Best Martial Arts Writing of 2006 Contest

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The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on recent experiences, and to plot a course for continued growth in the martial arts. To that end, I am sponsoring a contest to identify and promote the best martial arts writing of 2006.

Contest Rules

  • Select your single best blog post or web page, written between January 1, 2006, and February 17, 2007 (Lunar New Year‘s Eve).  You may only nominate your own work.  (Note: Please see the updated rules.)
  • Briefly explain why, or how we would benefit from reading your selection.
  • Include a link to your post/page, along with your explanation, in a comment below.
  • Contest entries will be accepted until March 17, 2007.

How to Win

  • If you read the contest entries and learn something useful: you win.
  • If you gain a larger audience for your website, and for your most important ideas: you win.
  • If you enjoyed participating in this contest, as a reader, a writer, or both: you win.

March 18 Update 

The contest is now over.  Thank you to all the participants:

14 comments on “Best Martial Arts Writing of 2006 Contest”

  1. My entry: Transcending Subjective Reality

    I chose this post because it highlights the value of martial arts as a tool for personal development, which includes but is not limited to physical self-defense. I hope it will inspire even “non-violent” people to consider practice—and give “subjective reality” believers an palatable alternative to self-indulgent fantasy. 

  2. My blog has been written purely for those wanting a first hand knowledge of what it is like to step into the dojo for the first time as a complete beginner as a Martial Artist. I decided after a year of practising Tomiki Aikido that I would write my own blog as I found it difficult to gain any information as a complete beginner and Iwanted to share that through practising a Martial Art, people will gain many things such as self-confidence, self-respect and life-long and good friends. I wrote the blog with hope of helping people to see into an amazing world of which they have never seen before and that I have had the privilege of belonging to and knowing.

  3. Thank you for your entry, but would you choose a single post? If everyone nominates their entire website, then nobody will have time to read all the entries.


    I wrote my entry for the benefit of those who may have become discouraged in the length of time it takes to fully grasp and perfect a new form or technique. There is a lot of discipline, patience, and self-motivation involved in the life of one who is seeking a higher plane of knowledge through Martial Arts. There is always room for improvement, and thus there is always time to learn something new. So be vigilant, safe, and thorough in your training and you will attain great skill.

    Your Brother Of The Art,
    =Elite Guardian=

    “Keep Your Attacks Fierce, And Your Heart Gentle…”

  5. Would you consider dropping the requirement that you nominate your own material? I’d like to nominate several posts by other people.

  6. How long does it take a post made here to appear or are they perhaps prescreened? I made an attempt to post here yesterday yet I see no results today? Is this a result of my procedural ignorance or my impatience?

    Your Brother Of The Art,
    =Elite Guardian=

    “The journey to enlightenment is not always along the path most trodden.”

  7. EliteGuardian,

    If a comment contains a link and little or nothing else, it is sometimes automatically filtered out as spam.  Otherwise, it should appear in 1-2 minutes.  I just grabbed your comment out of the filter and reinstated it.  Thank you for participating.


    For this particular contest, I prefer that people nominate their own writing, so please tell the author(s) you have in mind about this opportunity.


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