Contest winner: Combat Sanshou Tiger and Snake Video

Just a quick update to let you know who the winner from last month’s contest is:

Congratulations to Tomas Folke on winning the contest!

He just sent me this picture of receiving his prize, my latest instructional video, Combat Sanshou Tiger and Snake.

If you want to enter future contests, stay tuned and watch this space, like my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter. I always announce them all over the place, so you won’t miss it then.

combat sanshou, tiger and snake video

Congrats Tomas!




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.

Contest winner: O Momento Ideal Das Artes Marciais

Just a quick update to announce the winner of the “O Momento Ideal Das Artes Marciais” book contest I ran on my Facebook page:

Jason Apollo Cook, congratulations! Here’s a picture of Jason after receiving a free copy of the Portuguese translation of “Timing in the Fighting Arts“.

Stay tuned for more contests…


Contest: get a free copy of Momento Ideal das Artes Marciais

First of all, happy New Year to everybody! I’ll post my resolutions later this week but wanted to start of 2012 by giving something back. So here goes the first contest of the year:

Unboxing of my copies of "Momento Ideal das Artes Marciais"

I’m giving away a free copy of “Momento Ideal das Artes Marciais“, which is the Portuguese translation of Timing in the Fighting Arts.

Here’s how you can enter:

  • Go to my Facebook Page.
  • Find the link towards this post.
  • Comment on that post by writing “Dar-me!”
  • That’s it.

On Friday, I’ll select a winner at random from those comments and contact you via your Facebook account for an address to ship you your prize.

Good luck!