I met Sifu Martello twice in Leicester, UK to train the Miao Dao short form and was trying to find out how to contact him today when I discovered he had passed away. I had no idea. I just wanted to say that in the short time I spent with him I realised quickly that he was something very special and that he had an amazing talent, both with people and with a really big sword. I wish we had more time with him, but I imagine that sentiment is very common. My thoughts go to his family, and I hope everyone will remember Sifu Martello the way I do – with the utmost respect and gratitude.
Just found out about this: I’m shocked and deeply saddened.
Sifu Mike Martello came over to the UK to teach us Miao Dao and Chin-Na in
I’ll never forget the evening he taught us Chin-Na – not only did I learn
so much but I also never laughed so much in all my life, it was a magical
He had a rarely thorough knowledge of Kung Fu, twinned with a touching honesty and sense of humour.
Great guy, even though I only met him the once – I’ll never forget him and
I’m glad our path’s crossed even if so briefly, and I’ll miss him
– the world seems a poorer place without him in it.