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San Da Hands (Parts 1 and 2)

In Adventures in Asia, antonio, arts, brooklyn, china, da, down, fighting, Graceffo, grappling, jiao, lian, liu, martial, Martial Arts, monk, odyssey, of sport, san, san da, shanghai, shuai, sparring, sport, striking, sweep, take, takedowns, throws, traditional, training, university, wrestling, xing on January 26, 2015 at 1:56 am

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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.

Watch San Da Hands (Part 1) on youtube: http://youtu.be/sRoVY9AHgc8

Watch San Da Hands (Part 2) on youtube: http://youtu.be/bXdagkgGnr0

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 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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No Holds Barred: Antonio Graceffo on Wrestling in China

In Martial Arts on December 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with the writer, web show host, MMA fighter, and wrestler, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/antonio.graceffo" target="_blank">Antonio Graceffo</a>.

Born in Brooklyn, known as the "Brooklyn Monk", and raised in Tennessee, he has been living, training, and competing in several different countries in Asia for many years. Now 46 years old, he has gone back to school, this time in Shanghai, China, to complete his Ph.D. We spoke with him Thursday at Foley's Bar and Restaurant in New York, while he was in town visiting with family members for the holidays.

"I started doing a Ph.D. at Shanghai University of Sport, and I'm on the traditional wrestling team there," he said, referring to competing in the Chinese traditional style of wrestling known as Shuai Jiao, where the wrestlers wear jackets. "And I decided that I was going to take one year away from MMA fighting, just concentrate on improving my wrestling skills." 

Discussing his studies, he said, "For my Ph.D., I'm writing a dissertation on comparative forms of wrestling. So within China, there's a number of traditional and ethnic forms of wrestling, and I'm also along the way writing scholarly articles for comparing wrestling with other sports, including MMA, sambo, judo, and so forth."

While sports, including combat sports, have been booming in recent years in China, wrestlers from that country still often do not achieve much success on the international level. In addition, there are relatively few people in China training and competing in wrestling.

"I think the key for China to improve in wrestling would be if they would promote the traditional wrestling more within China," he advised. Right now wrestling is mainly done in clubs, often involving people who work or go to school full-time.

"Culturally, they could promote traditional wrestling to the Chinese people as a Chinese sport. From that pool of traditional wrestlers, they could probably begin to draw people and then train them in freestyle and Greco-Roman."

He continued, "The strength and the weakness of Chinese sports in general is the system of sports schools, that they only have people at sports schools playing sports, and that kids in regular schools don't play sports."

We also discussed his training and experiences at the Shaolin Temple, how prevailing attitudes have changed over the years in China to martial arts and combat sports, how the standup fighting style of Sanda is still very influential in China, the prospects for Wushu as a sport, why the issues of concussions and brain injuries in combat sports have not become major areas of controversy in China, learning the Chinese language, what is called Chinese food in America, and much, much more.

You can play or download No Holds Barred <a href="http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2013-12-27T12_43_44-08_00" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="https://archive.org/details/NoHoldsBarredAntonioGraceffoOnWrestlingInChina" target="_blank">here</a>. If one link does not work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through <a href="http://landing.stitcher.com/?vurl=noholdsbarred" target="_blank">Stitcher</a>.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through <a href="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=150801513&s=143441" target="_blank">iTunes</a>.


Martial Arts Card Sayings Volume 1

In Adventures in Asia, Martial Arts on December 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

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Martial Arts Odyssey Volume One DVD Trailer

In Martial Arts, Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

Martial Arts Odyssey Volume One DVD Trailer

The long awaited DVD coming soon, “Martial Arts Odyssey: Volume One”

“Martial Arts Odyssey” has been a web TV show for nearly three years, and 160 webisodes, spanning nine countries and countless martial arts. Now the web TV show is moving to an artfully edited DVD series edited by filmmaker, Charlie Armour and of course, starring Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo.

“Martial Arts Odyssey: Volume One” will feature never before seen footage, interviews, and photos all shot on location, in the exotic world of Asian martial arts.

Coming soon.

Watch the trailer for free on youtube

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Martial Arts Odyssey: OLD SCHOOL Taiwan (Parts 1 and 2) In

In Martial Arts on April 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm

4_24_2009-3_27-pm_0001a small gym, in Tainan, Taiwan, Host Antonio Graceffo meets 62 year-old Chen Ging Hway a former champion of boxing and San Da (Chinese kickboxing). He teaches Antonio some old-school professional fighting and tells stories about the early days of Syo Bodji, free fighting, in Taiwan. Still active, Chen Ging Hway is an official in the Taiwanese Kudo association and trains Taiwanese fighters who go to competitions in Japan. Kudo is a new form of MMA from Japan which is sweeping Asia. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbCI0bbrh38 Martial Arts Odyssey: OLD SCHOOL Taiwan Part 2 Antonio helps train a young Taiwanese Tae Kwan Do practitioner who wants to fight San Da and MMA. Sixty-two year-old Chen Ging Hway a former champion of boxing and San Da (Chinese kickboxing) Teaches Antonio the painful wedge-hand strike that he used to use to lay his opponents out. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp2FZRx3SXo Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries. His books are available on amazon.com Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com Join him on facebook.com His website is http://www.speakingadventure.com This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To. muay,thai,kick,boxing,kickboxing,martial,arts,odyssey,Brooklyn,monk,brooklynmonk,Antonio,Graceffo,china,Chinese,san,da,Taiwan,ROC,mixed,traditional,CMA,TMA,grappling,striking,clasic

Martial Arts Odyssey: Master and Soldier

In Martial Arts on April 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

 

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Calling attention to the genocide with a martial arts video

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Master and Soldier

 

In the war zone of Burma, Antonio Graceffo meets Mater Kawn Zanie, a legendary, undisputed master of Lai Tai, Shan Kung Fu, a soldier with decades of combat experience who often goes out on patrols armed only with Shan double swords, and no gun. The Shan have been fighting a defense war against genocide and oppression for more than forty years. Mater Kawn Zanie a veteran of countless battles said he training kept him alive.

