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COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 AM EDT WEDNESDAY * WHAT...Up to one foot of inundation above ground level expected in vulnerable areas near the waterfront and shoreline. * WHERE...New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Northwestern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens and Northeastern Suffolk Counties. * WHEN...From 9 PM this evening to 2 AM EDT Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Minor flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to locally 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...There is still uncertainty on when the peak surge arrives. This forecast is based on a worst case scenario, with a 2-3 ft surge coming in at the time of high tide Tuesday Night. If the surge peaks earlier, then water levels and inundation will be less than forecast.

How to Find a School that's Right for YOU!

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Martial arts is serious business. Your life could depend on what you learn or fail to learn. Here are some tips that will help you find a school that meets YOUR needs. 1. Watch classes ...

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Martial arts is serious business. Your life could depend on what you learn or fail to learn. Here are some tips that will help you find a school that meets YOUR needs.

1. Watch classes at several schools before choosing one.
2. Decide what aspects of martial arts you are looking for (i.e. self defense, health and fitness or tournaments) and determine if the school has the same priorities you have.
3. Look at the instructor-to-student ratio, especially in the junior classes. Example: If all levels (ranks) are learning at the same time, is there an instructor for each rank? Are there enough assistants or instructors to insure that a student can get one-on-one attention if needed? (Determine if the students are learning, or just being "kept busy.")
4. Do the students stay long enough to learn or is the school just making money on turnover?
5. Beware of contracts. If you're there just because you've already paid, then you are there for the wrong reason.
6. See if questions are encouraged or discouraged during class. If the question is important to the student, it should also be important to the instructor.
7. How are the instructors and assistants being trained? Just because you can do it doesn't mean you can teach it.
8. What is the policy or philosophy of the school? Are they looking for students or looking for their student's wallets?
9. Don't just talk to the head instructor, talk to the students themselves. Their opinions are the ones that really count. Ask if they've gone to other schools and why they chose the one they're in. If you're looking for classes for your child, talk with some of the other parents and ask them the same questions.
10. Can the head instructor qualify as an EXPERT witness if you are forced to use your art and find yourself in a criminal or civil court? Can he or she defend what they have taught you, or will they help put you behind bars or cause you to lose your assets?

Like all things, martial arts has its good, its bad and its mediocre, therefore, you should look and compare before you commit. When you choose a car you are careful. When you choose a home you are careful. When you choose a martial arts school you should be VERY careful.