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The Law & Self defence

The nation will neither accept nor condone neanderthal behaviour and will constantly strive to rehabilitate criminals within the bounds of the law.

To ensure the nations safety, the legal system has enforced more stern prison sentences, enforced the registering and licensing of both security personnel and physically violent sports such as boxing. The legal system does not recognise many martial arts if at all as acceptable sports to be practised or viewed by the general public. Their reasoning is that there are too many martial arts groups who are not registered with a governing body which makes it doubly difficult to vet the quality of the instructors/students i.e. criminal records, child safety, codes of practise.

In the eyes of the law, through any pugilist training you will learn some of the most powerful and physically devastating techniques devised.

The term martial art means ‘pertaining to war’ but in our everyday lives we are not at war, indeed as ‘highly trained experts’ the law expects a higher degree of control from martial arts practitioners, the logic being that as they are trained, they must be well aware of the damage their prowess and ability can inflict on another human being.

 The law informs us that we have the police constabulary working on behalf of her majesty the queen. They are highly trained individuals briefed on control and restraint to the governments standards. If you restrain a person in effect you are making an arrest, if the force was ‘disproportionate’ to the crime you were trying to prevent, then almost certainly you will be held accountable.

Generally the legal system views martial arts and self defence practices with suspicion . The practitioners of these self protection systems are viewed as individuals who are looking for a fight in order to test their skills.

On the whole the law and the public at large are of the opinion that ‘Learning any pugilistic art gives you more awareness of what damage can be caused from violent acts so you should either be able to defend yourself without harming anyone or be able to diffuse the situation before it gets to the physical stage. If you resort to violence you have lost the control that you train for and so will be more dangerous than the untrained civilian‘.

 You are allowed to use force to defend yourself, prevent crime, protect your property, but remember your attacker also has rights in law, the same as you.

The person whom you have defended yourself against may sue for  damages. If the force used was not ‘reasonable’ and ‘absolutely necessary’ then prison will be your home for a period of time.

‘but I didn’t know, your honour’ is no defence in court.

So it is easy to see how a combination of dangerous techniques, poor understanding of the law, an escalation to violence of a confrontational situation, excessive use of force and a society bent on litigation and holding someone accountable means its easy to see how all of a sudden you can be in out of your depth facing charges ranging from actual bodily harm to murder.

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