Me and Mike Martello
Well what can I say Mikeee. I always called you Mikeeee after the kid on the cereal commercial who’d eat anything and we had a good laugh about that. You were after all, my bro.
So many stories and memories. Like the time we were at Master Tony Yangs’s tournament in Canton, Ohio and we got you plastered to the gills with the Venezuelan crew. Next day, you were sleeping it off behind the bleachers with some of our Wutan Japan bros. They called your name to compete, you got up, did an excellent Bagua form, won first place, threw up and then went back to sleep behind the bleachers. You became legend. This was when Cary Kung had just joined a few months earlier. He said we were the best school in the world and you were the best Kung Fu bro. Mind you Cary was also plastered after going head to head with my students Thomas Dee and Keith Weiner all night.
How about the time you, Rosa and Master Chen came up to perform at my first Martial Arts Gala in Ottawa in year 2000 ? They stopped you at customs and wanted to know if you were an illegal alien sneaking into Canada. I shoulda said yes when they called up. It would have been so funny to see the look on your face.
Or the time we spent all day lying in your bed in NY drinking rum and watching hours and hours of old videotapes of the different Wutan schools and analysing how Grandmaster Liu performed his Baji. You were able to pick up the minute details of each of his movements. I guess the rum helped your perception.
You were in Ottawa giving a workshop for my students when my Grandfather suddenly died. We hugged and I left you in the care of my students while I rushed back to Montreal. You went to one of my student’s apartment, ate and showed them Shuai Chiao. You almost threw Adam out the balcony from the 21st floor. He’s been traumatized ever since.
We had a terrific time in Toronto one year with you, Matute and Sifu James Guo and his crew. I don’t remember much of it but my students said we had a wild time. I guess we did Mikeee.
So many more stories and memories…… I miss you man.
Sifu John Hum