Hello everyone! Every now and then I like to celebrate a milestone of the website. Happily one such milestone is approaching. The Facebook Fan Page is approaching 10,000 group members!
This is great – I didn’t suspect it would grow so large and I’m very thankful it has.
In order to help get us over the hump, I want to do a giveaway. This giveaway is rather special because it is going to feature IkigaiWay T-Shirts. These are the first of their kind as IkigaiWay has never had any personal swag outside of stickers.
A custom printing company called OoShirts has been kind enough to offer three shirts for the giveaway. OoShirts is a private startup out of Berkeley California and I am happy to support them.
Here is a peek at the shirts you’ll have a chance to win. I will gather the correct sizes after the winners have been declared and contacted.
The front of the shirt features the unique Ikigaiway tree with mitsu domoe. The site name is featured below the emblem. The back of the shirt displays kanji for the famous saying “Fall down seven, stand up eight”. A quote that I feel truly embodies what the martial arts can provide in our lives.
How to Enter
Entering for this contest has two easy steps.
1. spread the word about Ikigaiway.com.
You can do this one of two ways. If you have a blog, you can make a mention of the site and link to it. The context of the mention is totally up to you.
The second is by utilizing the Facebook “share” button. Goto the Ikigaiway facebook page, and locate the share button as shown below:
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2. Tell me you did it.
Drop a quick comment on this blog post to let me know you shared. Be sure to include your email address when filling our your commenting name so I can reach back out to you.
How will I know if you actually shared or not? Because you gave me your word that you did, and you are a martial artist. It’s what we do and who we are. You’re word is good enough for me.
End of Contest
The contest will end after we crest the 10,000 fan mark. At that time, all the participating names will be put into an electronic hat and three will be drawn randomly. Those winners will be contacted in order to get their proper size and shipping address.
Good luck, and thanks for all your support!
Hey everyone, this is just a quick reminder that Selfless Sensei Nominations will be closing tomorrow (December 15th). After that there will be a voting period for the most inspiring story, followed by the declaration of a winner. If you know an instructor who has helped in their community or acted with charitable compassion please nominate them for consideration!
The winner of this contest receives $1,000 in gear from Karate Depot. I’m very proud to be associated with this particular event as it will truly serve to help an instructor who deserves the same kindness that he/she has shown others.
Qualified nominees should exhibit a spirit of going above and beyond the normal call of duty to assist those around them. Examples include teaching at-risk youths, building community in exceptional ways, and teaching special needs students (but that certainly isn’t the limit of possibilities).
We chose to do this giveaway now to celebrate the holiday spirit and deliver one deserving teacher a gift they will remember!
UPDATE: Voting has begun (nominations closed) and will end on December 22nd. The winner will be revealed the 24th!
The IkigaiWay Facebook page has certainly grown and with it the amount of excellent interaction available there. I’m extremely excited to see technology bring us together and share in ways that were utterly impossible a few short years ago.
The Facebook contest was built to celebrate that sharing. I’d like to thank karatedepot.com and themmazone.net for their generous participation.The winners below were selected at random, placed in a generator when they met the requirements for each prize. I will be reaching out to the winners in order to get their shipping information, but in case you see your name and do not hear from me, you can contact me at ikigai108 @ gmail.com. Should a winner be unable to collect a prize, I will rerun the randomization program and select an alternate winner.
Here we go…
Prize #1: Bushido Apparel Green Insignia T-Shirt
Winner: Norberto J Torres
Congratulations Norberto! It’s great to have you as part of the site.
Prize #2: Rhino Equipment Bag and Gym Mat
Winner: Paul McKenzie
Great to see your name pop up Paul. No doubt your consistent participation gave you an edge.
Prize #3: Everlast Reflex Bag
Winner: Marshall Smith
I hope this helps in your training Marshall! Stay passionate about your martial pursuits.
Special Prize: ProForce Thunder Heavy Bag
Winner: Ariel (http://martialartspassion.blogspot.com/)
Thanks for all your support Ariel over on the Martial Arts Passion website. I have no doubt you’ll put this heavy bag through it’s paces.
I hope everyone enjoyed the contest, and if you didn’t win this time don’t worry, there will be more to come. I hope you hang around and continue making IkigaiWay a positive martial arts destination.