Every now and then I stumble across a cool company in the martial arts realm. While there is plenty of so-so stuff out there, some companies are doing their best to offer unique and high quality goods.
Companies like Crane Mountain, Karate Depot, and Karate Mart all cover the equipment side of things…but what about gifts? Every now and again you want to get someone a neat martial arts related gift that isn’t cheesy or that the recipient doesn’t already have five of (I’m looking at you plaques). Three Tears Karate is all about solving that problem.
When browsing around the selection offered by ThreeTears I was surprised and pleased by the attention to detail and originality of the items. While I can’t give you a full tour myself, know that there is a mix of expected items (keychains, picture frames, etc.) and unexpected items (suncatchers, hanko seals, etc).
Let’s take a quick look at some of the cool products just to give you a taste:
|Torii Gate Coat/Key Rack||Sun Catcher||Karate Kanji Necklace|
|Kanji Wall Sconce||Dojo Clock||Personalized Hanko Seal|
The personalized hanko seals are particularly interesting. They are a great way to add a unique and classic element to your diplomas, promotional items, and correspondence.
10% Off Coupon Code
IkigaiWay readers are privy to a special coupon code that will take 10% off the final price of any order. When checking out type in “newyear” (without the quotations) to get your discount. Visit ThreeTears now!
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!