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.
(Please see the gallery for new photos courtesy of Douglas Wolf)
I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael. I am very saddened and shocked to hear of his sudden death. To my luck and fortune I found Michel on YouTube in my search for links to my late teacher Huang Tzengyu and also other true masters that I could meet and learn from.
I only new him a short time just first meeting him in Beijing. I was amazed by him and the masters there. Even though I only new him for such a short time, I must truly thank him for he has been a profound influence in my life. I will never forget him.
I have some pictures of Michel and some videos I made while in Beijing for the Summer Camp and at a seminar in Seattle. I will send a few of them now and others if you would like.
I had a wonderful conversation with Mikes mom today, where we shared stories and reminisced. She is strong and is doing as well as a mother who has lost her son can. She thanked me for all I had done, and I told her I had not done anything. It was Mike who was the pebble tossed into the pond creating the ripple. Marie is savvy to theDao De Qing so she understood immediately what I meant. The least any of us can do is remember Mike in this way. She wanted me to share with you all the details of Mikes memorial in New York City.
There will be memorial services in Belgium, Taiwan, and Beijing where some of Mikes ashes will be put in a very special area reserved for royalty. More info on those as I get it.
On June 21st 2009 at 3pm their will be a memorial service for Mike Martello at the following location:
Holy Trinity Parish
14-51 143rd St.
Whitestone, NY. 11537
Mikes mom has specifically asked for NO FLOWERS to be sent. This memorial is open to the public, any and all wishing to pay respects is welcome. If you wish to send a sympathy card please send it to the following address:
PO BOX 3757
Wayne, NJ. 07474-3757
Marie wants me to express her heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have shown their love to Mike over the years. The overwhelming wave of support and love has been very soothing to her, she said. She also said Mike would be very happy seeing everyone work nicely together.
The family has requested that their privacy be respected, so please limit your communication and attempts with them to the PO BOX above. Any further questions contact me directly.