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Warning to Hippies and Penniless Westerners Travelling to Phnom Penh

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

By Antonio Graceffo


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Warning to idiotic budget travelers from the world’s richest countries: Please don’t come to Cambodia with no money. I get email every week from people who want to come to Cambodia and train. About 30% of them are so deluded, I want to just post this, copy, paste and share, once and for all, to head off the stupid questions.

Please don’t write to me and ask me where you can get a well paying job in Cambodia, to pay for your training. It’s a poor country. Wages are well below the cost of living and jobs are few and hard to get. If you have real skills, you can apply to an NGO or an international company to do a real job, which a local can’t. But there are no casual jobs that pay well. And apart from casual teaching, I don’t know of casual jobs at all. Please don’t offer to work, clean the school, or teach English or martial arts in exchange for training, room, and board. Your labor is worth $3 a day. Room and board is worth $30. It’s not a good deal for the locals. Besides which, the people who teach martial arts are poor. They need you to pay your training fees so they can eat.

If you really want a local job, a factory job here would pay about $150 USD a month, for working 11 hours per day, 28 days a month. I get a commission for each overseas worker I recruit. So, let me know if you are interested.

Don’t tell me you are a vegan or have some sort of made-up, self-imposed dietary restrictions. The locals don’t have enough to eat. Telling them you intentionally pass up certain foods would be like laughing at their poverty. The food I eat here is often dirty and of questionable origin, but I am happy to have it. And I know a lot of locals who would love to eat for a whole day what a person from a first world country eats in a single meal.

And don’t ask me about your stupid dog. NO! You can’t bring your dog to Cambodia. (Antonio’s Law, number 141606) It is inhumane to chemically knock out your dog in Israel or Belgium or New Jersey, put it in a crate, and fly 23 hours to Cambodia. Once you get here, we travel everywhere on motorcycles. This wouldn’t be safe or maybe not even possible with a dog. Obviously the overwhelming majority of hotels won’t accept you with a dog. And since you are coming with no money and want to stay in the cheapest places, this reduces your options to almost zero. The cheapest option for a long term training stay is to negotiate and sleep in the school. But that is something you can’t do with your dog.

I think people from the west need to decide if they are rich or poor. If you are rich, live rich, and pay rich. If you are poor, live poor, and pay poor. But you can’t come to a developing country and expect to pay poor and live rich.

Please feel free to repost this to anyone who you think it might help.

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 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
Brooklyn Monk fan page
Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE
Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

San Da Sparing, Shanghai University of Sport (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 at 1:43 am


San Da is a Chinese kick boxing which includes kicking, punching, and wrestling takedowns. The takedowns largely come from Chinese wrestling, shuai jiao. Many of the takedowns or shuai fa come from catching the opponent’s kick and taking him down. Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo studies wrestling at Shanghai University of Sport. He also cross trains in San Da, studying the takedowns and shui fa as part of his doctoral dissertation on Chinese wrestling.
Watch: San Da Sparing, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 1)

Watch: San Da Sparing, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 2)

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 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
Brooklyn Monk fan page
Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE
Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

The Road to Dissertation

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2014 at 2:42 am

By Antonio Graceffo

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On the long road to writing my dissertation on the subject of Chinese traditional wrestling compared to modern freestyle wrestling:

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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 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
Brooklyn Monk fan page
Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE
Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

RT, a Cold War Relic, and the KKK

In Uncategorized on June 12, 2014 at 6:51 am

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By Antonio Graceffo

If you are unfamiliar with RT (Russian Television) It’s an English language TV network from Russia, a holdover from the cold war, which runs made up stories, where the US usually comes out looking pretty bad. The stories are so real-looking, that I actually called home once to find out if Brooklyn was under martial law.
It wasn’t.
Let me take a minute to say, I hate the KKK. I wish they didnt exist. Sadly, they do, and they provie a chink in the US armor, which allows foreign detractors to criticise us. Having said that, this paper is about infamatory and misleading reporting by RT.
A recent RT headline said “KKK plans to employ US troops in training for upcoming race war”. First off, private organizations are not allowed to hire US troops. The phrase “US troops” implies US government involvement. US troops can’t do ANYTHING without government approval. That’s where the US part of their name comes from. But obviously, the US government is not involved in training the KKK for anything. In fact, the US government has listed the KKK as a terrorist organization, and closely monitors their movements. Next, 25% of US military personnel are minorities. So, I am not certain how diligently they would train the KKK to fight against minorities.

Any time a story says “The KKK is doing this or that,” keep in mind that the KKK, Aryan brotherhood, American Nazis and any of these other hate groups are very loosely affiliated splinter groups. They very rarely have unified policies or coordinated actions. I don’t doubt that somewhere in US there are Klan groups training for a war. I don’t doubt there are EX soldiers in the Klan. I also don’t doubt there are recruitment drives which include children. There are a number of legitimate sources which document these facts. But the Klan is not a widespread army. It is not a unified force. It does not represent a threat to the fabric of America. And, they are closely monitored by the FBI.
If a group looks dangerous, action will be taken. Sadly, as with any terrorist group, police action may come too late. In a free country, groups have the right to exist and to preach and believe almost anything they wish. They only become criminal when they take action. So, arrests often come after the fact.
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As for a perversion of the Second Amendment: The Second Amendment clearly states that state militias may exist in the US. They are the final line of defense if the country were ever invaded, and they are the final checks and balances against possible tyranny by the federal government. BUT, only state militias are protected under the constitution. Private armies are expressly forbidden under US law. As individual citizens, the KKK members are allowed to own and possess firearms, in accordance with local and federal gun laws. As a group, they may be allowed to provide firearms and hand-to-hand training to their members. But, the moment they claim they are building an army or are planning a war against US citizens, then they have crossed the line, and hopefully, the FBI will take action, as they did with The Branch Davidians.

Having said all of this, if you want news, don’t go to RT. They intentionally distort stories to make it appear that the US if collapsing. If you pray for a US collapse, so you can thumb your nose and say “Nanny, nanny, boo, boo”, well then you better learn how to say it in Chinese.

