Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Art Diary by Antonio Graceffo
In the search for the forgotten martial art called “Bokator”, discover the forgotten history of the soul of Cambodia. Antonio Graceffo, in his 7th book, returns to Cambodia in search of the elusive origins of Bokator, the unabridged original fighting style of Cambodia. His search, 10 years in the making, has taken him from Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh, to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and many villages and towns in between. Along the way, Graceffo details the people, culture, and mindset of a civilization far removed from his Brooklyn upbringing. Always behind his journey, is Graceffo’s determination to find documentation and proof of Bokator’s roots.
This is Graceffo’s motivation, his holy grail, his passion. Come along as Graceffo combines his passion for Martial Arts and culture to learn what it means to be human, in a sometimes inhumane world. Experience with Graceffo the beauty of a country where few Americans live, eat with the locals where you can dine like a king for $4.00, travel the many dirt roads to people’s grass hut homes and dirt floors that welcome you with a smile. Meet the young men who train 8 hours a day, but do not have enough money for food or competition fees. Understand a country coming to terms with its’ own turbulent past and trying to carve a place for itself in the 21st century. Discover why this book ends with more questions than answers, but rest assured, Graceffo will take you on a journey that you will never forget. 11″ x 8.5″ paperback, 194 pages