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Coffee Fuels the Creative Beast

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2014 at 3:29 am

By Antonio Graceffo
I grew up in an Italian household where we began drinking coffee in preschool. Children’s coffee was served at breakfast time, in a bowl with hot, steaming milk. The brew was sweat and creamy, but the actual coffee component was the same thick, black, industrial strength espresso that the Marigone (non-Italian families) paid twenty bucks to drink in fancy restaurants. The rich Marigone believed espresso was some kind of a delicacy, served in tiny cups. But in my house, espresso wasn’t a delicacy. We drank it every day, and simply called it “coffee”, or more accurately, “cawfee”. Once you grew up, say around age 12 or more, you drank it out of those eight-ounce coffee cups we learned about from the American families down the block.
Coffee was central to our existence. Coffee drinking was a sport. It was a social interaction. It was coffee that held the family together. I remember my Pop saying, “Look at those Merigone kids, you see them on the news, joining gangs, addicted to heroin. You never see Italian kids doing that.” Yeah, I thought. Italian kids don’t need drugs, because we got the cawfee. That coffee was so strong, not only did it keep you from sleeping, but I didn’t blink for the first time, till I was in my twenties. I think a lot of the stereotypical Italian hand gesturing was just the result of being all hopped up on coffee, until your hands thrashed about, independent of any conscious mental control.
Pop saw it differently. “It’s because of the family.” He said. “Kids who stay in the house, eating biscotti and drinking coffee with the family, they grow up good.”
Pop did have a point. We spent so much time drinking coffee that we couldn’t possibly get into trouble. The whole family would sit for hours and hours, drinking coffee and talking. Debate was our favorite form of exercise and I think those daily mental sparring matches is where I first learned to be a fighter. Why do you think so many lawyers come out of Italian families? It’s because we grow up wired to the gills on amphetamine coffee, arguing non-stop in a language, which works best if shouted energetically. That, and we always have some family members who …need lawyers from time to time.
When I was ten, my family moved from New York to Tennessee. During the holidays, we would always make the long, fourteen hour drive, back to New York. When I would returned to Tennessee, my friends were eager to hear about the insane mischief I must have got up to in New York City. “What did you do up there? Is it like the movies? Did you see any movie stars or bank robberies?” They would ask. Sorry to disappoint them, I would tell them the truth, “ From early morning, till late at night, every single day of my vacation, I sat at the formica table in my grandma’s kitchen, drinking really strong coffee and talking to my relatives.” I never thought it odd growing up that nearly everyone in my social circle had the same last name as either my mom or my pop.
“And that’s it?” They asked, in disbelief.
“We also ate biscotti.” I added, gilding the lily a bit. We didn’t always east biscotti, but I took some poetic license.
In the family, coffee was a sedative. If you had a bad fright, like a near death car accident, the relatives would instantly hand you a cup of coffee and say, “Here, drink this, it’ll help you calm down.” Coffee was medicine. You took it for headaches, stomach flu, sleeplessness…When there was a crisis, like a phone call in the middle of the night, saying a relative had died. Inevitably, someone would stand up defiantly, slap the table, and announce, “I’ll go put on a pot of coffee.”
Those eight ounce espressos that my siblings and I pounded about twenty times a day were a physical representation of the American Dream, the melting pot, where local, and foreign customs mixed together. Now that I live in China, studying for my PhD and wrestling at Shanghai University of Sport, I took my Italian/American coffee drinking behavior with me.
In my dorm, I make my coffee insanely, ridiculously strong. It’s not the percolated coffee of my youth, but I make up for the lack of quality by turbo charging the potency. I start with two heaping tablespoons of instant coffee, add the same quantity of sugar, one heaping tablespoon of creamer, and then I dump in one or two packets of three-in-one instant coffee. I like it strong, but also, it’s just part of my writing routine. I work on my dissertation for a while. Then, I walk over to the electric kettle and fill my coffee cup about half way with the above mentioned powders. I pour in half a cup of hot water and carefully stir the mud till it sinks down enough that I can add a little water. Then I sit back down, drink my coffee and write. Every twenty minutes or so, I add a bit of hot water and refill the cup. Every few hours, I add more coffee powder. At night, when I finish my second training session of the day, there is usually about a quarter of a cup of incredibly strong, cold coffee sitting on my desk that has been there all day. Because it’s night time, I then add hot coco and water and finish it off. I wash the cup, brush my teeth, watch Archer, and go to bed.
And this insane, Rainmanesque routine is how I produce all of those funny articles and Chinese language baogao reports.
Each time I’m standing at my coffee desk… I actually have a separate desk in my room entirely devoted to making coffee, the drawers of which are full of various kinds of instant coffee and creamer. When I fill the cup with water, it’s a little too full to walk with, so while I’m standing at the coffee desk, I bring the cup to my mouth and sip off the top layer of coffee. And every single time I do that, about 20 times a day, I feel exactly like Bill Lumbergh, the manager from hell, in the movie Office Space. I even have to fight an impulse to tell my fictional employee “I’m gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great, mmmk… oh oh! and I almost forgot ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, kay.”
At the sports university I am on the wrestling team. People ask me if I am embarrassed at age 47 that I am not as fast or as skilled as the younger guys on the team. I tell them, “No, but the thing I am embarrassed about is that my sweat smells exactly like coffee.” Apparently, coffee is one of those drugs that can be absorbed through the skin. So, the guys on the team often complain that after they wrestle with me, they have trouble sleeping.
Tom Waits once said that he liked to drink a lot of coffee right before bedtime because it made him dream in fast motion. For me, as a writer, sleeplessness is a good thing. I do my most creative work in the middle of the night, when I’m not sure if it’s the coffee or the lack of sleep that turns the whole world into some surreal picture of a writer on a cereal box, eating breakfast, staring at a cereal box, and on the cereal box is a picture of a writer, staring at a cereal box, and on the cereal box….
The coffee I make in my room in China isn’t as good, but it’s just as strong as the one I had as a kid. And coffee still plays a huge role in my life, even thousands of miles from home. But the thing that is missing in China is my siblings. And every cup of coffee takes me instantly back to those days of childhood, sitting at the Formica table, in my grandma’s house, drinking coffee with a lot of people who had the same name as me and who loved me unconditionally. As a kid, you don’t know that life will change, and that all things come to an end. People die. Families drift apart… People move to China. How could I have known that as a kid? And why would I have expected that anything could change? Coffee was our whole world, and with my sisters around to make more, we always drank from a bottomless cup.
Typical Italian American! I thought I was writing about coffee, but I was actually writing about family.