 

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Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg_R65F3mxw

 

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on facebook.com

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Military Fighting (SSA) Part 1

In Martial Arts on April 11, 2009 at 7:07 am

 

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Calling attention to the genocide with a martial arts video

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Military Fighting (SSA) Part 1

 

Host Antonio Graceffo, in the war zone of Burma, teaches practical military hand-to-hand fighting techniques to the soldiers of the Shan State Army, a rebel group, protecting the Shan people from genocide committed by the Burmese government. Practical fighting is a basic program of 18 strikes, beginning with the head, and working its way down, using each part of the body as a weapon. The system is very basic and easy for people to learn, even if they have no martial arts background at all.

 

 

Using martial arts to educate the world about the plight of the Shan people of Burma. A lot of fight fans don’t get very involved with international politics. Hopefully featuring the Kung Fu of the Shan people will help call attention to the genocide in Burma.

 

 

Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXO-jaiNbA4

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on facebook.com

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To.

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Bokator Radio

In Martial Arts on April 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

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The art was almost lost in the Cambodian genocide, but it is making a comeback in Phnom Penh, thanks to the efforts of Grand Master San Kim Saen.

 

Martial Arts Odyssey: Bokator Radio

See it on youtube.

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“Martial Arts Odyssey” host, Antonio Graceffo, was the first foreigner to ever train in or write about the Cambodian martial art, Khmer Bokator. Since his first story about the art appeared in “Black Belt Magazine,” five years ago, the art has been featured in various international TV shows and documentaries. Antonio’s own efforts to film the art and make it available to the world have been fraught with difficulties. The release of the full-length Bokator film he was involved in is two years behind schedule. The Six episodes of “Martial Arts Odyssey” he shot in Cambodia were done on a borrowed camera, in some strange HD format, which he has been unable to edit.

 

This compilation video was done from various Bokator clips, filmed over a period of five years, combined with audio provided by a radio interview Antonio did with DJ Julian of Love FM in Phnom Penh, during the filming of the movie, “Brooklyn Bokator.” Viewers will get a real treat as they will see the Antonio get fat, get fit, get fat, and get fit again, as the video clips were shot over a period of years.

 

 

 

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Watch it for free on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1Yb5LTYSFg

 

 

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

 

His books are available on amazon.com

Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

 

Join him on facebook.com

His website is www.speakingadventure.com

 

This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To. Some of the video was shot by Tim Pek of Transparent Pictures, and it features a radio interview courtesy of DJ Julian and Love FM of Phnom Penh.

 

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Learning History and Culture Through Martial Arts

In Martial Arts on April 4, 2009 at 7:59 am

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David Calleja talks to Antonio Graceffo, host of web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, and leading kuntaw instructor Grandmaster Frank Ayocho. about the importance of history, culture and identity within lesser-known martial arts. It’s all about discovery.

 

Read it on Foreign Policy Journal;

 

http://www.foreignpolicyjournal.com/articles/2009/04/03/calleja_martial-arts-odyssey.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Martial Arts Odyssey: Behind the Scenes at Martial Arts Odyssey

In Martial Arts on March 24, 2009 at 1:25 am

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Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1fVfH6iCzs

boran-t-kneeThis is a look into the new web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey” hosted by Antonio Graceffo. In this short overview, Antonio explains how the show came about and what the basic premise is. Host Antonio Graceffo has been living in various countries in Asia, studying martial arts, for nearly eight years. Along the way, he was writing articles and books about martial arts, available on amazon.com, now, equipped with a video camera, he has been retracing his steps, so you can meet the masters and see the various martial arts. The basic format of each show is that Antonio goes to some interesting location and trains with a unique master in an obscure or well known martial art. Episodes have been filmed in Burma, Lao, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, and more. Some of the featured arts include: Bokator, Yaw Yan, Kuntaw, Lai Tai, Thieu Lam, Bradal Serey, MMA, Arnis, Muay Boran, Boxing, and Muay Thai. The show is completely non-commercial. Whatever Antonio wants to shoot, he shoots. If you want to have your art or your school featured on “Martial Arts Odyssey,” just contact Antonio. Send him email or join him on facebook. The episodes run for free so everyone can watch them. Antonio used to live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan. “My show might be the only chance some people back home get to even see Asia. So, for ten minutes they can take an exotic holiday and maybe learn something about a foreign culture.” A lot of martial artists dream of coming to Asia to train. Antonio hopes that “Martial Arts Odyssey” can give them a small glimpse into their dream. On practical note, Antonio hopes the show will inspire people to take chances in their lives and follow their dreams, whatever those dreams might be. Join Antonio on facebook Watch it for free on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1fVfH6iCzs Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He is the host “Martial Arts Odyssey,” a web TV show which traces his ongoing journey through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries. His books are available on amazon.com Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com Join him on facebook.com His website is http://www.speakingadventure.com This episode was edited by Antonio Garceffo and features the official Martial Arts Odyssey intro and outro by Andy To. muay,thai,kick,boxing,kickboxing,martial,arts,odyssey,Brooklyn,monk,brooklynmonk,Antonio,Graceffo,china,Chinese,san,da,kung,fu,monkey,fist,Taiwan,ROC,MMA,mixed,traditional,CMA,TMA,grappling,striking,bokator,kuntaw,arnis,kali,lao,lai,tai,yaw.yan,thieu,lam,bradal,serey,pradal,khmer,boxkator,boxcator,Cambodia,cambodian