Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Michael’s Memorial, AMAR, Taipei
On June 19, 2009 at 11:30am, there was a moment of silence in memory of Michael Martello at AMAR Taipei’s annual member meeting. The Chinese video clip titled “In Memory of Michael Martello” produced by Huai Hsiang Wang, son of Wang Laoshi, was played to all participants. Free DVD copies are being made available to all AMAR members in memory of Mike.
Michael was about to come to Taipei in August to visit Wang Laoshi again in person, together with a gorup of his students from Belgium. Rosa Mei will come in Mike’s place with Mike’s students.
Wang Laoshi went through a critical tumor removal surgery last November and is about to finish up his chemo-therapy by June 22, 2009. Wang Laoshi has been recovering phenomenally!
“He’s amazing, to come through all of that so swiftly, at his age. What amazing determination, focus, and energy!!”, said Dr. Thomas Argiro, one of Wang Laoshi’s foreign students.
Wang Laoshi still maintain his practice with his group of students each morning. It would be comforting for Mike to see again Wang Laoshi’s practice and continuous health/skill improvement at his 80s still!
(All text and photos from Mikemartello.com), see: http://mikemartello.com/?p=553
Monday, 15 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Sympathy CardsSend No Flowers Per Family Request
PO BOX 3757
Wayne, NJ. 07474-3757
New Yorkopen to the public on June 21st 2009 at 3pm:
Holy Trinity Parish
14-51 143rd St.
Whitestone, NY. 11537
Directly following the service, everyone will go to the park by Whitestone bridge (his ma says everyone knows this park) to send some of Mike’s ashes into the East River.
From 5pm on, close friends and family are invited to a Chinese banquet in Mike’s honor at:
Tung Yi Fung Restaurant13529 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 113541.718.886.8233
To reserve a place at the banquet, please contact:Linda Martello at firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike’s family and Whitestone friends)ORCindy Eng at email@example.com or call 1.718.858.9459 (Mike’s kung fu friends and others)
BelgiumCremation on June 9, 2009 (without service)
Wake on June 12, 2009 from 14:00-19:00Mike’s HouseMaaldersstraat 27/5 2060Antwerpen, BelgiumDinner To Follow At 20:00 at ”The Best” in The Van Wesenbeekstraat (Chinatown)
Please RSVP Dieter if you are attending the memorial, dinner or both at his email address firstname.lastname@example.org .
European Memorial ServiceSaturday, 27 June 2009 – 8am
It will be by the lake where we trained about 15 minutes from his house. I have asked 3 opera singers to sing for Mike. Kris will play the guitar, Tom the digeridoo. Many of his students and training brothers from Belgium and throughout Europe (Germany, UK, Netherlands, France, Norway, etc) will present a farewell demo for Mike which we will do at the grassy area by the lake (we used to call it “Belgian Stonehenge” ). We will begin first by everyone taking a group walk around the lake for Mike, then we will head to Belgian Stonehenge for the memorial and farewell demo. We will endby sending off of some of his ashes into the Schelde river. - Rosa
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If you have any information about the memorial services to share, please email Keith at k e i t h r n @ g m a i l . c o m
Please check back here for updated information
See also: http://mikemartello.com/?page_id=238
Thanks Keith, for the update!!
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Information on memorial services in Belgium, Taiwan, and Beijing will follow.
The New York memorial service will be open to the public on June 21st 2009 at 3pm at:
Holy Trinity Parish
14-51 143rd St.
Whitestone, NY. 11537
also see: http://mikemartello.com/
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
You know what's great? When you take a walk in the neighborhood and suddenly around the corner you see ladies practicing the Tai Chi fan. A little bit further you find toddlers learning Kung Fu. Before you get used to the scene, you noticed the mothers and the grandmothers on the side are doing it too. (click on the image to see a larger file)
Monday, 11 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
After some unlucky events since the start of 2009, I finally got myself a trip to Beijing. The trip includes visiting a soulmate, the writing of an essay, and training with some Kung Fu teachers in the park. Thought I was expecting to train for the coming 2 and half weeks, I realise that training with the teachers will start from monday. I was a little disappointed, but sometimes it is good to take a step back and see what you have, not what you don't have. So at first I was reluctant to include the first week of my stay here in China in the blog. What do I write about? Then it occures to me that Kung Fu is every where. It is incorporated in the daily life of a Chinese. It is in their cooking, the calligraphy, their respect for the young and the elderly, their negotiating in business, the creative mind for a better life. There is so much for me to see and to learn. So for the following few days, I will try to experience their way of life. I am sure it will lead to more understanding to Kung Fu.
