Guru Bryan died in his sleep on the morning of July 16, 2005. He will be missed.

Guru Bryan was many things to many people: a son, a father, a brother, a friend, a student, a teacher and more. And he excelled in all of these roles. He was a kind and generous man, always willing and ready to help. He was a patient instructor and did wonderful work with the kids at the school.

He will be remembered dearly by all of the Asian Fighting Arts family and by everyone whose life was brightened by the light of his personality. He always had a laugh ready to share. He gave so much to so many and he died far too young. But as Rick Denezza so aptly pointed out, "if there is a God, he reserves peaceful deaths for those he truly loves." And, to the best of our knowledge, Guru Bryan's death was peaceful.

He had a warrior's heart and loved his fellow man as only a true warrior can. He'd known a lot of pain and heartache in his life and had weathered it all with a smile. And no matter how bad his life was at any given time, he could be counted on to lend a helping hand to others in need.

For those of us who knew and loved him, we will miss him but also take solace that he lived the best life he could and we will continue to be inspired by the example he set.

While Guru Bryan wasn't a Buddhist or Taoist, he did a lot of research into these areas, and other spiritual belief systems and incorporated a lot of the principles he found there into his own spirituality. I think he would appreciate the following quote from Buddhist writings:

Everything together falls apart.
Everything rising up collapses.
Every meeting ends in parting.
Every life ends in death.
- Udanavarga 1.22

In the Malay language, the word "selamat" is used as a greeting. It has many meanings. Guru Bryan parodied the "Wassup" commercials and used to yell "Selamaaat!" when greeting his friends from Asian Fighting Arts. Now we say it to him. Until we meet again, brother ...


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