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Martial Arts Styles Do Exist

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2015 at 10:22 am

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By Antonio Graceffo

Recently, I saw a Facebook video of a grappling competition, between a freestyle wrestler and a Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner. There are a lot of Youtube videos with titles like “Muay Thai vs. Kyokushin” or “Kung Fu vs. MMA” but what I liked about this particular video was that both practitioners were wearing the clothing appropriate to their art, which made them easily identifiable. The wrestler wore his singlet and wrestling shoes. The BJJ fighter wore a grappling shirt and shorts. The next thing that was special about this match up was that both men fought according to their distinctive styles. In this modern era of open grappling tournaments and MMA fights, most champion fighters are so well-rounded that the imprint of their original martial art is often barely visible.

The litmus test, for a fighter looking like his or her style, would be Ronda Rousey, who, in spite of being incredibly well-rounded, and in spite of having won her UFC 190 fight completely with striking, usually looks like a judoka. Watching her fights, it is generally clearly obvious that she comes from a world-class judo background. Lyoto Machida definitely owes much of his success to the fact that he fights like a karate man and both grapplers and strikers find it difficult to break inside of his unusual footwork. Another example would be Cung Le, whose san da background is evident in his MMA fights. But, when GSP defeated world-class wrestler Matt Hughes, did he really look like a kyokushin fighter? Or is there anything about Roy “Big Country” Nelson to suggest that his first martial art was kung fu?
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In this video matchup between the wrestler and the BJJ practitioner, the BJJ guy kept trying to pull guard, to take the fight to the ground, where he would have the advantage. The wrestler was clearly looking for, and got, the takedown, which is his strength. Once he engaged, the wrestler executed a suplex, followed by a high-crotch takedown. He slammed the BJJ guy so hard that the referee stopped the match.
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It was the comments posted on this video which caused me to write this article. “its not the name of the style… Its the practitioner”, “Jujutsu is wrestling, Judo – is wrestling”, “There are not ‘greco technique ‘ of ‘BJJ technique , ‘judo technique’ or ‘free style technique’ There are only ‘RIGHT TECHNIQUE’ and ‘WRONG’”.

Recently, I have heard a lot of people claiming that there are no martial arts styles, only “good technique” and “bad technique.” But this is simply not the case. Some techniques are similar across multiple styles, for example, a shoulder throw can be used in judo, shuai jiao, submission wrestling, or even san da. But other techniques are not. And if a particular style lacks a particular technique, the practitioners normally don’t drill the defense to that technique. Boxers, for example don’t practice sprawl, because there is no single or double leg takedown in boxing. Wrestlers don’t practice passing the guard, because that situation doesn’t exist in wrestling.
Styles definitely exist. And for that reason, when people wish to excel in mixed style events, like open grappling tournaments, or MMA fights, the best fighters tend to be complete fighters who train in multiple styles.

As anecdotal evidence proving the existence of styles, let me present the findings of my summer research. This summer, I travelled for three solid months training and filming Martial Arts Odyssey. My journey took me to Shanghai, Phnom Penh, Bangkok, New York, Singapore, and Johor Bahru. Along the way, I trained and/or filmed the following martial arts: san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, Kepap, catch wrestling, sambo, submission wrestling, judo, boxing, and Brazilian jujitsu.

In san da training, we spent an hour catching kicks. Kick catching is not taught in Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, catch wrestling, submission wrestling, judo, boxing, or Brazilian jujitsu.

In Greco-Roman wrestling we were practicing dropping to one knee and executing a fireman’s carry (without touching the opponent’s leg). This method is not taught in san da, shuai jiao wrestling or boxing.

In freestyle wrestling we were working on cat’s cradle pin. This technique is not taught in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, or boxing.

In freestyle, we also worked on ankle-pick which is not done in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, Kepap, judo, or boxing.

In shuai jiao wrestling we practiced jacket grabbing drills. These techniques are not taught in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, Kepap, catch wrestling, submission wrestling, boxing, or Brazilian jujitsu.

In kepap class the students were learning how to execute a knife attack. Offensive knife fighting is never taught in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, catch wrestling, boxing, sambo, submission wrestling, judo, or Brazilian jujitsu.

