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


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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

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Thanks Keith, for the update!!

1 comment:

Keith said...

Rosa has just provided information on the future of the school and Mike's legacy on


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: