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.
It's time for another quiz! Awhile ago I laid down the first karate challenge, which offered an assortment of history, technique, and theory. Now it's time for weapons.
Kobudo is the name for the diverse weapon set developed on Okinawa, but occassionally relates to the old weapons of Japan as well. These two countries crossed paths (and swords) multiple times, and their development is quite intermingled.
Let's see if you can sort it out!
If the above button does not work, you can access the quiz here.
Use the buttons below to share with your friends to see how they stack up:
Very exciting announcements today.
First of all, the last T-Shirt Giveaway seemed to go over well. Happily another quality company has offered to sponsor a giveaway – Fibers.com. Fibers is a T-Shirt specific site that allows for easy and fun shirt design. So today I get to present not one but TWO giveaways, the second being attached to my newest project.
Go on…Win Some Shiiiiirts.
CONTEST #1: Link It Up
The rules of the first contest are very easy – link to ikigaiway from another part of the web. You can link to http://www.ikigaiway.com or any particular post you happened to like. The catch is, social media like Facebook and Twitter doesn't count. Your link has to appear on a blog, personal website, school site, etc (multiple entries for different links is allowed).
Here is a sample code snippet to help you along if you need it:
<a href="http://www.ikigaiway.com">IkigaiWay – Martial Arts Blog</a>
Once your link is live, click the following button to officially enter the contest:
Two email addresses will be drawn at random to choose a prize from the following shirt styles:
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CONTEST #2: Discover Natural Karate
It's been quite some time since I've undertaken a book project, but I think you'll find this one very intriguing and useful to your studies. In fact, I'm opening up the project while it's still under development so people can provide input and gain insight into the book writing process. Check it out!
To be entered for this contest, simply go to naturalkaratebook.com and subscribe to the email list on that website (located right below the video in the sidebar), or use the orange RSS button at the very top of the page.
One email address from that subscription list will be selected at random to win this brand new design:
That's it! Simple and straightforward. Thanks again to Fibers Custom T-Shirts and to you for your participation! This contest will run for approximately two weeks.