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 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
Brooklyn Monk fan page
Brooklyn Monk on YOUTUBE
Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)

Wrestling Articles published by Antonio Graceffo (Academic year, 2013-2014)

In Uncategorized on June 12, 2014 at 2:36 am

Wrestling Articles published by Antonio Graceffo (Academic year, 2013-2014)

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Sports Education in the US
Cambodian and Chinese Martial Arts Compared

The Travels of Antonio Graceffo: The Brooklyn Monk, Part II: Shuai Jiao Realist

Shuai Jiao in Kung Fu Magazine

Wrestler Looks at Judo — Part 1

SUS Wrestlers and San Da Fighters in the MMA Gym
Wrestling for San Da

视频纪录片Video Documentary

Traditional Chinese Wrestling (Shuai Jiao) Sparring, Beijing

Shuaijiao Wrestling, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 1)

Shuaijiao Wrestling, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 2)

Wrestling Sparing, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 1)

Wrestling Sparing, Shanghai University of Sport (Part 2)

Cambodia National Wrestling Team (Part 1)

Cambodia National Wrestling Team (Part 2)

Cambodia National Wrestling Team (Part 3)

Radio Interviews

No Holds Barred: Antonio Graceffo on Wrestling in China

访谈Print interviews

The Future of Martial Arts


In Uncategorized on June 9, 2014 at 4:35 am

博士生姓名安东尼(Antonio Graceffo)


自从我十二岁的时候我就是一个战斗者。我用我生活中大部分的时间来学习拳击,踢,搏斗。即使是在上海体育学院,我也是坚持在中国传统的摔跤队训练。我训练散打,有的时候,我仍然在打MMA的比赛。我从来没有想过我会参加一个适应性体育教育的课程。当老师让我来做报告的第一次,我意识到我有三个非常好的有疾病的职业拳手的例子。我有职业战士,残疾人士三个很好的例子。我心目中的英雄,Matt “锤子” Hamill是聋哑人,但一个是摔跤冠军,一个是MMA的冠军。我的朋友Sunny“沉默者”也是聋哑人,但却是职业泰拳和MMA中的战斗者。我长期的拳击教练,水稻卡森因为癌症失去了一条腿,但在拳击台上,每天仍然教我和其他的战士。





Leroy不得不要面对的第一个对手是他在的新球队里面最好的摔跤手,是已经在多个体重级别的赢家Dartanyon Crockett。“他就是一个精力充沛的动力室,”Dartanyon说,“我从来没有遇到一个摔跤手像他一样强大,我们相互推搡到我们的极限,我们都没有让对方放弃。”(Rinaldi)

在实践后的几个月,他们成了最好的朋友。虽然Leroy有77公斤,Dartanyon把他放在背上带着他到任何地方。甚至当他们去参加比赛,Dartanyon也是把Leroy扛在他的背上。除了这美妙的友谊,这里还有一个更惊人的方面。Dartanyon在法律上是失明的。摔跤教练 Justin Hons谈论Dartanyon是多么勇敢的。“你不会注意到他是残疾人,因为他从不寻求帮助。”(Rinaldi)

“在摔跤垫上,虽然他的动作是快速和大胆的,他很少像以粗糙的动作扑向他。”(Rinaldi) Dartanyon说,“上帝给了我一个挑战,他会看我对这一个挑战的反应,”他说。“挑战使我成为一个坚强的人,像我,还是挑战会打败我。”(Rinaldi)除了失明,Dartanyon必须克服许多困难。当他还是个婴儿的时候,他的母亲去世了。他的父亲是一名吸毒者和酗酒者。当他长大的时候,经常在家里会没有食物。有的时候他没有房间去睡觉。



关于这两个朋友的视频纪录片,Leroy和Dartanyon告诉我们在他们最后高中年度摔跤赛季结束的时候发生了什么事情。两个男孩高中毕业。这是一个伟大的成就,因为在克利夫兰学校,只有40%的毕业率。(Life Achievement Services)

Anthony Robles摔跤冠军只有1支脚

虽然Anthony Robles出生时只有一条腿,他是一个摔跤冠军。他赢得了所有美国摔跤手的3次。他赢得了2011年NCAA全国摔跤锦标赛。他是Nike所赞助的。( Anthony的母亲总是鼓励他。她告诉他,“这不是你的错”,并且听了一遍又一遍之后,他相信她。在七岁的时候,Anthony已经决定,他想成为一名职业橄榄球球员。

当安东尼第一次开始搏斗在高中,他是队里最小的和最差的孩子。“没有多少人相信,一个小小的孩子,出生只有一条腿,在这个城市里技术最坏的摔跤手,将擅长在这样一个艰难的运动。( “不过,与我的家人和我的教练的支持,我相信我有一天会成为一个摔跤冠军。我相信我能成为那个不可阻挡的人。“尽管前进的道路上的各种障碍,从安东尼从最后的地方获得了一个冠军。他在他的最后两年高中的摔跤纪录是96胜0输。他获得2次亚利桑那州冠军和一个高中全国冠军。(





当Dustin Carter才5岁,他有一个血液感染。为了挽救他的生命,他的手和脚,不得不被截去。当他刚开始上学时,他就知道他会是一个战士,没有什么能够阻止他的梦想。“我不认为自己是不同的,”(Disability in Action) Carter说。“我喜欢打架。我讨厌人们同情我。“他是他的高中橄榄球队的成员,但他爱摔跤。他的高中摔跤战绩是41胜2负。(Disability in Action) Dustin的教练说,“Dustin的生命告诉我们,我们可以上升到精英的水平。他的目的是激励,去提升及行动。(No Arms, No Legs)

Alex Maughan摔跤手与唐氏综合症
重要的是要记住,不是每个人都可以成为冠军。当然,对于残疾运动员,同正常的运动员竞争赢得金牌也许是不可能的。但是,残疾运动员训练以及体育竞争显示出来的巨大的勇气。这个关于亚历克斯•莫恩,一个唐氏综合症男孩的故事是非常鼓舞人心。,不仅仅是因为他与摔跤队训练和竞争,也是他鼓舞了他的队友。(From Fox 13 News video)

Sandy, Utah: ,犹他:Alex的妈妈发送电子邮件到乔丹高中摔跤教练Chris Babinski,因为她一直在寻找一个机会,Alex克斯得到一些锻炼. “教练马上说亚历克斯可以在摔跤队’”妈妈说。“我几乎在他的每一个他的比赛都哭过,知道从其他学校的这些陌生人自愿和我的孩子训练,并愿意帮助他。”

Alex妈妈说其他的男孩子帮助亚历克斯很多。“这样子看着他们很有趣,因为他们会说’亚历克斯说,现在我翻过来’。他们会告诉他如何击败他们。Alex的教练,Chris Babinski:“这里有一个从别的学校来的孩子他的弟弟患有唐氏综合症。当他同意与Alex摔跤的时候。每个人都非常感动。这是一种美妙的感觉。“在他的最后一场比赛,Alex的对手Austin Davis,帮助Alex胜。Alex寄托Austin。当Alex斯赢得他举起他的双臂交叉在他的头上,做了一个“X”的标志,因为他想成为X战警中的金刚狼。


大多数的有关残疾运动员的故事都是关于他们怎么克服障碍,以实现一些伟大的事情。但这个故事有一点不同。它是关于一个可以教给其他孩子经验的一个残疾孩子的宝贵的课堂。Jared Stevens有脑性麻痹,但他想摔跤。他的父亲问摔跤教练,是否Jared可以练习。最后,他问教练贾里德能否参加比赛。Jared的教练问对方球队的教练,他有没有一个好心、有一个宽容心态的摔跤手。教练选择了12岁的Justin Kievi作为是Jared的对手。


Jared的父亲说:“从这个经验的总结出来的两个词是勇气和性格。”在美国,我们的想法是,(Jarred Stevens),脑瘫男孩都有勇气去摔跤比赛。及(Justin Kievit),一个年轻的男孩想要赢得摔跤比赛,通过让 Jarred打他显示了性格。Kievit说:“有时候赢球并不是正确的事情,也不是永远最重要的事”





Disability In Action ,The amazing wrestler with no limbs Dustin Carter, Apr 03 201

GREEN-MINER, Band RHINEER, J Fox 13, Disabled Jordan High wrestler an inspiration to teammates, January 16, 2013

Kindelan, K, Middle Schoolers’ Act of Sportsmanship Goes Viral, ABC News, Dec 5, 2012

Life Achievement Services Life Achievement Services, Two Cleveland wrestlers successful struggle

No Arms, No Legs, All Heart-Dustin Carter Documentary Teaser-

Rinaldi, T, High school teammates carry on, ESPN News, August 6, 2009

Psychological Analysis of Fred Schroeder the Coward of Shenzhen

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2014 at 4:00 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 me and then backed out 23 times.