In Catch wrestling we were learning knee and ankle submissions. These techniques are forbidden, and thus not taught, in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, boxing, or judo.

In sambo we were learning knee compression submissions. These are not taught in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, Kepap, judo, or boxing.

In submission wrestling we worked on turtle defense and reversing an opponent who was turttled up, so you could get the pin. Turtle position doesn’t exist in san da, shuai jiao wrestling, Kepap, or boxing.

In judo we learned how to use the opponent’s gi top to choke him. This is not practiced in: san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, Kepap, catch wrestling, submission wrestling, or boxing.

In boxing training, my coach, Paddy Carson, was helping me improve the rhythm of my three-punch combinations. Punching isn’t taught in Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, catch wrestling, submission wrestling, judo, or Brazilian jujitsu.

At Brazilian jujitsu class we were learning spider guard. These skills are not taught in san da, Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, shuai jiao wrestling, catch wrestling, or boxing.

Styles clearly exist. For this reason, to be a complete fighter, one must study multiple STYLES.

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.
The Monk from Brooklyn, the book which gave Antonio his name, and all of his other books, the book available at amazon.com. His book, Warrior Odyssey, chronicling Antonio Graceffo’s first six years in Asia, including stories about Khmer and Vietnamese martial arts as well as the war in Burma and the Shan State Army, is available at http://www.blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey
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Brooklyn Monk: Pro Wrestling: The toughest martial art (Parts 1 and 2)

In Uncategorized on April 13, 2015 at 4:45 am

For their PhD dissertation, other people do research and statistical analysis, but the Brooklyn Monk gets body-slammed! “At this rate, I’ll be able to defend my dissertation with my fists.” Says, Antonio “Brooklyn Monk” Graceffo

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Fake? There is nothing fake about pro wrestling, that’s what Brooklyn Monk, Antonio Graceffo discovers when he attends pro wrestling school at New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) and gets schooled by a pro wrestler named Stockade. Pro fighters fight 3 -4 times per year. Professional wrestlers are out there, night after night, getting body slammed, taking bumps and taking the heat. Pro-wrestlers are huge, incredibly strong and skilled men and women who engage in sports entertainment. Yes, the outcomes are pre-prescribed, so you probably wouldn’t want to bet on a pro wrestling match, but what happens during the fight, a spectacle that can last up to 40 minutes, is only loosely scripted and largely dependent on the strength, agility, timing and creativity of the wrestlers.
Pro-wrestling is just the next step in Antonio’s PhD dissertation research on comparative forms of wrestling.
Watch Pro Wrestling: The toughest martial art (Part 1 ) on youtube:

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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
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Fred Schroeder backs out of pro fight

In Uncategorized on April 10, 2015 at 12:38 am

Fred and I were offered a chance by Kru Chan Reach of AFighter to have a televised professional MMA fight together in Cambodia. Fred asked me a million questions about the details of the rules and weigh-in. On April 05, Fred wrote: “I’m in USA right now and will be off the grid for a few weeks. This does look like a good opportunity. How many people in the audience you expecting?” From his many questions, it nearly sounded like he was interested in fighting. Then I didn’t hear from him for several days. So, I asked him if he was in or out. His response was “Obviously I cannot urinate on you in the ring. Will the press know your wearing my shit stained panties?”

Open Letter from Carmine Graceffo to Fred Schroeder a pilot in Shenzhen, China

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

On Apr 9, 2015, I sent Fred an email with the Subject: Re: Yes or no about the fight? Fred’s response was: Sorry man June is no good. I have a Greenpeace convention to goto.

And that’s it. Fred Fredric Schroeder, the pilot and coward of Shenzhen, China, backed out of the fight again. Every time he pulls out or refuses to fight, I remember his chilling words from the past “I am a man of action” and “I’m a real fighter, you’re not.” And my favorites, “I’ll fight you when I’m ready.”

Even during this back and forth discussion of these fight arrangements he told me again how he was raping my dead mother. How does this person even believe he is a man?

