Antonio Graceffo is the host of the web TV show, “Martial Arts Odyssey.” The Pilot episode is running on youtube. Antonio is an adventure travel and martial arts author, living in Asia. Fourr six years, he has been travelling through Asia studying verious martial arts and writing about his experiences. He has studied Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple, China and a Muay Thai temple in Thailand. He currently has 4 books on amazon.com His most famous book is "The Monk from Brooklyn," a diary of the time he spent training at the Shaolin Teple. His website is speakingadventure.com
Antonio has spent the last six years preparing for this opportunity, studying language, religion and martial art in eight Asian countries. In addition to five European languages, he speaks Chinese, Khmer, and Thai. He was the first foreigner to study at the Shaolin Temple, in China, and publish a book about his experiences: The Monk From Brooklyn. He was the first foreigner ever to study at Wat Acha Thong, the last Muay Thai monastery in Thailand (see his book, Boats, Bikes and Boxing Gloves). He was the first foreigner to study with the Kung Fu team in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and the first foreigner ever to study the ancient art of Khmer Bokator, in Cambodia. He later became the first foreigner to be awarded a Black Krama (Black Belt) in Bokator fighting.
He has published hundreds of articles about these experiences in magazines around the globe. He is a columnist for Kung Fu Magazine and a frequent contributor to Black Belt Magazine. He has recently been given his own web page by USA Dojo, one of the largest martial arts websites, so that fans may see his articles the moment they are released. He has published articles about studying Vovinam, in Vietnam, Twe So, in Taiwan, Muay Thai Boran, in Thailand, San Da, in China, Bokator, in Cambodia, Kuntaw, in the Philippines, and a host of other obscure martial arts, which most westerners have never seen or heard of.
In total, Antonio had published over 400 articles on his areas of expertise: martial arts, linguistics, religion, ethnic minorities, and culture. If you google his name you will find over 35,000 entries.
As a martial arts consultant, Antonio has worked on productions for History Channel, Discovery, and BBC. He has appeared on “Digging for the Truth: Angkor Wat,” and “Human Weapon: Cambodian Blood Sport.” Most recently, he has become the host of a youtube martial arts video series, entitled “The Monk from Brooklyn,” which is building up an impressive viewership. Outside of the US, Antonio has played leading roles in martial arts films done by Australian, Cambodian, and American production companies. In addition to TV and film work, Antonio has extensive experience as a radio talk show guest, calling in from all over Asia.
To see his videos, hear is audio or read his articles see Antonio’s website, speakingadventure.com