Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Info, Belgian Memorial for Mike Martello Laoshi

Hello Everybody,
As everybody knows the coming Saturday (June 27th) morning at 8am, there will be a ceremony for Mike Laoshi where we also will spread his Ashes. The idea is to all come together at 8am at the park. there Rosa will lead the ceremony.
Under you find a link to googlemaps where the road to the park is given. For further questions please feel free to contact me
Dieter De Potter

Hey iedereen,
Zoals iedereen wel weet zal er nu zaterdag (27 juni) een ceremonie zijn voor Mike Laoshi waarbij we ook zijn assen zullen uitstrooien. Het is de bedoeling dat iedereen zich verzameld om 8 uur aan het park. Daar zal Rosa de ceremonie leiden.
Onder vind je een link naar googlemaps waar een de route is aan gegeven. Mocht je meer vragen hebben mag je me steeds contacteren.
Dieter De Potter

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Monday, 22 June 2009

Taipei Memorial

Mike Laoshi would really feel touched by this:

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, see:

Howard Wang's tribute to Mike Laoshi

Monday, 15 June 2009

1ste Memorial for teacher Mike

As I walked into Mike Laoshi's place, I was greeted by many fellow students and friends. Some I train with almost everyday, others I see during Tai Chi classes and still others were students from a while ago. What I saw was a gathering of good friends as well as students from all around the world. Rene from Beijing, Jochen from Germany, Kim from Norway and Andy from UK/Amsterdam, just to name a few. I am always amazed of how many friends and students from all over the world Mike Laoshi had. Before his passing, Kim already decided to stay in Belgium to follow Mike Laoshi. I am glad he is going to stay anyway to help the school grow. He is a real bro.

Special guest were Zhang Laoshi and Yu Laoshi. Both are famous and respected masters in China. Teacher Zhang's Tongbei is described by Mike Laoshi as: "His Tongbei is like my Mantis and my Mantis is like his Tongbei". Teacher Yu, some of us would say: Uncle Yu! is a Shuai Jiao champion and his "Mongolian wrestling skills" are top and fiersome. Teacher Mike thinks highly of Shuai Jiao, because apart from the effectiveness from the applications, it makes many of the Kung Fu moves complete by adding additional meaning to it. Mike Laoshi respected these masters like brothers, Hence why, both teachers are very good friends from teacher Mike. They expressed that they feel have lost a little brother, that is why it was important for them to come over and see him. It is beyond conventional respect.

The neighbor and other friends helped out with the food and drinks. On the table in the living room were several albums with photographs from teacher Mike. After talking with the others I sat down and had a look in them. Amongst the albums, you find a younger Mike Laoshi in his teenage years doing Taekwondo. I first hand experienced his lightning fast yet powerful kicking and I am happy to have felt that. It is one thing to read Adam Hsu's writing on Kung Fu kicks and another when shown by teacher Mike. It has changed the way I think about kicks. Another album shows photos of teacher Mike as a young disciple of his earlier teacher. Other photos shows many stands and postures. It is incredible how beautiful his postures were. Very few people can do it if you add agility, strength and mobility to it. Then there were many photos of teacher Mike with Grandmaster Wang. They both enjoyed almost like little kids when doing the push hands drills together. You can really tell that teacher Mike really loved his teacher. It is not just respect. As much as many of us have found a father in Mike Laoshi, he too have gone through that path and found his teacher.

Later on there were songs and performance done for teacher Mike, a piano piece, a self-written song, an opera duet with body performance were shown for Mike Laoshi. I saw people with tears and other smiling when remembering one of the many funny anecdotes from Mike Laoshi. Everyone knows a funny story about teacher Mike. Because he had a great sense of humor and even now, I believe wherever he is, he would make those around him laugh (and train)

We ended as group at a Chinese restaurant, as we know teacher Mike loved Chinese food. In Beijing, he would copy the locals and shout for the waiter. Then he would laugh about the funny side of it and give a big and friendly smile to the waiter, who, surprised being called at by a non-local acting like a local, would laugh too.

The food was great, and we toasted to Laoshi. That day and evening, we all came together for a dear friend, a father, a mentor and one of the greatest Martial Artist ever lived on earth. His death can be compared with burning down a famous library with the lost of unlimited knowledge and the craftmenship of ancient books made by monks.

To finish the day, the lads went for a beer and more stories on teacher Mike.

Thursday, 11 June 2009


Yesterday we were asked by some people on the exact cause of death of our teacher. So I want to correct any rumors caused by misinformation:

Our teacher Mike Martello died of Wolff-Parkinson White Syndrome, and that morning he woke up and not long after passed away suddenly.

He wasn't teaching nor training at the moment and the cause of death is sudden heart failure due to a heart condition he was born with. Apart from his heart condition, he was the strongest man I have ever met. We were all sure that he would live over one hundred years old, doing Tai Chi in the park, tossing young strong men around.

He will be missed but also his spirit will remain in our hearts.


