Mongolian Martial Arts

Black Belt magazine columnist Antonio Graceffo, Ph.D., recently moved to Mongolia to further his wrestling skills.

Antonio Graceffo, Ph.D., author of Black Belt's popular Destinations column, recently moved to Mongolia to polish his wrestling skills in preparation for his MMA comeback fight.


To support himself in the Asian nation, Graceffo is working as the senior project manager for the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, an aid organization that runs 11 charitable projects in Mongolia related to education, health and sport.

Throughout history, Mongolians have been renowned for their wrestling prowess. As a people, they are physically powerful, fearless and fond of fighting. They now excel in a number of martial arts with many athletes competing at the world-class level.

While in Mongolia, Graceffo will explore a number of other martial arts such as sambo, sumo, judo and MMA. Follow his exploits in Black Belt mag and get an inside look at the land of Genghis Khan!

Photos courtesy of Antonio Graceffo

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