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Martial arts master writes his fourth book; Faraday has written fourth book.

Byline: Ellie Oleson

AUBURN - Few realize that the soft-spoken letter carrier often seen making his mail deliveries in "the hub" Lake Street and Thompson Road area of Webster is author and internationally known martial arts expert Kyoshi Michael P. Faraday.

The Auburn resident is well-known to various local charities, because he donates a portion of his book sales to such organizations as the American Cancer Society and Auburn Youth and Family Services.

Sally D'Arcangelo, executive director of AYFS, said, "We are very fortunate we have families like the Faradays. Mike is a role model who helps kids to grow up caring about others."

She said this year's holiday party for the Fun Club and Challenger after-school programs at the agency on Dec. 16 was funded by a donation from Mr. Faraday, with a visit from Santa provided by Everybody's Fitness.

Mr. Faraday's son, Mason D. Faraday, 10, has been participating in programs at AYFS since he was 5.

"Mason is a kind, caring boy with a lot of friends here," Ms. D'Arcangelo said.

The fifth-grader at the Julia Bancroft School is not following in his father's footsteps.

"Mason likes singing, dancing and theater, not martial arts. He's very happy here at Auburn Youth, where they treat everyone the same. It's awesome," Mr. Faraday said.

He was nearly Mason's age when he began studying martial arts in Webster, where he attended Bartlett High School, graduating in 1989.

"I was 12 when I started training. I've been doing it ever since," he said.

He joined the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in 1990, and has continued both his job and his training.

He was competing in the Battle of Boston tournament in 1999 when he was invited to become a member of Team America, the Maryland-based U. S. National Martial Arts Team. He was a member of the team for six years, competing in the Martial Arts World Games in 1999 and in the World Games in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, when he won two gold and three silver medals.

Between 1999 and 2005, Mr. Faraday won six consecutive world titles and three national titles, which led to his induction into the Martial Arts International Hall of Fame.

He is an expert in kata, formal movement; weapons, which he calls "extension of arm"; point and continuous fighting; jiu jitsu; judo; and more. He has achieved his 7th Dan, a high level Japanese black belt, and has been working toward his 8th level since 2009.

Retired from competition, he gives private lessons to individuals while continuing his own martial arts studies.

"Now I may study an hour a day. Then, it was four or five hours a day," Mr. Faraday said.

His teacher is Ron "Black Dragon" Van Clief, 67, a former New York City police officer, Marine, Secret Service instructor, film actor and 10th-degree black belt, who earned his name from film star Bruce Lee.

"I'm blessed to have him as my teacher," Mr. Faraday said.

It was Mr. Van Clief who encouraged Mr. Faraday to write his first book, an autobiography, which remains private, but he found writing relaxing and went on to publish four other books, including a children's book titled "How the Mail Gets Delivered."

"Limelight to the Devil's Paradise" is about life lessons and decision-making; "Philosophies" is about martial arts. His most recent book, "The Five Rules: A Path to Becoming a Master" is about "living the martial way, adversity and choice," Mr. Faraday said. His books are available online at www.lulu.com.

"I want people to know that martial arts is not about violence; it's about compassion. Martial arts is to help others who can't help themselves. I don't believe in the strip-mall theory of martial arts. My books tell what I do believe in with lessons to make life better."

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CUTLINE: Michael Faraday of Auburn, a 7th Dan Japanese black belt, has written a new book on the martial arts, "The Five Rules: A Path to Becoming a Master."
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