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I sent a slew of Fred Schroeder’s emails to a psychiatrist to get his take on this coward who backed out of a fight with me 14.5 times, but who has clearly watched many documentaries about me, watched my videos, and read my books and stories. Fred Schroeder has clearly followed me for a number of years, and seems to know a lot of minute details about me. This would all suggest to me that he was more than a fan. He is more like a stalker. He repeatedly talks about gay sex that he wants to have with me or my teammates, and often sends me detailed descriptions of how he raped my mother. Again and again, over a period of 14 months, he has said he could beat me easily in a fight, and blamed me for the fact that we haven’t fought. I have asked him for a fight thousands of times, and every time that he has accepted, he has backed out.

A psychiatrist’s take on Fred so far:

“He secretly admires you, wants to emulate you, and his way of doing it is by crushing you. But he knows he will lose in a real fight. So he’ll never fight you, only bait you, only make you mad, make you look like a fool.”

Now that I read about his sexual fantasies. He is always teasing you, sexually so he gets to mess with you, and mentally so he gets to fuck (mess) with you……………… So he teases you about “f—ing” you and “fighting” you. He does not have the courage to do either. He will not come to confront you personally because he can’t afford the money, and if he shows his face, he knows he will be beaten by you. You will have a great victory, while he will have a great loss. He will lose his pride, his health (get beaten up), and his money (plane ticket ). So rest assured, he will never dare to show up. What a filthy swine FS he is, insulting Mom, Jesus, your manhood, your language ability. These are just pathetic attempts to provoke you, to instigate and enrage you.

I commend you for winning arguments.Yes you deserved commendation for standing and defending yourself. But it is not worth defending. Would you fight every roadside dog that barks at you? Please consider turning down future instigations the way I did, fighting fire with water. His game, his aim, is to antagonize you and drive you nuts. Don’t fight in his terms. It is way beneath you. He lives in China , does not speak Chinese. What does he do for a living? Gay whoring?

FS mentions he never backed out of a fight, and accuses you of being jealous of him, brags about being a wine taster; something about being a pilot. That much I am just sifting and reiterating back.

It looks like he is bragging about what good things he does, and it seems that he IS stalking you, carefully reading what you have read and that is how he is able to belittle you about small details about your life from your writings which you have passed on, but for him, mean a great deal, and of which he is very jealous of.

Yes, you identified it correctly that he is projecting in a severe manner, and he is trying to compete with you. Are you jealous, NO. He is the one who is jealous and he is projecting that on you. The guy just admitted he is a wino, probably drives around vineyard to vineyard, DUI, drinking , driving, disappointed with his dull life, envying your illustrious life, wishing he could be half the man you are.

He admires you, wants to be like you. With the amount of jealousy and envy that he has, he could turn out to be dangerous since he has carefully studied all about you. Continuing to respond to his challenges only escalates the tension and conflict. I had been following your heated exchanges and was amused because it reminded me of the World Wrestling champs ranting at each other before or in between matches. Now that I see you asking for advice in a 4 pp. letter full of many details and instances of actual pain, it ceases to be amusing and I realize this is getting complicated.

Let me summarize and conclude. He secretly admires you, wants to emulate you, and his way of doing it is by crushing you. But he knows he will lose in a real fight. So he’ll never fight you, only bait you, only make you mad, make you look like a fool.

About the Feud

Fred Schroeder, a pilot for an airlines in Shenzhen, China has been telling the Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo that he can beat Antonio easily in a fight, since March, 2013. The first time the two were scheduled to fight was April, 2013, but Fred Schroeder, the coward of Shenzhen, backed out. Since then, Fred has agreed to fight 13 more times, but backed out. The last time the two had any contact was when Fred sent a text message to Antonio, saying that he would kick Antonio’s butt in June, 2014. Antonio has tried repeatedly to confirm if this was a legitimate offer to fight, but as of June 7, 2014, Fred has not confirmed.

Fred Schroeder Coward of Shenzhen and his only fan, Casca Mercenario

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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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.

Watch it on youtube

A guy in Malaysia, who hates me, named Casca Mercenario, thought Fred Schroeder, the cowardly pilot from Shenzhen, was actually going to fight me. So, Casca started writing to Fred, on Facebook, encouraging him to finally knock my block off. One of the many reasons Casca doesn’t like me is because I beat him in a gym fight. So, he decided I am a terrible fighter and wanted someone else to kick my butt.
This is all internet logic, by the way. It makes no sense to anyone who exists in the real world. If I am such a terrible fighter, why didn’t Casca just beat me himself? Or, why didn’t Fred fight me back in 2013, when he first said he could beat me easily?
At first, Casca was very supportive of Fred, telling Fred that, although he had never seen Fred train or fight, he knew for sure that Fred could beat me. Around this time, Fred sent me a message saying, “Many people wrote to me and want to see me kick your butt on March 13.” This was when Fred agreed to fight me on March 13th, 2014. Of course, he backed out, and the fight never happened. But he apparently used some alternative means of counting where “one” is equal to “many”, because, as far as I know, NO ONE ELSE was rooting for Fred to win , after he had backed out so many times and after he had posted gay pornography on my Facebook page and after he had said so many horrible things about raping my mother.
This is all internet logic, by the way. It makes no sense to anyone who exists in the real world. If I am such a terrible fighter, why didn’t Casca just beat me himself? Or, why didn’t Fred fight me back in 2013, when he first said he could beat me easily?
March 13 came and went, and Fred didn’t fight me. Fred agreed to fight me in a street fight on March 30th, but then pulled out. Then Casca tried to get him to fight me for April 11, another fight that Fred agreed to, but then pulled out. Each time Casca asked why Fred pulled out, Fred simply claimed that he didn’t. But this makes no sense, since Fred did agree to fight me, and he never fought me.
During the course of all of their exchanges Fred told Casca a number of lies which conflicted with lies he told me. For example, he told Casca on April 9, “I have way more access to training partners and the tools I need to fight this fucktard. It’s just a matter of time” I train at Shanghai sports university full time. I can’t imagine Fred has a better place to train in Shenzhen. We are number three in the country behind Xian and Beijing sports universities. And Fred doesn’t train full time.
April 9, he also told Casca “No I never backed out. No he never came to Shenzhen. If he would come here tomorrow I would fight the prick.” First off, he backed out 14.5 times and I have the email evidence to prove it. Two of the times he backed out my coach was involved in setting up the fight, so I also have witnesses. As for me going to Shenzhen, that was never part of the deal. But after March, 2014, I finally gave in and said I would fight him in Shenzhen if he could give me the name, address, phone number, date, and time of the venue. He didn’t. We missed two dates in Shenzhen simply because he refused to tell me where and when the fight would be held.
Eventually, even Casca, a guy who hates me, couldn’t get past the fact that Fred, the tough guy, had been ducking this fight for over a year and was obviously a frightened little girl. When Casca started pestering Fred about why he didn’t fight, Fred became rude to Casca.
Casca came back with “I guess you’re just chicken shit. You wasted my time. I thought you were a hero. But you are just as scared of Antonio as all those other guys.” (April 22nd, 9:57pm). Because Fred didn’t respond, Casca took it up a notch, “Man You shut up the minute I asked you about actually fighting him. You are a little faggot keyboard warrior. Pathetic piece of shit. You talked so big but you’re just scared.”
Fred’s final message to Casca, before blocking him on Facebook, on Friday 9:36pm
FRED: Casca, if I saw you right now I would break your neck off and stick it in your ass
You and that faggot antonio can go f–k each other in the ass until you die. Don’t contact me again you stupid f–k.”
And with that, Fred lost his only friend. Casca then emailed me a full transcript of their conversations.
I find it disturbing that Fred so frequently talks about gay sex acts that he wants to commit on me or wants my friends to commit on him or that he wishes we would commit on each other. If I made a list of all of the people I have ever known, it would most likely be in the thousands. And yet, NONE of them ever said all of these negative, horrible, disturbing gay sex things.
Also, if you read between the lines, isn’t he challenging Casca to a fight? And if so, why did he block Casca? How will that fight ever happen now?
Ah, Fred, would that this were over. But it will go on like this for the rest of your life.
To date, not sure if the funniest thing he ever said to me was “I’ll fight you when I’m ready” or “You f—ed with the wrong guy, Antonio
As of this writing, June 5, 2014, Fred has backed out 14.5 times.

