Today I have three announcements to make (or rather; two announcements and one competition)!
First of all:
1. ‘RISE: A Journey into WKF Karate’
Last week I posted a pretty cool spankin’ new documentary entitled RISE on the KARATEbyJesse YouTube channel.
Did you see it?
The documentary, which was shot, edited and published by my friend Andy Hourahine (Force Productions/The Active City) tries to depict the following:
“What does it take to follow a dream of international success in WKF Karate? “RISE”, a short film exclusively produced for a local Canadian film festival, follows a young Canadian competitor as she sets out to find her answer. Featuring original footage from Karate Ontario, Ontario Summer Games, Black Belt Nationals, USANKF Junior Olympics, and the Pan Am Karate Championships 2012.”
Needless to say, the short film has gained a couple of thousand views already, and the ever-present army of YouTube desktop warriors have gradually started battling in the comment section.
In case you missed it, here it is:
What do you think?
2. The Karate Code as eBook
For those of you who were unable to get a physical copy of my debut book (The Karate Code) there’s now a .pdf file version for download right here.
(In the top right corner you can preview the book for free.)
Hopefully this will get more people to appreciate the message of the last living old Okinawan/Japanese masters, whose personal thoughts on the true meaning of “Karate” I present in the book.
Quick links for more info about ‘The Karate Code’:
Lastly, the third item on today’s agenda:
3. Exclusive: Oldman’s Bubishi Competition
Recently published by my friend Mark Cook, ‘Oldman’s Bubishi‘ is a richly illustrated book featuring bunkai to Karate’s kata. But not in your usual style – this is cartoon style!
The book, intended as “a workbook for you to take onto the dojo mat”, focuses on the widely practiced Pinan/Heian kata series, where ‘Oldman’ and his nemesis introduce you to the bone breaking beauty of the kata. (And although the bunkai are presented in a very fun comic style, they’re surprisingly practical!)
So, being the Karate blogmeister that I am, of course I got two secret copies sent to me before everybody else…!
And now you can be the proud owner of one!
In order to win this “Oldman’s Bubishi” book , all you have to do is the following:
Write a testimonial about me and my website.
Very quick and simple.
You see, I’m about to “perhaps” update this website in the near future, and I would love for new visitors to quickly get the right feeling – by reading your quotes!
So just write a testimonial for me, and some day next week I’ll choose a favorite and send the book sent straight to you (don’t worry, I’ll pay shipping).
You can send your testimonial by e-mail or just write it in the comment section. Be sure to include your name, country/state, and hopefully some cool title too (“x dan”, Ph.D., lord, doctor, hanshi etc.) if you got one.
Example: “I read KARATEbyJesse.com every day, because Jesse is by far the most handsomest karate-ka in the whole blogosphere!” – John Doe, Canada.
You get the deal.
(Legal stuff: By taking part in this contest, you agree to let me freely use your testimonial in the future.)
Thanks guys, that’s all for today!
Keep keepin’ it real!