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, 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
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Today in wrestling, April 15, 2014

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

By Antonio Graceffo

I arrived at the wrestling hall, expecting a horribly intensive training session, preparing for the national championships. But, today, the team had easy training because we had received a visit from the fencing team. During the course of the semester, various teams go and train with other teams, so the kids can get exposure to different kinds of sports. I remember when our san da class was visited by the tai chi team, for example. Wrestling against fencing, good thing the fencers didn’t bring their swords or my teammates would have lost. Well, not Zheng Tong. It would take more than a few sword stabs to kill him. I picture his severed hand crawling across the floor and continuing the fight.
So, the team played a lot of games and practiced basic break falls with the fencers, while I did ji ben gong. Afterwards, the coach assigned two guys to wrestle with me, and I got about 45 minutes of sparring and private lessons. I managed to pull off my Casey Barnet, single-underhook-fall-on-your-side, throw a couple of times. So, it is becoming a regular part of my arsenal. Also, for the first time in the history of me (a long and storied history) I managed the (God forgive me for this racist name) I pulled of a Jap-drop. This is a classic judo throw, where you grab your opponent’s arm, duck underneath, drop to your knees, and take him over your head. It was really perfect and surprised my sparring partner, but I honestly don’t know if I could do it twice.
One of my sparring partners caught me with a side, hip-throw, which was perfect. I mean, textbook perfect. While I was up in the air, I was thinking, “I really hope he pulls my arm and completes the spin, or I will land right on my head and probably be paralyzed for the rest of my life. I tucked my chin, and at the last second, my partner pulled the arm, and I crashed down, harmlessly, on my shoulder blades. But it did scare me. The kid that did that to me only weighs 72 Kgs. Amazing! After wrestling, I went straight to the weight room, downstairs from the wrestling hall, did my strength training, and then did my cardio. I came home, ate, showered, slept, ate again, and started working on finishing my paper that will hopefully be published soon. It has been a good day so far.

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, 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 athttp://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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Fred Schroeder the Coward of Shenzhen (Part 3 of Infinity)

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2014 at 12:52 am

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As of March 7, 2015, Fred Schroeder, of New Jersey, USA, a pilot for an airlines in Shenzhen, China, has agreed to fight Antonio Graceffo and then backed out 23 times.

Fred Schroeder threatened to have me deported if I used his real name. So, I changed it to Fred Schroeder. But we all know who the Coward of Shenzhen is, it’s pilot Fred Schroeder.

Fred balls

Fred Schroeder, a pilot in Shenzhen, China has been harassing and insulting me for a year, repeatedly telling me he will beat me in an MMA fight. As of May 19, 2014, Fred has agreed to fight, but then now pulled out 14 times, and his latest one took less than four minutes. I guess with all that practice he got better at it.

In Lieu of fighting me, pilot Fred Schroeder has repeatedly insulted my Christian beliefs, told me he gang raped my mother and called me by racial slurs. I hope he will eventually fight me.

