Michael Wirth – Tribute

I just wanted to say that , though i never got the chance to meet Mike, I appreciate his message that he has consistently demonstrated throughout all of his youtube videos.  I find them insipirational and plan to take some ideas from them , and incorporate into my Training in Chinese Martial Arts as well. It is sad to see a living treasure of knowledge like Mike pass on. So I must say that I am still pleased that he was able to touch my life in the way that he has.

R.I.P Mike

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Ciampa Mehdi – Tribute

C’est l’image d’un père que je viens de perdre, il n’avait de cesse de nos pousser afin de nous enseigner de manière authentique. Lors de nous cours privés il n’avez de cesse de tirer le meilleur de nous, sans pour autant oublier de nous sermonner comme ses enfants lorsqu’il jugeait que nous ne travaillions pas assez. Shifu tu a changer ma manière de pratiquer, de penser et je n’aurai de cesse de pratiquer afin d’honorer ta pensée et ton enseignement.

Il paraît que c’est lorsque l’élève est prêt que le maître apparaît…je vous est rencontré par hasard et me suis abreuvé de votre savoir tel une personne dans le désert.

Nous nous reverrons..

Mark Duhon – Tribute

Today I’m truly grieving to hear that Mike has passed on.  I have been
away from the MA community for a while now and I came to check in to find that Mike has left us.  In doing so he has left behind many that loved him, respected him and looked up to his teachings.  He has touched so many around the world and he was a special person indeed.  To all that have ever met him, trained with him, knew him or of him I’m truly sorry for your loss.

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Rafael Matute – Tribute

Bro Mike, Written words would never express your Quality as a human being, Your strength as a Martial Artits and your compassion as a teacher.

 I’ll treasured you as one of my greatests MA brother and caring friend… wait, I do it now because you are still with us.

Pao Ngao Bro

Chan Kwok Wai – Tribute

I did not have the privilege to know shifu Mike Martello, but of course his name has great respect in all martial arts circles in the world. I would like to show our sincere condolences to his family, students, friends, masters…all of them for this lost. His star will be always among the martial arts lovers.
I speak in my name and for the name of Grand Master Chan Kwok Wai, from Northern Shaolin family in Brazil.
God bless you all
Shifu Vinicius Severo

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Please be informated that AMAR Taipei posted a webpage in Chinese in tribulation to Mike, the weblink is as follows:

http://www.wangchieh.org/chinese/martello/tribute.htm

Taipei Memorial

Michael’s Memorial, AMAR, Taipei

On June 19, 2009 at 11:30am, there was a moment of silence in memory of Michael Martello at AMAR Taipei’s annual member meeting. The Chinese video clip titled “In Memory of Michael Martello” produced by Huai Hsiang Wang, son of Wang Laoshi, was played to all participants.  Free DVD copies are being made available to all AMAR members in memory of Mike.

Michael was about to come to Taipei in August to visit Wang Laoshi again in person, together with a gorup of his students from Belgium. Rosa Mei will come in Mike’s place with Mike’s students.

Wang Laoshi went through a critical tumor removal surgery last November and  is about to finish up his chemo-therapy by June 22, 2009.  Wang Laoshi has been recovering phenomenally!

He’s amazing, to come through all of that so swiftly, at his age. What amazing determination, focus, and energy!!”, said Dr. Thomas Argiro, one of Wang Laoshi’s foreign students.


Wang Laoshi still maintain his practice with his group of students each morning. It would be comforting for Mike to see again Wang Laoshi’s practice and continuous health/skill improvement at his 80s still!

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Choy Lay Fut Bolivia – Tribute

My sincere condolences to his family and students all over the world.

My outmost respect to Sifu Mike Martello, I think he was one of the great martial arts teacher and practitioner of CMA.

Thanks Sifu Mike Martello for you life contribution to the CMA and for inspiring us all.

-Huascar Anda

Albert Yefimov – Tribute

Dear friends,

Mike was an example of Disciple to me. Good to have some one as an example!
He was the Man with Right Attitude to me!
I didnt realize that our connection and friendship might be so short!
And rest of us, please remember how fragile we are all
-Albert

Zhenwu France – Tribute

Mikael, tu étais un type sympat. Je t’ai vu amener plein d’élèves à Taiwan et organiser des stages de kung-fu. Tu respectais tous les types d’arts martiaux, mais le kung-fu c’était ta passion. 

