With Host Eddie Goldman
Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk, on Martial Arts and MMA inAsia
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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