Paul Rath maybe airlines will fire him for stalking and then he will have enough time to train
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Michael Jones So true Paul,
Fred is not a fighter antonio would injure fred worse then that angry mob did if the ref doesnt stop the fight in time
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Jee Van Leong Antonio it ain’t gonna happen.
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Nicolas Sarduy Sounds like a real great guy. Shame you won’t be able to meet him.
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Carlos Scott I think u have wasted enough time and energy on this whole fred thing. Time to let it go. He wont fight. U fighting him is like pacquiao fighting mayweather it just won’t happen.
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Scott Williams AG, don’t let this wussy drive you crazy. He already knows he’s a gutless windbag. Let him return to being an anonymous gutless
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Scott Williams …windbag. That said, nice artwork!
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Fred Flintstone and Schroeder from Peanuts
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Horrible Comments Fred Schroeder Made in Lieu of Fighting me

In Uncategorized on April 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

Horrible Comments Pilot, Fred Schroeder Made in Lieu of Fighting me
By Antonio Graceffo (The Brooklyn Monk)

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As of March 7, 2015, Fred Schroeder, of New Jersey, USA, a pilot for an airlines in Shenzhen, China, has agreed to fight Antonio Graceffo and then backed out 23 times.

Mom high school graduation

From Fred Scchroeder: 03/16 “Please send me a pic of your mom, I want to honor the situation by wearing a tshirt with her pic in remembrance of her brutal gangrape and DBC. Death By C–k”
(About the photo: Fred asked me to send him a picture of my mom, so he could deface it and masturbate with it. I told him my mom died very young and only a few photos survived. I sent him this one, which I said I believed to be her high school graduation photo. I thought if I gave him what he wanted, the photo, he would give me what I wanted, the fight. But I was wrong. )
Since March, 2013, Fred Schroeder, a pilot working for an Airlines in Shenzhen, China, has been ducking a fight with me. He agreed to the fight no less than 14 times, but backed out each time. He alternately sends me insulting emails or email and messages saying he can beat me in a fight, but somehow, the fight never materializes. He has repeatedly asked me for gay sex. He talks a lot about giving head and various sexual things with guys. He posted gay porn on my Facebook on no less than three occasions. When we were supposed to fight in a pro event, in the Fall of 2013, he said he would donate his earnings to the National Association of Man Boy Love and posted a link to their site on my Facebook.
In addition to run of the mill insults and the incessant gay innuendos, he also has made a number of antichristian comments. Because he knows I am a Christian, the only date he ever offered to fight me was December 25th, 2013. And he chose that date because he knew I would say “no.” The worst antichristian statement he made was “I am your G— kneel before me and open your mouth.” He also sent me text which read “F—you, F—your mother, and F—your Christian beliefs.” He likes insulting my mother, because he knows she died when I was a baby. He has repeatedly said “F—your mother” and that he is masturbating with her photo or that he applauded the men who gang raped her… “4/01/14 Antonio, fuck you, and fuck your mother too.” This was one of his kinder messages “SUCK MY BIG FAT COCK JUST LIKE YOUR MOM USED TO DO!”
During the course of the year, I have asked, and even begged him, for a fight date. I saved a lot of our emails, and I think I asked for a date nearly 1,000 times. He would generally ignore the request to set a fight date and just answer with insults.
His insults even go into the scatological. I told him I thought about him when I was sparring, and pretended my sparring partners were him. He told me he thought about me when he took a poop and emailed me a picture of his stool. He has also spoken about peeing on me. “After your lying on the ground I’m gonna piss on you. My way of saying thank you for this chance to fight you.”
I deleted a lot of his emails, simply because they were so horrible. Here are some of those that survived.
2/17/14
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Fred @hotmail.com
WOW, I know I should focus on blocking your kick but I can’t help but notice your oversized package!
2/21/14
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Schroeder @hotmail.com
Ran into your boyfriend here, Told me how you submitted him using a lip lock on his groin.
I’ll have to wear a cup when I fight you
2/23/14
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Fred @hotmail.com
Good. I hope we run into one another. You can try your attack on me.
Just don’t try to blow me, that’s illegal
.fredschroeder 3/22/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederf@hotmail.com
your an old, fat, ugly looser who couldn’t get laid in a woman’s prison… Although your mom did, but then again….
fredschroeder 2/24/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Schroed @hotmail.com
I think I’ll bring you 3 things when we meet.
1. KY jelly 2. A copy of fighting for dummies 3. A piggy bank
fredschroeder 2/28/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox

To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Fred @hotmail.com
Let me know where you want your grave dug. I’ll even throw in a copy of the bible from the Latter Day Saints. Your Mormon right?
03/14 So really, how many priest did you blow in Sunday school?
03/14 I’m busy jacking off to her pic now. Call ya later
03/15
And I’m sorry your mother was gangraped by a bunch of niggers. But ya known Sicilians are nothing more than niggas turned inside out. So who is your daddy anyway?