Open Letter from Carmine Graceffo to Fred Schroeder a pilot in Shenzhen, China

In Uncategorized on March 22, 2015 at 10:44 am

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Carmine Graceffo

Watch it on youtube http://youtu.be/XaYcLpXvvr8
Mr. Schroeder,

My name is Carmine Graceffo, Patriarca della fondazione della famiglia Graceffo in America. I am the zio of Antonio Graceffo and the older brother of late morta Adrianna Graceffo.

You disonorato adianna in messages, for a periodo of two years. Antonio showed your messages to our family circolo and we are very furioso. The words you write are orribili. Vili, puramente cattive. Why do you write such infamia about the dead woman?

Our family is very traditionale. We believe that ——when you speak ill of the dead,— you disturb their sleep. Why do you want to do this to my sorella? My sister, Adrianna was una santa. She died very young by a terrible cancer. She sofferto much pain. She ha urlato ——–scream and cried till the morfina— didn’t help anymore. I saw your message saying that you “tea-bagged her to shut her up.”

Mio nipote Antonio had to explain tea-bag to me. —–You are pazzo, a very disturbed man. No one the family circolo can believe a man can think so much cativo evil. I understand you agreed to fight my nipote Antonio 24 times, — but you are a cordardo! —afraid–and you ran away.

In Italia, we say a man is two things, —- his word —- and his balls. But you have broken both. Rompi coglioni. You are senza palle! No balls! A man with no balls is no man. Is not a man. I wish I can fight you myself, but I am nearly 80 years old. I know you like to fight a dead woman. Maybe you can also fight an old man.

Antonio showed us the photo you made of my sister. You added a grosso pene, big penis, on the picture of my dead sister. ANIMALE! You are pazzo. Villano. You are not a man.

Perfavore, ti prego—-please fight my nipote Antonio! ——For the honor of his dead mamma.

Sinceramente,

Carmine Graceffo
Patriarca della fondazione della famiglia Graceffo

Fred Schroeder, please fight me.

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2015 at 3:18 pm

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Pilot Fred Schroeder, the coward of Shenzhen has agreed to fight Antonio Graceffo 24 times and backed out each time (as of March 17, 2015) instead of fight me, he sends me email and text messaging claiming he can beat me easily and telling me he is raping my mother who died when I was a baby.

Warning horrible foul language in this video.
Watch: Fred Shcroeder Please Fight me on Youtube http://youtu.be/Bv-TvRSaJ3w

Second open letter from Carmine Graceffo to Fredric Shcroeder, pilot in Shenzhen

In Uncategorized on March 8, 2015 at 10:56 am

Carmine Graceffo
Graceffo Foundation in America
65 Via Vespuci
Brooklyn, NY 11797

Mr. Schroeder,

Since we last chatted, I was disappointed, but not surprised, when my nephew, Antonio, informed me that you agreed to fight him on March 4, 2015 in Shanghai, but did not show up. This is, I am given to understand, the 23rd time you have agreed to fight and backed out. As per our last conversation, I beg you to allow my nephew to fight you, as you promised, to avenge the insults you made to the soul of his mother, Adrianna Graceffo. What sort of man calls someone, repeatedly on the phone, claiming to be raping his mother both pre and postmortem? You even claimed to have raped the eye-sockets of her skull.

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

It is not for me to judge how sick and twisted you are. I only ask, once again, please, give my nephew, Antonio, his fight. You have claimed on countless occasions (several thousand, over a period of nearly two years) that you are not intimidated by him and could beat him easily. If this is the case, then you have nothing to lose. But win or lose, Antonio must be given the opportunity to allow his mother to rest in peace. I saw one of your messages where my nephew asked you to allow his mother to rest in peace and your response was “She’s already in pieces LOL.” Funny to you, perhaps, but now give him his fight.

In your previous message, you claimed that you meant no insult to my sister, Adrianna. You claimed that my nephew “made” you write those comments. For an adult man with a responsible job you seem to take very little personal responsibility for your own actions. My nephew may be no angel. And you may hate him. But he didn’t “MAKE” you do anything. All of your actions were your own choices.