Meanwhile, I have one question in my mind for quite some time: "where is the power?" "what are the exercise needed for cummulating chi and develop it into practical strength? On my arrival, I wrote a full page on my thoughts, my doubts and my discovery. However, the draft was raw and emotional, so I will not publish this. Instead I have put the text away and now, after a few days, things have become more clear and thoughts are much more rational. This is a good time for training.
I will explain my question on power later...
(photo: sunrise before Beijing, copyright: the author)
Thursday, 16 April 2009
Sunday, 5 April 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Below an extract of a reply I wrote to a good friend, a true martial artist and a gentleman. He is very openminded and asked me many questions on Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and on teacher Mike. This part is about the training of other styles and about teacher Mike. Please note that it is my interpretation as a Martial Arts student. Each person has a personal journey when practising Martial Arts or finding a good teacher.
it is not much trouble at all, teacher Mike loves to meet good people and martial arts students from all over the world who are open and have a good heart. We are all martial arts students, brothers and sisters.
It is true that it is difficult to find a martial arts that suits you and even more difficult to find the right teacher. Teacher Mike would say to his students to go out and explore as he knows his Kung Fu is not fake and top notch. But he also understands that not everyone is ready to learn what he knows. His art takes years to understand and train, but the reward is a very deep and meaningful approach to Martial Arts and the movement and alignment of the body. When learning other martial arts, one understands only the mechanics (if the teacher is good) of that style. But with teacher Mike, the awareness of your body and your movement becomes one. Eventually, it is not about style. But that is of course still too difficult for us, students, to understand.
An example of teacher Mike's integrity as a teacher:
1) he is very generous as a teacher and will pass you as much information as possible. Although he does take into account that some of his stuff is not for you yet.
2) I have been training for 3 years now with him and only recently I have been granted the yellow belt, with the remarks: "actually, you are not completely ready yet for a yellow belt so please work hard!!" And right he is. It makes me aware that the grading system is not there to satisfy a student's desire, but it is a responsibility to work even harder.
By the way, we wear a belt mainly for controlling the breathing exercises. The grading is not the main purpose.
When you write to teacher Mike, just be yourself. I told him you are a good person (and you are). That is what counts for him. (and all good teachers)
Of course you have a responsibility towards your teacher, Teacher Mike speaks of very high regards about his own teacher: Grandmaster Wang. But it took teacher Mike to meet many masters and teachers before he found the right one. Besides, the training with his previous teachers has also helped him to be ready for Grandmaster Wang's teaching. In old times, one teacher would pass his students to other teachers-friends so the students can get great benefit from them. It is like a family with one purpose: helping the students.
Teacher Mike does that too: almost every year, he would organise a trip to China or Taiwan for the students to meet fantastic teachers/masters. He would also invite them to Belgium and teach us. These teachers are very powerful, but also have individual approaches towards training methodology.
Some of our Kung Fu brothers and sisters have gone to China, same as you in Japan and are training under 2 or 3 teachers.
You can always learn something from teacher Mike when you talk with him, he is very intelligent (seems all of the greatest master are very intelligent, which makes sense as Kung Fu goes very deep).
But it is when you train under teacher Mike and have the chance to feel his touch, in pushing hands, in chinna (join locks), with Bagua (predecessor of Aikido) that you feel his power is so soft and stealth like that you don't know you are in a lock until it is too late. But when he applies his chi power, you feel a force truly alive and penetrating.
During one training I was learning blocking techniques with another student. When the fellow-student's arm clashes against mine, it felt like being hit by a peace of dead wood. It hurts, but apart from a bruise on the surface of my arm, it doesn't do anything.
Then I did the same exercise with teacher Mike and after 2 to 4 hits I felt a vibrating force into the arm I was blocking with. The pain didn't go away even when teacher Mike was doing the technique with another student. I could still feel the penetrating power and it's echo. Instead of a dead wood, it felt as I was hit by a piece of steel wrapped with cotton. As the metal vibrates from the end to the tip, the vibration continued into my arm. Take into account that this was only done with 10 percent of teacher Mike's power.
