Posts Tagged ‘korea’

Welcome to Brooklyn Monk on Youtube

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2015 at 4:38 am


I’m Antonio Graceffo, the Brooklyn Monk, and welcome to my youtube channel. My two main areas of interest are second language acquisition theory and martial arts.

I am currently a PhD candidate at Shanghai University of Sport where I combine both my interests, taking them to a new level.

I am writing my dissertation, in Chinese, the topic of which is a comparison of Chinese traditional Shuai Jiao wrestling and modern, western wrestling.

As part of my field research, I train daily in several wrestling styles as well as san da and judo. Although I am nearly 50 years old, I still fight in competition from time to time.

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My channel Brooklyn Monk1 is largely about my own journey though Asia, exploring and documenting languages, martial arts, and ethnic minorities. Beginning in 2001 through the present. I have lived in about 7 countries, learned 5 languages and studied and documented countless martial arts. Along the way, I also fought professionally and amateur, I wrote six books, several hundred magazine articles, published academic papers, appeared in movies and TV shows, and produced hundreds of videos which are available here on my channel. I have play lists dedicated to the various phases of my research including: Martial Arts Odyssey, Linguistics and Language Learning, Interviews, and the War in Burma.

I hope you enjoy my channel and if you’re doing research and need some help. Please shoot me a message and let me know. Also, don’t forget to follow Brooklynmomk1 on Twitter.

I’m Antonio Graecffo from Brooklynmonk1 reminding you to get in the gym do your reps, do your sets, do your round work, keep training and fighting, and please get in the libery and read a book.

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Some memories never leave you

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2014 at 7:51 am


By Antonio Garceffo

When I visited my Pop in a fulltime care facility at Christmas, 2013, he didn’t remember who I was, straight away. My brother had to introduce me to him about every twenty minutes or so. He would remember for a while, and then ask again, who I was. My Pop is a Korean War era veteran, who served in the Air Force when the Air Force was only a few years old. He did his boot camp at Mitchel Air Force Base, the same place Charles Lindbergh took off from, when he made his historic solo flight across the Atlantic. After the base was closed, it became Nassau Community College, the first college I ever attended. When I went to school there, my dad was pleased that one of the original buildings had been converted to a Student Union hall. When I was a young kid and my Pop would tell me about his time in the military, he always sang the song “Waking up on Lollipop Hill.” Apparently his barracks was located on Lollipop Hill, and this was a marching song that the recruits sang. When you visit someone who is more or less demented and who doesn’t get out much, you run out of things to talk about, rather quickly. So, for no particular reason at all, I sang the one line of the song, which I remembered, “Waking up on Lollipop Hill.” My Pop instantly joined in and sang the next several lines. Boot camp is such a pivotal event in the lives of most young men, that even 60 years later, the memories were clear.


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 The book contains stories about the war in Burma and the Shan State Army. The book is available at

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