“I do apologize to YOU regarding your sister. Ofcourse i never meant ANY of it.” Of course? Why the of course? Do you mean that you so frequently say things which have nothing behind them we should just make that assumption each time you speak?

Did you “never mean any of it” When you said:
“Yes I know her grave as I dug her up and skullfucked her already”
“Not only does she have a right pussy but a tight eye socket too!”
Friday 10:24am

What sort of monster are you? In the hopes of meeting all of your requirements for this fight, my nephew tells me he complied with your demand that he give you the location of Adrianna’s grave. You told him that after the fight you would “drop a deuce on mommy’s grave.” I didn’t even know what that means. When he explained it to me, I cursed the forty years that have passed since I was of fighting age. In another message you said you would dig up Adrianna’s corps and call “50 niggas” to rape her. You are both a racist and an animal. But the location of the grave was given to you, as you requested. And still you didn’t fight.

Next, you asked my nephew for a photo of Adrianna which you said you wanted to “jer off to” and to make and wear as a T-shirt “commemorating the men who gang raped and killed her.” He gave you the photo, but rather than fighting, you attached a picture of a penis to it and sent it back with a caption which read, “I didn’t know your mother’s cock was so big.”

Most recently, you said you would fight my nephew on March 4, 2015 if he agreed to wear your soiled underwear. You are a disgusting pig. But you are not excused. So, my nephew agreed. And you didn’t show up.

You have been paid, Mr. Fredric Schroder. Everything you have asked for has been given you. Now, it is time for you to earn your fun. Please stop the games and fight my nephew so that his mother’s soul may rest.

All of your requirements have been met, Mr. Schroder. You have accepted payment, but failed to deliver the goods, the goods being the fight. And now you claim the hold up is something as trivial as whether the fight is held in doors or out doors. He gave you his dead mother what more do you want? You are ghoul. In nearly 80 years of life I have never heard of a man making such disgusting demands or even using this level of language… A man would not.

You said “Since he basically refused to come here unless we fought in a gym i stopped responding to him. “ This makes very little sense to me. You allowed this to go on for a period of two years simply because my nephew had the good sense to demand a fight which would not be a crime in the streets? Something so small prevented you from standing up for your honor? You are now being ridiculed, and rightly, for being the coward who, I understand, has agreed and backed out of this fight 23 times, and all because you fear the inside of a gymnasium?

I think it is time you overcome your fear of the gymnasium. I will instruct my nephew to fly to your city. But you must arrange for the fight in doors. This seems so simply resolved.

Can I have your word, as a man, that you will do this? Please let this fight happen and this whole situation finally end.

Please give my nephew his fight in doors. He will fly to you city. If he fails to do so, you can contact me and I will ensure that he does it. As head of the family, he will listen to me. If you need to remind yourself of why this fight is important, read your own words below.

Carmine.

You said the following things and possibly more.
From Fred Scchroeder: 03/16 “Please send me a pic of your mom, I want to honor the situation by wearing a tshirt with her pic in remembrance of her brutal gangrape and DBC. Death By C–k”
“I am your G— kneel before me and open your mouth.” He also sent me text which read “F—you, F—your mother, and F—your Christian beliefs.”
“F—your mother” and that he is masturbating with her photo or that he applauded the men who gang raped her… “
4/01/14 Antonio, fuck you, and fuck your mother too.” This was one of his kinder messages “SUCK MY BIG FAT COCK JUST LIKE YOUR MOM USED TO DO!”
2/21/14
.fredschroeder 3/22/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederf@hotmail.com
your an old, fat, ugly looser who couldn’t get laid in a woman’s prison… Although your mom did, but then again….

2/28/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Fred @hotmail.com
Let me know where you want your grave dug. I’ll even throw in a copy of the bible from the Latter Day Saints. Your Mormon right?
03/14 So really, how many priest did you blow in Sunday school?
03/14 I’m busy jacking off to her pic now. Call ya later
03/15
And I’m sorry your mother was gangraped by a bunch of niggers. But ya known Sicilians are nothing more than niggas turned inside out. So who is your daddy anyway?