La mort t’a prie sans que tu le veuilles comme elle peut prendre chacun de nous. Je ne t’oublierai pas. Repose en paix.

Jonathan

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EN MEMORIA DE MI HERMANO DE KUNGFU

“Michael, mi único y verdadero hermano de kungfu. Maestro de verdad donde los haya…”

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Michael y Carlos en Taiwan

Te escribo esta carta sabiendo que ya no estas entre nosotros. Que la vida te ha sido arrebatada de manera injusta; (teniendo un corazón tan grande, teniendo tanto conocimiento para entregar a tus alumnos), como es posible que te hayas ido tan pronto…

La comunidad de las artes marciales chinas debe saber de ti, (como maestro y como persona). Por ello me gustaría escribir algo bonito y desde lo más profundo de mi corazón:

Michael, eras un ser extraordinario. Un practicante de los de verdad, nunca dabas síntomas de flaqueza. Los años que estuvimos alrededor del gran maestro Suyuchang, (de los cuales yo mismo doy fe de ello) siempre demostraste amor por el Maestro, por tus hermanos y por el kungfu. Recuerdo como si fuera el primer día, cuando juntos (tu y yo) practicábamos en pareja todos los conocimientos de Mantis, Pachi, Pakua etc. al ser tan “bajito” me obligabas a bajar mis posiciones (a veces hasta la extenuación). Pero a pesar de ello, siempre me apetecía trabajar contigo, pues siempre tenías algo de tu conocimiento para mí. Cuando teníamos que participar en cualquier evento, “tu” siempre eras el primero en demostrar las habilidades del kungfu.

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Michael y Carlos durante un curso

En tu segunda etapa como discípulo del gran maestro Wang Chieh, te recibimos mi mujer y yo, en nuestra casa durante varios días. Recordamos como de tu interior, emanaba: felicidad, amor y orgullo al hablar de tu proyecto y maestro de Taiwan. Una de esas noches, la pasamos sin dormir contando todas nuestras experiencias como estudiantes de kungfu. Intercambiamos conocimientos de Baguazhang, Xingyiquan y de Mantis y en aquel preciso momento hicimos un “juramento” (hermanos hasta la muerte). Ahora ya no estamos juntos, pero quiero que todos sepan que a pesar de que ya no estés a mi lado, seguirás siendo mi hermano para la eternidad. Quiero terminar diciendo a todos; que Michael, supo en vida trabajar su cuerpo, energía y espíritu. Y que por ello, ahora ya esta ocupando un lugar privilegiado en los cielos. Cuando nos despedíamos siempre los hacíamos así: Chao Bacalao. Y así es como te quiero recordar. Siempre estarás en nuestros corazones. Ahora descansa en Paz hermanito.

En representación del Instituto Wushu Sanchai, nuestras condolencias a todos sus seres queridos.

Tu hermano de kungfu Carlos García y todos mis estudiantes.

Takashi Hayashi – Tribute

When New York friend contacted, i just lost word. you were great fighter, and i will miss you.

I still could not believe about Mike past way, My kung fu brother Pedro sent me e-mail about it. and I know Rosa Mei practice in NYC at Chen, I sometimes practiced with Mike in China town almost 12 or 13 years ago.
Pedro is Pachi quen fighter so they also practice each other. Now I live in Japan, then can’t go to his memorial service.

Sayonara Mike

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Mark Mecir – Tribute

my good friend i will miss you,may the lord bless you and look over your family and friends.I remember all those good times playing handball as my partner,and darts we were invincible.I will ride the motorcycle we painted together in your memory, you perservered to be the best, as a friend you will always be that to me.

Tommy Mecir – Tribute

May god bless you always.
You were a great person, humble guy, and a good friend to everyone who knew you till the end. Me and my brother Mark will miss you alot and will always have good memories of the times we played handball and hung out together growing up  in Whitestone. May God reward you in heaven for your pure spirit of love, peace, compassion, loyalty, honor and respect of tradition and all the good things you believed in and helped accomplished to make this world a better place for all those around you any place you went!
Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.
In heartfelt deepest sympathy your friend,
Tommy Mecir

May god bless you always.

You were a great person, humble guy, and a good friend to everyone who knew you till the end. Me and my brother Mark will miss you alot and will always have good memories of the times we played handball and hung out together growing up  in Whitestone. May God reward you in heaven for your pure spirit of love, peace, compassion, loyalty, honor and respect of tradition and all the good things you believed in and helped accomplished to make this world a better place for all those around you any place you went!

