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.
My introduction to Mike was through seminars in New mexico, Seattle, and Texas. I was floored when I saw this small guy move. Everything was connected, powerful, and the intent was there. When he applied an Chin-Na, it was soft, controlled from the Dan-tien, and with such ease. I knew I came upon somebody really special. Mike was gracious to come train us in Texas this March. Mike stayed with my wife and I during the training. He cooked a great Italian meal for my wife when she was sad because of losing a pet. Mike had a calmness around animals and they loved him. Photography!! Don’t get me going on this. Ok. He took pictures of everything, pets, cats, cactus, you name it. During a lightning storm he was running around outside like a little kid. I finally got him in with some fresh tea.
He got me to not think so western, and believe that anything was possible. He proved it to me by various exercises of standing training and sitting breathing. We all learned so much.
Mike was so proud talking about family and friends. It’s just that look he gave you. so proud of New York. Mike talked about his teacher in Taiwan and how he was guided Mike to his martial goals. I hope everybody keeps training in the lessons he taught. Probably the most dedicated person I ever met. My Condolences to his family and friends.
This is from Michael’s mother:
My son Michael Martello was very gifted in his talents. He shared them with many. To whom much is given, much is required. (Luke Chapter 12, Verse 48).
To all who have comforted me in their tribute to Mike, I owe my deepest thanks.
Love and Gratitude,
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…..
……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 !!!!”