True Story – Jochen Wolfgramm

I was really hesitating about sharing this story because it sounds so unbelievable. But there were a lot of people witnessing this story, so now I feel quite comfortable to share it.

While our stay in Beijing this year, Dennis and me got the opportunity to visit Mike Sifus Grave in Beijing together wit ha bunch of people (Kim, Big Mike, Andy, Steve, Naomi, Huang Fei and Rosa) The Teachers were driving and leading us to that place near the emperors Tombs outside of Beijing. So after Zhang, Yu and Sun Laoshimen drove us people over 2 hours, we arrived at a beautiful landside. We had to walk and climb a hill with a lot of bushes and plants. So, like Rosa said before, some of us (ok, it was Dennis, Naomi and me) got lost and have to move back. But finally we arrived at the China part of Mike Sifus Grave.

Sweating and with nearly sore muscles – of course Mike let us train even in his afterlife.  So we stood around a pile of rocks and Rosa started talking to Mike Sifu. We offered some Cookies and spilled some soda. And then, at that moment when everybody was around and gazing at that pile of rocks, a little black Mantis appeared and gazed back at us! We couldn’t believe it first, so we took some photos and said hello to little Mantis – Mike.

Mike and the Language

Due to his openess to share and meet people, Mike came across many languages. And he was able to mess them all up. And mix them up. During training e.g., he speaks a funny mixture of english and chinese. One day I said to him, sorry Mike, sometimes I don’t know if youre speaking english or chinese, so I don’t get the point.
His Answer: don´t worry, sometimes I don’t know either if I’m talking chinese or english! :)

And I will always remember his outstanding german. He made every german word sounds like swine. Beer he called “schwein-wine” and his german counting of 1,2,3 was eins, schwein, schwein…
One day after training some of the students sat down at his place and have some “schwein-wine”. And he started counting in german: ein, schwein-, schwein-, vier, fumpf. And I said: no its fünf! (with a german ue). He said: ein schwein drei fumpf.
And I said: no Mike, you can pronounce the chinese lu (lue, roll back) so why you don´t say fünf. Rene Ming Fai Ho started laughing and Mike grins: fumpf!

to grow …

Some important Notes Mike gave some Time ago about my training:

“You guys are growing and have changed but you both dont realize the weight and strength combined for a simple task like grabbing or punching or just standing is more than the normal person because of your weights… Before you had no idea how to use your weight in way that is combined with your forces… Now with my training and conditioning both are getting much more stronger , but yet you dont realize this and just stay the same in mind when you grab or punch or partner now….

Some more thinking, especially the last sentence…

this is because you are always partnering the same people who are not growing or understanding softer power that stays stiff and strong, they manifest the same problem over and over, stiffness and tension in mind and body… this does not allow you to seek further to yourself (mind and body) until you touch hands with me again or someone like Hd, Howard and Teacher Wang…

It is very possible that partnering the same party over and over your are so use to each other that one thinks they are working softer but has no one else around to gauge the effects of training for softer power… result is just stay the same…. Then when you work with me i feel you dont get it, i feel you are not working on it, when maybe you are but not in the right light because fact is you have no one there that can say if you are tense or not, only you have each other, and moreover you both are strong and big in stature…

maybe try working with someone who is very weak then work with each other again and see if you are not sensing these ideas …

i hope that makes sense….

again why a teacher is ssoooooooo important and one who can sense these things, not get angry like i do, hahahaha…..

mike sifu
……who is also learning and working on these things… remember its a long road ahead for us both, so lets enjoy it and grow together !!!!”

My beloved Teacher Mike Martello

I was in Mantis for over 15 years when Robert Hui posted some of Mikes stuff in the MQ Forum. I was interested. Then after I invited Jake to my school to introduce his Mantis stuff here in Germany, Mike suddenly appeared with a bunch of his students.
We spoke a lot together and it felt like he was able to read my mind.
After that I had to visit him in his place in Antwerp. I trained some days with him and it blew me away. He was the first one who could really do and show all the legendary stuff said to be “real Kung Fu”. Noone could show me before.
I became his student and over the time he became more and more a friend and Mentor. He helped me through the silly politics of my past Mantis family, he showed me the connection between Wai Jia and Nei Jia, he shared his life with me and so did I.

Mike and me had a lot of plans together, like creating the Zhen Wu Organisation in Europe and China, getting our Clubs BIG.
I don´t know how I should do this all without him, but I do know: I must what I can do to let his legacy not vanishing.

Please visit also our blog, where my students say farewell to Mike. We all miss him like hell.
Although it is in german, you can translate it via Google easily and quite acceptable (if you can read my german – english, you can read the translation 😉 ).

I also uploaded a Compilation of Footage from Mikes Seminars here in Osnabrueck, Germany. 5 High-Resolution Clips:
Have fun.

Mike, it was way too soon that you left this world and leave so many behind. I still can´t see any reason in this and it will take a long time untill I will do so.
Farewell my Friend and Teacher, I love you and I miss you.