Thanks to everyone who has been supporting “Tales from the Western Generation” throughout its launch! Any success “Tales” experiences is purely through the power of the martial arts community, and the desire for martial artists to learn more about their shared history. I’m happy to say that “Tales” achieved #3 rank after release on the Amazon Bestseller’s List for Martial Arts. The only book we weren’t able to beat was by Ronda Rousey, which, quite frankly, is understandable.
Now that folks have had a chance to check out the book, I’d like to get some more reviews up on Amazon. Amazon reviews are an important part of the process to increase visibility for a project. It helps potential readers understand what to expect in the book, and what kinds of reactions previous readers had to the content.
I’m a man who believes one good turn deserves another, so instead of just asking for reviews I want to up the stakes and create a giveaway!
How to Enter – Write a Review
Entering today’s contest is super simple, just write a review of “Tales” on Amazon! Any honest review is accepted; there are no qualifications in terms of what you write or how many stars you give the book. Although I hope “Tales” really impressed you, I wouldn’t hold it against anyone who reviewed the book less-than-perfectly.
To make your review, simply login to Amazon, select a number of stars, and then click the “write a review” button.
Sweet Sweet Prizes
Since we’re dealing with books in this particular giveaway, I thought it would be fun to focus on signed books as prizes. Check out the options below. Randomly selected reviewers will receive one of the following signed books:
Prize #1 – Enzan The Far Mountain (2 Winners Selected)
|“Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled?the pampered child of a cadet line of the imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, it sets off alarm bells among people in Japan’s security apparatus.The Japanese want the problem solved quietly. They seek out Connor Burke, prize student of the master martial arts sensei Yamashita. Burke suspects that he’s being used, but he accepts the assignment out of honor for his revered sensei.A covert search and rescue operation turns into a confrontation with a North Korean sleeper cell, and Burke finally discovers the secret that drove Yamshita from Japan so many years ago and the power behind the decades-old connections that pull Yamashita back into danger in the service of the imperial family.” See more.SIGNED BY JOHN DONOHUE.|
Prize #2 – Scaling Force (1 Winner Selected)
|“Conflict and violence cover a broad range of behaviors, from intimidation to murder, and require an equally broad range of responses. A kind word will not resolve all situations, nor will wristlocks, punches, or even a gun. Scaling Force introduces the full range of options, from skillfully doing nothing to employing deadly force. You will understand the limits of each type of force, when specific levels may be appropriate, the circumstances under which you may have to apply them, and the potential costs, legally and personally, of your decision.” See more. SIGNED BY RORY MILLER.|
Prize #3 – Tales from the Western Generation Hardcover (1 Winner Selected)
|“Every generation wonders about the exploits of the brave men and women who have gone before them. As the deeds of old masters are recounted, we are destined to ask – what kind of people were they? What were their goals and philosophies? What would they think about our efforts to preserve and grow the art of karate? This book seeks to answer some of those questions by encapsulating over 30 original interviews with senior karateka who experienced the old way of karate for themselves and helped bring it to the Western world.” HARDCOVER EDITION. See more. SIGNED BY MATTHEW APSOKARDU.|
That’s it! Right your review now and be entered to win.
I’m very pleased to announce the official release of “Tales from the Western Generation”! This book is a collection of over 30 interviews with some of the most senior karate practitioners in the United States. These are men and women who studied directly with the great masters of Okinawa, Japan, and early USA.
I’d like to show off what the book has to offer!
What is Tales from the Western Generation?
In 2008 I started Ikigai Way, and shortly after began pursuing interviews with martial artists that I found particularly interesting or impactful. After completing a handful of interviews I realized that there were some amazing individuals with unique stories that had a lot to share…but no avenue to share it! That’s when I decided to begin pursuing the stories of karate greats with more zeal and collect them all in one book.
