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Darryn Melerine
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BornOctober 10, 1970
New Orleans, La.
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Darryn Melerine (New Orleans, La., October 10, 1970) has been involved in hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana, most notably during Hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Laura (2020). He is also a New Orleans-based martial artist and model.


Hurricane Katrina[edit]

Melerine was featured in several articles by the New York Times shortly after the flooding in New Orleans that was caused by Hurricane Katrina. The articles detail attempts by residents to gather possessions from their homes, which were damaged in the flood. Melerine lost his home and possessions due to Hurricane Katrina.[1][2][3]

Hurricane Laura[edit]

Melerine was again featured in a New York Times article shortly after Hurricane Laura made landfall and caused widespread damage in Southwest Louisiana, mainly in Lake Charles. Melerine states that losing his home in Katrina pulled him to help those in need in Lake Charles.[4][5]

Martial arts[edit]

Melerine holds rank as a 5th Dan (Go Dan/Renshi) / 5th Degree Black Belt in Minami Ryu Jujitsu and is recognized by worldwide organizations[6][7] and publications.[8] He travels to conduct classes, seminars and/or clinics with other traditional martial arts organizations[9] (specifically Bodushin Ju-Jitsu), mixed martial arts competitors, professional athletes, law enforcement agencies, and military armed forces, and performs self-defense, women’s self-defense, and anti-bullying clinics and demonstrations for corporations.


Melerine works as a brand ambassador and social media influencer.[10] He has appeared in multiple television, print, and online video campaigns for local and national brands.[11][12][13]


  1. "Returning to Neighborhoods That Are No Longer Home". New York Times. September 18, 2005. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Darryn Melerine held his son's teddy bear, which he found in the boy's room in Meraux in St. Bernard Parish. His wife asked him to retrieve the toy, but it was covered in mold and had to be left behind". New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Darryn Melerine searched through the bedroom of his house in Meraux, St. Bernard Parish, for his wife's wedding dress". New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2019. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "Trump Visits Storm-Ravaged Lake Charles, a Louisiana City Still Without Power". New York Times. August 29, 2020. Retrieved August 29, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Hurricane Laura: Mandeville men give back 15 years after Hurricane Katrina". KPLC News, Lake Charles. August 31, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. Melerine, Darryn (October 12, 2021). "Darryn A. Melerine". UNITED STATES JU-JITSU FEDERATION (USJJF). Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Live Minami Ryu Jujitsu Seminar with Darryn Melerine". Black Belt Magazine. August 4, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "Practice Makes Positive: Why People of All Ages and Fitness Levels Are Enjoying the Benefits of Martial Arts". Black Belt Magazine. December 5, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Sensei Darryn Melerine Visits Our Dojo". Budoshin Ju-Jitsu. July 9, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "DARRYN MELERINE Influencer Spotlight". Intellifluence. December 28, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Fitness Trends Around the World". Ask Men. August 31, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "How to plan a quarantine date night". The Chive. April 8, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Melerine, Darryn (June 1, 2021). "Social Northshore". Social Northshore.

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