From Rosa, (Mike laoshi's partner)

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:


see also: Howard laoshi, the son of Grandmaster Wang has put up the last chat from him with Mike Laoshi. It shows the caring mind of teacher Mike as a student and a teacher. Also great interaction between two high level and wise friends.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Memorial service update! Mike Martello Laoshi

Sympathy Cards

Send No Flowers Per Family Request

Marie Martello
PO BOX 3757
Wayne, NJ. 07474-3757

New York

open to the public on June 21st 2009 at 3pm:

Holy Trinity Parish
14-51 143rd St.
Whitestone, NY. 11537

Tel: 1.718.746.7730

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 Restaurant

13529 37th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354

To reserve a place at the banquet, please contact:
Linda Martello at (Mike’s family and Whitestone friends)
Cindy Eng at or call 1.718.858.9459 (Mike’s kung fu friends and others)


Cremation on June 9, 2009 (without service)

Wake on June 12, 2009 from 14:00-19:00
Mike’s House
Maaldersstraat 27/5 2060
Antwerpen, Belgium
Dinner 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 .

European Memorial Service
Saturday, 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


Information to follow


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More Information

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:

Thanks Keith, for the update!!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Memorial service Mike Martello Laoshi in Belgium

The cremation will be on tuesday the 9th of June 2009. There will be no service. 
There will be possibility to greet until Tuesday the 9th until 12:15.

Friday the 12th of June there will be a memorial. Everybody is welcome there from 14:00 until 19:00. It will take place at our house. Maaldersstraat 27/5 2060 Antwerpen.
After the Service We will have a memorial dinner at restaurant "The Best" in The Van Wesenbeekstraat (Chinatown). From 20:00.
Please Let me know if you will come to the memorial service and/ or Dinner. You can e-mail me at d i e t e r . d e . p o t t e r @ g m a i l . c o m.
It is IMPORTANT to let me know in advance.

Saturday the 27th of June there will be the spreading of the ashes with service. This will take place at the park on the way to Lilo. Map with further explanation will follow.
It will start at 8a.m. Everybody is also welcome here.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact me at d i e t e r . d e . p o t t e r @ g m a i l . c o m


Dieter De Potter

Hey iedereen,

De crematie zal gebeuren op dinsdag 9 juni 2009. Er zal hier geen dienst worden gehouden.
Er is nog mogelijkheid tot groeten tot dinsdag 9 juni tot 12:15.

Op Vrijdag 12juni zal er een herdenkingsdienst zijn. Iedreen is daar welkom vanaf 14:00 tot 19:00. Het zal plaatsvinden in ons huis. Maaldersstraat 27/5 2060 Antwerpen.
Na de dienst zal er een herdenkingsmaaltijd zijn in Restaurant "The Best" in de Van wesenbeekstraat. (Chinatown). en Dit vanaf 20:00.
Gelieve mij opvoorhand te laten weten of je aanwezig zal zijn bij de herdenkingsdienst en /of Eten.
Het is heel belangrijk om mij dit tijdig te laten weten.

Zaterdag 27juni zullen we zijn assen uitstrooien samen met een herdenkingsdienst. Dit zal gebeuren in het park op de weg naar Lilo. Een kaartje met verder uitleg zal later volgen. Het zal starten om 8uur 's morgens. Iedereen is ook hier uitgenodigd.

Mochten er nog vragen zijn mag je me steeds contacteren via mail op d i e t e r . d e . p o t t e r @ g m a i l . c o m



Memorial service Mike Martello Laoshi

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: 

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

In Memoriam Sifu Mike Martello

Our dear and beloved teacher and fierce friend Mike Martello has passed away today. He will be sorely missed by all his friends and students in Belgium and the rest of the world. His absence will leave a void that will not easily be filled.
Please feel free to add any thoughts, remembrances or anecdotes.

Onze dierbare en geliefde leraar en vriend Mike Martello is vandaag overleden. Zijn leerlingen en vrienden in Belgie en de rest van de wereld zullen hem zeer hard missen. Zijn afwezigheid zal een leegte achterlaten die nog heel moeilijk gevuld zal kunnen worden.
Alle herinneringen, gedachten of anekdotes zijn welkom.

The brothers and sisters from Wu Tan Belgium are helping to prepare Mike Martello Laoshi's funeral. The last few days have been very very difficult for Laoshi's family, friends and students. Most of us need the silence and time to be with Mike Laoshi. Many of us grieved differently as Laoshi has touched each of our heart in a personal way.

What is nice to see are fellow Kung Fu brothers and sisters from over the world to stand as one family and remember teacher Mike as a wonderful, funny, honest, generous, talented and wise person who have lived his life to the fullest by doing what he loved most.

A tribute blog has been made by Jake, Keith Weiner and Kin:

From our German friends:

The Ground Never Misses:

From Formosa Neijia:

Dojo Rat:

Many of you know that Mike Laoshi had lots of video footage on the internet about his art, as he was very generous in passing it to others. This has been talked about in many blogs and it is happening fast. However, please respect his teachings by remembering what he taught was most important for any students:

soft power
correct body allignment
relaxed but aware
don't rush

above all:

basics, basics, basics

Only by respecting his teachings we can continue Mike Laoshi's spirit and what he really stood for: True Chinese Martial Arts in a True Soul.