Did they ever catch the suspects (all your daddys) that did this terrible (although quite impressive) thing to yor mother?
03/16 Please send me a pic of your mom, I want to honor the situation by wearing a tshirt with her pic in remembrance of her brutal gangrape and DBC. Death By Cock
fredschroeder 3/21/14
What a pathetic piece of shit loser you are. I wouldn’t believe in god if I were you as I don’t think he lets faggots into heaven
03/22 Zero, because your an old, fat, ugly looser who couldn’t get laid in a woman’s prison… Although your mom did, but then again….
03 23 From: fred
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: About the kick
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:01:31 -0400
You really like to talk, and never stfu. Like mother like son, guess that’s why they teabagged your whore mom during her birth to you.

On a daily basis how many men cum in your mouth? Your mom was good at this, back In the day the boys used to pass her around like a nerf football.

3/23/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Schroed @hotmail.com
I know you want me to triangle choke you. Sick bastard you are. Fag
> From: fred
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:28:30 +0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
>
> If I win will you suck my dick after?
fredschroeder 3/25/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
fred@hotmail.com
On a daily basis, how many cocks do you suck?
fredschroeder 3/28/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Schro @hotmail.com
You are such a jealous asshole. I told ya to come to sz, otherwise go suck on your training partners balls and stop sweating mine you stupid guinea wop fuck
> Subject: Hey fuckface
> From: fred
> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:30:02 +0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
> So are you and fagboy tan gonna both suck my cock simultaneously or one at a time.
> Hey send me that pic of your mom again. I wanna send you a nice one back after I receive it. Ok I’m gonna go jerkoff dreaming of your mom

fredschroeder 4/01/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
FRED @hotmail.com
Antonio, fuck you, and fuck your mother too. I told you to come to Shenzhen to fight me jackass.

fredschroeder 1:38 AM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I’m busy. Your mother is sucking my cock and about to release the evil into her mouth. Truly yours…

fredschroeder 4:56 AM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Man your mom is a rock star in bed! Holy shit 3 hours non stop bangin with my balls slapping dat ass!!!
Did you know that I would have been your father had the dog not beat up the stairs?

Sent from my iPhone

fredschroeder 1:48 AM
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I would enjoy soccer kicking you in the mouth.
Btw god doesn’t exist. The only god is in my pants and I’m giving your mom confession right now. Open up bitch!

Sent from my iPhonefredschroeder 1:38 AM
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I’m busy. Your mother is sucking my cock and about to release the evil into her mouth. Truly yours…

More Fred disturbing gay stuff: Last summer, when I still believed Fred was actually going to fight me, I told him that I thought about him when I was sparring. This is a normal training tactic. We imagine our sparring partner is our opponent. He retorted that he thought about me when he took a poop. He then emailed me a picture of his poop. I found that very disturbing.

12 May, I asked Fred when he thought he would be ready to fight me. He responded by text message, “After I fuck your mother.”

After I posted the things he said about my mother on my blog, he called me and claimed he never said any of them, although they were direct cut and paste from email he sent me. Two nights ago, May 20th, he called and among other things, he said he should never have said those things about my mother. It wasn’t an apology. And I am grateful for that. I am not concerned that he said those things, but rather that he thought them. Is this guy a potential rapist or child molester or something? I have argued with thousands of people over the course of my lifetime and never once did anyone say such horrible things.

On more than one occasion Fred has asked me to add him on skype. He specifically asked if I had a web cam. And he asked more than once. I told him I did, but that I had no interest in seeing him or talking to him on skype. Also, it just sounded vaguely sexual and deviant. He said “I want to show you how badly I want to fight you.” I said, “You can show me that by actually fighting me.”

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This Week in Wrestling April 11, 2014

