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Antonio Graceffo

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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 a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia, the author of “Warrior Odyssey’ and “The Monk from Brooklyn.” and host of the web series, “Martial Arts Odyssey”.

Parallel Development of Chinese and Western Wrestling

Since the birth of the human race, people have wrestled. Over the millennia, wrestling has developed from a base form of animalistic fighting to...

The Wrestler’s Dissertation: Wushu, Chinese and Western Wrestling

Pankration, Gladiators, Mongolia, Shaolin kung fu, Catch Wrestling, the Olympics, Wushu, Pro Wrestling, Sanda, and MMA… The Wrestler’s Dissertation traces the history and evolution of...

The Myth of Earning A Living in MMA

Rocky Marciano was born poor and died rich. But that was boxing. Lets look at the myth of earning a living in MMA. In 2011...

How Western Wrestlers Changed Judo

“Judo is a source of national pride in Japan, where the martial art originated.” (Cheng, 2012) But as larger, stronger foreigners, often with a...

Martial Arts Styles Do Exist

Recently, I saw a Facebook video of a grappling competition, between a freestyle wrestler and a Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner. There are a lot of...

How A Wrestler Looks at Judo Part 1

Sensei Gary Rasanen, an 8th degree grand master of judo grabs my sleeve and my lapel, similar to a grip used in Chinese shuai...

SUS Wrestlers and San Da Fighters in Fighters Unite-Shanghai

For the first time in about a year, I had no classes, no work, and no wrestling team practice for three days. So, I...

Art of Fighting: A Lesson in Perseverance

A Lesson in Perseverance, or Proof that Talent Means Nothing Robert M. Clyne, host of “The Art of Fighting,” made this incredible video about...

A Warrior’s Odyssey

Warrior Odyssey is the sixth book written by Antonio Graceffo, the American host of the web TV show Martial Arts Odyssey. Having spent...

Silat Kalam – A Malaysian Art Tied Closely to the Religion...

Guru Mazlan stood in a neutral stance, hands at his side, feet side by side, a natural and relaxed stance, which is the starting...

My Malaysian Master: Silat Kalam, Silat Tomi, and Kyokushin Karate

The first time I trained in Malaysia was in August of 2009. At that time my Chinese-Malaysian friend, Sheung Di, arrange for me to...

Cambodian and Thai Martial Arts Explained

Since the launch of my web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, more than 18 months ago, I have received a lot of email asking...

Fight in Hanoi Park

For my web TV Show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” I try to show little known, and culturally interesting martial arts, in unusual locations, which few...

Muay Thai Chaiya: It’s Nothing Like Muay Thai

I recently discovered Muay Thai Chaiya, which I train with Kru Lek. It is an ancient form of Muay Thai, a codified martial arts...

Cambodia’s Champion Fighters

Eh Phou Thoung and Oed Phuo Thoung are Cambodia’s champion fighters but they live in squalor and obscurity. In the world of professional sports, politicians...

Al Haroun Hisham Monkey Master in a Cage

One of Taiwan’s last remaining Monkey Masters, Al Haroun Hisham, wants to fight in the K-1 and UFC to show the world the power of traditional...