Diqueno Techniqueams ipso Facto et Cetera ad Infinitum.
Which, as everyone knows, is Latin for “Let The Challenge Begin.”
Today I launch three sequential mid-Summer contests. They will last two weeks apiece, or six weeks in all. These contests, which I call Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge, will end with a total of ten winners—surrounded by the bloodied remains of their adversaries—divided into two camps: seven finalists and three Grand Prize winners. Together, they will divide more than $25,000 in plunder!
You may have questions: How does the contest work? (I’ll tell you.) Will there be knife play? (No.) Will you be required to dress as a gladiator? (No.) Will you need to kill your opponent? (No.)
Will you need to make a harmless training video? (Yes.) Will that video need to mention, even in whispered asides, three episodes of Deke’s Techniques? (Yes.) Will that movie need to be, at most, 10 minutes long? (Yes.) Will you need to feed the entrails of your video to those of your enslaved rivals whom you defeat on the battlefield. (I’m don’t entirely get that question, but I’m pretty sure the answer is no.)
It really is this simple: Make a training video that demonstrates an awesome technique. Mention three of mine. Make sure your movie is no longer than 10 minutes. Submit it to YouTube. And then to this site. And if you win, you’ll win big.
Or, you know, just blow it off. And live to rue the day that you failed to play.