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

By Antonio Graceffo (The Brooklyn Monk)
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“You too many mind. Mind the sword, mind the people watching, mind the enemy…too many mind. No mind!” The Last Samurai
I have been feeling very over tired, over trained and just exhausted with school, training, working, and trying to get Fred Schroeder to fight me. I was suffering from “too many mind.” I had to bodily drag myself to wrestling practice tonight, and as always, it turned out to be a brilliant evening of training.
Originally, Fred said he would fight me tonight, but then backed out again. So, just before I went to wrestling training, I did a final check. I sent him a message, asking, “Are you and your friend coming to fight me?” Because first, he said he was fighting me. Then he was fighting me and my huge kyokushin friend, Albert Tan. Then he said he was bringing a friend to beat me up, and he was going to watch…. So, I asked if they were coming, or that was another of his huge lies. His reply was “Suck my —.” So I assumed he wasn’t coming, and I went to practice.
My team has been training like mad recently, preparing for the national championships and everyone is injured and over trained. Tonight, the coach wasn’t there, so they were playing soccer and for the first time, I didn’t blame them. Instead of soccer, Zheng Tong trained with me, because he is one of the most solid friends I have ever met. He reminds me of a loyal Rottweiler of a devoted wolfdog that if anyone ever even looked like they would hurt me, Zheng Tong would rip their throat out with his teeth. I hope I never say anything self-deprecating, or he might attack me.
After a lifetime of wresting, which he began at age 9, Zheng Tong is getting bored. He keeps pushing me to get him some MMA fights. In the mean time, he has joined the university’s professional san da team. So now, he trains san da, twice a day, and STILL comes to all the wrestling practices. Tonight, I worked with him on san da throws. Although his wrestling is much better than mine, I am better at integrating wrestling into san da or MMA, because I have more experience. A lot of the wrestlers, and even pro san da guys, have started coming to me to teach them more about using Chinese wrestling in san da. Zheng Tong said, “Nǐ de zhōngguó ge do hen lihai.” I often here the Chinese teammates and fighter friends referring to what I do as “ge do” rather than MMA. Ge do is the old Chinese MMA. It was like san da, but with ground fighting. Our ge do teacher, Zhang Lǎoshī used to let me teach the last 30 minutes of each ge do session because he recognized the fact that ge do wasn’t nearly as developed as modern MMA. So, I would teach the students how to move from takedown, to side control, to some basic submissions and chokes.
My friend Kirk, a good Canadian, who was a national Greco Roman competitor, came to the university to train with us tonight. He and Zheng Tong started wrestling and everyone stopped what they were doing, to go watch. Kirk’s techniques were really amazing. And my teammates were all so excited and inspired by this 45 year-old man that had such great wrestling skills. I was also amazed at how Zheng Tong was wrestling with Kirk. After a lifetime, he has nothing to prove. So, when he wrestles me or some of our teammates, he wrestles at a certain level. But the level I saw him wrestling with Kirk was much higher. I was amazed at how well Zheng Tong could wrestle when he wanted to. The team captain, Wang Ye Chao had once told me that in his opinion, Zheng Tong was the best wrestler on the team. And now I see why.
After the two of them took a break, the team left, and Kirk stayed, to teach me and Zheng Tong some wrestling. Zheng Tong and I repaid him by showing him some of our san da ge do, which I think he hadn’t seen much of before. It was a great evening. Kirk worked with us on completing a single or double when the opponent has you in a choke. This was something I started learning in Cambodia. And now, Kirk took it a bit further. We also worked on, the throw I learned from Casey Barnet in Cambodia, where your opponent has one underhook, and you more or less fall in the direction of his underhook and it takes him to the ground, and you land in side control. I actually managed to pull that one off in sparring earlier this week, and again tonight (Fred said it wouldn’t work him because his zero years of wrestling have prepared him to beat any wrestler.) Then Kirk showed me how to refine the technique by popping your hips. Both he and Zheng Tong said it was a difficult throw to get against a good wrestler. But both agreed that from the clinch, most MMA guys wouldn’t even know about it and couldn’t defend against it. (Damn! Now I went and told everyone.)
After Kirk taught us. Zheng Tong and I demonstrated our ge do. Then we sparred wrestling. each time he took me down, we continued fighting on the ground. I am working a lot on rolling straight into a basic submission or a reversal, if I get taken down first. I am also working a lot on catching the opponent’s legs and using the momentum of his throw, to pull him down, roll, and get dominant position. It wasn’t the single most intensive training session of my life. But I learned a lot. So, it was good to have a physically lighter training session, where I learned so much. Afterwards, Kirk went home and Zheng Tong and I went to the weight room and completed our strength training.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I am supposed to do strength and conditioning training, but I will be teaching a full day at the Japanese school. So, I will just take off from training, and hopefully, that will help me recover. Sunday, my team is going to train with the wrestling team at the football stadium. I am waiting for word from our teacher to see if I can go with them. I think it would be a great opportunity for me, because I heard there are all kinds teams, wrestling, BJJ, San Da, Ge Do, and others that train there. So, maybe I will find some new opportunities for cross-training and for Martial Arts Odyssey.
Other than being a bit tired. I am mostly happy with my life right now.
Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, 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
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Fred Schroeder, the Coward of Shenzhen (Part 1 of Infinity)

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2014 at 1:12 am

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As of March 7, 2015, Fred Schroeder, of New Jersey, USA, a pilot for an airlines in Shenzhen, China, has agreed to fight Antonio Graceffo and then backed out 23 times.
Fred Schroeder threatened to have me deported if I used his real name. So, I changed it to Bred Troed. But we all know who the Coward of Shenzhen is, it’s pilot Fred Schroeder.

Approximate dates when Fred Schroeder pulled out of fights with Antonio Graceffo
Fred Schroeder is a pilot for an Airlines in Shenzhen who, for a year has been challenging me to fight him, claiming he can beat me, knock me out, break my jaw…Since April of 2013, I have offered, on a weekly basis, to fight him, but he just continues to taunt, rather than actually set a date and fight. For the last several months, he has increased the harassment by sending me repeated emails claiming that he gang-raped my mother (who died when I was a baby) and he masturbates to memory of gang-raping her.
During the course of a year, he has agreed to fight me on at 14 separate occasions where a date and time was set, but then he backed out. Twice, we got as far as waiting for him to send his fighter profile photo, so we could print the posters for the fight. But then he backed out.

