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Violated Linguistically, Keep Your Tongue to Yourself

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm

By Antonio Graceffo

Substitute teaching in a high school, I was a little vague about when class started. When I heard a bell, I just went. The principle said to me in Chinese, “No, your class starts at eight twenty-five.” I said, “OK, thank you,” and sat down. But then the English teacher had to show off how good her English was. She came over to me and said “You can play your class at twenty-five minutes past eight, ten minutes later. But as you can see, according to this clock the time now is only eight twelvth.” Ah yes, the dreaded “eight twelvth” I would have to “wait ten minutes later” to “play” my class. Va fan culo!

This is so typical that to show off or to “practice” Chinese say the longest most convoluted sentence they can. I often hear them using the specific dialogue from chapter seven, like, “Will you eat in our school cafeteria, or do you prefer to eat such delicacies as fresh leafy vegetables, legumes, meats, and savories…” As soon as you use the word “savories” I know you’ve been memorizing dialogues again. And I don’t want to be your partner.

I gritted my teeth and said, “Yes, I understand the concept of telling time.” Since then, I have played and replayed the situation over and over in my head, wondering if I should have ripped into her in English and made her cry. I think the reason I react so badly to Chinese people making long statements from the vocabulary list in chapter eight, is that, one, she is calling me an idiot by suggesting I didn’t understand the principle. Two, she is not very observant, since I answered the principle appropriately, which would suggest I understood. Some people argue that people like this aren’t trying to insult me. They are juts practicing. Well, I don’t understand how this is practicing. Since no native speaker would use that many words to convey such a simple message. And since she obviously already knew these words….What exactly was she practicing? I guess she will get better and better at THIS and next time, she will cram “robust peaches at the peak of freshness” into the sentence.

That night, when I went out to get some food, I bumped into one of the newly arrived German students. I stopped to ask how he was getting on, when I noticed he had an Asian girl with him. Thinking he couldn’t possibly already have a girlfriend, after two days in country, I asked her in Chinese, “Where are you from?” I thought maybe she was another foreign student. As expected, she didn’t answer. So, I said in English, “Where are you from?” He answered for her, saying, “She is from here. She’s my language buddy, assigned by the university to help me learn Chinese.” Now, I was confused why she didn’t answer me. So, I asked again, in Chinese, “Where are you from?” She just smiled and said “Yes” in English. So, I switched to harsher Chinese and asked, rather forcefully. “I just asked you twice, where you are from. Why didn’t you answer?” She replied in English. “I am sorry, but I can’t understand your Chinese.” So, I asked in Chinese, “Why don’t you understand me? Everyone else does.” But she didn’t budge. She said, “Sorry, your accent…” I exploded, and started shouting in English (maybe I should have done it in Chinese, but I wanted the German guy to know what I was saying.) I am a doctoral candidate in this university. All my classes are in Chinese. All my classmates are Chinese. Everyone understands me but you.”

I just didn’t see how this was going to end well. And I felt embarrassed for the poor German guy who probably had no idea what to do. So, I just mumbled under my breath, in Chinese, “Forget about it. You have no manners.” As I stormed off, she called after me in English, “I understood that. Your Chinese is so good.”

I know people think I get mad about nothing and fly off the handle, but this person intentionally made me lose face. I can’t imagine she did this to help me. I don’t think she cured famine or Ebola by doing this. She wanted to make me look bad and make herself look smart. Also, she is supposed to be helping this guy with his Chinese. Obviously, his Chinese won’t be as good as mine. So, will she constantly shoot him down, till he gives up and speaks English with her? I actually had a language exchange partner in Korea who laughed at me every time I spoke Korean. And I know he did this so I would give up and we could just speak English, for his benefit. Instead, I told him to go f— himself, and possibly I threatened him physically, I don’t remember. I probably did threaten him physically. Sounds like something I would do.

And very much like Fred, I have to ask, why is this ok? Why does she get away with this? Why is it that if I stopped typing right now, scoured the campus, found her and ripped into her verbally, I would be the bad guy?

Well, wait till tomorrow night’s post, because, I am planning on being the bad guy.

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 Catch Wrestling w. Sambo Steve (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

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Sambo Steve (Stephen Koepfer) of New York Combat Sambo invites Brooklyn Monk , Antonio Graceffo to train catch wrestling with his team in Manhattan. Catch wrestling is a form of submission wrestling where you can win by submission, choke, or pin. The pin makes it more like wrestling and different from Brazilian Jujitsu, where many competitors like to pull guard. In catch, if your shoulder blades touch the ground for three seconds, you lose. In this episode, the Brooklyn Monk also welcomes Eddie Goldman, the host of the podcast, No Holds Barred. In part two, hear Eddie tell the history of Catch wrestling.
Watch Brooklyn Monk Catch Wrestling w. Sambo Steve (Part 1)

Watch Brooklyn Monk Catch Wrestling w. Sambo Steve (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 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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Wrestling Side Control Escape SUS

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2014 at 1:46 am

Antonio Graceffo’s wrestling teammates at Shanghai University of Sport show him how wrestlers escape from judo side control. The Brooklyn Monk finds  it interesting to explore how different arts deal with the same positions and situations.

