Learning Miao Dao – Tommy

Does anyone know of any classes in the UK for learning Miao dao the way Mike taught it preferably?

I never knew Mike but I wish I had, he looked like an excellent martial artist. This is adequately reflected in the love and respect many of these tributes show from others here.

I think it would be an honour and a tribute to him to keep this sword and its style alive all over the world with more and more recognition of its history, it’s prowess and its teachers like Mike.



Web Fu!

I met Mike while working a consulting gig in NYC.  He introduced me to two
martial arts teachers from whom I began the study of baguazhang.  Very
Today I thought of Mike when looking up a past teacher.  I did not know til now
that Mike is an ancestor,and I am happy to pour libation in his honor this

From Ecptaiji – Youtube

Hi Mike. I enjoyed your Miao Dao teaching very much. Thanks for
That was what I wrote on mike’s YouTube channel yesterday, not knowing
Mike has already passed on.
Though i have not met Mike, I was shocked abd saddened when was told by my
master this morning. Such a talent departed at such a young age!
I believe Mike has lived a lively and colourful life in the MA sphere and his
contributions in the MA world will continue to touch the hearts of many for a
long long time.

Wing Chun For Life

Steven Digiantomasso wrote:
Well I only had a few meeting with this good fellow and I am sorry to hear of
your passing. I am cousin of Jim H.. my condolences to your family. I’m
sure you have passed on the essences of your life to all you have touched… god


Hannibal wrote:
I did not personally know Master Martello but when I discovered his entity on the internet, and watched the first video, I knew instantly that he was one of the few people who truly understood the deeper meanings of the martial arts. He left a legacy that will influence and encourage the coming generations.

Rest In Peace, Master.


Nuestros mas sentidos recuerdos al cumplirse el aniversario del fallecimiento de Mike, nuestro querido amigo y compañero de Kung Fu. En lo mas alto del infinito Cielo, te recordamos en esta pequeña Tierra.

Jose Kutos, Soledad Yriza, Juan Esteban Kutos y Omnain Kutos


Caracas, Venezuela.

Taipei Memorial

On August 29, 2009 around 11:30 am Taipei Time, there was a memorial in memory of Michael Martello.  Michael’s ex wife, Rosa Mei, together with seven of Michael’s students from Belgium; i.e., Vincent, Andy, Dieter, Renard, Margret, Kim and Luc, and Michael’s fellow students at AMAR Taipei got together for the memorial.   Master Wang Chieh and Rosa hosted the ceremony and each participants paid their homage to Michael through flower offerings to three of Michael’s personal favorite pictures. “Welcome home and may thee rest in peace!”…..Huai Hsiang Wang

Chuck Vollmoelle – Tribute

Peace to the soul of this young Sifu who has touched 1000’s of lives. I
did not have the honor of knowing him at this time on this earthly plane. Like
all kung fu brothers we will meet in another time and place perhaps and
recognize each other by our love of kung fu and sharing the art with others.

Chuck Vollmoelle (fellow New Yorker)
Ving Tsun(Sifu Angel Mercado) and Yang Tai Chi( Sifu Domingo Colon)

David Mortimer – Tribute

I met Sifu Martello twice in Leicester, UK to train the Miao Dao short form and was trying to find out how to contact him today when I discovered he had passed away. I had no idea. I just wanted to say that in the short time I spent with him I realised quickly that he was something very special and that he had an amazing talent, both with people and with a really big sword. I wish we had more time with him, but I imagine that sentiment is very common. My thoughts go to his family, and I hope everyone will remember Sifu Martello the way I do – with the utmost respect and gratitude.

Tony Lee – Tribute

I feel I lost a good friend and teacher.  I never met Mike, I only watched his
seminars and messages posted on websites.  He was the best Kungfu practitioner
I’ve ever seen.  I knew how to unleash the power of traditional kung fu.
It’s a great loss to the world of traditional martial art.
Rest in peace.  Mike

Gareth Jenkins – Tribute

Just found out about this: I’m shocked and deeply saddened.

