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Zawen Anwar the Coward

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

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By Antonio Graceffo

Zawen Anwar of Body Construction Studios was slated to fight me at God’s FC as my second fight of the evening. Zawen is 27 years old, or 23 years younger than me, and, at 95 kgs, he outweighs me by 12 kgs. He is a former San Da champion and bodybuilding champion, currently working as a model, and trying to bill himself as a fighter.

His manager pulled him out of Gods Fc the day before the fight, saying,  that when Zawan beats Antonio, people will say it is because Antonio was tired from the previous fight, so it’s not a good win.

We rescheduled Zawen to fight me on 5 May, at Ultimate Beat Down 8. Zawen’s manager said he was brining a TV crew and two paramedics because they were so worried I would get hurt.

Zawen is known to have zero MMA and zero wrestling skills. His only fight credits were three Muay Thai fights that his manager claimed he won recently. We checked around, and heard that the fights were setups. Either the opponents were hand picked to lose or actually paid to lose.

I anticipated an easy fight, ending in the first round, with me sitting on the bigger man, pounding him.

This morning, only a week before the fight, Zawen’s manager called and said the fight was off. He said that beating Antonio wasn’t a good enough victory. He also said that Zawen felt bad about hurting me, so he didn’t want to fight me.

I don’t claim to know everything about fighting, but seems to me, unless you actually fight, you can’t claim victory.

When I posted about this on Facebook, a friend contacted me with the insdie scoop on Zawen the Coward.

I know Zawen very well. He has had only 2 Muay Thai fights and he ko ed his opponents in the first 2 rounds. He might claim that he has had others but it was just an amateur and held in the gym. I saw the videos. For professional Muay Thai, he asked for 3 rounds instead of 5.

Truthfully, he runs no more than 6km a day, his aim is to beat his opponent in the first two rounds as he has no stamina to do more. he was a body builder and has had history with steroids.

In a Muay Thai championship in Malaysia, there was meant to be a drug test, and “ he spilled the beans, being worried.”

Muay Thai trainers say he is very pampered and refused to do as told.

As a person, he is full of himself.

Well, anything you want to know about him, just ask. He is not even a famous model, just a model, to tell you the truth.

Zawan has been on the cover of Men’s Health and was voted one of Malaysia’s hottest people. Is this the kind of person Malaysians want representing them?

Please help me get the word out to the press and to the public. Zawen is a huge fraud and a coward. And I am happy to fight him any time.

Antonio Graceffo, not hiding.

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 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

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Ultimate MMA, Johor Bahru (Part 1)

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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In January of 2012, Antonio Graceffo went to Ultimate MMA Academy in Johro Bahru, Malaysia, to train and film for 10 days. Three months later, he was still sleeping on the floor in the academy, training twice a day and fighting as often as possible.

 

Watch it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLuHZaCAiCk

 

Ultimate MMA, under Jiao Lien Melvin Yeoh is a special place where lots of lost and wandering martial artists come to share their skills with each other. The academy holds monthly MMA fights as well as frequent Muay Thai fights. Fighters from the academy also compete in larger, professional MMA fights in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Kimberly Lee Tan is a former professional fighter who quit his job, returned to the academy and is looking to make a comeback. He is Antonio’s primary sparring partner and secondary teacher, after Melvin Yeoh. Melvin has had countless professional Muay Thai fights as well as a good number of MMA fights. Together, the three, plus a leading student, named Zeus, are training and fighting, trying to make their way up the ladder of MMA from Malaysia, to Singapore or Hong Kong, to Japan, or maybe further.

 

Win, lose, or draw the academy is all about personal development and empowerment. Every student at the academy is also a teacher, almost from day one. It is a place where many young people have learned leadership skills and many people old and young have learned both self-confidence, and humility.

 

 

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

 

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Malaysia’s most successful MMA fighter Melvin Yeoh wants to make his ONE FC dream a reality

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

This is an incredible article, by James Goyder, about my teacher, Melvin, Chian Yik Yeoh. So proud that he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. 

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A 6-1 record marks out Melvin Yeoh as Malaysia’s most successful mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and the sole loss of his career only came about because of a blatant refereeing error. The owner of the Ultimate MMA Gym in Johor Bahru has quickly and quietly gone about making himself the most sought after fighter in the entire country.