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Watch: Wrestling Side Control Escape

http://youtu.be/K234cDYKB5g

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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One last attempt to arrange a fight with Fred the coward pilot of Shenzhen

In Uncategorized on September 1, 2014 at 11:39 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.

Watch it on youtube http://youtu.be/XaYcLpXvvr8

Back in June of 2014, Fred agreed to fight me on June 13 in Shenzhen. Less than 4 minutes later he sent me a text, backing out. Twenty minutes later he sent me a text saying “I will kick your ass in June.” I texted him, asking if the June fight was back on, but got no answer. Over the next several days, I called and texted repeatedly to find out if the June fight was back on, but he never answered.

 

August, 30, 2014: I called Fred and asked if he could fight me in September. He said that he had been at my university two weeks earlier, “Sorry I didn’t see you. I would have liked to have smashed your face.” I asked him why he didn’t call me when he was here. He claimed he didn’t have my phone number. I pointed out that we had spoken by phone and SMS thousands of times, so he definitely had my number. But his reply was, “That was a long time ago.” So, what I read into that is that when we left off in June, he had NO intention of contacting me or fighting.

 

Over the years he has singled out various friends of mine, who are professional fighters, saying they were gay and that he could beat them in a fight. One such friend is AJ Riccardi, who just took fourth in US national san da championship. Another is Albert Tan, a heavyweight international kyokushin fighter. I told Fred I had been in Malaysia training with Albert and he was bigger and stronger than before and would destroy Fred.

 

I know I should just let this go, but Fred is so despicable, I just want to destroy him. So, I tried one final time to get him to fight me. Just by communicating with this guy, I am letting evil into my eyes and ears.

August, 30, 17:27

17:28 Fred: Good to hear from you fucktard. And you enjoyed sucking off Albert Tan. When you come to Shenzhen tell me. (Albert Tan is a friend of mine who fights in international Kyokushin competitions. I don’t know why Fred singled him out, of all of my friends and keeps calling Albert gay and saying he wants to fight Albert. I warned Fred on NUMEROUS occasions that, because I am a 90% grappler, if he fights me he will probably lose, but not get hurt. But Tan is a mean striker with a body conditioned from years of Kyokushin, the most brutal martial art on the planet. If he fights Tan there is a very high probability he would get permanently injured and at the very least, he wouldn’t be able to walk for a month. Tan is my weight or more. Fred is a vegetarian and at least 10 kgs smaller than either of us. Tan specializes in kicking his opponent’s thighs with his shin bones. If Fred punches or kicks Tan to the body, Fred will get injured.)

BTW I believe if I see you I will fight you right away, I wont even wait until we make it to the gym.

17:28 Antonio: sounds perfect. can you give me a date, time and place for the fight.

17:29 Fred: when you come here.

17:30 Antonio: give me a date time and place

1731: Fred If the PhD don’t work out I’ll get you a job as a fluffer. I think you would do well since you spend half your life underneath asian men.

17:31 Antonio: date, time, and place?

17;31 Fred: by the way you have an open invitation to come to Hadian district in Beijing anytime to test your skills. (Here, Fred is referring to some martial artists he knows in Beijing. When he agreed to fight me in Beijing on September 7, 2013, he was supposed to fight me in the wrestling room at the wrestling school I was living in. Then he said he would only fight me if I first fought these two pro san da fighters in a no rules fight, in a park in Hadian district. Only then would he fight me. I was so desperate to fight him, I agreed. But then I thought better of it, and declined. It turned out, he wasn’t even in Beijing. So, the whole thing was a load of bull on his part.)

 

17:32 Antonio: Great now give me a date, time, and place to fight you.

17:34 Fred: At your mother’s house

17:35 Antonio: no, I mean a real date, time and place, so we can really fight. It seems you don’t actually want this fight. I have been chasing you for nearly two years but all you do is make gay jokes. Can you please fight me?

17:37 Then you come to Shenzhen call me then I’ll give ya an ass whooping understand?

17:37 no I will only come for our fight. So if you give me a time date and place then we can fight.

17:37 and I told you all this tome come to Shenzhen and fight me and you have done nothing because your simply pathetic

17:39 I agreed many times to come to Shenzhen but you backed out. So just give me a date, time, and place and then you can beat me, as you said. You agreed to fight me on June 13 in Shenzhen but then you pulled out.

17:41 when u gonna blow Tan again? I want a video.

1759 instead of your gay fantasies please give me a date, time, and place so we can fight.

17:59 Fred: your mother must be rolling over in her grave (sandwiched between to n_______s of course) crying about what a pathetic piece of shit you have become,

18:24 Antonio: date, time, and place for our fight. By the way, you have now agreed and backed out 15 times and made hundreds of gay references about wanting to watch or participate in gay sex.

18:26 Fred December 25, show time at the Apollo

18:26 Antonio: once again, a real date, time, and place, so we can actually fight. You don’t seem very good at arranging a fight.

18:27 Fred: and you seem pretty god at, ah, nothing.  So who was on top, you or tan?

18:32 Antonio: day time and place for our fight please.

18:32 Fred: by the way I meant to tell ya I was at your school about a month ago. Wish I saw you.

1834 Antonio: great, fight me, date time and place. I don’t believe you came here but if you did, why not call me to fight? A date time and place so the fight can really happen? (It later turned out he was in Shanghai during this entire exchange, but refused to come fight me again.)

 

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