Are you a martial arts school damaged by Hurricane Katrina or a school that wants to help those that were? If you fall in either of these categories, please email me with the subject "Martial Arts Hurricane Katrina". Please send me your school's name, style (if applicable), location, contact info, and if you need help or are willing to offer it. You have to be willing to have this information made public. Please see below for details. This is not some advertising scheme, school promotion scheme, or anything scheme. It is merely my attempt to help in the way I can: provide a place to share information. Brief Summary: This site is a compilation of martial arts schools that were affected by Hurricane Katrina and martial arts schools wanting to help. The listing of contact information in a convenient place allows those schools to individually contact one another. This site is not meant to specifically give relief, only to facilitate it by providing an essential ingredient in all interactions: information. Short term aid in the form of bare necessities is needed, but long-term aid tends to focus on city infrastructure rather than that which makes us human: communities. Therefore it is up to community institutions such as martial arts schools to help the long-term recovery of their counterparts in affected areas. I got this idea from the Hugh Hewitt radio show and his article here about rebuidling communities. He states that right now, the priority is the bare essentials, but there is a difference when it comes to long-term help. I will quote him here: "Before long, however, the extreme needs will be met and the long-term rebuilding will get underway. At that point it will become much less obvious how ordinary Americans can help...With this disaster, America confronts for the first time the daunting reconstruction of complex social and political organizations. It is a task which may be beyond the ability of the local, state, and federal governments to manage. How, for example, does a government--at any level--presume to assist a shattered church in the reconstruction of its walls and its Sunday School programs, an Alcoholics Anonymous chapter in the care of its members, a community theater in the reconstruction of its playhouse, or scores and scores of high school athletes in the completion of their senior year schedules so that colleges and universities can offer talented kids a chance at a free education?" With this in mind, and the example of Openings for Students Affected by Katrina, I thought about what is is I love to do. The answer to that is martial arts. For me, that is a community I care deeply about. My way of helping is thus to help martial arts schools help each other. If I can get just one school to sponsor another until it regains its feet, or even just to donate some cash, equipment, time...anything...then I will be satisfied. I am not sponsored by anyone; I am doing this on my own. Also, it can represent a way for displaced martial artists to find new communities to move into should they decide not to return to their home area. I will not have a section for those willing to welcome new students. Every school wants to and there is an aspect of advertising there that I do not want to get involved with. I am debating perhaps adding a displaced students and instructors section, but I am unsure yet. Right now, the site setup is really basic. I hope to make it a little more advanced. Maybe I'll make it somewhat of a spreadsheet format, but am leaning toward HTML tables. Not that I'm really good at doing stuff like that yet. Site Name: Martial Arts Schools Affected by Hurricane Katrina Link: http://martialartshurricanekatrina.blogspot.com/ Note: I was unsure whether I should put this in General Talk or General Martial Arts as it deals with both issues. I apologize if I was in error. Thank you for reading.