His MMA career began in September 2011 when he took on three opponents in the space of a single day at “Mayhem 2,” which was organized by Malaysian Fighting Championship in Kuala Lumpur. He beat two of the top local fighters at his weight that day, but it was the culmination of almost two decades of martial arts experience.

“My hometown is Perlis, which is on the border between Malaysia and Thailand, and I started my martial arts journey by taking up Taekwondo lessons at the age of 13 followed by Muay Thai, but I wasn’t serious about it. Between the ages of 13-17 I was a troubled teenager who liked to fight in school and on the streets a lot. My grandfather brought me to a martial arts school to allow me to focus my fights in the ring and I started fighting at the age of 14 but stopped when I was 19 as I needed to further my studies in the university.”

 

The Ultimate MMA camp in Johor Bahru is home to a number of aspiring young mixed martial artists and has hosted a handful of events. It was first founded by Yeoh nine years ago and has continued to grow and expand ever since,

“I was posted to Johor Bahru, Malaysia, as a school educator in 2003. At that time, the existence of Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu jitsu or MMA Gyms there was close to zero. So, at one point, I felt bored and started to gather some teenagers and friends around the area and educated them about the basic of MMA in the backyard.”

What started out as a loose group of friend training together in some of the elements of MMA developed into one of the most respected camps in Malayisa,

“By 2006, Ultimate MMA Academy was founded and it expanded and kept growing bigger. In 2010 the sheer size of our group left us no choice but to move to a bigger place and to upgrade the facilities to at the very least, meet the minimum requirements of an MMA academy. Since then our boys from Ultimate MMA have fought countless 

 

 

fights in amateur boxing, judo, grappling, BJJ, Muay Thai, Sanshou and MMA competitions.”

Yeoh has fought seven times and has won six with the only loss coming in controversial circumstances. Having already defeated Raymond Tiew (now 4-2) and Sam Chan (now 4-1) he found himself facing Kazbek Shalbassov from Kazakhstan in the final of the ‘Mayhem’ Lightweight tournament.

Yeoh walks at 145 lbs and could easily cut to bantamweight but seemed to have secured a remarkable achievement when he stopped Shalbassov with a solid knee to the solar plexus. The Kazhak fighter was unable to continue but the referee inexplicably decided to give him time to recover and issue his opponent a warning for the non existent low blow.

It is the only blemish on the Malaysian’s perfect record but he understands that, with this being the first large scale MMA event ever attempted in the country, mistakes were inevitable,

“In the cage the referee holds the power to decide and everyone was exhausted. In Mayhem 2 I have to fight three fights inside three hours and I also had to corner three others boys. I fought the two toughest opponents Sam Chan and Raymond Tiew in my division before I advance to the finals but the referee had to present himself for more than 20 fights as well and with MMA in Malaysia still being a growing sport, I don’t blame him for making that mistake.”

You can see the video of that fight here and not only was Yeoh robbed of a stoppage win by the referee but he was also stood up almost immediately after securing a takedown and transitioning into mount as he recalls,

“I did some solid knee strike to the chest and my opponent collaped but then the referee came in and immediately he told the referee that I kneed to his groin. The fight restarted in the centre of the cage again so I charge in and took him down with a double leg takedown. The next thing I know is that I was stood up and I was so frustrated that I lost my composure and got stopped straightaway with some solid punches.”

Since that setback Yeoh’s career has gone from strength to strength and he has demonstrated the diversity of his skillset by registering wins by both TKO and submission, including a highlight reel headkick KO which you can see below:

 

A link to the original article: http://www.mmamania.com/2012/4/21/2964375/malaysias-most-successful-mma-fighter-melvin-yeoh-wants-to-make-his

 

MFC4 – MELVIN YEOH (Malaysia) vs “BULLKILLER” MOHD ZAKHIR (Malaysia) (via MFChallenge)

Yeoh recently beat three men in a single night to be named South Malaysian Muay Thai champion. The humble schoolteacher’s success is all the more remarkable because he only entered his first MMA competition reluctantly with the hope of inspiring some of his students,

“Three of my students wanted to put their MMA skills that they learned from Ultimate MMA to the test in a local competition called Mayhem 2 which was organized by Muayfit. In order to encourage them to fight hard and with heart, I signed up with them. I didn’t expect myself to go that far in the competition but all four of us ended up with the first runner up title. After that I felt reignited, it was like the feeling I had in my younger days so I signed up for more fights in local events.”