As of March 7, 2015, Fred Schroeder, of New Jersey, USA, a pilot for an airlines in Shenzhen, China, has agreed to fight Antonio Graceffo and then backed out 23 times.

April 2013 – March 2014 Since April 2013, Antonio has asked Fred to fight him several times a week. Fred’s typical response is to call Antonio insulting names, tell Antonio he could beat Antonio easily, but then not set a date or agree to actually fight. During the course of the year, Fred did actually agree to fight on several occasions, but he pulled out each time.
April 24, 2013 Agreed to fight me in fight night at Fighters Unite, Shanghai. The fight was announced on Fighters Unite website, but then Fred pulled out and Antonio fought someone else., video available.
July 24, 2013 Fred agreed to fight Antonio at the Shaolin Temple. Fred agreed by telephone, then never called back or showed up. Antonio fight someone else, video available.
September 7, 2013 Fred agreed to fight Antonio in the wrestling room in Beijing. But then he pulled out. Next, he changed the fight and said he would only fight Antonio if Antonio agreed to fight Fred’s teacher first, on the same day. Antonio was so desperate to fight Fred that he agreed. Next, the fight changed to a no rules fight in a park, against a professional san da student of the master. Antonio refused. Fred called Antonio a coward and a wimp and said Antonio wasn’t a true fighter, but he still refused to actually fight Antonio
Fall 2013 Coach Silas Maynard offered Fred the opportunity to fight Antonio in a professional MMA fight and get paid. Fred agreed, but then he never filled in his fighter registration form, and he pulled out.
December 25th After literally thousands of refusals to fight and 4 solid pullouts, Fred finally chose Christmas Day as the only date he would fight Antonio. This was simply a ploy on Fred’s part, knowing Antonio wouldn’t fight on Christmas.
Late February – Early March, 2014 Antonio offered Fred the chance to fight Antonio in Fight Night in Shanghai on March 13. Fred refused, but assured Antonio that he could beat Antonio easily and that Antonio wasn’t a fighter. Antonio fought 4 opponents that night. Video available.
Late February – Early March, 2014 Fred offered to fight Antonio in the street in front of Antonio’s dorm on March 30. Antonio agreed. A few days later, Fred pulled out.

> From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
> Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:36:51 -0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
> To make it easier for you, shall I fight you at your apartment outside that way you don’t need to waste bus money to the gym?
fredschroeder 3/01/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Ok Antonio. No gloves, no protective gear such as mouth guards, no rules

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 1, 2014, at 7:12, BrooklynMonk Graceffo wrote:
Fred,

I went ahead and chose March 31 for our fight outside my apartment. I will fight someone else on march 13, because you wussed out like the frightened little girl you are. so how about if you and I do our fight on March 31? That will give you time to get settled in after your holiday. Please respond.

fredschroeder 3/02/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Yes I am serious. And only you and I there motherfucker

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 1, 2014, at 17:25, BrooklynMonk Graceffo wrote:

Yes, March 31, no gloves and no rules, absolutely fine with me. are you really serious? Are you finally going to do this? I am so excited.

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 From: schroed@hotmail.com
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:19:30 -0800
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com

Antonio. Once I get back and my back is ok I have no prob fighting you.
Fred pulled out of the street fight on the excuse that he is injured and can neither train nor fight and perhaps has been all along.

Re: Happy to fight on March 31‏

fredschroeder 3/03/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Antonio here is the deal and my final offer.

1. I’m getting an MRI done next week. I cannot make any decisions until that’s done. Seriously, you can mKe your jokes but thTs the truth

I hope it’s just some physical therapy and some anti inflammatory meds and I’ll be ok

2. If it’s fine then I want to do a few months of training in the ring since we will be fighting in a ring with gloves

3. We can have mma rules. No need for anyone to lose an eye, an ear, or get seriously injured

4. I owe you this fight and I promise I will give it to you win lose or draw

May the best man win

Sent from my iPhone

March 3, 2014
Fred reconfirms this fight at a later date
Re: Happy to fight on March 31‏

fredschroeder 3/03/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I will . I promise I will
At first I was going to wait to challenge him again, BUT he lied so many times, maybe he was lying again. Also, he kept agreeing to fight me in Shenzhen, as if maybe his injury doesn’t bother him in Shenzhen. He also agreed to fight me on the street again over the next few weeks. It all just got confusing after this as to how many times he set a date and pulled out. Since then, he has never mentioned the fact that he agreed to fight me after he healed medically. He has, however, written to say that he is sparring, and doing “high altitude training” basically hiking with his girlfriend, and that he can not only beat me but also beat my teammates and opponents. So, it sounds to me that he is medically OK to fight. So, fight me, Fred.
March 17, 18 Fred agreed to fight Antonio in Shenzhen. Antonio said he would fight if it was in a ring and if Fred sent him the name, address, contact name and phone number for the gym, so Antonio could call in advance and make sure that a fight had actually been arranged. It turned out, Fred didn’t even know the name or phone number of the ring, after having already claimed to have set up the fight. This fight is tricky because Fred backed out a number of times, but then agreed again and said he would send the information, which he never did.

