The post-Christmas season is a hard time for food banks, shelters and emergency aid organizations. Food bank stocks dip dangerously low every year after the holidays, and for whatever reason, people stop donating near as much. Here’s one way to help them out: if your dojo/club has some kind of New Year’s or Winter training day, consider making the “fee” for attendance a donation of canned goods or essential winter items such as blankets or jackets, gloves, etc (in the Midwest and East Coast of the US, it has been a dangerously cold winter- emergency fuel or clothing may be needed more). On the day of the training event, ask students to drop off their donations at the door, and arrange for someone to transport the items to the donation center afterward.

Snap some pictures of your group’s training and the donations, and send them to At the end of January, all pictures received will be posted here. Feel free to share what sort of training the group did, or how many items were gathered. This is a tough time of year for those in need- surely us “martial artists” are tough enough to lend a hand.