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Brooklyn Monk Book Featured in New Book by Tim Johnson

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Author Tim Johnson has recently published a series of books about martial arts figures around the world. I am very flattered to say that Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo was featured in one of Tim’s books, available at


Who is the Brooklyn Monk?: A Dialog with Martial Arts Adventurer, Antonio Graceffo[Paperback]

Tim Johnson (Author)


Travelling to the far reaches of the world to find lost masters and forgotten systems of martial arts; reviving the sometimes abandoned techniques and philosophies of a subculture of warriors; immersing himself deep into the cultural and linguistic setting of his fight training. These are only a couple of the things that get Antonio Graceffo up every morning.

“Train equally the mind and body. Your body will leave you long before your mind. No matter how tough and how fit you are now, you will eventually be an injured fat guy with no brains. So, build up your brains in advance of the inevitable and horrible end.”
– Antonio Graceffo

This book is an adaptation of an interview with Antonio Graceffo, martial arts writer, adventurer, fighter and anthropologist living in Asia. Antonio writes regular articles for Black Belt magazine and has published several books of his adventures including The Monk from Brooklyn and Warrior Odyssey.


Chinese Linguistics for ESL

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

By Antonio Graceffo

Chinese Linguistics for ESL (Part 1)

Chinese Linguistics for ESL (Part 2)

Chinese linguistics for ESL (Part 3)

The first in a series of informative videos, by Antonio Graceffo, exploring cultural and linguistic aspects of the Chinese language which differ from English and which could impede Chinese speakers who are learning English or English speakers who are learning Chinese. These videos are targeted at both language teachers and language learners in the hopes of helping them to predict where the difficulties lie, and to understand where they come from.

Antonio Graceffo is currently a lecturer at Shanghai University, Shanghai, China: He holds a BA in foreign languages and English from Tennessee State University, he studied applied linguistics at University of Mainz, Germersheim Germany, he holds a Diplom Licenciate in TESOL from Trinity College, University of London and is the author of seven books on Asian culture. He is a lifelong language student and speaks 9 languages. At the time of this writing, he was preparing for the HSK national Chinese language exam.

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 The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at

See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on




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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

Brooklyn Monk in 3D

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