Harlem’s Own: Sensei Marvin Gatling, Martial Arts Grand Master

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Let me tell you what I did today, I forgot to rest. Oh boy this brain  of mine is on HIGH all day it’s rather difficult to shut it down simply to relax. I am here posting for the sake of it all, but as I was thinking about what to post and the direction, I desired to have this blog go, I thought about you all, yes YOU, you the people.

We come here with many gifts coupled with unique talents, and I want to publicize them on this blog for all the world to read, and see. You all have something to offer, so I offer this platform for it all to share it in the form of an interview.

It is my desire to see people blessed living on purpose while dreaming in color like me. I want to help publish or should I say help you with becoming who you already are on my many platforms.

If you think by reading the three posts I have written here is any sign of who I am as a writer then you have no idea of what I am capable of, but will soon find out.

The first interview I had this year was with Sensei Marvin Gatling, a highly sought after Martial Arts Grand Master who is also well-known as an Award Winning Photographer that goes by the name of Professor Marvin Gatling. When photographing the ages of the people where lifestyle meets Harlem’s tapestry, which seems to Mr. Gatling’s muse.

The lens of Harlem’s backdrop is captured in a panoramic  breath-taking view, with one of kind photo’s stamped with a crystal clear resolution to life’s precious moments, and memories set in a freeze frame of Professor’s Marvin Gatling final touch of development, admiration and respect for those who dare to pose while others are faded in as time passes.

The diversity that dwells therein has given the Great Sensei the opportunity to broaden his horizon’s as well as the journey that he carefully takes the tourists on throughout the city blocks of Harlem, which will be described in more detail within his long-awaited Coffee Table book, that displays that melting pot that is Harlem.

Marvin Gatling, Sensei & Photographer Copyright (2011)

The Grand Master, Sensei Marvin Gatling who teaches fitness technics to many remembers the instant results a group of Parkinson Patients received when utilizing his Patented Apparatus, ” many years ago, it stopped their shaking which has assisted with speeding up their healing process, needless to say I was happy that it helped them in this matter.” Quite revolutionary, his patented device that will work with anyone on every fitness level to aid in reshaping the body and bring strength and agility.

Well over forty (40) years, the Professor has been a landmark in himself, aiding in the beauty that is the Mecca of America, Harlem by recording it in both in still photographs and video. Adding to the history he has created with his camera are the words of wisdom, Mr Gatling shares with those willing to ask and/or lend a listening concerned ear.

Needless to say, Sensei Marvin Gatling is a walking historian in himself. Truly, it was my honor to be given the inside scope on the future of his line of products, websites and clothing line that will be coming to a URL need, so stay tuned for updates on http://www.Dwritewell.com.

A Martial Arts Grand Master, Gatling has many students he mentors, locally as well as famous one’s on other parts of the earth. The mention of his name garners respect in many walks of life.

Dubbed Mr. 1 2 5, ironically, Professor Marvin Gatling is located outside the Office Supply Store, Staples where knowledge is dropped, lessons are taught on fitness, daily activities of living, and respecting the ones who have come and adorn the streets of Harlem where the spice of life awaits us all.

He admits the change that has awaken The New Harlem (we’ll touch on that more in the full interview and book), and it has taken a toll on many both financially and emotionally. He admits, as history repeats itself, the change that is reshaping Harlem only stands to get worst with gentrification defacing it’s original make-up.

The New Harlem and its cohorts have strategically managed to snatch the life blood out of the Legal Street Vendor thereby forcing them off their block and community for bigger corporations as well as wealthy people. His bittersweet pride in owning the footage of Harlem present and past, gives him a sense of relief that all will not be lost nor stolen from the increased rents, higher business taxes, and the inability to survivor they way one once has in the old Harlem.

As a walking Harlem elevator speech, Mr. Marvin Gatling will take you on trips that will educate, upset, by the truths he shares on the world view centered stage while all play their roles utilizing Harlem as there stage, and make you smile all while leaving you mesmerized at the amount of information one human being is able to store.

During this interview, I’d like to refer to as a conversation with a mentor (I claim him as my very own) you seem to become elevated on many dimensions simply by listening and living in the moment of awe realizing now you yourself are a part of ‘ The Staple Himself, Mr. Harlem’ simply by recording his views in a Kaleidoscope kind of way. As he voices the intricate dimensions of  the landscape and scope of Harlem’s past present, now, and future, it is surely a history lesson that will inspire teach you and take you in the lives of some of the most interesting Politicians, Celebrations, the single mom, and the regular Joe’s for a lack of a better terms with added pictures.

Commended for his ability to teach, reach and lead as the Staple located on West 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard (The State Building), which is why so many trust him with our stories and history. As the World changes, Professor Gatling continues to record our lives on the run ways of Black America while they all tune in to see what’s next for us.

