Stephen Manning – Tribute

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.

Most Respectfully,

Steve Manning

Mike Martello dot com & Three Harmonies

Mike and his infamous grin

Mike and his infamous grin

Big props to Keith Weiner and Kin (sorry broski, cannot remember your last name at the moment) for creating Mike!  They spent sleepless hours after their already hectic work days trying to get this site up and going, and for that we thank them as well as our brothers and sisters at Wutan Canada.

My name is Jake Burroughs, for those who do not know me I am a friend and student of Mike Martello’s living in Seattle, WA. Keith was actually my first Mantis and Baji instructor, so when he asked me to be involved with this project, how could I refuse!?  We are all family and one of the bittersweet side effects of a situation like this is that we re-connect with those we have fallen out of touch with over the years.

So it gives me great pleasure in announcing the collaboration of Mike and the Three Harmonies blog “The Ground Never Misses” in an effort to offer a platform where people can come share, learn, get information, and offer their thoughts regarding the passing of our dear friend and teacher Mike Martello.

Please feel free to get as involved, or not, as you wish here.  Share pictures, stories, video, and view what others have to say and offer.  We will also be posting news items as we receive them regarding memorial services in three different continents (even in death Mike is setting records!!).  As well as other information for students and friends alike.

Obviously any and all seminars and workshops that were scheduled with Mike are now cancelled.  Please contact the specific host of said seminar for more information, as we here do not have specific info on re-imbursements, etc.

If anyone needs anything, or has any suggestions please let us know.  We are all rookies at this kind of thing, but together we can make it work smoothly.


Jake B.