All Yeoh’s fights have taken place in comparatively small venues in front of a few hundred fans, although Mayhem, which took place in a busy shopping centre, did attract several thousand fans throughout the course of the day. The spectre of Asia’s biggest mixed martial art’s promotion, ONE Fighting Championship, is looming large over Malaysian MMA at present because they are putting on a card in the 10,000 capacity Stadium Negara on June 23rd.

With such a strong record Yeoh should be in with a shout of a spot on the card and he says it would be a dream come true,

“ONE FC has really brought Asian MMA to a whole new level especially in the SEA region with their excellent promotion and production, their fight level is way beyond what we’ve seen before. Fighting in this organization is every Asian fighter’s dream, especially fighting in my own country, with all my countrymen cheering and supporting me, how nice would it be!”

Yeoh already holds a win over a ONE FC fighter in Raymond Tiew who he stopped with strikes in only his second fight. No other Malaysian mixed martial artist has as many wins as him and he has more than earned a shot with a major league organization but despite having such a strong record he still believes he has plenty of room for improvement,

 

 

“I didn’t even realize that my record was better than any other Malaysian until you told me. I just try to get as many fights as I can in small events to gain some experience and slowly make my way up. What I have achieved so far is nothing to be proud of and I’m still not satisfied because have made mistakes in every fight I have had but I will learn from all my mistakes and be a better fighter.”

Although Chan and Tiew both have very respectable records not all of Yeoh’s opponents have been of the same calibre, although he has been known to be outweighed by as much as 20 lbs. However there is no question that he has come a long way in a short space of time since making his professional debut last September and with ONE FC ‘Destiny of Warriors’ only two months away he could be in line for the sort of reward his recent efforts so richly deserve.

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Antonio Graceffo MMA Fight Gods FC One

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Antonio Graceffo vs. David Khoo

April 14, 2012, at Overtime, Jahlan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, Antonio Graceffo vs. David Khoo

Watch it free on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArNKy_J-RU

 

Tale of the tape

Name Antonio Graceffo David Khoo
Nick Name Brooklyn Monk  
Weight 83 kgs 85 kg
Height 171 cm  176

 

Age 44 25
Date of Birth 6 September, 1967  
Fighting style Bokator Muay Thai
MMA Record 6 wins 1 loss 0 wins and 1 loss
Nationality USA Malaysia
Home Town Brooklyn, New York Penang
Club Affiliation Ultimate MMA Academy Penang Top Team

 

Fighting out of Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Penang, Malaysia

 

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 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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Unemotional, even-handed reaction to Thailand’s retarded decision to ban MMA

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2012 at 6:32 am

 

By Antonio Graceffo

“The Bangkok Post reported yesterday that the Sport Authority of Thailand (SAT), essentially the government agency that regulates sports in the country has banned any and all MMA events to take place in Bangkok. According to SAT deputy governor, Sakol Wannapong, “Organising a MMA event here would hurt the image of Muay Thai… Sakol also claims that mixed martial arts would mislead the public to think that muay Thai is brutal.” From Muay Thai Beyond the Ring

It is so stupid that MMA was banned in Thailand on grounds that MMA makes Muay Thai look brutal. How can MMA cause Muay Thai to look brutal? They’re two different sports. That’s like saying hockey makes baseball look violent  It is true, however, that cricket makes baseball look fast. If anything, hokey makes MMA look tame. Hokey games are so rough MMA fights breakout among the spectators.

As for protecting the Thai national sport, the national sport in America is baseball. Basketball has become more popular, and we accept that. It’s a buyer’s market. We didn’t ban basketball to increase baseball ticket sales. We did try combining them into a single sport Basketball, but, in spite of a hilarious movie by the same title, Basketball as a participation sport never took off.

