Categories: Competition

Challenge Pursuits – 2014

Jan28
Published on: January 28, 2014
Categories: Competition, Resolutions
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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Challenge Pursuits - 2014

So we have started a new year (OK, technically we started the New Year 28 days ago, but who is counting?) Now a New year traditionally means “New Years Resolutions” But since I am crap at sticking to them I try and do something different instead, some thing I am more likely to stick too.

This year are much discussion with PlanetPete, and even more working out and finalising of details. You could say 28 days worth of finalising which means I am not late posting this at all, but was FINALISING!!!!

Where was i? Oh yes thats right. This year we are doing “Challenge Purists” Which is loosely based off the Trivial Pursuits Game. We have appointed different categories to the Tradition colours, and just like in the game you have to complete some goal in that category to win the piece of pie.

Yes People, its combining New Years Resolutions with challenges & competitiveness & Gaming. How can it not work??

The 2014 Categories are :-

ChallengePursuits-2014CategoryCard


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2013 – Challenge Updates

 

Dear Constant Reader,

As you know. I have a tendency to challenge myself in a variety of ways, in a constant attempt to stave off boredom, laziness, and the soul destroying lack of enthusiasm that often plagues me.  As such I often have several Challenges running at any one time Often With other people taking part, or global challenges like NaNoWriMo.

So Dear CR, I figured I really should do an update post since we are past the midway point of the year. (more…)


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100 Day Challenge – New Contestant

Jul11
Published on: July 11, 2012
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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge 2012

Wow. We are not even a week into the challenge and we have grown to four Participants.

the YoYoMan himself has joined in late. We let him because he has been creatively working on the theme of a new website.

So a quick update of links :-

 

@GreatGothNinja  AKA Me, Myself & I = http://100days.three-ninjas.co.uk/

@DemonPengu AKA DemonPenguin = http://100days.demonpenguin.co.uk/

@Maguire_Pete AKA PlanetPete = http://www.chimontendo.org/ct/

@ AKA YoYoMan = http://www.100days.girue.co.uk


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100 Day Challenge – 2012

Jun28
Published on: June 28, 2012
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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge 2012

Once again @DemonPengu and I have decided to fight the meh of Writers Block, Artistic Avoidance, and a general all round lack of enthusiasm in the Office with our own private 100 day challenge It’s not The 100 day challenge (Because we missed that again). This year we have a new participant @MaguirePete joining us in an attempt to restart the creative juices flowing. So a day was picked “The 1st of July” as Day 1: (Well this way it does not clash with NaNoWriMo or the run up to Christmas) and for the next 100 days we will be doing a creative thing a day.

As with The challenge the creative thing can be, drawings, art, poetry, writing, anything as long as its creative (and one piece a day)

So everyone wish me luck, and words of encouragement welcome, for I can not let the the others Win!

Note: It also helps that we are all “slightly” competitive over these things, and no one will want to be the first to fail, which will help encourage us to complete the challenge.

To save this blog getting spammed I have created a dedicated site for the challenge at http://100days.three-ninjas.co.uk. I will (probably for the first few weeks then forget) post weekly updates on here, but the daily progress will be on the dedicated site.

Let Battle Commence

@DemonPengu’s Day 2011 awesome kickoff.


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100 Day Challenge – Update 3

Oct04
Published on: October 4, 2011
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This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge

Days: 15/100

Well I’m now three weeks into this challenge, And I swear the finish line is moving further away. On a positive side I have ideas for two stories/worlds that I am going to use this challenge to flesh out a bit. There’s a Zombie story, and a Fantasy that I see being running themes over the next eleven weeks.

 

So a Quick summery.

Creative Count:

3 x Drawing

2 x Complete Short Story

2 x Story starts

2 x Story Scene’s/Snippets

2 x Parts of Fantasy Story

1 x Part of Zombie Story

1 x Masonic Booklet

 


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100 Day Challenge – Update 2

Sep26
Published on: September 26, 2011
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This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge

Days: 15/100

Well I’m now two weeks into this challenge, and I think I’m hitting the first wind bit, I’m more settled into actually sitting down for a set amount of time every day to do creative things, But I’m starting to get mental blankness when it comes down to deciding what to do. Luckily I have to sort out a booklet for next week, so whereas I was unable to publish yesterdays activity, the set task has given my mind a chance to reboot. And new ideas are forming.

 

So a Quick summery.

Creative Count:

2 x Complete Short Story

2 x Story starts

2 x Drawing

1 x Start of a Masonic Booklet

 


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100 Day Challenge – Update 1

Sep21
Published on: September 21, 2011
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This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge

Days: 9/100

Well I am a week into the challenge so far (Edit: 9 days is more than a week!) So I thought I would do a short/quick update, and to be lazy I’m just going to repost the status update from the 100days blog. :o)

Well I am one week into the 100 day challenge, just 14 more weeks to go. (I am now at the stage of looking at those 14 weeks and going “What have I agreed to”)

So a Quick summery.

