Facebook Contest Winner

Just a quick post to announce the winner of the Facebook contest I ran a while ago.

Congrats to Stuart O-Reilly from HX Taekwon-Do on winning my Fighter’s Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training book!

Here’s a pic of Stuart with his prize.

Contest winner

For those of you who don’t know this yet:

I regularly run giveaway contests both on my blog and on my Facebook Page. Usually, you just have to leave a comment to enter, so nothing too difficult there.

One caveat though:

I just got an email from somebody who was upset that they didn’t know about the contest, they hadn’t seen it on Facebook until it was too late. The reason this happens is simple: Facebook by default doesn’t show all my page updates in your “News Feed”.

They used to do this but recently, they changed the way it works. Now, only about 30% of the people who like a Facebook page (mine or anybody else’s) will see the updates in their News Feed. If I, as the page owner, want to make sure everybody sees that update, I have to “promote” it. Meaning: pay for it.

That’s a clever way of Facebook to make some cash for what used to be a free service. Given as they are now a publicly traded company, I get why they need to find new revenue streams. However, I’m not planning on paying for every update I make there. I’d be broke real fast…

So if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on these contests, check my Facebook page regularly.

If you hate Facebook, you can subscribe to my blog via RSS or enter your email address in the orange box in the right column to receive every blog post via email. That way you will never miss an update, contest or otherwise.

I hope this helps.

Good luck with the upcoming contests!

 

 

Birthday giveaway contest and discount

As promised last week, I’m doing another giveaway contest for my birthday today:

I’m giving away a free copy of my latest video, Combat Sanshou: Tiger and Snake to one lucky winner.

Combat Sanshou the self-defense system Tiger and Snake

Entering is easy:

Go to my Facebook page, hit the like button and then leave a comment on the status update announcing this blog post.

That’s it, you’re done.

I’ll announce the winner tomorrow on my Facebook page again. So make sure to check back to see if it’s you.

 

I can’t hand out free copies of all my books and videos, nor can I discount the prices of the ones that came out with other publishers, but I can do this:

For a period of 24h, I’m discounting the electronic version of my latest book to 99 cents.

I changed discounted the price a few hours ago and Amazon has already changed it in their systems. So don’t hesitate and get your copy now!

Martial Arts, Self-Defense and a Whole Lot More

99 cents for 24h only! Click the image to get your copy

I got a call from a friend last week and he asked why I do these giveaways and huge discounts on my products. He didn’t get it and said I was losing money. Well, it’s easy really:

Because I can.

All authors rely on the support of their readers. Period. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate that so many of you have bought my books and videos, as well as supporting my blog here by sharing my posts to spread the word and commenting on them to give me your feedback. So I feel it’s only fair to try and give back when I can.

That’s why I do this and will continue doing so.

So thank you, all of you, for all these years of supporting me with your kind words of encouragement, buying my stuff every time I release something new and basically making me feel like I’m not wasting my time writing and talking to a brick wall. I plan on writing a whole lot more in the years to come.

That said, I’m signing off now to enjoy one of the few advantages of being Belgian: an awesome chocolate cake and a divine beer or two.

To my students: drinks are on me after class tonight.

Book give-away

A while ago, I promised to give away a copy of one of my books to somebody chosen at random when we get 1.000 likes on my Facebook page. Looks like we just crossed that mark so I’m here to deliver on that promise.

First though, I’d like to thank every single one of you for your continued support over all these years. It’s been one hell of a ride here on my blog and the feedback has been amazing.  If it weren’t for you always coming back here and supporting my books and videos, there would be no reason for me to keep going. So a big ‘Thanks!” to you all.

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As for the give-away, here’s how you get a shot at winning a free copy of The Fighter’s Guide to Hard-Core Heavy Bag Training:

  • Go to my Facebook page. If you haven’t hit “Like” already, do so first.
  • Look for the wall update where I mention this post. I’ll highlight it so it’s clearly visible.
  • Leave a comment on that update, mentioning you’d like to enter the give-away.
  • This Sunday, March the 10th, I’ll draw a lucky winner at random from those comments and get in touch.

That’s it, easy as pie.

Good luck!

 

 

Roadmap for 2013

So the new year is here.

Usually, this is around the time people make resolutions and try to stick to them. More often than not, this ends in failure. Which is no big deal as in a way, that’s an integral part of being human and we’ve all been there. But I believe there is value in these resolutions and usually make them myself. In contrast to the previous years, this time I made them more general. Here are the ones I made yesterday:

  1. Spend more time with my loved ones.
  2. Spend more time doing what I like and less what I don’t like.
  3. Kick my own ass in training.

If I can do all that consistently, my life will be perfect in 2013.

Tonight, I added two more:

4. Get as healthy as I possibly can.
5. Make the necessary changes in my life to fulfill those resolutions.

These might seem a bit bizarre at first glance so here’s some background information for you:

The last three years of my life have been incredibly intense. For a variety of reasons, both my personal and professional life was incredibly hectic and stressful. I worked very hard and had tons of pressure to deal with, along with handling issues I shouldn’t have had to take on but was forced to anyway. 2012 was in many ways the climax after a long build up, culminating in me sitting in the doctor’s office on December 31st.  The doc made it clear in no uncertain terms that I have been burning the candle on both ends for too long and this is my body giving me the bill: [Read more…]

Odds and ends

A couple of updates…

  • I received an email from Youtube to join their Partner Program, took a look and then went ahead and joined them. This allows me more freedom when making videos for my Youtube channel, along with more exposure for them. Right now, I’m looking into how I can make the most of this so you can expect more videos coming your way. Also, I added another background to my channel page. take a look here.
  • Speaking of which, I made a video especially for a guest blog post on another site and it goes live tomorrow. I’ll let you know when the link is live and post some additional information here too. The title is “How to increase your striking power in five minutes.” Stay tuned for more…
  • I’m going to expand the resources page a bit with a selection of fiction books I think you might enjoy. Some of these will be about martial arts and self-defense. Others might be interesting for other reasons, e.g.: the psychological aspects other things. I posted about this in the past and think it’s an enjoyable way to learn more about these aspects. Even though it’s all fiction, there are some very important messages in those books.
  • Starting this off: right now I’m reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. It’s an older science-fiction book but many of the things in it came true in this day and age. In short, it’s about the training of a child to become the best strategist in the world to defeat an alien army. Sounds silly but I was impressed by how the author described the psychological aspects of violence. Another aspect is in how he captures the essence of learning to think strategically. I highly recommend this one.
  • I’ve begun working on a series of blog posts of which the title will make you cringe: “How to make money with martial arts.”  But instead of the usual hyper-commercial and internet-marketing nonsense, I’m trying to do something unheard of in that niche: tell the truth. Given as I’ve been making a living of teaching martial arts for the last twenty years and have seen all sorts of deceptive products that claim to teach you how to do this, I’m going to enjoy roasting a couple sacred cows… This will take time though, as I want to be thorough. So bear with me as I put this all together.
  • On a final note: Paladin Press is doing a huge sale for their 42th anniversary. They’re giving you 42% off on all your purchases until 9/21. Type in the code “PALADIN42″ as you check out and you’ll get the discount. If you’re interested, check out my Pad Man video. at 42% off, it’s a steal.

 

That’s it for now. Drop me a comment on my Facebook page if you have any thoughts or ideas.