio Graceffo: Living at theShaolinTemple

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijZV74reIc