If Thais think MMA looks too brutal, then wouldn’t that be a benefit to Muay Thai, which, by their estimations, looks less brutal? This would then drive more Thai back to Muay Thai. But all of this speculation is academic as there almost no Thais participating in MMA. There was only one MMA fight league in Thailand, Dare, where most of the participants were foreigners. In the MMA training camps, there are almost no Thais learning MMA. So banning MMA in Thailand will simply driver foreigners away from Thailand and not back to Muay Thai.

We didn’t need to ban European football (Soccer) in America, because Americans don’t want to play it. But we didn’t BAN it. European football is legal in America. And you’re free to make a club or hold professional games.  If you’re over the age of 9 and you play soccer, Americans may laugh at you, but they wouldn’t arrest you. Furthermore, if Americans started to like soccer and play it and bet on it, and it pulled people away from baseball and basketball, so what! You would see professional indoor soccer games pop-up in the best casinos in Vegas. Probably to make the American audience embrace soccer we would have to alter the rules in such a fashion that something actually happened on the field. And scores would have to be in double digits. Perhaps we would add land mines, machinegun fire, or let wild lions loose on the field, to spice things up. At the very least, we would allow tackling and other random, violent contact.

Either way, once soccer got a foothold in the casinos, you would see American soccer outpace the rest of the world. Since many casino owners have ethnic connections with Italy, it would be easy for them to bring over the best players and hooligans. In a short time they would make more money off soccer than Brazil ever thought possible. And Brazil has been playing in for a century.

The point is, in America, and to a lesser extent Canada, people have the right to choose which sport they want to watch or play. You shouldn’t have laws banning one sport to support another. The mere fact that you need a law banning MMA tells me that people want MMA.

While we’re on the subject, and just to keep this piece from being perceived as an anti-Thailand rant, let me extend my condemnation the rest of the world, outside of America. I have a crazy idea for all of the other countries in the world, how about two sports? Or, God forbid, three or more? USA has three huge participation and spectator sports in baseball, basketball, and football. Hockey is probably a solid number four. Then you have spectator sports like boxing and now MMA which are widely popular and which generate lots of money. But most of the rest of the world has one sport, soccer. And since most Asian countries can’t even dream of competing in the World Cup, Thailand concentrates on exactly one sport, Muay Thai.

Have you noticed that multiparty, non-royalist democracies also have multiple sports? There is something about free enterprise and democracy that makes us not live in constant fear of cultural domination. It also gives us large pretzels, sold from push carts, one of the cornerstones of the New York financial markets which drives the global economy. Large pretzels and freedom of choice are lacking in the rest of the world.

The world is too big for even me to take on, so let’s get back to MMA and Thailand.

It’s obvious that like it or not, MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world. And, that it’s the sport of the future. Using Malaysia as a test case for the rest of Asia, I can see that MMA is the sport of a younger generation who speak English, are computer literate, and are aware of other countries and things happening more than a mile from their house.

Thailand banning MMA is one more example of weird protectionist retro-steps that Asia takes to try their best to remain a century behind global development, like Malaysia switching back to Bahasa medium in schools so their citizens will suck at English and not be able to get good jobs. It’s great! If you excel at Bahasa, rather than English, you could someday get a great job in Indonesia, which is poorer than Malaysia. By the same logic, Thailand bans websites, makes long-term visas for foreigners nearly impossible, although those long-term foreign residents bring millions into the country. And now, they may even ban the MMA training camps. God knows, the last thing you want in your economy is foreigners coming in, spending money and training in MMA. After the MMA camps and long-term tourists are gone, Thailand will be able to concentrate on all of its other great businesses like …like… you know, the other business Thailand does other than tourism…banking maybe? Or was it satellite technology? Auto manufacture and export? Or…Oh, now I remember, the other business Thailand does is NOTHING.

If you support MMA, or are a fan of free choice, help a monk get to Kuala Lumpur to fight. Donate through the paypal link on my website http://www.speakingadventure.com Only three days left till I need to go to KL for the weigh-in and still short of travel and hotel money. As always, I’d be happy to wrestle you for food.

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 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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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

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China’s Dependence on US Economy

In Uncategorized on April 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

By Antonio Graceffo

Reuters, The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, and the UN Human Development Index, I found that most experts attributed the US effect on the Chinese economy to such issues as US trade imbalance, where China was completely dependent on the US as a customer, the fact that China has been buying up US debt, and the fact that China’s hard currency reserves are stored in US (not Canadian) Dollars.

