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San Da Hands (Parts 1 and 2)

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In his first year at Shanghai University of Sport, Brooklyn Monk Antonio Graceffo, a wrestling major, cross-trained in san da, but only practiced san da throws, because they were part of his research on Chinese wrestling. Now in his second year at the Sports University, he has begun working on his punching, doing up to 10 rounds of pad work each day. Coach Liu Xing has Antonio throwing combinations integrated with throws. Liu Xing believes having solid boxing will increase the likelihood of completing the takedown.

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Watch San Da Hands (Part 2) on youtube:

Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the author of the books, “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” He is also the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

Warrior Odyssey, the book chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia is available at The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at

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