Rafael Matute – Tribute

Bro Mike, Written words would never express your Quality as a human being, Your strength as a Martial Artits and your compassion as a teacher.

 I’ll treasured you as one of my greatests MA brother and caring friend… wait, I do it now because you are still with us.

Pao Ngao Bro

Bizarre Montreal Weekend

From Pat Lawlor:

The Wild weekend in Toronto is OK to post. I was a good boy, however some others were a little less good.

Another little anecdote:
Once Rosa got Mike some plane tickets to Montreal as a gift but they had nowhere to stay. Sifu called Victoria and I and asked if we could help out. I called about a thousand hotels, but you see, it was Grand Prix weekend and everything from Plattsburg NY to Trois Rivieres was booked solid. Some receptionists even laughed at me. That’s why there was nowhere to stay.
Victoria stepped up and got her father to put them up and I met them at the airport. Mike followed me in a rental to Victoria’s father’s house but there was no one home. After pounding on the door and windows, we left. Mike and Rosa went downtown and I went home to see if I could do anything else. My wife and I agreed that they could stay at our house so we cleaned up (three teenagers worth of mess) and I called Victoria. Apparently her father is hard of hearing and refuses to wear his hearing aid. He was, in fact, home but couldn’t hear us knocking.
Anyway, later in the evening I got a call from Mike. He was somewhere in Montreal and wanted to know how to get back to my place.  It’s very difficult understanding french street signs pronounced with a New Yawk accent. I eventually had to get him to spell the street name.
One of my daughters and I jumped in the car and went to find them somewhere off St Denis. There were throngs of people. I had to double park and run over to them to get them get them to watch for my car and follow mw home. Mike was never frantic and totally calm. Most people I know would have paniced. He and Rosa stayed at my house for a couple of days and my daughter guided them back over the Champlain bridge towards the airport for their flight home on Monday.

If Rosa remembers this, it would be put down as a very bizarre weekend for them.

My wife remembers that weekend and she also was saddened by Mike’s passing.

CONTINUING SIFU MIKE MARTELLO’S LEGACY

As of Sunday, 7 June 2009, Zhang Laoshi, Yu Laoshi and Rene Ming Fai Ho have come from Beijing to pay their respects to Mike. I have decided to keep the school open in honor of Mike and have appointed Zhang Laoshi as master instructor.  I will oversee the administrative affairs and make sure the transition runs smooothly.  Kim from Norway will be moving to Belgium to help with the classes as well. Kim, I and several senior students will lead classes when Zhang is in Beijing.  He will be coming to Belgium on a regular basis from now on.  I know Mike would want to continue building traditional Chinese martial arts here in Europe.  We resumed classes 10 June 2009 in keeping with Mike’s belief in practice and continuity. I have discussed this transition with the students and they are all very supportive.  Before he passed away, Mike had already changed the name of his school to ZHEN WU Martial Arts to honor his teacher Wang Jie Laoshi in Taiwan.  We will keep the name of ZHEN WU to respect Mike’s wishes.  Future website: http://www.zhenwu.be

Mikey Email – John Hum

Hey J,
excellent questions….  let explore further….

Chi progress = energy and breath coordinated and built together =  natural body power + inner energy from inside to outside =  match the two as one in oneness = combined the two through applications = skills improved = progress……

means that I have built up the inside to match the outside from the center outwards.. does that make sense…  It like we naturally have body power from our Li natural strength, correct,.. Lifting boxes or pushing a car for example…  follow…  okay but there is something behing all that that we dont understand… so take a empty box it as a shell that can be strong but there is nothing in the inside to match the outside… So eventually the box can collapse…  thats our bodies… empty but yet full with muscle powers….   Never mistake muscle force with the full energy of the inside… they ae two that work with each other… but how do we get them to work together….

The trick is letting go of the muscle side for a while as to build up the inside power to match the outside muscle power.. once the two are equalled then they can be intergrated together…

like take the box and slowly fill the inside up… to things happen, the box gets heavier but not bigger (fatter for us) two, the boxes wall become stronger so as the inside matches the outside and will be harded to collapse…  the same is with our bodies…

okay follow so far, i hope…  its not rocket science but there is something very intelligient to the philosophy … then apply it…. okay all theyears we practcie how do kwo if we have reached the two as the box gets filled….  First one must clearly recognize the difference between the two, clearly that is… if not then the two get mixed up or mistaken for each other then one can never grow…

After the two are achieved one must put it back into the forms applications and fighting , as to allow the skills build…

small roadmap.

one- build strong body – done when young
two- build inner body – done when mid thirties till 50ies and later
three- build skills – done all the time
four- refine skills- only can be done when understands all above clearly…

lets explore this some more…. you put your take on it and then I will write more…..

i still never finished the book… I really want to make videos but I am going crazy trying to get a good concept down for a video shoot…
any suggestions? ( this refers to a book and DVD we were to put together with Arno)

mikey….

Sifu John Hum Tribute

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

Howard Huai Hsiang Wang Tribute

IMG_0915Michael does not speak Chinese, nor does my father speak English, yet what was it that made them become a father and a son to each other? Mike appeared out of nowhere, and disappeared all of a sudden, leaving us nothing but fond memories with tears in kinship. Michael was blessed by living his dreams, a kung fu student up to the spirit and a family member closer than blood! May thee rest in peace, my dearest bother! Thy legend shall remain the aspiration to all in the lineage!

-Howard, Huai Hsiang, Wang

Wutan Canada Tribute

He passed away June 2 leaving a huge vacuum in the martial arts world. He has accomplished so much in his short life time.   Our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and all the students and instructors of Wutan Belgium.

Mikeeee – We’ll miss you.

-Sifu John Hum and the Wutan Canada Family