This is a sequel to a previous report entitled “China, Canada, Britain, and the US as Economic Powers” which explains that ALL of the top rating agencies still have US listed as the number one economic power in the world, with China number 2 and Canada number 14.

Here is a link to that article

https://brooklynmonk.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/china-canada-britain-and-the-us-as-economic-powers/

China holds 16% or 1.15 Billion dollars of US foreign debt, making it the largest holder of US foreign debt. This debt is carried as an asset on China’s boos and is in part used to support the value of the RMB, the Chinese Yuen currency. If the US government were to be deemed insolvent, the value of this debt would drop to zero on China’s books, and the value of the Yuen would drop.

When the US economy drops significantly, there is the risk of US debt being decreased in rating by the rating agencies, which then decreases the value of the debt. Once again, this fact, China’s ownership of US debt would explain why a dip in US economy adversely effected China’s economy .

Trade Deficit

Another reason why China’s economy is very much dependent on the solvency or general health of the US economy is the US/China trade deficit.

In the month of March, 2012, the US imported 34.3 Million worth of goods from China but exported only 8.3 million of goods to China. As the US is a customer nation, when your customer loses his income, he stops buying from you. And this is one of the reasons that the US economic crisis effected China.

Currency Reserves

Another reason why a dip in the US currency adversely effects China is because China’s hard currency reserves or foreign exchange currency reserves are held largely in US dollars. As of 2011, China was holding 3.18 Billion of foreign currency reserves. This currency is used to prop up the Yuen. If the US dollar drops, then China has less value propping up its currency.

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 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

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facebook

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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

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

http://brooklynmonk.podomatic.com

BrooklynMonk in 3D

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Short report on education around the globe

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

 By Antonio Graceffo

In response to Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claim that Malaysian education is now better than education in America and the west. http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/muhyiddin-our-schools-are-better-than-the-us-britain-and-germany/

 

The US has been slipping in education ranking. According to United Nations Human Development Index Report (HDI)Canada is number 6 in the world (Seriously, I like Canada and am very impressed at how many good things they have done for their citizens in spite of the racial handicap of being Canadian. US is number 20. And Malaysia is number 96, lower than Fiji, Trinidad and Tobago , and Mongolia. World education rankings: China was 97, Japan 23, Vietnam 114, Myamar 120, Thailand 72 (higher than Malaysia), Hong Kong 86, Singapore 52, Cambodia 132 (behind Congo), Taiwan, Korea 34.The reason you find some countries much lower than what you may have suspected is because in countries outside of US and Canada, not everyone gets to go to school. And this is an important point when looking at human development index. In the US, it is unlikely to meet a waiter who can’t read, can’t do basic math in his head, or has never eaten at a restaurant. But across Asia this is common. Meanwhile, when I was teaching elementary school in Taiwan, 5th graders were already doing math that I, as a language major, didn’t do in university. When I was studying at university in Germany, Germans were fond of telling me how stupid Americans were and that our high school wasn’t even recognized in Germany. The fact is, nearly all Americans graduate high school, more than 80% of people over 25 have a high school diploma. But only 11% of Germans receive the Abitur, the German high school diploma which allows you to proceed to university. So, in comparing high school grads and arbiter-holder, you are comparing the top 11% of Germans to the average American, which is unfair. For a fair comparison, you have to go across the whole population, which for Germany would include Realschule and Hauptschul students, who complete their academic education at ages 14-16. They wouldn’t even compare to the average American high school grad and certainly not to AP or IB graduates who internationally ranked. Similar comparisons have to be made when comparing other European countries with an Abitur system, such as Norway, or with French speaking countries who have the Bach. These exams are bloody hard and are only passed by a small percentage of elite students in those countries. As for comparing Malaysia to US, you need to see how many patents were filed in each country, per capita, how many international academic awards were received, such as the Fields Medal or Nobel Prize. Look at international competitions such as international science fairs and mathematics contests… and you will find that Malaysia is even low compared to the rest of Asia. 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, http://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 http://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 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/