Sifu Mike Martello came over to the UK to teach us Miao Dao and Chin-Na in

I’ll never forget the evening he taught us Chin-Na – not only did I learn
so much but I also never laughed so much in all my life, it was a magical

He had a rarely thorough knowledge of Kung Fu, twinned with a touching honesty and sense of humour.

Great guy, even though I only met him the once – I’ll never forget him and
I’m glad our path’s crossed even if so briefly, and I’ll miss him
– the world seems a poorer place without him in it.
R.I.P. Mike

Kenny Tai Chi Fanatic – Tribute

Rest In Peace Although we never met, I watched your tai chi videos on Youtube a lot. From what you wrote alongside your videos, you seemed very humble and I’m grateful you wanted to share and educate us tai chi fanatics on the higher levels of this complex art.

New York Services – Anneke

Anneke and Mike

Anneke and Mike

Mike said there where no coincidences in life and especially in his…

Yuan or circle made us bump shoulders in this lifetime with a specific reason.

And i really do feel he was wright about that.
He came into my life at just the most perfect moment  and taught me everything I needed to know,as I came into his and did the same for him.
He’s the first man I really let into my heart because he was the only one that knew the way…
He opened  to me and I’m still very honoured that he allowed me to open his heart, and let me in .
I never in all my life felt such a beautiful and natural love evolve so quickly.

This is a poem that he himself wrote about it:

I love U with deep intimacy as U me;
Opening our hearts and sharing,
this raises us to the highest level of human experiences and energies.
In this exalted space, we can surrender our egos,
we become vulnerable
and know levels of pure love, joy, passion, spiritual connections
and well-being unique among all of life experiences and precious gifts.

We attain a glimpse of the loving rapture that can be ours,
NO, that is ours!
There are no limitations and expectations,
we rejoice in union of Pure Love as two embrace and become one.
We become one and yet,
at the same time we remain both as we are man and woman.
We are nobody and somebody together.

We evolved  and learned so much and helped each other to grow so fast in this short time.
Others would  have needed a lifetime to do just the same…
I saw and felt this happening and this made me also a bit afraid ,
because I was wondering where this will lead us and why does it had to go so fast?

Never in my life I would have predicted what came next tho…

But still I am very happy I had the pleasure to meet him and be so close to him.He taught me so much about life,
about what  really is important….
Such a big heart he had,He really enjoyed sharing everything he had with anybody and just this made him be the richest man I’ve ever known…
He taught me to enjoy the little things in life,because it is the little things that count the most..

He had a dream and really went for it and by being so focused,also achieved in making his dream reality.
I really admire that.He has shown that anybody that really wants, can achieve the goal that he himself has compiled,
only thing you need is perseverance.

He always told me that he gave himself to the universe ,that he really in all senses gave himself,he left the old Mike behind many years ago..

A beautiful saying or analogy about becoming apart of all things is;
if a bottle of water is thrown into the ocean it is still separate, even though the ocean will take it where ever it wants… But uncap the bottle and pour it into the ocean it becomes the ocean, all things are possible….  one must trust in the bigger picture or at least have peace with themselves to be able to become….

If one is to fly high and find their essence one must open themselves to the universe… SO many people hide and keep bottled up, that they show two or three faces, in fact the bottle becomes so tightly closed it never opens up… Bitterness or fakeness, angry that life has done this to them… Or worse blame others for their own failures, live
though others eyes and hearts…. Never to unfold into or become anything but empty… Yes they can be happy for sure, because they may never want anything more for themselves but just being…

He gave himself to the universe and the universe said it was time for him to go,so he went..

But even tough he is not here in person ,he will always be with us.Everything he learned each and everyone of us will keep on being alive true us.
So it is on us to keep him alive by living and evolving true this lessons.And like so helping him to finish what he had started.

Dinner After Last Seminar

Dinner After Last Seminar