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No Holds Barred: Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk, on Wrestling and China

In Uncategorized on July 12, 2014 at 5:13 am

Radio Podcast Interview:

No Holds Barred: Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk, on Wrestling and China
http://nhbnews.podomatic.com/entry/2014-07-11T13_45_42-07_00

 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with the writer, web show host, MMA fighter, and wrestler, Antonio Graceffo.

Born in Brooklyn, known as the “Brooklyn Monk”, and raised in Tennessee, he is in the process of completing his Ph.D. at Shanghai University of Sport in Shanghai, China, and is a member of the traditional wrestling (Shuai Jiao) team there.

We spoke with him Thursday in New York while he was in town.

“My Ph.D. thesis topic is comparing Chinese traditional wrestling with Western wrestling,” he said. “My professors want me to write about history, culture, rules, competition, techniques, training, all different aspects. And they sort of expanded that and they wanted me to write a lot about Greece and Rome for some reason, but that led me to writing now about Pankration: ancient Greek wrestling, and then Pankration, and then Pankration into the Roman era, which becomes like the gladiators. So actually it becomes very interesting, a lot of fun for me to write it.”

He continued, “But then it also means it’s expanded, the types of things that I need to go do in addition to my reading, that I need to go experience, catch wrestling for example. And they also want me to write about pro wrestling. And of course as soon as you include pro wrestling as sort of a modern evolution of wrestling, if you want to call it that, and in a way, the modern pro wrestling is the gladiatorial games of the Romans.”

Thus, on this trip back to New York, he sampled training in several different styles. He attended a training session in catch wrestling with Sambo Steve Koepfer at New York Combat Sambo, as well as one in judo at Long Island Judo with Sensei Gary Rasanen, and even met with a group which performs the staged pro wrestling.

We also discussed the status of wrestling and grappling in China, how there is not now a large feeder system there on the amateur and youth levels of wrestling, how children in regular schools do not play sports, why it would be difficult for catch wrestling to succeed in China at present, his future plans, and much, much more.304 469 489

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

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

安东尼Graceffo(学年,2013至14年)出版的摔跤文章
Wrestling Articles published by Antonio Graceffo (Academic year, 2013-2014)

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中国武术和柬埔寨武术的比较
https://www.academia.edu/7318181/_

标题:残疾人摔跤手
https://www.academia.edu/7294762/_

标题残障人士可以是专业的战
https://www.academia.edu/7086251/_

体育教育在美国
https://www.academia.edu/7318237/_

Sports Education in the US
https://www.academia.edu/7318214/Sports_Education_in_the_US
Cambodian and Chinese Martial Arts Compared
https://www.academia.edu/6056191/Cambodian_and_Chinese_Martial_Arts_Compared

The Travels of Antonio Graceffo: The Brooklyn Monk, Part II: Shuai Jiao Realist
http://wrestlingroots.org/the-travels-of-antonio-graceffo-the-brooklyn-monk-part-ii/

Shuai Jiao in Kung Fu Magazine
https://brooklynmonk.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/shuai-jiao-in-kung-fu-magazine/

Wrestler Looks at Judo — Part 1
http://magazine.fighttimes.com/wrestler-looks-judo-part-1/

SUS Wrestlers and San Da Fighters in the MMA Gym
http://magazine.fighttimes.com/sus-wrestlers-san-da-fighters-mma-gym/
Wrestling for San Da
http://magazine.fighttimes.com/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
https://archive.org/details/NoHoldsBarredAntonioGraceffoOnWrestlingInChina

访谈Print interviews

The Future of Martial Arts
http://futureofmartialarts.com/2013/12/21/antonio-graceffo/

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>.