With heavy hearts, we bid farewell to a cherished member of our community, Mike Swope, who, at 55, left us on October 1, 2023, after a motorcycle accident. Beyond a publisher, Mike was a beacon of light, etching an indelible mark on our hearts and the martial arts world.
Mike joined The Study of Taekwondo Facebook group in 2009, becoming an integral part of our community. His passion for martial arts resonated in every post, forging connections that transcended the digital realm.
In 2018, Mike’s talents as a writer and interviewer shone in Totally TaeKwonDo magazine. “An Interview with Sabumnim Colin Wee” showcased not just literary prowess but an understanding of camaraderie among high-level instructors. Little did we know, this marked the start of a beautiful collaboration.
In 2020, our paths crossed again with a manuscript. Entrusting Mike with “Breaking Through: The Secrets of Bassai Dai Kata” was an investment in a friendship that bloomed into something extraordinary.
Mike’s dedication was awe-inspiring. He saw beyond words, encouraging a rewrite to infuse more of “my voice.” A testament to his commitment, understanding of the interplay between words and illustration, and belief in authentic storytelling.
In March 2023, during a road trip around Dallas for the book launch, we met Mike in person. His warm smile mirrored the online friendship. Mike’s discreet contributions to our seminars showcased his humility and passion for martial arts.
Mike wasn’t just a publisher; he was a friend sharing our joys, challenges, and triumphs. His reviews reflected an authentic voice resonating with readers. His belief in our work fueled motivation during creative ups and downs.
As we grapple with Mike’s void, solace comes in tributes from the community. Phrases like “a stand-up guy” and “a great person who loved TKD” echo sentiments of many whose lives he touched.
Mike’s legacy transcends publishing. His passion for comic books, motorcycles, and sci-fi showcased the depth of his personality.
For condolences or Mike’s obituary, visit Mike Swope’s Obituary. As we navigate life without our friend and publisher, let’s cherish memories, shared wisdom, and the enduring impact of Mike Swope on our lives and the martial arts community.