The full Casca exchanges
Fred agreed to fight me on Friday March 21, in Shanghai, so I added him back on facebook. He immediately posted gay pornography on my page. So I blocked him. Then, my friend C made friends with him on facebook and is pumping him up, encouraging him to fight me.
Casca: Hey, are you going to fight that blowhard Antonio in March. They are organizing a fight in Shanghai and I bet a lot of people would love to see you kick his ass. His the info
The Battle of Shanghai MMA, BJJ, and Muay Thai smoker fight, Thursday evening, March 13, at 7 PM, at Fighters Unite Shanghai, contact Silas Maynard on Facebook
Monday 10:06pm
Fred: Hi Cascaa, sorry this went to my other messages folder. Your exactly right, blowhard is an understatement. Have you ever met him? Yes we will fight, i have offered him MANY times to come to shenzhen. So it looks like im gonna have to get to SHanghai eventually. He never stops talking shit, never!
Tuesday 8:06am
Casca: Wow he is a jerk. why didnt you guys fight on March 13? I bet he just stayed in his house that night.
Tuesday 3:53pm
Fred: I was in use until the 6th (My note fred returned to china on march 6th, that doesn’t explain why he didn’t fight me on the 13th or at any time in the previous year)
Fred: Have u ever actually met him?
Tuesday 7:24pm
Casca: Yes, i have been in the gym with him. he is a huge loudmouth. he doesnt like to train he just comes in and spars. usually he will spar like 5 or 6 guys in a row without stopping. all the coaches like that but i think hee is a jerk
Tuesday 10:59pm
Fred: Where are you now? In china? Yes he has got to be one of the most arrogant pricks I have met. He is beyond self centered and loves to start shit between people. I bet the only friends he really had are his Facebook fans
2 hours ago
Casca: I knew him in Johor bahru. he is such an asshole he walked in our gym and just because he could beat the shit out of everyone the coach made him the assistant trainer then he kept fight and winning and no one wanted to fight him but i wanted to see him get KOd About fans, he has a lot in malaysia, everyone knows him some people hate him but most people are so stupid and desperate they support him
Fred: So there wasn’t one guy who could beat him at your gym? I’m not very impressed with him. But he does seem strong and can take some punishment but besides that it seems like when he charges in at people that get nervous and kind of just react.
Casca: He thinks because he speaks so many languages like he is some god
Fred: I actually never met him. And he and I met online years ago. He asked me for a place to stay as we was thinking of coming to Shenzhen. I even let him use my VPN for free for months ( not a big deal) but he just shits all over people and all he cares about is his self image
Fred: He is not very tall but looks stocky
Casca: he is shortbut he is built like a bull and even i saw one professional karate guy kick him right in the face and he just took the guy down and beat the shit out of him but then he always talks how strong he is
Casca: Kim Lee Tan could probably beat him, but they were training partners. kim had about 30 fights then he retired and is now a referee for One Fc
Fred: Did you spar with Antonio?
Casca: yeah, he kept throwing me down and laughing at me he didnt even punch or anything, just kept throwing me please kick his ass just because he can wrestle, he thinks he can walk aroundd saying he speak 20 languages or some shit.
Fred: Lmfao
Fred: What a prick
Casca: i want to see him get his ass kicked but he just takes the guys down yeah he is a prick but unfortunately his wrestling is really good
Fred: Maybe so, but that doesn’t mean he also can’t be taken down (ME, so his strategy is to try and take me down? What a terrible idea.)
Fred: And while his wrestling is good I don’t see his submissions as anything good
Fred: When he closed the distance and has someone in the clinch I never seen anyone using their shoulder or elbows. Antonio’s dominant from the clinch. That’s about it
Casca: yeah he doesnt usually win by submissionyeah trueonly clincch is good
Fred: I bet there are many people that talk behind his back
Fred: Because they really don’t like him
Casca: sure lots of people hate him because he talks about education and phd and languages who the fuck does he thing he is
Fred: Yea, like he is a walking encyclopedia. It’s one thing to be smart and humble, it’s another to be smart and be a jackass like him
Fred: I called him on the phone today. I’m trying to set something up
(Fred called me at this point and asked me to fight him Friday in Shenzhen. Periodically, after backing out of a fight with me, he then says, “Why do we have to fight in your gym and your ring? So, I agree we can fight in Shenzhen if he can arrange a ring, and he never can. This time, he claims there is a ring, but he wont give me the name, address, phone number or contact person for the gym so I can verify that he actually set anything up. In the end, he won’t set it up. So, I won’t fly to Shenzhen, and he will claim I backed out. But funny having that conversation with him on the phone, while having this Facebook chat with him)
Casca: good when are you going to fight him?
Fred: I hope by the summer (Antonio note, when he called me it was fight that week, on Friday, not in summer. He never mentioned summer)
Casca: wow cool and you are right his submissions are bad all you have to do is take HIM down, get on top, control him and you can submit him
Fred: I hope to rock him with elbows and kick the hell out of his knees
Casca: yeah goodhe has bad knees
Fred: I heard that he does
Casca: i wonder why no one did that before? (Antonio note, laughing so hard I can barely type)
Fred: Don’t know
Casca: the only thing, you gotta kick quick
Casca: he always ties those guys up fast
Fred: He comes straight forward
Casca: yup predictable
Fred: Very predictable
Casca: yeah always the same moves sounds like you got his number, why didnt you fight him last year?
Fred: Wasn’t ready to be honest
Casca: oh ok but a bunch of times you guys said on his page that you were fighting
Fred: He has this way of getting under my skin and trying to force me to do things
Casca: yeah he is a complete asshole i dont got a better word, asshole
Fred: And then I just wind up getting pissed off because he is such an asshole
Fred: Lol
Casca: but if you were pissed why not kick his assi really want to see itcan you make a video?
Fred: Then what he will do is completely turn things around
Fred: I wanted to badly. But I know it’s foolish to fight someone when there is any doubt you can lose
Fred: Sure I will
Casca: cool but you know how to beat him sounds like a great plan kick that knee right out from under him fuck he might never fight again
Fred: Lol
Casc:a you’d like that
Fred: Let’s see how it goes
Casca: i know i would
Casca: I would just like to shut him the hell up
Casca i knew when i saw you on his page you were no pussyyou dont take his shitand you said you knew how to beat a wrestlerso i was like, good i’ll bet on that guy
Fred: Thanks. Yes I don’t. Everyone else seems to but I won’t
Casca: yeah they all kiss his ass
Fred: One of my best friends is a two time NCAA years ago
Fred: who cares how many fights he won
Fred I’m not stupid
Casca: wow you know a NCAA wrestlershit you must be good
Fred I’m good at staying on my feet. He outweighs me by 10 or 8 kilo. Not much. I am 7 years younger. And tons more faster then him (Me more faster? Also two seconds ago he said he was going to take me down.)
Casca: and antonio aint no NCAA
Casca: you know he’s not even the best one on his university wrestling team
Fred: Lol
Casca: he talked about it on facebook some of those college wrestlers are better than him so its not like he’s a champion
Fred: And just so you know, I have nothing against anyone who is gay. But when he pissed me off I would always tell him what a faggot he is because I never seen him with a woman.
Fred: Plus he calls himself a monk
Casca: good ffor yo
Casca: He ain’t monk
Casca: yeah and that language shit he talks is a lie
Fred: Probably
Casca: yeah his mandarine is like perfectbut he cant speak cantonese or haka
Fred: Lol
Cascaa: what a fuckin loser spanish and italain are a no brainer, dudes parents come from italy or some crap so whats the big deal?
Fred: Lol
Fred: Don’t know
Fred I gotta goto a company meeting now. Catch up later and good talking to you
(Antonio note: March 21: Dance, my puppets, dance. My fake Facebook profile, Cascaa, told Fred “Antonio is so full of shit. He ain’t no linguist. Sure his Mandarin is nearly perfect, but he doesn’t speak any Cantonese or even Haka.” Today, I went on youtuube and a brand new youtube account had commented on my Chinese presentation video “How about Cantonese or even Hakka?” It’s such a random thing to post on my video, I have to believe it’s Fred. Most people have never even heard of Haka. I wonder what else I can make him do? His fake youtube account is Frikandel Kroket1 )
Casca: That asshole must have brain damage. He is telling everyone you agreed to fight him today but you backed out. I know that isn’t true.
Fred: Sorry fb is banned in china and I don’t always get on. He must have emailed me like 6 times today what a fkin pain in the ass. I told him I was gonna to the gym today to see about getting the ring set up for us since this pussy don’t wanna fight on the street
Casca: Ok so did you set up the fight? when is it
Casca: 23 march
Casca: He’s on facebook saying you backed out of the fight 9 times and you said terrible things about his mom. he is such a didnt do that, did you?
Fred: Sorry I’m half asleep. No I didn’t back out of a fight.
Monday 6:06pm
Casca: Oh, so you guys never had a date to fight? because he had a list of dates that you were supposed to fight but I checked the video, he was fighting someone else.anyway, are you going to fight him in April? That would be cool.
7 hours ago
Casca: Antonio just said you agreed to fight him in April if he gave you head. Are you fighting him in April?
Fred: Hi. Sorry as fb is blocked in china and I’m very busy these days. I am going Friday to check out a ring that is here in sz. As I told him many times this fight will most likely happen over the summer. He is such a bullshitter it’s unbelievable
18 minutes ago
Casca: ok i hought something like thathe said you agreed to fight him like 9 times and quit. the asshole.just curious, why dont you just knock his ass out at fight night in april?
Chat Conversation End
(MY note: I had been planning all along to feed into Fred’s delusions and his adolescent fantasies by confirming everything I knew he already believed in. In a conversation with Antonio, Fred said that he believed Taekwondo guys were better fighters than san da guys. Which is preposterous since taekwondo has no punching, no combinations, no low kicks, no grappling, no throwing, and they don’t fight for money. anyway, in a separate conversation he told Cascaa that he thought Antonio had a bad knee and all he had to do was kick it once and it would explode. So, Cascaa just sent Fred an email saying that a Taekwondo guy kicked Antonio’s knee and it exploded. And now is Fred’s chance to fight Antonio. The strategy may backfire though. Fred allegedly believed he could beat Antonio this whole time and yet didn’t fight him. So, maybe even if he thought Antonio was crippled he still wouldn’t agree to fight.)
March 31, 2014
Casca: Dude!!! Guess who just got his ass kicked by some taekwando guy at the university and probably has to have knee surgery!
Fred: ??
Fred: Antonio
6 minutes ago
Casca: Yes, this is your cance man. fight himhis knee is fuckedmy cousin told me he cant even walk.that smartass finally got what was coming to himand now you can shut him up the rest of the way.
Fred: How did this happen
Casca: my cousin goes to that sports kindergarten antonio brags about he said antonio was shooting off his mouth about what a great fighter he was and how other martial arts sucked
Fred: Today?
Casca: yeah
Fred: So they fought ?
Casca: yeah a tKD team member got sick of antonios crap and they fought and he kicked antonios knee once
Fred: What kind of fight?
Casca: and fatasss had to be carried outi dont know i wasnt there just my cousin told me but i guess not mma or antonio would have taken him down dude opened his mouth one too many
Fred: Lmfao
Fred: Would love to see pics
Casca: i dont know if there are anybut he will need surgery and allso this is your chancefight the sonofabitch
Fred: It is that bad?
Casca: yeah his knee explodeddude it was a taekwando guythey are the best kickers
Fred: I’m surprised he didn’t write about it on fb
Casca: and antonio is like 67 years old and has bad kneeshe probably will keep it secretbecause he is so arroganthe’s not gooing to admit something like that
Fred: Dude had a very long day to do very bad weather here in Shenzhen. Gotta get some sleep. I will be in touch this week
Casca: ok but this is your shot manshut that fucker up forever
Chat Conversation End
Seen 8:41pm
Fred: With or without his knee fucked up doesn’t make a diff in the long run. I just want the chance to have a fair fight with him
Casca: yeah of course you could always beat him but this is even better for you
yeah of course you could always beat him but this is even better for you
(Fred emailed Antonio to confirm the TKD incident. This is where I screwed up a bit in my planning. Antonio, of course, had to deny that the incident happened. But meanwhile, I needed to make the incident true, so Fred would believe I was injured and fight me. I could kill Casca for putting me in this position. Fred then sent Antonio’s email response to Casca.)
Fred: From Antonio
No idea what you are talking about. I sparred eight rounds of san da today. by the way, did you fill out your form to fight me on April 11?
April 1st, 9:05am
Casca: he doesnt want to admit he got his ass kicked you know anyone could just beat his ass. you said ” I just want the chance to have a fair fight with him” so why did you turn down all of the times he tried to fight you for a year?

FRED: Casca. 1. He is the one that challenged me. I offered him many times to come to Shenzhen. I even offered to pay that poor bastards ticket. 2. I have a full time job. I don’t have always the time off to do the things I want. 3. I told him numerous times let’s settle this like men, but he wanted it in a gym, in shanghai, on his terms but the motherfucker is the one who ran his mouth and challenged me. 4. Don’t think for one second that because I don’t post things here on Facebook that I’m sitting here doing nothing. I have way more access to training partners and the tools I need to fight this fucktard. It’s just a matter of time
April 1st, 10:50pm
Casca: so you agreed to fight him several times but then you didnt fight him i still dont understand why you did that now he is posting about april 11are you going to fight him then?it sounds like you are ready.
April 2nd, 10:30pm
Casca: are you going to fight him on the 11th or do you need to wait more than a year?
Your training is better than his? Cool. where do you train?
April 4th, 8:05am
Fred: I asked meathead about you and this was his response
A jealous jerk I knew in johor bahru. he didnt like me, but he couldnt beat me physically, so he talks crap about me, similarly to the way you call me insulting names and talk about raping my mother because you can’t beat me in a fight
Casca: that guy is an ass. i can beta him. so can you. by the way, where do you train? Are you going to fight him on the 11th? I am dying to see someone kick his ass, and anyone could.
April 7th, 9:48am
Casca: Are you going to fight Antonio on April 11? WOuld love to see you finally shut him up.
April 8th, 8:21pm
Casca: Fred, tell me the truth. are you scared of Antonio? You have backed out so many times. and now it looks like you won’t fight him on April 11. Why?
Fred: Casca, do me a favour. I realize we both cannot stand this fuck. And yes I will fight him. However I have a full time job, lived in another city, and asked him many times to come since he challenge me. So pls stop asking me. When it happens it happens
April 9th, 9:49pm
Casca: But why did you back out so many times? on your facebook you went on holiday and you had time to go many places You mean in a whole year you never had a day off? also, why did you agree to fight him and back out? Grom 2
Fred: how many times do I need to explain this to you. No I never backed out. No he never came to Shenzhen. If he would come here tomorrow I would fight the prick. So please stop asking me the same questions
Casca: But you agreed to fight him last year I saw even the gym was making the poster and you agreed to fight him a couple more times Dont you remember? He got his stupid coach involved and you posted on your page you were fighting him last april but he fought theat tomato can Aj instead
April 10th, 9:37am
Casca: That asshole posted, saying you backed out 12 times. But I know i8t couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3 times, 4 at the max. so you should break his jaw.
Fred: Patience. He can write whatever he wants. He is scared to come to Shenzhen
April 10th, 11:08pm
Casca: but why did you agree to fight him so many times and back out?It doesnt really seem like you want to fight him.
April 12th, 10:28pm
You’ve been really quiet. I said, it doesn’t seem like you want to fight him because he offered for a year and you backed out every single you have a response for that?
April 14th, 9:46pm
Casca: It just seems you are scared of Antonio because you turned down all his offers to fight for a year and then you backed out a bunch of times after agreeing to fight. Do you have any kind of response?
April 17th, 10:04pm
Casca: If you wanted to fight him so bad why did you back out so many times and wait a whole year?
April 22nd, 9:57pm
Casca: I guess your just chicken shit. You wasted my time. I thought you were a hero. but you are just as scared of Antonio as all those other guys.
Friday 9:36pm
Casca: Man You shut up the minute I asked you about actually fighting him.You are a little faggot keyboard warrior.pathetic piece of talked so big but you’re just scared.
Fred responded:
Cascaa, if I saw you right now I would break your neck off and stick it in your ass
You and that faggot antonio can go fuck each other in the ass until you die
Don’t contact me again you stupid fuck
Chat Conversation End
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Wrestler Looks at Judo (Part 1)