Again, the full interview will be available on this site by way of  a linked video of how he lives to minister to the people of the world through the lens of the wisdom he envisions for those he encounters on many walks of life in no place else but the Mecca of The World, Harlem, New York City baby.

Marvin Gatling is Internationally known by Celebrities, World Travelers, Journalist, Television Personalities, and Politicians, having been commissioned to privately photograph there legacies on many occasions. Documented by authors in many books located in the Famous Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, truly, Marvin Gatling is a landmark in himself.

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Having recorded the Greatest Show on Earth-Harlem’s-for over four (4) decades, Professor Marvin Gatling has well over 100,000 photographs. A friend of his, the late famous Howard “Sandman” Sims-born January 24, 1918 – May 20, 2003, a former Vaudeville Tap Dancer-and later the Tap Dancing Hook having usher of bad performances, and talent at the Famous Apollo Theater Stages, Sandman Sims catching his friend Marvin Gatling off guard confidently stated what so many would not, “indeed you are an Icon”, surprisingly, and humbly, The Iconic Marvin Gatling smiles in a speechless kindred kind of way.

Stay tuned for more on Marvin Gatling, Sandman Sims, Harlem, & ordinary people creating extraordinarily worth while lives becoming who they are changing the way we view the world: http://www.Dwritewell.com.




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I said oh, I will post a post tomorrow because who is counting and nobody would know or would they? Does anybody care?

Yes, I care since my writing gifts are depending on. Heck, I am the one who felt I needed a challenge, hint the ONLY reason I took this WordPress Post A Day Challenge-while seeking to keep my sanity, and trust me at this point, I am wondering why would I take on another challenge (as if I don’t have enough blogs (3) to be exact.

It is my attempt to be a survivor at all things, so you can refer to me as SUPER DWRITER (lol), but I will survive it or at least that is my prayer.

Learning to juggle life, sleep (the body repairs itself between the hours of 10-2am, so I am hoping for a miracle that when I am sixty I don’t feel or look a million.

Seriously this challenge is not the most challenging for me, the challenge is hmmm writing itself especially with the constant interruptions (where do people get off asking Writers questions while they are Writing?Where they do that at? Glad you asked, in my family! Do they NOT comprehend that the words, I am composing are coming from a thinking creative brain where words & thoughts run rampant by the millisecond at least in my head?

The best Writers go on retreats for this reason alone, I am sure. NOTE TO SELF: Go on a Writing Retreat, ASAP! Perhaps there, I will discover respect and regard for my gifts as a REAL WRITER.

Folks either DON’T CARE or COULD CARE LESS about Our relationship with Our broken laptops, and the lack of relating to them (FOLKS) on a social level (I AM WORKING ON MY MASTERPIECES, so I HAVE NO MORE TIME TO WASTE, WHICH IS WHY I SPEND TIME PENNING MY PROSES, so please LEAVE A MESSAGE AFTER THE CLICK OF THE KEYS, THANK YOU, Geeeeeeeeessssh, it’s getting to be a bit much!

For goodness sakes can’t you see I am typing, and if only I had a dollar for each time I say that surely I’d have an overflow in my piggy bank.

NOTE TO THE WRITE INTRUDERS, Writers are UNABLE to  ANSWER and/or RESPOND to your POINTLESS (find the remote yourself), UNRELATED (Who Cooked? I don’t know just eat it for crying out loud!) & SENSELESS coupled with LAZY QUESTIONS like where is the Ketchup, hmmm bend your back, and reach for it in the back of the refrigerator where you last left it!

Tomorrow I will offer you a more in dept look into my muse, words, so this post has been tagged at 11:18pm, hence, I am sticking to my post per day, woooooooooo. 🙂

Off to recalibrate my body clock if that’s at all possible because between the blue chapped painful lips, tight back, I thirst and hunger for rest not sleep but some good old fashion rest. Well i am proud of myself, I have completed this post without a bunch of run on sentences, bullet points, explaining the explanation as I can do often.

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As a writer less can often be more something I must learn and apply although my writing on my other blogs has yet to be visited by the people who say they love me (they are tired of all the information, I send via text, Facebook and at family functions, so they have opted out of following me, and that is fine, I have learned not to bug them any further because they will read about me in magazines, books, and when I am on stages accepting my awards and thanking them for pushing me to be my best by shunning my talent, gifts and very being.

WOW,  I am shocked because this has to be my shortest post ever since I opted out of simply writing “this is my post per day”~thinking sarcastic prose wouldn’t help me as I stare at this white blank screen.

Well it is 11:29 pm, and I am done, so put a pen, I mean a fork in me, good night until my next post per day, I will be dreaming about blogging I am sure my life isn’t all that intriguing, I blog, I write, I seek greatest and I mentor in a nut shell that’s me oh yeah I eat, pray, praise, and laugh often.