To: fredschroeder
antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
This is 7. seven fucking times you made an agreement to fight me and you backed out.

you are some kind of coward. I have literally, never in my life seen such a…I dont even have a word for it. how do you talk for a year about beating me but then back out seven times?

From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:30:18 -0400

When you become a real fighter

From: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
To: schroederfred@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:27:22 +0000

In what mean time? When will you get back to me with details?

From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:26:40 -0400

ok, in the meantime SUCK MY BIG FAT COCK JUST LIKE YOUR MOM USED TO DO!

From: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
To: schroederfred@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:24:28 +0000

No you will not pick me up from the airport. and you will give me the phone number and email and name of whoever the coach is at that club and the club name so I can call and confirm that you have actually made arrangements.

From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:23:11 -0400

I have a ring here i told you. Ill book your ticket tomorrow and get you from the airport. Dont worry, i wont kill you

From: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
To: schroederfred@hotmail.com
Subject: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:20:38 +0000

Awesome!!!! So you will fight me friday? Cool. lets work out the details. are we fighting in my ring here or are you still married to the lie that you have a ring there?
BrooklynMonk Graceffo 3/17/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: fredschroeder
antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
if you dont know the number how did you call and arrange our fight? Look, stop jerking me around. this is why we every single time come back to fighting in shanghai because my gym and my ring are real.

From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Awesome!!!
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:49:41 -0400

Coastal City,
Freedom Gym
Not sure the num.
March 19 Fred called Antonio to say he was in Shanghai and offered to fight Antonio on the street in The Bund. Antonio told Fred that this is a high fashion tourist area which is full of nice people and lots of cops, not an appropriate place for a street fight. Fred then said he would come to the university and attack Antonio. Antonio welcomed Fred to come and fight at the university, but Fred refused to say what time he was coming. He wouldn’t even agree to call when he arrived. Obviously, he never came.
March 20, 2014 Fred agreed to fight Antonio in Shenzhen at a ring which he would organize. Antonio insisted on knowing the name, address, and contact phone number and name of the ring and or the coach or manager, so Antonio could call in advance and insure that a fight had actually been arranged. Fred pretended this was the first time he had heard these requirements. The last communication between them was that Fred would send this information. Fred also agreed to pay for Antonio’s flight. Needless to say, Fred never sent the info.
March 22, 2014 He suddenly claims he is medically unfit to fight again, although he has agreed to fight me both of the previous weeks and on March 30, which he puled out of.
fredschroeder 3/22/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I told you, when I see the doc and get the ok I will fight you. I don’t know how else to explain this to you since I have so many other times
March 24, 2014 fredschroeder 3/23/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I am going to give you a fight you will never ever forget Antonio
Offer for fight in April

April, 2014 Antonio has now offered Fred to fight him in fight night, Shanghai in April approximately 12 times by email. Although Fred has responded to each of the emails, with insults and comments about gangraping Antonio’s mother, Fred has in no way referenced the April fight night offer. Most likely he will not agree to fight, or he will agree to fight and then pull out.
March 24 Fred blames Antonio for the fight not taking place in Shenzhen on Friday, which makes very little sense since he refused to send the fight location and plane ticket information. Next, Fred maintains that he has never pulled out of a fight with Antonio.
March 24 This one has a mixed message, he wants me to fight me when he is ready, but still blames me for not having fought him last week when he dropped the ball and failed to arrange the fight.

fredschroeder 3/24/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Antonio. Aggression doesn’t mean fighting with anger. You confuse the two. Keeping your composure is critical in fighting.

The best way instead of all this trash talking that you do is just to fight me when I am ready. Settle this like 2 adult men. Had you not pussied out and came here this week we could have done this.
March 24 Fred just agreed to fight me again

From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:25:10 +0800
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com

Yes I will fight you
Which he immediately followed with
> From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
> Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:28:30 +0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
>
> If I win will you suck my dick after?

March 29 Fred said he could beat me and Albert Tan on the same night. I told him Albert Tan was in town and asked if he would fight us both on April 11. He confirmed that he would. But then he changed it, saying I should fight someone else, who he was brining with him. fredschroeder 3/29/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Sure this souds great! Karateka are like stone and move as fast as a stone does too.

But since I’ll be fighting you and your friend I think it’s only fair I bring one of mine as well.

Surprise surprise, can’t wait to see your eyes roll back when you find out who it is your fighting.
March 30 redschroeder 3/30/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I will fight you and tan. Same night.
April 10 It has become apparent that Fred is neither fighting me nor fighting me and Albert Tan tomorrow. His friens is also either a coward or fictitious, as the friend has also not turned in his fighter application form. I am now pressed to find a new opponent by tomorrow night, which is nearly impossible to do in China. So once again, Fred ruined my night with his cowardice. Interestingly, just yesterday, Fred claimed he has never pulled out of a fight with me. I asked how he rationalized that fact in his head, but his reply was “Are you as stupid as you look?” which didn’t answer the question.
10 Apr 2014 Subject: Re: Fight tomorrow night
From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:12:26 +0800
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com

Arrange to come to sz. Actually HK would be even better

Between April 10 and April 22 I sent Fred several confirmations per day, explaining that I was happy to fight him in Shenzhen, but would prefer Hong Kong. I asked him to set the date, or to give me the gym info, so I could. He only responded with insults and eventually by saying, on 22 April “I will fight you when I am ready” by text message.
Offer of

Fight on May 7th I can get Fred and me a fight on a pro card on May 7th. The promoter agreed to let us fight, but will not promote or advertise our fight because they are 100% certain Fred won’t show up. But if Fred agrees and shows up, they will let us fight in front of a huge audience. This is an awesome opportunity for both of us, Fred’s first fight and my 10th professional win. Also, Fred will get a Serdog record. And, for the rest of his life he will have the distinction of having fought The Brooklyn Monk. Maybe he will even win back some of the respect he lost by backing out so many times.
12 Apr 2014 > Subject: Hey
> From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
> Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:41:38 +0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
>
> Enough is enough. I told you I would fight you and I will. You have 24 hr access to training partners and I do not.
>
> So I am going to start training this week just like you do. Ofcourse I cannot train nearly as much but I’m gonna stick to what I said and I’m gonna fight you
>
> As promised
>
> You have his habit of getting under my skin. And even when I was nice enough to give you my VPN and offer you a place to stay here in Shenzhen you started this entire thing with me. What an asshole
>
> So yes I will fight you. Once I join this gym next week I shall provide you with the contact info and you can call and talk to my trainers and when they think I’m ready we will do this
14 Apr 2014 From: schroederfred@hotmail.com
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Fred the Coward, set a date
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:59:58 -0400

Nice artwork! Cmon i wanna see even more comments! I just got done training now as a matter of fact. I am ready. When are you coming to Shenzhen you piece of shit!

May 19, 2014 Less than four minutes after agreeing, by phone to contact me by 12 June, to set a fight for us in Hong Kong, presumably the next week, Fred sent text saying, “Let’s change it to December”. That’s a new record! This fight stayed scheduled ten minutes before he put it off for seven months. I instantly sent a response “That’s fourteen” Because that is the 14th time he backed out of the fight with me.

Fred Flintstone and Schroeder from Peanuts
bred talk 12

The Scars of Driver’s Ed

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2014 at 2:48 am

By Antonio Graceffo

Now that I am getting my PhD in education, I am reliving my own school days, thinking just how absurd damaging they were.
I remember we took driver’s-ed in eighth grade, in the days before technology. We actually had a driving simulator room in our school. It consisted of rows of numbered student desks with dashboards and steering wheels on them. The teacher sat in the back, at a control panel, next to a movie projector. The projector showed a first person driving film on a screen at the front of the room. A voice on the film would say things like, “At the corner, turn left.” At which point, you were supposed to signal, slow down, and turn the wheel. Occasionally, random things would happen, like a ball would roll out in the street in front of us, and we would be expected to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting the child who came out to retrieve it. Allegedly, the teacher could look at the control panel and know who used their signal or their break, and would give us a score. Of course, this was all in the days before computers. I mean, computers existed, but they couldn’t actually do anything. So, this machine never worked right.
At the time, I believed that it was my school that had the problem. I thought maybe our school’s machine was broken and in need of repair. Looking back, I imagine it was more a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes. I don’t think this machine worked ANYWHERE, but schools paid a lot of money for it, so they couldn’t admit that they had been ripped off. Most of us ignored the movie and just spun the steering wheel in a 360 and made car noises, “brrrroom.” In spite of this thing being useless, my teacher would still bring us there, every week. And he would still give us a score, although he couldn’t see what we were doing. Occasionally, he would call out, “Number thirty-seven, slow it down. Number eighteen you forgot to signal.”
Because the visual was an old fashioned movie projector, the lights had to be off. So the teacher couldn’t see that number thirty-seven was unoccupied, or that number eighteen was making out with number four. Failing that class scarred me so deeply, that to this day, I don’t enjoy driving in dark classrooms.
Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of sport, writing his dissertation on comparative forms of Chinese wrestling. He is martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, 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
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