Douglas Proce, martial artist and filmmaker, has decided to take on a unique project. He wants to interview and film a variety of traditional martial arts instructors (karate primarily) and ask some of the most pressing questions on the value of kata. His inquiries will include:
What is the purpose of Kata?
If a Kata takes a lifetime to master, why do we learn so many?
Why do the Kata look “different” – depending on the style performing them?
Are there any Kata that remain unchanged from the original versions?
How are Kata still relevant today?
Each yudansha interviewed will both answer questions and demonstrate kata exhibiting the qualities they think are important. It’s my opinion that this will be an interesting and worthwhile endeavor, which is why it has my support. To see more visit the KickStarter page and view this brief intro video:
Mr. Proce is a private filmmaker and thus has decided to use the proven KickStarter method to fund his project. In order to help raise awareness we have decided to conduct a giveaway for anyone who chooses to support the project!
How Does KickStarter Work?
KickStarter is a low risk funding operation that helps small entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. The key to KickStarter is that contributors (you) are at no financial risk. You pledge an amount you would like to contribute to the project and only pay that amount if the project reaches it’s funding goals and goes into production. Furthermore, backers are compensated for their contribution with a series of rewards (viewable on the KickStarter page).
The Giveaway – Contribute and Win!
Rules: This giveaway couldn’t be easier. Head over to the KickStarter page, contribute any amount you like ($1-$infinity) and you’ll be entered. When creating your KickStarter profile be sure to include a contactable email address and then comment here informing me that you are entered to win.
Contribute Here to Win
Randomly drawn contributors will receive one of the following prizes. Some prizes are relegated to continental United States while others are open world wide.
One Winner: 93 Brand Citizen Fight Shorts
The 93 Brand Citizen Fight Shorts are extremely lightweight and comfortable while also being durable. They are perfect for any variety of workout including kickboxing, grappling, MMA, Jujitsu, or wherever else you might need comfort and performance. See more about 93 Brand here.
One Winner: Karate Kanji Necklace or Keychain
This imprinted karate kanji dog tag can be sent to you either as a keychain or a necklace. Quality work and a refined look make this a valuable addition to your martial arts keepsakes. See more about it here.
Three Winners: “Best of IkigaiWay eBook”
The “Best of IkigaiWay” eBook encapsulates some of the author’s favorite articles throughout the first few years of the blog’s existence. Also included is a series of unique articles only found in this eBook. Learn more about it here.
Bonus Giveaway: Share the Link to be Entered!
Ten Winners: Kata Film DVD, Poster, and T-shirt
If you share this link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vidman1965/kata-the-film/ via a blog, website, or social media page you will also be entered to win the $60 prize pack for the film! This means you will get the extended cut DVD, 8×10 Poster, and Kata T-Shirt just for helping us spread the word!
If you share the Kata link somewhere on the web leave a comment on this blog post so I know who you are and where you shared your link. Ten people will be selected for this fantastic prize set (prize dependent on successful funding of project).
Contest Deadline – 1/25/14
You have until January 25th to enter this contest. We will be giving away plenty of prizes so every person who opts in has a good chance of winning. Support a worthwhile project and win some loot!
I don’t know about you, but I love occasionally dropping eCards on people. It requires almost no time and effort and gives both me and the recipient a chuckle. It’s a win-win all the way around!
I decided that other people must feel the same way since sites like someecards.com are so popular. Why not then (I figured) create some eCards specifically for martial artists.
After having started this mini project I realized there are actually a lot of valid reasons to send someone a martial arts eCard. For example, if you know someone prepping for a test. Or if someone you know could use a little encouragement recovering from an injury. Or perhaps a teacher you know is struggling with some rowdy kids in class.
I intend to update the eCard offerings with new ideas and topical events. Check back from time to time in order to see what’s new and make the martial artists in your life smile.
Hello! We’ve made it to 2013, which is something to be thankful for. To start the year off right I figured we would have a fun little giveaway with some unique prizes.
If you’ve participated in some of my past giveaways you’ll know I never put up difficult barriers to entry. In fact, many of the giveaways have been as simple as sharing IkigaiWay with your facebook friends. Today will be just as simple.
Win The Subscribe Prizes
I have two major projects underway at the moment. The first is IkigaiWay, my ongoing home for articles, interviews, videos, etc. The second is a longer term book project called “Natural Karate”. I like to stay in touch with readers as much as possible, and one great way to do that is have new articles sent to your inbox. My updates for IkigaiWay come about once every two weeks, and Natural Karate updates come about once every two months.
To enter for the first two prizes all you have to do is add your email to my delivery list (I promise not to spam you). If you do, you will automatically be entered to win a copy of “Oldman’s Bubishi”. If you enter both delivery lists, you get two chances at winning.
About the Prize: “Oldman’s Bubishi” is a completely unique book created by friend of the site Mark Cook. Mark provides a humorous and elaborately illustrated look into bunkai concepts for the Pinan (Heian) series of kata. This book is enjoyable for newcomers and veterans alike, and would make a great addition to your personal library or as a coffee table piece for your dojo.
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I encourage you to enter both lists to double your odds of winning! If you are already subscribed to one or both I advise you to grab a friend and get him/her to subscribe.
Win the Three Tears Gift Prize
This next prize comes from an interesting company we’ll be hearing more from in the future. Three Tears Karate specializes in high quality, unique gifts and accessories. It can be tough finding a token of respect or gratitude for the martial artist in your life, but Three Tears offers a wide selection of items that should do the trick.
To be entered, simply travel to Three Tears Karate and browse around some of their offerings. Come back here and leave a comment about which kind of items caught your eye, and why. One lucky winner will be selected and will receive an item they discussed!
That’s it! Good luck and I will be announcing the winners in about two weeks.