When he uses grapping, joint locks and pushing hands: the sensation is like a huge wave coming on top of you, and there is nothing you can do but let it get control over you. So water, though very soft, is dangerous and powerful towards all other entities with a constant volume. i believe that this is what Aikido also tries to achive.
I hope this will help. I like this kind of conversation as it reminds me how lucky I am to be so close to a great teacher and true Chinese Martial arts.
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Saturday: Bagua Zhang, Basics, Concepts and Applications of this great Inner Style. 12 - 6 PM.
Sunday: Tang Lang Quan, Basics, Applications and QinNa from various Mantis Styles. 10 Am - 4 PM.
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Saturday, 21 February 2009
Mike Laoshi, Dieter and Renaat invited everyone to their place for Magaly's (our Kung Fu sister) leaving party. Each of us brought something small, from their heart. Home made cakes, sushi, chocolate mousse, mosquito blanket, all with love. The biggest present for Magaly is the great news of being the godmother of Lola, the daughter of Luc and Meen. She was asked the other day after the training and she was happy and thrilled at the same time. :)
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
The last week was a really tough one. Much to organize. But yesterday it was done: all the teams with their teachers were on time and came with quite a good and positive mood to the "Schloßwallhalle". Virtually every team had an illness or loss of one kind or another to fight with, especially the Chow Gar group from Ali Ol hid it hard: they were only 2 participants, which then had to start in each category (except for Sanda) twice.
Fairly in time we started with the lion dance and then I welcomed the spectators, participants and teachers. A brief overview of the program and we were already going on with the competitions. New was the KO_System also in the form - categories. And it was a good choice. The competitions were so exciting to the end. Hardly a team or athlete felt unfairly assessed, as it always was the direct comparison.
In the background, ran the organization by members of the Association Bailung fairly smoothly, there was a small problem with a kiosk on the ground, but nothing serious.
The competitions have been the form of 5 arbitrators and evaluated by the leadership of Mike Martello, they were really very fair and balanced. With the referee were: Nicolai Schild, Christian Kubiak, Thomas Maltz, Ali Ol, Holger Meyer and Kai Osagahara.
After a brief pause, there was rebuilding the Sanda competitions. And here my hopes were not disappointed. The Sanda was really cool. It was not fullcontact but also no expression dance. It was disciplined and fair with the intention and commitment to fight. Although Leif Daßbeck from Hamburg Wanfu really had a hard stand with his weight difference with the other fighters, but he did it with dedication and competitive technology and provided very good fights. A pity that for a placement it was not enough.
Overall, the participants also take a positive experience and I hope that this kind of Sanda wins more friends.
Finally, of course, was the winning team honored: the QiXing Tang Lang group of GEA Happel eV from Herne! However, only very slightly (2 points) before Team1 of the Bulaimei school from Bremen.
Here are the results in detail:
1. Julia Kunter - GEA Happel Herne
2. Raufi wet - Wu Zhen / Bailung eV
3. Thorsten Or - Shaolin Velbert 1
1. Dieter de Potter - Wu Zhen / Wutang Antwerp
2. Sabrina Hainke - Bulaimei Bremen 1
3. Andreas Kichgessler - Chow Gar victories
1. Marco Alello - Shaolin Velbert 1
2. Dennis Prieß - Wu Zhen / Bailung eV
3. Patrick Peltzer - Bulaimei Bremen 1
1. Leif Daßbeck / Julian Thomann - Wanfu Hamburg
2. Mike Kessler / Rene Herfarth - GEA Happel Herne
3. Luisa Korte / Cecilia Korte - Wu Zhen / Bailung eV
1. Tobias Nicklaus - Bulaimei Bremen 2
2. Mats Petersen - Bulaimei Bremen 1
3. Patrick Schmidt - GEA Happel Herne
1. GEA Happel Herne - 9 points
2. Bulaimei Bremen 1 - 7 points
3. Shaolin Velbert 1 - 6 points
A hearty congratulation to all winners and to all teachers and helpers, participants a warm thank you!
Oh yes: the "after-show party at our club was also very nice and cozy. We still had plenty of catering and the groups of Christian and Holger Meyer Kubiak came with a time to celebrate and to chit-chat. All very relaxed.
We will provide the tournament in the next (or the end of this) year again. It was, in our view, a resounding success.
A special Thanks goes out to my teacher Mike Martello, who came from Antwerp to Germany for judging and leading the Event. Thank You Mike Sifu!
For Photos watch HERE