Traveling to the far reaches of the world to find lost masters and forgotten systems of martial arts; reviving the sometimes abandoned techniques and philosophies of a subculture of warriors; immersing himself deep into the cultural and linguistic setting of his fight training; these are only a couple of the things that get Antonio Graceffo up every morning.
“Train equally the mind and body. Your body will leave you long before your mind. No matter how tough and how fit you are now, you will eventually be an injured, fat guy with no brains. So, build up your brains in advance of the inevitable and horrible end.” - Antonio Graceffo
This book is an adaptation of an interview with Antonio Graceffo, martial arts writer, adventurer, fighter and anthropologist living in Asia. Antonio writes regular articles for Black Belt magazine and has published several books of his adventures including The Monk from Brooklyn and Warrior Odyssey.
Tim Johnson is an author in a variety of fields, most notably dual-language children's fiction and martial arts non-fiction.
Tim discovered the power of bilingual books while visiting Japan as a teenager. In 2007 He founded the Language Bear bilingual bookstore and is committed to educating children in foreign languages as a tool for increasing cultural awareness and gaining new perspectives. A product design engineer by trade, Tim's quest for knowledge and understanding is a daily pursuit. He continues to broaden the horizons of children as a martial arts instructor, always encouraging young students to become more aware of the enormous world around them.
With 20+ years of martial arts experience Tim founded the Martial Arts Lineage Project in 2010 to help bring the worldwide community of martial artists closer together. This project documents the lineage and history of all styles of martial arts around the world. Additionally it serves to raise awareness of the vast benefits martial arts has to offer. In addition to this website Tim hosts a martial arts podcast and discusses the philosophies of martial arts masters from around the globe.read more