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm


By Antonio Graceffo

Sensei Gary Rasanen, an 8th degree grand master of judo grabs my sleeve and my lapel, similar to a grip used in Chinese shuai jiao wrestling. He pulls me into his hip, sits down slightly, while pulling my arm across his chest, and suddenly, I am airborne. I slam, hard on the mat, as his body crashes down on top of me. Careful to maintain control of my arm, he rotates his hip toward me and widens his legs, in order to drop more weight on my chest, making it hard for me to breath. Maintaining his balance, and careful to keep his weight on me, his legs walk around my head. As he goes, I am slowly being choked with my own arm. Because of my MMA training, I can survive the oxygen deprivation without taping. But this is judo. Sensei Gary only needs to hold me in this position for twenty-five seconds. Then he will be declared the winner of the bout.

And this was my introduction to judo.



But why was I here, lying on the mat in Port Jefferson Station, at Long Island Judo & Martial Arts, with an eighth degree master choking me? The answer is, it was part of my school homework.

My PhD dissertation research, at Shanghai University of Sport, where I live and train, is a comparison between Chinese traditional shuai jiao wrestling and modern freestyle wrestling. Additionally, I also study san da, as many of the san da throws come directly from Chinese shuai jiao. Because of obvious similarities between judo and shuai jiao, I am interested in more deeply studying the art of judo. Hopefully, I will continue with this series, as I come to know more about judo.

Grand Master Gary Rasanen started training in 1968, at age 11, in New York’s oldest dojo, in Brooklyn. He once trained with the Korean Olympic team and is versed in jujitsu and shotokan karate. “It was all part of the budokan system of martial arts.” Explained Sensei Gary. “To be proficient in that style, you have to be versed in those three arts.” Keeping with this spirit of being an all-around fighter, sensei Gary’s judo school is located inside of United Studios, Progressive Martial Arts center where students were learning a variety of martial arts under the direction of Renshi Enzo Aliotta.

The reason I sought out a judo master, during one of my brief trips to the United States, was because the Chinese claim that judo and Chinese shuai jiao share a common origin. Not only did I not care if that was true, but as a doctoral candidate at a Chinese university, I wanted to steer as clear of that sensitive issue as I could. As both, a martial artist, and a guy from Brooklyn, however, it was obvious to see that there were some clear similarities between the arts. First off, we both wore heavy white jackets and belts around our waist, which could be used for gripping, controlling and throwing.
As an MMA fighter I had been exposed to Brazilian Jujitsu and was always fascinated to research the Japanese origins of that art. As jujitsu and judo are related, I was also very curious to find out about the ground fighting aspects of judo. If you ask the average person on the streets, they have most likely heard of judo. But if you asked them what it was, they would most likely say something about takedowns and throws, rather than joint locks and submissions.

