Hey everyone. I’m currently working on a little project for the site, so I thought I’d do a short post here outside my normal rigamarole.
Let’s pretend, just for a moment, that you’ve found yourself on the wrong side of the law. You’re a troublemaker, a scoundrel, and it’s finally caught up to you. Now you find yourself standing in front of the judge as he is about to drop the gavel on you.
For your bad behavior, he has sentenced you to a cruel and unusual five part punishment. But, in a rare twist of kindness, he is letting you make some choices regarding your own fate. Here are your tasks:
1. Choose one, and only one empty hand kata to practice for the rest of your life.
2. Choose one, and only one martial arts movie to watch for the rest of your life.
3. Choose one, and only one weapon to study for the rest of your life.
4. Choose one, and only one martial arts book to read for the rest of your life.
And, just when you thought you had enough, the judge pushes you into a time machine and states:
5. Choose one, and only one martial artist throughout history that you’d like to study with for a year!
Fate has been cruel, but record your answers in the comments below!
Lurkers (people who read blog posts but tend not to comment), this is a good chance for you to make an appearance. Let me know your thoughts! And you commenters who I haven’t seen in awhile, get back in here. You’re going to make me squeeze out a single tear if you stay M.I.A. for much longer. Also if you are a fellow blogger, feel free to use this concept if you need a little something for your blog today.
A few months ago I introduced readers to Spear and Katana, a wicked online flash game that put you in the role of a dueling samurai. I was impressed by the game because it took real strategy to win, and you had to play smart and use good martial arts tactics like distancing and timing.
The creator of the game recently reached out to me and informed me that there is now a Spear and Katana 2!! You can imagine my great joy at hearing this. And, having played, let me tell you – it’s quite good.
The game has been expanded quite a bit from the original. Now you have the option of creating your own character with attributes and weapons of your choice. You can choose different kinds of levels to engage in, and different methods for upgrading your character. All in all, this sequel is even more engaging and time-sucking than the original.
Be warned though – if you die too many times, your journey will be over. Think you can handle it!?
Many thanks to Jiri for making and sharing his games. For more, visit him at ThunderBird Animations.
Hey all! I’m pleased to bring you the winners of the ebook link-out contest.
For those who may be new or unfamiliar with the site, about 2 months ago I released my first free ebook entitled The Student’s Guide to Surviving a Traditional Dojo. In addition to that release, I ran a contest for anyone who reviewed or linked into the book from their website. Those individuals who played along were placed into a randomized program and three winners were selected.
And now for your winners -
3rd Place – Sue Wharton of http://kickasssuec.blogspot.com
She will be winning the Sheng Hua Invigorating Spirit CD!
2nd Place – Noah from http://budogeek.blogspot.com
he will be winning the KD Elite Leather Focus Target!
1st Place – Robert Elias of whatwouldrobertoeliasdo.blogspot.com/
He will be winning the complete Macho Warrior Sparring Set!
The winners should email me at ikigai108 @ gmail.com so that I can gather the proper shipping information. I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who got involved and to everyone who has downloaded and read the book.
Keep your eyes open for the next contest!