Did they ever catch the suspects (all your daddys) that did this terrible (although quite impressive) thing to yor mother?
03/16 Please send me a pic of your mom, I want to honor the situation by wearing a tshirt with her pic in remembrance of her brutal gangrape and DBC. Death By Cock
fredschroeder 3/21/14
What a pathetic piece of shit loser you are. I wouldn’t believe in god if I were you as I don’t think he lets faggots into heaven
03/22 Zero, because your an old, fat, ugly looser who couldn’t get laid in a woman’s prison… Although your mom did, but then again….
03 23 From: fred
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: About the kick
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:01:31 -0400
You really like to talk, and never stfu. Like mother like son, guess that’s why they teabagged your whore mom during her birth to you.

On a daily basis how many men cum in your mouth? Your mom was good at this, back In the day the boys used to pass her around like a nerf football.

fredschroeder 3/28/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
Schro @hotmail.com
You are such a jealous asshole. I told ya to come to sz, otherwise go suck on your training partners balls and stop sweating mine you stupid guinea wop fuck
> Subject: Hey fuckface
> From: fredschroeder
> Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:30:02 +0800
> To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
> So are you and fagboy tan gonna both suck my cock simultaneously or one at a time.
> Hey send me that pic of your mom again. I wanna send you a nice one back after I receive it. Ok I’m gonna go jerkoff dreaming of your mom

fredschroeder 4/01/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: antonio_graceffo@hotmail.com
FRED @hotmail.com
Antonio, fuck you, and fuck your mother too. I told you to come to Shenzhen to fight me jackass.

fredschroeder 1:38 AM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I’m busy. Your mother is sucking my cock and about to release the evil into her mouth. Truly yours…

fredschroeder 4:56 AM Keep this message at the top of your inbox
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
Man your mom is a rock star in bed! Holy shit 3 hours non stop bangin with my balls slapping dat ass!!!
Did you know that I would have been your father had the dog not beat up the stairs?
(17:16 Fred: first you must come and suck my dick. I want you to taste the seed that gave you life. Your mother would be so proud you sick and twisted fuck.)

Say hi to your mom in hell

Don’t contact me it’s a waste of one cause your a big damn pussy. Yes I know her grave as I dug her up and skullfucked her already

Not only does she have a right pussy but a tight eye socket too!
Friday 10:24am

Guess your moms been busy huh?

man i had no idea her cock was THAT BIG

Sent from my iPhone
fredschroeder 1:48 AM
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I would enjoy soccer kicking you in the mouth.
Btw god doesn’t exist. The only god is in my pants and I’m giving your mom confession right now. Open up bitch!

Sent from my iPhonefredschroeder 1:38 AM
To: BrooklynMonk Graceffo
schroederfred@hotmail.com
I’m busy. Your mother is sucking my cock and about to release the evil into her mouth. Truly yours…
12 May, I asked Fred when he thought he would be ready to fight me. He responded by text message, “After I fuck your mother.”

February 3, 2015
18:32 Fred: You really are a queer
18:45 Fred: every day its nice to kow that your mother is getting skullfucked by satans minions.

Fred messages 2015/2/3
SMS from Cambodia
Back in October, Fred lied to me and said he was leaving China. I called his China phone, but he had blocked my number. So, I called him from Cambodia on February 2, 2015 and he answered. I asked him why he backed out of a fight with me 22 times and he said, “Not this again. Go F—your mother.” Next,

Open letter to Fred Schroeder a Pilot in Shenzhen

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2015 at 3:23 am

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Fred,

I know you haven’t done much fighting, so you may not understand the culture of the martial life. Therefore, I wanted to share this with you, in the hopes that you would overcome your fear and simply fight me, accept the loss and learn from it. Remember you have gained nothing, learned nothing, and proven nothing by dragging this thing on for two years. Your status of course has dramatically diminished by your repeated failures to either accept a fight when offered or accepting but not turning up.

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

In 1949, when Masahiko Kimura went to Brazil he hadn’t been defeated since his teens. In fact, he had a 13 year undefeated streak. He won the All Japan judo competition a record 9 times. Helio Gracie extended a challenge to Kimura and in that famous fight, Kimura broke Helio’s arm. But Helio didn’t lose face. In fact, the courage he showed in fighting Kimura elevated him to the status of legend and insured the continued success and development of Gracie jujitsu.

Fred, you have much more to gain by actually fighting me than by agreeing to fight and not showing up or playing games, stalling the arrangements of date time and place or making unreasonable demands such as I ride in your car or we fight at the airport, or that you want me to come to your hotel room for sex first, or that we fight on the street in a crowded tourist district in Shanghai, or any of the other preposterous demands you have made. Just fight me. Just agree, show up, and fight, and you will become more than you are now. Remember a man is two things, his word and his balls. You have broken your word repeatedly and you have demonstrated a complete lack of balls again, and again.

Here is more about the famous fight and how both Helio and Carlos Gracie viewed it.

Many years later Gracie told an interviewer that he never expected to win: “I thought that nobody in the world could defeat Kimura.” He said that his brother Carlos thought he would get seriously injured but that his “fear was surpassed by desire to know what…Kimura would do in a fight.” Carlos thought Kimura might open the door to an unknown world for me.”

This is why even the MMA students in Vietnam want to spar with me. They know they will lose, but they know they will learn. And for me, I train in a sports university where everyone is a black belt and everyone competes at the international level. And I spar, and I get beat, and I learn and grow. And no one thinks the less of me for losing those matches, the same as I think no less of my students for losing to me. I told you I fought san da in November of last year and lost. But my students, training partners, teachers, and even my opponent stood by me. We talked about what I did wrong, what I could have done better, and I have grown from the experience. Not to mention the fact that at nearly 50 years old, every fight I take seems like a bonus win or lose.

Two years is a long time to drag this out Fred. If you had started training when this thing started, you could be a blue belt already. But no matter, let this fight be the first step in your development as both a man and a martial artist. Please agree to fight me in a reasonable venue, preferably in a ring or a cage, but an open practice room is fine too. I am willing to fight in Shenzhe, and have been since the beginning, but the fight has to be in a real venue. Obviously, I think Shanghai makes the most sense because we have the venues. We have the cage, ring, or practice room. We could even fight in a public fight or a professional fight that goes on both of our records if you so chose. If we fight in Shanghai, I have my two cameramen, one for video and one for photos. You are a pilot and probably get free flights to Shanghai. And you have been here several times when you were supposed to fight me but backed out. Whether you chose Shenzhen or Shanghai, make it a real fight, not just more insults, lies and nonsense on your part. We will film it, and it will live on Youtube where you can refer back to it for the rest of your fight career. And the next time you brag about being a fighter and someone calls you a liar, you can point to that video as proof.

Antonio Graceffo

Fred Schroeder, the Coward of Shenzhen, hiding in China

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm

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“I hope Satan and his black angels are raping your mother in the a— as we speak” Fred Schroeder told me this. Back in October, Fred Schroeder claimed he was in Shanghai and agreed to fight me about three times during the course of a weekend, but obviously didn’t show up for any of the fights. After that, he told me he was leaving China to begin work in Khartoum. While the story sounded plausible, I wondered if it were a ruse to avoid fighting me. I called him several times, but the call didn’t connect.

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

So, I thought he had either left, or blocked my phone. Today, I called his China phone from Cambodia, and he answered. So, apparently, he is still in China, and lied, once again, to avoid fighting me. I asked him why he backed out of the fight with me 22 times and his reply was “Go F— your mother.” Now that I know he is in Shenzhen, I am rerouting my return flight to China, so I can fly through Shenzhen, meet him and fight him. Please keep in mind, that one of many things he said about my dead mother was that he once told me send him a picture of my mother so he could “Make a T-shirt to commemorate the men who gang raped and killed her.” In additional to what he said about my mother, he made numerous anti-Christian comments, such as “There is no God, Antonio. It’s me. I am giving your mother communion. I am emptying the evil into her mouth right now.” Please don’t tell me to drop it. This can never end till he fights me or till I am dead.

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.
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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
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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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