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  1. Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist in Asia
    Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist in Asia
    Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist in Asia
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  2. Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist in Asia

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Following the author’s landmark decision to quit his job on Wall Street and become a martial arts student, this chronicle captures one man’s ongoing adventure across the Far East. Beginning in Taiwan, this autobiography documents how the protagonist learned the Chinese language, kung fu, and twe so, then journeyed on to the Shaolin Temple in mainland China. His next trek found him studying at the last Muay Thai temple in Thailand. Reflecting on a decade of travel, this recollection illustrates a perpetual quest as the author continues to voyage and practice both familiar and obscure fighting styles. Tracing his expeditions through 10 countries altogether, the odyssey also ventures through Hong Kong, Cambodia, Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma.


Antonio Graceffo
Black Belt Communications
Black Belt Communications
Black Belt Communications
Black Belt Communications
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

"If we want to know about a culture, we can go learn their martial art. And that will tell us who the people are and what they are about." Adjarn Sok Chai, mentor and teacher of Tony Jaa. Following childhood dreams originating in part, for Graceffo and so many martial artist like him (including myself), in the television series "Kung Fu" and with the movies of Bruce Lee, Graccefo leaves a troubled youth and adventures in the military, merchant marines, education abroad, and Wall Street, and makes the decision after 9/11 to live a full life of his own choosing, travels the world, learning Kung Fu in Taiwan and the original Shaolin Temple in China, spending time in Hong Kong, and training in Muay Thai in a rural monastery Thailand. He travels and trains in Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, and Burma as well, each time searching for indigenous martial arts and finding them as well as more modern martial arts, often of foreign origin. He has a very unique narrative... Read more
This is an excellent book, wonderfully written on the cultures surrounding the arts that the author studied, the politics in the development of those arts, how those arts may have died out over time, and the author's troubles in basically being a traveling martial artist. You can feel his appreciation toward the teachers he met along the way that took him in and showed him their training.

[about the Kindle version]
Now, the bad part. While the writing and story are great, whatever was done to put the print version into the Kindle was not done exceptionally well. My guess is that the book was scanned and OCR'ed, but no one took the time to actually check that it was formatted well or correctly. What this does is create a number of instances in which there are typos, words joined together, lack of spacing around punctuation, etc. As far as Kindle "pages" go, I would estimate an average of 1 error every 3-4 pages (some pages have multiple errors). The issues won't... Read more
As one reviewer remarks upon as well -- it's not a super writing ability that makes this book SO special -- BUT the writing IS quite competant and readable. Rather it's the singular journey and travels of the author. I was merely hoping for a look-see into some odd and rare Martial Arts of East, Southeast and South Asia -- and got much more than that. There ARE great look-sees into some interesting Arts -- such as Muy Thai Boran -- and one of its likely origins -- Khmer Bokator. There are a good number of such old and new Arts covered in "Warrrior Odyssey" -- by an author willing to go where needed to get to the best [and sometimes only] sources of these Arts -- even in-and-out of hot war zones -- such as in Burma -- where the author befriends such folks as the Shan.

Antonio Graceffo is very respectful of ancient to modern, grappling to kickboxing, unarmed to armed and pure to hybrid Arts -- despite a stated personal bias in favor of Kickboxing and Boxing Arts. This author... Read more
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