At Long Island Judo and Martial Arts, Sensei Gary , a Grand Master of Judo, gives Antonio Graceffo, The Brooklyn Monk, an intro into the gentle art of takedowns and submissions. The Monk is very interested in judo takedowns because he is exploring similarities between judo and Chinese wrestling, which also uses a gi type jacket. Also extremely interesting to Antonio was to explore the ground fighting component of judo. Generally, when you think of judo, you think of throws. But judo has a system newaza ground fighting, where fights are won by choke, submission, or domination.
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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 amazon.com. The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey
See Antonio’s Destinations video series and find out about his column on http://www.blackbeltmag.com
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Brooklyn Monk in Asia Podcast (anti-travel humor)