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Most Inspiring Martial Arts Story $1000 Giveaway

Submit your inspiring Martial Arts story for a chance to win

Voting is now live on the facebook page.

2017 Entries
(Click below to read their stories)
Justin Hagen - BucksMont Taekwondo - Hatfield, PA
Kaeden Fox - Capitau Jiu Jitsu, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Michael Davila - Cutthroat MMA - Springfield, OH
Pete Wong - Lab Rats - Pasadena, CA
Peter Kim - The Phoenix Gym - Salt Lake City, UT
Ralph White - Ironfist MMA - Houghton Lake, MI
Ryan MacDonald - 691ON1 MMA & Fitness - North Platte, NE
Sean London - Amarillo Activity Youth Center Taekwondo - Amarillo, TX


Tell your story about how your experience at a Martial Arts academy has had a positive impact on your life or the life of someone close to you and you can win mats or cash for the Martial Arts Academy of your choice in Greatmats 2nd Annual Most Inspiring Martial Arts Story Contest. Stories can be about, but are not limited to:

1. Improvement of physical or mental health
2. Anti-bullying
3. Positive guidance for children
4. Camaraderie
5. Instance of self defense
6. Balance
7. etc.

(Original writings only. No previously-published pieces.)


First Prize: $500 in Greatmats products OR $350 cash

Second Prize: $300 in Greatmats products OR $225 cash

Third Prize: $200 in Greatmats products OR $125 cash

How to enter:
(Please complete each of the steps below)
1. Email your inspiring martial arts story to
2. Include ''Martial Arts Inspiring Story'' in the subject line of the email
3. Include your name, mailing address and phone number in the email
4. Include the name, studio address and phone number of your chosen Martial Arts Studio in the email (Studio must be located in the United States.)
5. Include at least of 2 the following photos in the email
A. Headshot of writer
B. Exterior photo of martial arts studio
C. Interior photo of martial arts studio
D. Photo of Sensei/Master/Grandmaster/etc.
E. Photo of the primary person the story is about

How the winner is chosen:
(Academies must be located in the United States.)
Step 1. All qualifying entries will be posted on Greatmats Facebook page for a two-week Facebook vote to narrow the field to 5 finalists. The five entries with the most votes will advance to the finals.
Step 2. Greatmats will judge the 5 finalists and determine the winners based on the following factors.
A. Completeness of the entry
B. Quality of submitted photos/videos
C. Creativity of the submission
D. Compellingness of the submission

1. Submission Period: July 17, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2017
2. Voting Period: Aug. 16, 2017 through Aug. 30, 2017
3. Winner named: Sept. 6, 2017

Vote for your favorite inspiring martial arts story and associated martial arts academy by visiting Greatmats Inspiring Martial Arts Story $1000 Giveaway photo gallery ballot (to be posted Aug. 16) and liking the photo associated with your story/academy of choice. Each like counts as one vote. Only likes to the original post count as votes. Feel free to recruit your friends and family to vote by sharing the photo or gallery, but remind them to like the original post to make sure their votes count. The top 5 vote getters will be named finalists.

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This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.


2016 Winners - Gil Rosales/Veneration BJJ - Kenosha, WI

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