“Tales” is the culmination of that effort, and breaks down like this:
Section 1 – History of how Eastern martial arts made their way to America. Prior to 1950 Judo was the most popular Eastern martial art in the United States. Despite thousands of Chinese immigrants during the gold rush era, Kung Fu remained a well maintained secret. In section 1 I explore how the importation of various Eastern martial arts affected the eventual growth of karate in the USA.
Section 2 – Interviews with the Western Generation. The crux of the book, this section features over 30 interviews with senior practitioners of various karate styles. The interview guests come from diverse backgrounds and studied with senior sensei in Japan, Okinawa, and the United States.
Section 3 – Conclusions. Using the wide context of the book, I draw certain conclusions about the past, present, and future of karate, applicable to individuals of all styles and skill levels.
|Hear Stories About Great Masters Such As:||___||Interview Guests Include:|
…and many more!
|Chuck Merriman – Goju Ryu
Ed McGrath – Isshin Ryu
Maynard Miner – Shotokan
Glenn Keeney – Goju Ryu
Victor Moore – Shuri Ryu
Cathy Cline – Shotokan
James Logue – Oyata Shin Shu Ho
Bill Hayes – Shobayashi Ryu
Nicomedes Flores – Okinawa Kenpo
William Dometrich – Chito Ryu
James Coffman – Matsumura Seito
Doug Perry – Shorin Ryu Shorinkan
…and many more!
Where to Get the Book:
You can get your copy of “Tales” at the following locations:
Howdy! I know it’s been a few weeks since my last big post, and I would like to thank you for your patience. All of my creative time and effort has been going into finishing “Tales from the Western Generation” in a timely fashion – to learn more about the book, click here. Right now it looks like the book will be published on May 29th (the end of this month). Mark your calendar (or create an iphone alert or something).
To help spread the word prior to launch, I’m conducing a giveaway. It’s about as easy as giveaways get. Follow these steps:
Here’s How to Enter the Giveaway:
2. You’ll see a facebook post entitled “TALES GIVEAWAY”. Like and share that post with as few or as many people as you see fit.
3. That’s it! I’ll be able to gather all the names that like and share the post and select winners from that pool.
Entering the contest puts you in the drawing for all of these potential prizes:
|__||Samurai and Ninja: Martial Arts non-fiction.
“In Samurai and Ninja, author Antony Cummins separates myth from reality and shows why the Japanese were the greatest warriors of all time:
|Enzan (The Far Mountain): Martial arts fiction. “Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled—the pampered child of a cadet line of the imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, it sets off alarm bells among people in Japan’s security apparatus.The Japanese want the problem solved quietly. They seek out Connor Burke, prize student of the master martial arts sensei Yamashita. Burke suspects that he’s being used, but he accepts the assignment out of honor for his revered sensei.”|
|The Raven’s Warrior: Martial arts fiction. “The Raven’s Warrior by Vincent Pratchett is the gripping tale of a Celtic warrior who survived a battle, life as a slave and eventually finds his destiny. It is about Vincent who is badly wounded in a battle in 900 AD. He is taken by Norse warriors on a long journey to the East where he is sold into slavery. Almost dying, a Chinese monk Mah Lin and his daughter Selah nursed him back to life. Under the monk’s tutelage, Vincent is renamed Arkthar, learns the Eastern ways of medicine, science, war and philosophy.”|
|Scaling Force: Self-Defense DVD. In the Scaling Force DVD, Rory Miller and Lawrence A. Kane explain and demonstrate the full range of options, from skillfully doing nothing to applying deadly force. You will learn to understand the limits of each type of force, when specific levels may be appropriate, the circumstances under which you may have to apply them, and the potential cost of your decision, legally and personally.|
Bonus Subscriber Giveaway:
A few months ago I started a small subscriber list for individuals who wanted to be alerted when the book was finally published. I also promised some special chances to win a free copy of “Tales” upon its release. This is the first one of those chances! If you’d like to be entered to win a free copy of “Tales”, enter your email address in the form below. This is list is used exclusively for “Tales” publication updates and does not involve any sort of spam or off-topic messages.