Thank you for sharing part of your life with us.

In heartfelt deepest sympathy your friend,

Tommy Mecir

Email With Howard Wang

Mail Correspondence with Mike on March 20, 2007

Dear Howard,

First I am say thanks for your observance and compliment , coming from you makes me feel like I have really improved…

In these two vids I play more rough with the students, allowing them to make big press ad pushes and I use more less subtle reflections instead of catching the intentions I catch there force and momentum ad play with there roots… I explain on the side why and my reasons…

It is also because they are not subtle enough and do not understand not to break or disconnect there minds and forces… They simply are raw in there ideas and very hard to (at least for me YET) to play very subtle with them… Although I feel improvements I recognize my intent to push ad am trying to use less physical intentions ad use will and mind intentions more… But yet it is hard… Of course my second reason is for pure fun and I like a bit of physical power issuing… But I still try to use as little as possible to get the job done…

My third reason is the web boneheads… People don’t believe just subtle destroying of the root, and when they see no movement or power and the person running backwards they think it fake and not real… SO i was trying to show a in between where I show issue but use soft control… I let the students use obvious force… That is why I move  the push sometimes I am testing to see if they are using good rooted power… So i move to show they are really pushing me… If I always root ad block them no one will see they are pushing…

Okay I have taken your advice about using students for practice but back the I was not ready, and used to much force to force… But nowadays it is different ad I really can hear by myself playing with students and meditating on the inner momentum,…. I know you understand about this….

I will shoot some more vids with subtle practice ad make it private so I can let only you watch… can be fun…

I agree and am ready for more spiritual studies… But I am still young and enjoy exploring the body and brain sides of the IMA… soo enough I will bridge the two, I just need more time… Thanks for all you help because these are the fruits of your dad and yourself helping me see the truth…. Thanks…

Yes its a sport hall dirty and cheap and big, but may soccer players in the background,,.. My old space was so nice compared but space to rent or buy is very hard ad I use several locations ow, so I move around a lot training in many sport places like this one in the vid… Some are nicer than this one but okay for now…

I am looking for a new space but so damn hard…

Yes I am doing well, not like super money making, because MA just does not make money, I should have played tennis or golf with the same passion I would be rich, but not happy, ….. this way I am happy and not rich, I like it this way, always a little suffering keeps life so much more colorful ad interesting…

Say hello to your dad for me…

Best,
mike

Howard Wang wrote:

Dear Mike,

Saw the video you had posted recently, it seems like you have been practicing diligently, and had improved.  However,  your intent to push is still observable, and is not subtle enough.

You do have more than enough for you to teach for a living there in Europe, and obviously you  have been doing well.   However, would recommend you to spend some time to read into spirituality as the preparation of your bridging over in the future.

Is the background of the videos your current teaching site?  Looks like a garage or empty factory plant to me.

Regards

Howard

Cause of Death

Yesterday we were asked by some people on the exact cause of death of our teacher. So I want to correct any rumors caused by misinformation:
Our teacher Mike Martello died of Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, and that morning he woke up and not long after passed away suddenly.
He wasn’t teaching nor training at the moment and the cause of death is sudden heart failure due to a heart condition he was born with. Apart from his heart condition, he was the strongest man I have ever met. We were all sure that he would live over one hundred years old, doing Tai Chi in the park, tossing young strong men around.
He will be missed but also his spirit will remain in our hearts.

From Wutan Belgium Blog:

Yesterday we were asked by some people on the exact cause of death of our teacher. So I want to correct any rumors caused by misinformation:

Our teacher Mike Martello died of Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, and that morning he woke up and not long after passed away suddenly.

He wasn’t teaching nor training at the moment and the cause of death is sudden heart failure due to a heart condition he was born with. Apart from his heart condition, he was the strongest man I have ever met. We were all sure that he would live over one hundred years old, doing Tai Chi in the park, tossing young strong men around.

He will be missed but also his spirit will remain in our hearts.

Heng Li Hendrik – Tribute

Dear Mike,
I was in the Seminar in Berlin and I heard that you died on Juni the second. That shocks me…I will miss your vids, inspiration and i will never have the chance to meet you…world has lost a great martial artist and human being i hope you have a good trip on the other side….
yours

hengli