Brooklynmonk's Travel Journals


What is your traveling philosophy?

If i see something interesting on TV or in a book or if I hear about it...I have to go there and do it

  • 50 years old
  • From New York, United States
  • Currently in Tainan, Taiwan

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For six years I have been traveling through Asia, studying martial arts, looking for that perfect f...

launch of Martial Arts Odyssey, the new Web TV show, Shot on location in Asia, starring Antonio Gra...

Shackled by the Neck Burma’s Long Neck Karen Hill Tribe chose exploitation in a tourist village ...

Automatic Language Growth, a new approach to absorbing a hard language. By Antonio Graceffo

In Vietnam, searching for traditional martial arts

Training in Muay Thai Chakrit, in Bangkok

New, In Depth Bokator Video on Youtube By Dante Scott

The first Bokatro movie ever made will soon be out

Learning Thai while boxing

Religious Muay Thai

Working toward the independence of the Shan State of Burma

The Shan are one of many ethnic minorities being killed by the Burmese government, SPDC Forces

Colonel Yawd Serk is the commander of the Shan State Army rebels opposing the Burmese SPDC forces

War knows no boundaries, millions of casualties exist on both sides of the border.

Muay Lao is the national sport of teh Lao Peoples Democratic republic, it is hard core kick boxing,...

Every person living in the IDP camp at Loi Tailang has a story of the pain they suffered at the han...

Although many people in the west know about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the monk protests of 2007, the...

Lai Tai is the kung fu of the shan ethnic minority in Burma

Studying to be an EMT in Philippines so i can go back to the war in Burma as a combat medic

After his family was murdered and his village Burned, Kawn Wan completed his education and became a...

“I can beat up almost any linguist who was chosen over me in the International Journal of Linguis...

There are a number of urban myths, commonly held misconceptions, about the way we learn and process...

Mercenaries in the war in Burma

Shan Martial Arts in American Media

Australian Khmer Film Struggles to be Shown By Antonio Graceffo

American EMT Student in Manila

By Antonio Graceffo Having spent most of my life learning to end life, it is a bit of a change ...

Cambodian government blocks Khmer Rouge Film

The culture and the religion are tied together in Cambodia, but both are loosing their purity.

It's exciting being a freelance writer, but i am poor as hell

Learning water rescue in the Philippines

In Shanland video project documents the plight of the Shan ethnic minority in Burma

The genocide in Burma has created millions of victims

Many people are curious to know the difference between these two southeast Asian martial arts

Volunteering on an ambulance crew in Philippines

Genocide in Burma

A motivational CD from the Brooklyn Monk

Is learning the third language easier than learning the second?

Leaving Burma and coming back to civilization in Taiwan

Inside the head of a langugae learner

Watching Tv and reading Stephen King translations, you can learn nearly any mainstream language

Traditional Vietnamese martial arts

Exporting Filipino martial arts to the Shan State Army in Burma

Monkey Style Kung Fu hopes to find a place in MMA

Learning too many languages can make you nuts, or are you nuts already?

Seven years on the road in Asia, four books published, almost famous, still struggling as a writer

Former Burmese Freedom Fighter Cries for his Stricken Land

American consumers have lived by the moto "buy now pay later." The bill has come due.

More on the Global Financial Crisis

Antonio Graceffo, wanted by the Burmese Junta, for supporting the Shan victims of genocide.

Learning a dominant language can be more demanding than learning other kinds of langauages.

Learning disabilities sometimes give you a unique perspective, which could be an asset, rather than...

Rediscovering the Khmers: by Antonio Graceffo, from Angkor to the tribal regions of Ratanakiri, rel...

Children don't learn langauges faster. In fact, when it comes to language learning, you can never b...

A lot of people believe they are too old to learn a language. This isn't true. You can never be old...

The banking crisis explained in simple, easy English

Philippine Language from an ALG Perspective

The secret ingredient is you

Volunteering on an ambulance crew in a rough Filipino neighborhood

Medical Mission in the war zone, Shan State, Burma

Brooklynmonk and Nim's Island

The martial art of the Shan People, Lai Tai

exploitation and abuse by the SPDC in Shan State

Learning the ancient art of sword and stick fighting in Thailand

battling the Burmese Junta

Articles inside Shan State of Burma, documenting human rights abuses and the Shan people's struggle...

Documenting the plight of the Shan ethnic minority in Shan State of Burma as they are being killed ...

Training with Shan State Rebel army in Burma

San Francisco sculptor, Oben Abright, is wounded while using his art to battle oppression

The Burmese military (SPDC) uses rape, torture, murder and terror to control the civilian populatio...

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  • Art of Fighting: Hide-its the fight in the dog!

    Mon Jan 18, 2010

    A Lesson in Perseverance, or Proof that Talent Means Nothing By Antonio Graceffo   Robert M. Clyne, host of “The Art of Fighting,” made this incredible video about his friend and loosing fighter, Hide, who lives in Tokyo. Hearing what Robert has to say about Hide, I came off luc…  Read More

  • Empty Compliments and the Language Learner

    Thu Jan 14, 2010

    By Antonio Graceffo   Meeting a new Thai person I simply said “Sawadis krap.” Without a second’s hesitation, he said, in English “You Speak Thai very well.” Was I supposed to feel encouraged? Should my head have swollen to monumental proportions because of thi…  Read More

  • Learning Vietnamese from North to South

    Tue Jan 12, 2010

      By Antonio Graceffo   After three months in Hanoi I moved to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. During my time in Hanoi I had a total of about 90 hours of one-on-one Vietnamese lessons and did approximately 50 hours of self-study listening outside of class. In the weeks before I…  Read More

  • Fight in a Hanoi Park

    Thu Nov 26, 2009

      By Antonio Graceffo     For my web TV Show, “Martial Arts Odyssey,” I try to show little known, and culturally interesting martial arts, in unusual locations, which few people are familiar with. We have all heard of China and Japan, and everyone has seen or studied …  Read More

  • Learning Language on Your Own or with an Informal Teacher

    Sun Jul 05, 2009

    By Antonio Graceffo   Many people who have read about the ALG Automatic Language Growth method of language acquisition. The program is listening based, and is currently being used at AUA school in Bangkok, under the direction of David Long. Since the vast majority of the world’s people…  Read More

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    Naya wrote: Thu Sep 6, 2007
    Happy birthday brooklynmonk! Your journals are interesting i checked about them in google and i found out on that it's you birthday today =) More power!

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Travelled to 18 countries

Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Panama, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam