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That misconception doesn't just exist in the USA, I have heard of it since I was a kid, and is most likely a product of Hollywood. In the country of New Zealand, there is no differentiation in law between a trained martial artist and the ordinary person on the street. You have no extra legal obligations than the normal person next to you. But much like a ...


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This will probably vary depending on where you are, but weapons law is generally fairly specific about what is a weapon and what isn't, and I think it's unlikely that you'll find martial arts training defined as a weapon. What you need to worry about more is the reasonable use of force. I know that in Australia (or at least, my state, Queensland), the laws ...


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My understanding is that the major ramification is that it can make a self-defense plea more challenging because of the way a jury will perceive you. It's one thing to try and convince a jury that what you did to defend yourself was reasonable if you are wholly untrained. It is another thing entirely to do so when you're a 3 dan. Just a matter of ...


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I've had to answer this question a lot over the years, and used to have a link on my old computer about where that came from: Essentially, the rumor of martial artists having to register their hands as lethal weapons stemmed from boxing, where a boxing promoter once claimed his client had his hands registered as weapons... It was, of course, completely ...


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In the UK, you can defend yourself provided you use reasonable force. This sadly has no legal definition whatsoever and is solely based on your lawyer(s), their lawyer(s), and what the judge decides is reasonable force for yourself in the particular case of the case. As such, any martial artist will have a stronger burden of proof than they used reasonable ...


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In Germany, if you are in a situation where someone is aggressive towards you, you are allowed to use reasonable force to defend yourself. As a trained martial artist or someone who has experience fighting, you are asked to first try and defuse the situation by blocking the first attack, instead off beating your opponent right away. Of course in practise, ...



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