CONTINUING SIFU MIKE MARTELLO’S LEGACY

As of Sunday, 7 June 2009, Zhang Laoshi, Yu Laoshi and Rene Ming Fai Ho have come from Beijing to pay their respects to Mike. I have decided to keep the school open in honor of Mike and have appointed Zhang Laoshi as master instructor.  I will oversee the administrative affairs and make sure the transition runs smooothly.  Kim from Norway will be moving to Belgium to help with the classes as well. Kim, I and several senior students will lead classes when Zhang is in Beijing.  He will be coming to Belgium on a regular basis from now on.  I know Mike would want to continue building traditional Chinese martial arts here in Europe.  We resumed classes 10 June 2009 in keeping with Mike’s belief in practice and continuity. I have discussed this transition with the students and they are all very supportive.  Before he passed away, Mike had already changed the name of his school to ZHEN WU Martial Arts to honor his teacher Wang Jie Laoshi in Taiwan.  We will keep the name of ZHEN WU to respect Mike’s wishes.  Future website: http://www.zhenwu.be

Rosa Tribute

St. Albert’s Beach, Belgium – 2006 Mike and Lil Nemo

Go softly, gentle warrior. My partner, my rock, my Hommie. You taught me how to laugh and see light in darkness. Mike had Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, which caused tachycardia. He always laughed and said, “I have a wolf in my heart,” but he was so strong, we were sure he would live til 100. Even when he was training to be a fireman in NY, he passed the tests with flying colors, could have saved an elephant from a burning building, but his EKG was off the charts erratic, and they told him his heart could give out at any time. Even so, he lived his life with no regrets. He was a genius martial artist and a good man down to the marrow.

My Hommie taught me how to laugh and see light in darkness. Mudge loves Hommie forever. You are with me always.

Rosa Tribute

Martello & Sword

Sifu Mike Martello & Sword

Mike Martello 
(10/05/1966 – 06/02/2009)

 

Go softly, gentle warrior. My partner, my rock, my Hommie. You taught
me how to laugh and see light in darkness. Mike had Wolff-Parkinson
White Syndrome, which caused tachycardia. He always laughed and said,
“I have a wolf in my heart,” but he was so strong, we were sure he
would live til 100. Even when he was training to be a fireman in NY,
he passed the tests with flying colors, could have saved an elephant
from a burning building, but his EKG was off the charts erratic, and
they told him his heart could give out at any time. Even so, he lived
his life with no regrets. He was a genius martial artist and a good
man down to the marrow.
-Rosa

Go softly, gentle warrior. My partner, my rock, my Hommie. You taught me how to laugh and see light in darkness. Mike had Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, which caused tachycardia. He always laughed and said, “I have a wolf in my heart,” but he was so strong, we were sure he would live til 100. Even when he was training to be a fireman in NY, he passed the tests with flying colors, could have saved an elephant from a burning building, but his EKG was off the charts erratic, and they told him his heart could give out at any time. Even so, he lived his life with no regrets. He was a genius martial artist and a good man down to the marrow.    -Rosa