Antonio Graceffo takes you to the other side of the world in this video supplement for his Destinations column, appearing monthly in Black Belt magazine. In Part 2 of his trip to Taiwan, he discusses MMA, training and surviving as a foreigner in this island nation. Graceffo is a freelance writer based in Asia. For more information, visit speakingadventure.com and pick up a copy of his new book, Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist Through Asia, available now at blackbeltmag.com/warrior_odyssey.


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