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Using Custom Challenge Coins to Celebrate Martial Arts Achievements

April 25th, 2011

The popularity of martial arts fighting, especially mixed martial arts, has grown drastically all over the world. People of all ages have taken an interest in learning the not only the moves but also the principles and the many mental and physical health benefits of regular training. Martial arts offers its students an added bonus of the major boost in confidence and overall satisfaction that comes with advancing through their respective programs.

Many martial arts forms, like jujitsu, recognize apt students using a color system. Successful trainees are given special color coded belts once they have proven their development of key abilities and principle centered behavior. The belts act as an announcement of the students’ success and means of awarding their achievement. Using customized challenge coins in conjugation with traditional recognition methods is another great way to motivate students to stay on the track.

The Real Reward is in the Training

Recently, we were contacted by a customer who manages Kurisho-Do, a martial arts dojo. He requested a customized award coin to recognize students who have been inducted to the academy’s hall of fame. The challenge coin design, includes many eye catching and awe inspiring elements that both senseis and students will be happy to hand out as well as show off.

The recognition challenge coin, was fashioned in a traditional round shape and includes the dojo’s official logo and related Chinese character text on one side. The opposite side was proudly and artistically used to announce the success and entitlements of the award coin’s owner.

Understanding Key Design Elements

When creating your award challenge coin design, arriving at the perfect one is the ultimate goal. The image of the Kuroshi –Do challenge coin shown here, is what we call a digital proof. As you can see it displays an assortment information about the coin’s design in addition to the front and back images of the actual challenge coin.

Our digital proofing system is immeasurably valuable tool that Signature Coins award coin customers and recipients greatly appreciate. From a challenge coin manufacturing stand point, it allows us share our vision of the personalized coin with the customer and provides a clear starting point. For customers, it makes it easy to incorporate their ideas and oversee the development of a unique and valued item that they will be 100% satisfied with which is rewarding in and of itself.

If you are a teacher of any kind, the next time your students reach a milestone and are due advance and be recognized, you should consider the versatility and unlimited design potential of custom award challenge coins.

Custom challenge coins are easy to design and can be coordinated to complement an existing award program, like the one used in martial arts study. They are also affordable and simply a creative and fun idea.

Call Signature Coins at 1-800-953-3607 to start the custom challenge coin order for your next Hall of Fame or recognition ceremony. Our talented graphic artists are available now and look forward to creating a design your students are sure to love. Submit your ideas to them by emailing

Custom Challenge Coins for Awards and Recognition

January 19th, 2011

Rather than present a generic plaque or trophy to extraordinary individuals, why not give them something that is just as special as they are? Personalized challenge coins are an excellent choice for recognizing individual achievements and the accomplishments of an organization.

What makes customized coins perfect as awards is their ability to be designed in any way that you like. Some key elements you should pay close attention to when designing award coins are the size, plating, and presentation. Choosing the best option within each of these categories ensures creation of the best and most unique recognition coin possible.

Special Coins Require Special Attention

The size of your reward challenge coin depends on the impression you want it to make.  A 1.5” coin is standard size, large enough to include many eye-catching details but small enough to fit in your pocket.  A 2” coin is a little larger which leaves more room for artwork, text or other items you might want to add to the challenge coin design.  Custom coins that are larger than two inches, like a 4” award coin, are perfect display items in an office or study because they are too large to carry around.

The metal plating on your custom coins can be of gold or silver as well as antique gold, silver or copper.  Varying levels of accomplishment, such as those in a tiered reward system, can easily be praised using different plating. Using more than one type of plating within a single challenge coin order does not change your mold thereby eliminating any additional cost.

With your customized award coins designed to perfection, the next best thing is making sure they are presented in the right manner.  This is where our presentation options come in. Signature Coins offers a variety of presentation and packaging choices that will give recipients an undeniable sense that they are getting something special. Our velvet boxes, plastic capsules, and stands provide a method of giving and a means of protection for priceless coin collections.

If you know you have an upcoming award ceremony or simply want to praise and reward some outstanding individuals, do it in a different way.  Give them a personalized challenge coin.  Visit our Coin Pricing page at to view our full list of challenge coin design options.

Call us today at 1-800-953-3607 or fill out and submit our Free Quote request form to start our custom challenge coin order.  You can also reach us via email at