“Judo has grappling, submissions, choking, arm-bars, joint manipulations… There’s a lot more to it than throwing someone to the ground.” Explained Sensei Gary. “A few years ago, 70% of fights were won on the ground.” I was wondering how it worked that some fights were won by throwing and some by submission. “If I take you down in half throw, wazari, I have to hold you on the ground for 25 seconds to get the win.”

Apparently, a Wazari is a half a point throw, which differs from an Ippon, which is a full throw, which ends a match. To end a judo match with a throw, the opponent must land flat on his back. If not, you have to go to the ground and control him for 25 seconds. Or, after the wazari, the match can end on the ground, by choke or submission, like in jujitsu or MMA.

In MMA and in freestyle wrestling, you are generally just looking for a win, by any legal means. But when you start practicing a specific art, such as judo or shuai jiao, the question always arises “Do you just want to win? Or do you want to use the art?” For example, my shuai jiao team at the university is complete made up of former Greco Roman competitor, except me, I come from an MMA background. If we wrestle just for the win or just or the takedown, I would generally put my money on my teammates vs. nearly any club team in Shanghai. But, having said that, this year, 2014, my team pulled out of the national shuai jiao championships, because they were afraid they would be disqualified or penalized for not using proper shuai jiao techniques.

I asked Sensei Gary if there was some similar situation in judo. He explained, “There are three types of judo instructors: technically sound, but no competition, or someone who loves competition, but whose techniques are not on par with a technically sound black belt, or others who can teach you to compete on Olympic level.”

There are a number of high profile MMA fighters who come from a judo background, but apart from: Ronda Rousey, Karo Parisyan, Fedor Emelianenko, and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, most are from Japan and Korea: Yoshihiro Akiyama, Dong Hyun Kim, Satoshi Ishii, Kazuhiro Nakamura. So, that may be one reason why we don’t think as much about judo. If you start digging, however, you find that most of your favorite Japanese fighters and even some American wrestlers and others have studied judo.

Judo is a subject we talk about a lot in MMA gyms, but it is not an art that most MMA people have trained. MMA gyms typically have instructors for Muay Thai, BJJ, and maybe boxing and wrestling, but judo is the least common. While MMA fighting is still illegal in New York, Long Island is an absolute hotbed of high school wrestling and the location of a number of famous MMA schools. So, I asked Sensei Gary if he had any MMA guys coming to train with him.

“We do MMA a lot,” explained the sensei. “But MMA guys don’t like to take judo because they want to learn to throw, but they don’t like to get thrown.”

I laughed, telling Sensei Gary about the first time I ever attended a judo class, about twenty years earlier. “In that one lesson, I got thrown five hundred times. And I decided, learning judo was for the young only.”
“That’s traditional, old school judo.” He said, smiling. “That takes a pounding on your body. I believe it’s the most demanding martial art on your body.”

One of the questions that comes up in the MMA gyms is about the gi. Fighters wonder if an art which wears and throws from a gi would translate well into shirtless MMA.

“When you teach the guys judo-for-MMA how do you modify the techniques?” I asked.
“I try to put them in ring situations.” Said the Sensei. “We don’t have a ring, so I put them against the columns, and I say ‘how would you get out?’ to teach fighting off the cage. I leave the gi on, and they think they can grab it. But when they do, that works in my favor.”

In Chinese wrestling, we also use a jacket, and yet I think it’s good for training. Wrestling with the jacket gives you phenomenal grip strength. And most of the techniques can be modified to work without a jacket.

Sensei Gary concurred, “95% of all judo throws can be done without a gi. With a gi, you grab the sleeve. Without the gi, A guy throws a punch, and he is giving you his body the same as when he grabs you with the gi.”

The same is true of MMA and san da. The throws often come from catching the opponent’s kick, or timing your shot for when he really loads up on that right hand and throws a huge punch. And actually, one of the things I like about the gi vs no gi discussion is that the throws in san da come from Chinese wrestling. So, in a given day at the university, I may walk into practice and find out we are doing the exact same throw in both classes, but one with a jacket and one without.

We had heard a rumor, in the MMA and wrestling world, that it was illegal to touch the legs in judo. Sensei Gary confirmed it. “New rules, cannot grab the legs.” That is a big difference between judo and Chinese shuai jiao. In Shuai jiao you are permitted to grab the legs. But, this also parallels what I said earlier about my team pulling out of the national championships. The guys on my team, myself included, tend to get a lot of our throws by doing body locks or by taking our opponent’s legs. While these techniques are legal in shuai jiao, they are not the true, Chinese jacket techniques.

Because many MMA and san da throws come from catching kicks, I asked if that was something they learned in judo. “Catching kicks would not be something you would practice in judo.” Sensei Gary went n to say that said that they didn’t actually practice catching kicks. But he still won a fight against a karate practitioner, using his judo skills. “The minute the fight started, the guy took off his gi top.” Ostensibly so Sensei Gary couldn’t grab him. But this didn’t stop the experienced judoka. “I did a roll out into him, locked his head and did a hip throw, and went right into an arm-bar.”

Many of the Greco guys on my team do the same thing. They suddenly grab the head, execute a throw, and go straight into a submission. In Greco, they use a variation of an arm triangle, choke, or neck crank as a pin/submission. But the rules say that one arm has to be inside the choke, in other words, you must grab BOTH your opponent’s head and arm to be within the rules.

“What about body locks?” I asked. “Are they legal?”
Sensei made it sound like body locks were hard to achieve in a judo match. “You start apart.” Began Sensei Gary. “When the referee says ‘go’, you step in and grab your opponent’s gi, in the basic hook up position.” So far, this was the same as in Chinese wrestling. There are seven basic grips in Chinese wrestling, but usually, at the beginning of the match, you will try to grab the inside of your opponent’ sleeve and his lapel. The basic judo position was very similar, except that in judo, you were forbidden to reach inside of the sleeve. You had to grab the outside. Another huge difference was when Sensei Gary said, “You can use the jacket to choke, just like in jujitsu.” Chokes and joint submissions are illegal in Chinese shuai jiao wrestling.

Sensei went on to explain some of the basic fundamentals of judo. “There are 8 basic forms of off balancing your opponent. There is no set way of walking during the match. In practice we learn how to walk, but in competition, you move wherever you need to move, naturally.” He added, “You should be able to move in, like in wrestling.”

The sensei told me that his high school finally added wrestling his senior year. So, he only got to be on the team for a single season. “I just threw and threw the opponent, until the coach said, ‘you can’t just throw the guy.’” I guess those judo reflexes were ingrained, because he told another humorous anecdote. “I also did the same thing in a karate tournament. I threw the opponent and got disqualified.”

