Martial Arts Odyssey

Martial Arts Odyssey
Martial Arts Odyssey
Genres Martial arts & Adventure

Martial Arts Odyssey is an American martial arts travel themed web TV show, created and hosted by Antonio Graceffo. The series has run more than 180 episodes shot in Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. Martial arts featured on the show include: Muay Thai, Muay Chaiya, Pradal Serey (Khmer boxing), Bokator, Filipino Kuntaw, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Kung Fu, Silat Kalam, Silat Melayu, Silat Tomoi, boxing, Muay Lao, Ziyou Bodji, urban combat, Lai Tai, Muay Boran, military hand-to-hand combat, Silambam, and others.

Contents

Format

Each episode opens with Antonio standing next to an instructor while delvering his standard greeting: “Hey, I’m Antonio Graceffo. And this is Martial Arts Odyssey. Today we are in (name of the location). And we are learning (name of martial art). With me today is (name of instructor).” Every episode includes training sequences, some involving Antonio sparring with different martial artists. In addition, the show contains interviews with practitioners of a profiled martial art, as well as details of local cultures and history. Antonio describes himself as a martial arts anthropologist.[1]

In various episodes Antonio can be heard speaking with his guests in a number of languages, such as Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Spanish, German, and Italian. In total, Antonio speaks nine languages.

The show is produced on a low budget and is shot with a single video camera and edited on free software. The show has no sponsors.

Unique aspects

Martial Arts Odyssey seems to be the first, if not the only martial arts-related reality travel show which appears on YouTube and which is privately funded, without the support of commercial sponsors. It has run more episodes than any other martial arts documentary series. Episodes have been shot in countries and features arts not featured on major networks, such as Muay Lao, Lai Tai, and Silat Kalam.

The show has been credited with having revived a number of lost and nearly lost martial arts, including Bokator, Lai Tai, Silat Kalam and Kuntaw.[2]

Reception

The first episode was shot in Manila in 2007. While Martial Arts Odyssey appears primarily on YouTube, episodes have been rented to various other media outlets. Raw footage has also been loaned to other producers and has appeared in more professional shows. The show has had over one million views on YouTube to date.


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