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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...

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...

Vovinam

They beat the Chinese, the French, the Americans, and even Genghis Khan in war, so I figured the Vietnamese could teach this Brooklyn Monk...

Kung Fu Panda and the Brooklyn Monk

“Your training is a lonely war.” When you train, you battle yourself. You wrestle your internal demons forcing your mind and body to bend. We...

Muay Thai Kawila

“Ten in a row on each side.” Said the coach. If he had been talking about punches I might have been OK. But it was...

Muay Lao: The Forgotten Art of Kickboxing

“You can gain extra power on your kicks by throwing your kicking arm down, but you need to protect your face with a cross...

Traditional Battles Effectiveness

Traditional Martial Arts Versus Reality Fighting Back in the 1970s when I began kickboxing, I had to explain to people what that sport was. They...

The Last Thai Sword Master

Flashes of steel the clank of metal, blades blazing like fire: This is a practice session for Kru Pedro Villalobos and his trainer, Adjarn,...

Muay Thai Chakrit – A Brooklyn Monk in Bangkok

Coach Adjan Chakrit teaches Muay Thai Chaki style, he moves in circles, holding up the focus mitts, he calls out the commands. “One, one...

Khmer Traditional Wrestling

The Khmer traditional wrestling championships take place each August, in the Olympic stadium, along side the modern Olympic Wrestling Championships. Although held on the...

Bradal Serey

Learning Khmer Kick Boxing with Paddy Carson "We have to remember why we are in that ring we are there to hurt the other guy...

Kun Tao

The Philippines, as with any Asian country, has had a long, hard history with certain aspects of its culture and values similar to other...