Saturday, January 16, 2016

I finally publish the Essential Jo DVD!

A year after the publication of my bestselling martial arts textbook Essential Jo (and more than 5 years after the book was written and photographed), I am proud to announce the publication of the long-awaited companion DVD of the same name.

Essential Jo, the DVD, covers the same ground as the book, along with some very useful bonus material, notably a detailed analysis of "Jusan" - the 13 count form - both in single person and two person form.

The jo - the Japanese 4-foot staff - was originally taught with the ken (sword) in the samurai arts.

This two hour video is arguably the most comprehensive on the subject to date, offering a course of study from white through to black belt in this practical, yet elegant, art.

While it is intended primarily for students with experience in weapons arts, particularly jodo, the book can also be used by beginners for home study.

The art of jodo makes an excellent addition to any martial art system.


(Also direct download from Amazon - USA only)


I would like to thank:
  • my brother Nenad, for his teaching, support, encouragement and guidance;
  • my student, training partner and friend of 30 years, Jeff Cosgrove, 4th Dan, for helping me make this a reality;
  • Nenad's uchi deshi and my student and friend, Rob Douglas, for all his assistance, especially with Jeff in preparing for demonstrations included in this video; and
  • all of the students who participated in the making of the video: there are too many to mention but you know who you are!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Wonderful new 5 star review for Essential Jo

I've received an absolutely wonderful New Year's Eve gift from Dr Arnold Rosenstock in the form of a 5 star review of Essential Jo.

Thank you Arnold!


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Essential Jo - an official Amazon bestseller!

After making an entry several times this year into the "hot new release" list (but languishing in the top 200 generally), last night "Essential Jo" finally cracked Amazon's Martial Arts Bestseller list overall, reaching at least 46. [Edit: as of 31/12/2015 it is at 33!]

Given that the sales have steadily been increasing from month to month - and the fact that I'm about to release the companion DVD in the next week or two, I have no reason to suspect the situation will change except for the better.  Every single month brings increased awareness and sales.

Either way, I'm officially a bestselling writer!

So much for the publishers who rejected this text as "not commercially viable" (one of whom had the gall to write to me recently asking me to review their titles on my blogs).

Look out for the DVD folks!





Friday, December 25, 2015

Mirror Image of Sound: 2nd anniversary promotion

To celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the beginning of The Mirror Image of Sound, and as a Christmas present, Pikkeljig Press is offering 5 day FREE download promotion, starting 26/12/2015!

Don't miss your chance to read the "novel about second chances"! Go to the Kindle page and download the novel FREE for 5 days from 26 to 30/12/2015!




Saturday, December 19, 2015

DVD launch today!

Today I launched my 3 new DVDs, Internalising Karate, Bridging Hard and Soft: Vol 1 Fundamentals and Chang Dao: Chinese long Sabre at the Ray Hana's Superstore in Perth WA.



It was great to meet some new people and wonderful to see some old friends too!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My first DVD is now available for purchase!

I'm pleased to announce that my video "Bridging Hard and Soft Vol. 1: Fundamentals" is now available for purchase from my online shop which can be found here.


More details can be found in my recent press release and article.  Otherwise, here's a teaser for the video:


Copyright © 2015 Dejan Djurdjevic

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Free download promotion of A Hazy Shade of Twilight!

Before "The Martian" there was my psychological sci-fi thriller "A Hazy Shade of Twilight"...

Set in a small base on Saturn's moon Titan, the novella deals with the effects of extreme isolation and confinement on a small group of scientists - and the logistical realities of mere survival when something goes awry.

To celebrate the release of the new cover of this novella (and its associated stories), Pikkelig Press is offering as a free Kindle download from 7 to 11 October 2015.  So make sure you get your free copy while you can!

And don't forget to leave a review on Amazon!