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International correspondent Antonio Graceffo's series continues his interview -- and a training session -- with Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa's first martial arts teacher, adjan Sak Chai.

Editor's Note: In Searching for Tony Jaa: The Hottest Martial Arts Movie Star Since Jackie Chan and Jet Li (Part 2), international correspondent Antonio Graceffo sought — and found — an audience with Tony Jaa's first martial arts teacher, Sak Chai. In Part 3, the author of Warrior Odyssey: The Travels of a Martial Artist Through Asia continues that conversation and delves into a discussion regarding Tony Jaa's muay Thai.The neighborhood where Sak Chai lives is poor, and he worries that local kids might become drug users. "I invite them to my house and train them for free," he says. "We train long staff, sword, gymnastics, contortion and muay Thai boran mixed with krabi krabong. I also teach them self-defense. I want them to learn so they'll be good people, not so they can fight professionally. However, if they chose to fight, I support that, too. I don't train them specifically to be actors, but the top four students went to Bangkok to live with Tony Jaa and be in the movies. "Tony didn't make it on physical strength. He made it because he's respectful and helps his teachers and their students and his family. He meditates a lot in the forest with monks from the temple. The monks taught him special meditation for universal strength and the power of earth, water, air and fire. It was this spiritual power that allowed him to make Ong-Bak."

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