In Memoriam – Mike Wise


“So how are you doing brother?” Guro, Mike would often ask me. My reply, “I’m doing ok sir, how are you?” This simple common dialogue too often is a volley of words conveying superficial meaning between two people, however; this was Guro, Mike and he had a way to deflect “words” and reach down into your heart and soul and ask again, “REALY, HOW ARE YOU DOING?” Guro, Mike was always ready and willing to unconditionally comfort, counsel and receive your burden, no matter when or what it may be. We as Martial Artists strive to perfect our form and technique in the physical sense and we pass these attributes on to those whom we train with. A less obvious form of Martial Arts training transcends the physical body and to me, enters the spiritual realm and so it goes; Guro, Mike in this sense will live on in all of us, as well as in all who we will ever interact with, forever. God has brought home a true Warrior. Guro, Mike we will all miss you.

– Bill Shelton

Bill Shelton, is an IAMA student and an IIMAIA instructor, a longtime student and friend of Mike Wise. Bill provided the illustrations for Mike’s books. Bill has continued the outstanding training with IAMA students in The Thai Boxing program that Mike was so passionate about as well as all the arts at the Inosanto Academy.

In Memoriam – Kenny Endosa

Kenny Endosa, Actor/Stuntman/Husband/Father/Grandfather/Friend Born in Hilo, Hawaii July 22, 1940. After courageously battling cancer more than 6 years, Kenny peacefully passed on to his eternal life Aug. 10, surrounded by a loving family. Kenny had an amazing life. He grew up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii and went on to become an award winning stuntman in Hollywood. He appeared in hundreds of action packed movies & tv shows, including F Troop, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum P.I., Airwolf, Kung Fu, Spider Man & many others. Features include Twilight Zone, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Collateral, Big Trouble in Little China, Diamonds Are Forever, Blues Brothers, The Stuntman, Enemy of the State, Deja Vu, & most recently Green Hornet. Always portraying the “bad guy” but in truth a gentle giant. He took pride in coaching his son’s baseball teams & Indian Princess/Charity League activities with his daughter. He loved classic cars and owned many; his favorite, a red ’67 convertible camaro. Often known as The Big Kahuna, Kenny had a fun loving sense of humor and genuine understanding and acceptance of different cultures. As a proud member of Stunts Unlimited, DGA and owner of Stuntman Prod., he was always willing to help young stunt players perfect a craft. He was fortunate to travel around the world on location & family holidays, savoring so many incredible life experiences, among his favorites golfing at Pebble Beach, Oakland Hills & his beloved Lakeside Golf Course. Kenny will be forever missed by Laureen, his wife & sweet- heart of 44 years; children, Kathy, Carlisa & Michael (Nicolle); grandchildren, Nick, Kristin, JJ & baby Lilah; sisters Pearl & Shirley; brother George; Mum- in-law-Joan, numerous nieces & nephews, plus an incredible network of loving family members & friends who have encouraged his spirit & courage through his journey. Please consider donations to Roy & Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, Burbank, Ca.