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.
2012 is almost in the books. It was a good year and we covered a lot of topics around here. The site has also grown quite a bit, and I’m happy to have so many new faces as part of the community. If you’ve just joined in 2012, thanks for finding the site. If you are a veteran reader, thanks for sticking around.
Let’s take a look at a few of the things I have planned for 2013:
- Continued interviews. One of the most important things about this site since it’s birth has been recording some thoughts and history from influential artists. I have a few more currently lined up and will continue to do my best to provide q&a’s with diverse and interesting people.
- Completion of the Natural Karate book project. I had good momentum for the first 1/3 of the Natural Karate project but was sidetracked by various life events. 2013 is an optimal time to finish the project and get to editing and publishing matters. I intend to have some fun with the release of the book, so keep an eye out for giveaways and events.
- Creation of ‘The Best of IkigaiWay Volume 2′. You may have noticed an ebook entitled ‘The Best of IkigaiWay Volume 1‘ in the ebook shop. This is a collection of some of my favorite articles from the first few years of blogging as well as a few original articles never before published. I intend to create a second volume from the last few years. I would also like to create a combined ebook of both volumes.
- Continued content and giveaways. The backbone of this site has always been content, both in article and video form. The articles tend to vary from philosophical to practical and historical. I intend to continue that while sprinkling in fun things like giveaways and reviews.
If you have any recommendations for the kinds of content you would like to see as we move into 2013 don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Here’s to our continued efforts in training and preserving the martial arts!
Hey everyone, quick piece of news here. On November 5th I'll be conducting a seminar in conjunction with the Meiyo-do Southern Kung Fu School. This will be a free event open to practitioners of any style who are interesting in learning a little more about the connections between China and Okinawa in the early days of karate development. Read on for event details.
Topic – China's Impact on Karate
It's well known that karate's development was a conglomeration of influences. Okinawa, being an important seaport and trading outpost, experienced a wide assortment of cultures and martial styles. Among all the influences the Okinawans experienced, China was the most significant. So much so that Kara-te originally meant Tang Hand, or China Hand.
China wasn't just important in a martial sense; the culture and philosophies of "The Great Ming" impacted Okinawa for generations. Extensive sharing between the cultures, both on the coasts of Fujian and in Kumemura village, caused shifts in almost every aspect of Okinawan living.
This seminar will discuss the rich history between China and Okinawa and how this relationship developed over time.
The first half of the seminar will be a historical presentation. Information will be delivered along a timeline and relevant questions will be answered. Okinawa based questions will be answered by myself, China based question will be fielded by Meiyo-do owner Gary Choi.
The second half of the seminar will involve technical sharing. Sample techniques will be demonstrated and practiced by participants. Techniques will likely focus around those that are most relevant to the topic, such as Tsuru Te (crane hand).
Location and Time
1772 S Decatur st Denver, CO 802109.
Event time will be 6:30-9:00pm on November 5th.
For more information about the location and contact methods, visit the Meiyo-do website here.
There is no cost in attending the event. However, to thank Gary Choi for hosting I recommend offering a $10 donation to him in order to support his school and students.
How to Attend
If you are in the area and would like to attend, please RSVP using the button below. As mentioned, all styles are welcome and the format will be friendly and informational. In the RSVP please include your name, contact number, and if any students/friends will be coming along with you. Showing up without an RSVP is ok, but we would prefer to have a rough head count.
If the above button does not work for you, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All the best and hope to see you there!