Sensei took me into the practice room to begin the workout. The warm up was similar to wrestling. The students did rolls, flips, break falls, crawls, and so on. After warm up, the first thing they taught me was the basic hook up position, grabbing the lapel and the sleeve. No sooner had I completed the grip on a senior student, Sensei Pete, when Sensei Gary said to me, “don’t hang on him.” In wrestling, usually when we lock up you want to begin wearing your opponent down by making him carry your weight. So, you hang on him. In judo, Sensei said to stay relaxed and a bit more upright than in wrestling.

Next, Sensei Pete threw me. He controlled my right arm, with his left hand, stepped in sideways, put his right shoulder into my right shoulder, braced my right leg with his right hand and fell into me, taking me down, landing on top of me. We have almost the same technique in both san da and shuai jiao, except that you pull the opponent forward, and he lands face down, rather than this one where he lands on his back. San da also has very similar ones, where he lands on his back, but where you attack from the side. The advantage of this judo technique, where he lands on his back, is that you land on top of him, and you are still controlling his arm. So, you can fall right into side control or a submission. In san da, or shuai jiao, on the other hand, you don’t want to fall with the opponent, or you will lose points.

One of the primary differences between judo and my Chinese arts is that in judo, you can go with your opponent and continue fighting on the ground. In san da or Chinese shuai jiao wrestling we can only throw and stop. And you lose points for falling with the opponent even if you land on top.
Master Gary refined the technique for me. “You’re not just falling into him. You’re driving your hips into him and taking him straight back. Next, the sensei transitioned from the same setup trapping the right arm across his body with his left arm, stepping in with his hips, but then, instead of using his right hand to brace my right leg, he used his right arm to grab my head. Once he had control of the head and one arm, he did a classic judo hip toss, dropping right into a submission on the ground

I told Sensei Pete that this was similar to a Chinese technique. He said, “Yeah, sambo too… because how many ways are there to throw someone?” He was right. While every art has some unique throws, probably the vast majority of throws across all of the grappling arts will be similar, except where the rules specifically forbid them. For example, MMA, san da, shuai jiao, and free style wrestling all use single-leg take down, double-leg takedown, and fireman’s carry. But they look a little different in each of the arts because of the rules. In the Chinese system, you have to squat, rather than kneel, because the rules prevent you from touching your knee to the ground. Judo, on the other hand, doesn’t use these techniques, however, because you aren’t allowed to touch the legs.

Next we moved from the throw to side control. In judo Sensei Gary showed me to grab the opponent’s belt and use it to control him on the ground. In Chinese shuai jiao, we also grab the belt and use it to control and throw the opponent. But there is no ground fighting in shuai jiao. In MMA and freestyle wrestling we fight on the ground, but we don’t wear a belt. So, this was a new concept for me.

Down on the mat, Sensei Pete, let me side control him, to see if I could hold him, or if he could escape. In MMA, once you are on the ground, you have to choke, submit, or pound your opponent for the win. In wrestling, you have to pin him. In judo, you just have to keep him down for 25 seconds to get the win. Obviously, Sensei Pete was fighting really hard. Occasionally he would get one shoulder blade off the ground. I thought maybe that meant the clock stopped. But Sensei Gary said, “The clock is still running. All you have to do is control him.”
Next, Sensei Gary let me throw him and try to control him on the ground. As soon as we hit the ground, he reversed me, and wound up on top. He said, “You have to move quickly once you’re on the ground.”

I asked if you were permitted to fight off your back and use your legs on the ground. Sensei Pete said that you were, and that they had all of the same triangle chokes and arm bars as in Brazilian Jujitsu, except that it wasn’t as refined as BJJ. BJJ, since its inception, has specialized in these techniques. So, naturally, they are very developed.

Sensei Gary showed me a slow smother, from side-control. It was very unpleasant. Even though I could hold out because of MMA training, you only have twenty five seconds to escape. So, I still would have lost. It’s not an easy task, trying to get an eighth degree Grand Master of Judo off of you.

I asked a lot more about ground fighting, prompting the two senseis to point out, that judo is not wrestling. If the opponent lands in a position other than on his back, you only have a very few seconds to put him on his back and pin him, or you have to stand up and restart. It seems that the real art, the preferred win in judo, is that you throw the guy once, and make him land flat on his back. But if that doesn’t happen, you can go down with him, control him, pin him, choke him, or submit him.

“It’ a lot more than throwing.” Said Sensei Gary. “Whatever came from the Gracies came from judo first.”

Back on our feet, Sensei explained, “There are three parts of judo; Off balancing, entry, and execution.”

Some of the standing, judo control positions involved trapping your opponent’s arm in your bicep, while pulling his sleeve with the other arm. In wrestling and san da we have exactly the same position, BUT we would jam our shoulder into the opponent’s underarm for more control. Sensei Gary showed me that you shouldn’t do this in judo, because you were leaving yourself open to getting choked from behind.

Practicing one of the throws I fell on my opponent and Sensei scolded me. “Don’t fall on the guy!”
“But I thought you said we should fall on the opponent and control him.” I protested. Sensei said, “Yeah, but we are just practicing. Don’t fall on the guy in practice.” Sensei Pete laughed and added, “We want the guy to come back.” It made sense. If you do 300 throws a night, it would be really painful and injurious to have the opponent fall on you each time.

Another difference between judo and Chinese wrestling was that in judo you are allowed to do a sacrifice throw, where you throw yourself to the ground, with the opponent. In Chinese wrestling, this is discouraged. In san da it’s not allowed at all anymore. In judo, not only were you allowed to go with the opponent, but it seemed you were allowed to hit the ground first, as long as you rolled over into top position and controlled him.

One of the ways I typically get points in Chinese wrestling is that when the opponent goes for an over the shoulder hip throw, I body lock him, lift and throw. The judo guys had a nice counter to my counter, when I body locked Sensei Pete, he simply drove in with his hip, drove through me, and took me down, exactly like the very first throw they had shown me that day. And true to the spirit of judo, true to the concept of using your opponent’s strength and power against him, the harder I body locked Sensei Pete, the harder I hit the ground, because I was basically pulling him into me, which gave him the momentum for the throw.

The two senseis showed me a whole series of sit-through throws which required little or no energy. The main problem with taking these techniques back to China, however, was that, in a sit-through, you hit the ground first, before you opponent. Then, you rolled your opponent onto his back. For Chinese wrestling, you would already have lost a point by falling on your back. These techniques would be good for wrestling or MMA, but some of them couldn’t be done without a gi. Still, learning as many sit-through techniques as possible is extremely beneficial. That way, when you are fighting, no matter what situation comes up, you have a sit-through ready to go.

It was time for me to go. But, before I left, I asked the two senseis for some final words of wisdom. Sensei Gary said, “Judo is referred to as the gentle art. It’s gentle for me. It just hurts the guy who’s falling.”

Sensei Pete said that in studying judo, “You learn a lot about yourself and your inner strength.”

“Yes,” I agreed. “And sometimes, you get to choke-out the Brooklyn Monk.”

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.
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