Last Week:

1 x Complete Short Story (4 parts)

2 x Story starts

1 x Drawing

 


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100 Day Challenge

Sep12
Published on: September 12, 2011
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This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series 100 Day Challenge

I have along with @DemonPengu decided to take part in a 100 Day Challenge. It’s not The 100 day challenge (Because we missed that) But A 100 day challenge. Basically there has been a bit of Writers Block, Artistic Avoidance, and a general all round lack of enthusiasm in the Office of late. So after spotting the challenge online, we decided we would do our own in an attempt to restart the creative juices flowing. So a day was picked “Monday 12th September” as Day 1: and for the next 100 days we will both be doing a creative thing a day.

As with The challenge the creative thing can be, drawings, art, poetry, writing, anything as long as its creative (and one piece a day)

To save this blog getting spammed I have created a dedicated site for the challenge at http://100days.three-ninjas.co.uk. I will (probably) post weekly updates on here, but the daily progress will be on the dedicated site.

So everyone wish me luck, and words of encouragement welcome, for I can not let the DemonPenguin Win!

Note: It also helps that we are both “slightly” competitive over these things, and neither will want to be the first to fail, which will help encourage us to complete the challenge.

Let Battle Commence

@DemonPengu's Day 1 awesome kickoff.


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Take That Tickets – Failed Giverway

Jun20
Published on: June 20, 2011
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Last week we here at the Ninja Temple got our hands on two tickets to See Take That live in concert.  Basically GothNinja (Myself) Won them from a competition that came with my new phone. Now none of us wanted to go see them, since we are all male, straight, with a reasonable taste in music :)

CN:Just Joking. Please Don’t take offence!

GN:Yes, Just joking. MN has a lousy taste in music

Anyway, since none of us wanted the tickets our thought was to offer them as a prize in a competition we could run on this site & twitter/Facebook. Unfortunately the tickets were for this Thursday (In Glasgow) which did not give us enough time to get the tickets shipped to us, then out to the winner. Also due to the short notice they decided to just leave the tickets in my name at the box-office, which you will need photo ID to collect.

So We’re sorry, especially to all Take That fans who were unable to get tickets to any of the shows, and now hear that we have two tickets that will not be used.

We will try and make it up to you guys, and try and organise some competition with a suitable prize in the near future!

The Three Ninjas.

 


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Heat does not exist in this dojo, does it?

Nov15
Published on: November 15, 2010
Categories: Competition, Family
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Saturday evening I was informed that my niece had a Karate competition day on Sunday, and that she wanted me to go and support her.  So there went my plans of a productive Sunday catching up on my ever-growing todo list. OK! by productive day I mean a day playing “Call of Duty: Black Op’s” which I purchased Saturday.

I don’t normally mind going to support her, since it makes her happy that someone cares, and she likes to talk about the different matches with me, and its normally an interesting day out.

My niece does Shotokan Karate, and the club she goes to is associated with several others in the area, and they take it in turns hosting the competitions. This time there was even some clubs from Luton & Yorkshire along for the day. And the even was held in Hawrden High School’s sports hall.

Now I should point out this is a sports hall with brick walls half way up, then metal sheeting the rest of the way, a metal sheeting roof, and plain concrete floors. There is also building work going on so part of the walls are simple boards while work is being carried out. Oh, and did I mention there was ice on the ground outdoors, and no heating on indoors? The poor kids in bare feet, and Gi’s that are no more than pyjamas really must have been freezing, cos the adults watching were and they had big coats on.

First off was the Kata rounds, so Niece and another girl get up, do their kata and sit down. The next person to get called was called alone, and the ref informed them they were through to the next round. In fact three of the four people in the final to work out places never had to compete against anyone, they just got given their placements. (Can anyone say fix?)

This shall we say for legal reasons “Apparently biased marking” turned into the theme for the day, when you had matches and all four (or six depending on match) ref’s holding out the same colour flag to show who was winner, and main ref (always after quick look to people in background holing forms) would award fight to the other colour.  At one point one of the local Sensei’s told his students that one of the clubs who had travelled four hours to turn up were being marked up as a thanks for coming all this way and to not take it personally. Well by the end of the day, the local students had lost all heart and were barley going through the motions in their rounds.

The other let down of the day was the fact that the club that was being allowed to win everything may have been the “Cobra Kai” in disguise. Well they were as dirty fighters as the Cobra’s, with sneaky leg swipes, feet stomps, and face/eye shots. The list of injuries to the local kids was, several broken toes, and sprained back, and several kids with smashed and bleeding eyes.

The Adults associated to the club were even pointing out nice spots on the face to go for to slow down, or take out their opponent, and congratulating them while the other kid would be crying on the floor with medics dealing with them.

I know full contact Karate competitions can be violent, and lead to injuries, but this was a Children’s competition, and the local clubs do not do much full contact fights, and it was supposed to be friendly.

I must admit it was the most badly run & organised rip off I have ever seen. The matches were all fixed and they did not even attempt to hide the fact. There was no food laid on for the kids (they normally lay on food for them out of the attendance fee’s), No heating, The hall rental was a school gym that they normally use, so would not have cost much. The medals were of poor quality, and for the first time in the years my niece has been going there was no “competitors medal or certificate” to give to those who competed (apparently there was no money for them). And yes on the Saturday traiing day there was 100 student (approx) and there must have been 60 or so on the Sunday (all at £20/day).


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