We are approaching the final stages of publication for “Tales from the Western Generation“. It’s an exciting time, but also a little tense as I have to make decisions that I have been putting off. One of those decisions is which subtitle to use. The title of the book is set, but I want a subtitle that is both catchy and descriptive of the content of the book. It’s difficult to encapsulate the scope of the book in a single sentence. After all, I’m interviewing a wide array of senior karateka, discussing history of karate on Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S., and discussing the overall boom of karate as it became globalized. How does one sum that up succinctly enough for a book cover?
This is a difficult decision, but not impossible. I feel that, with a little help from you, we can come up with something that does the job. In the poll below I have included some of my favorite subtitles. I would like you to vote on whichever you think does the job best, and/or submit your own subtitle for my consideration.
NOTE: If you submit a subtitle and I opt to use it, I will send you a free copy of “Tales” upon its publication!
Please Vote Below:
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.