Cromwell Salvatera wrote:
In Australia If one gets their dan grade, we are registered with the government and are considered a weapon. Hence our aiki can be used against us in a court of law unfortunately.
A lot of my brethren in aiki are jusst staying in their brown belt because of that law.
I've heard that this procedure exists in the US, but I have been unsuccessful in finding any information about such registration procedures at the federal, state, or local level. I find the concept of legally defining an individual's potential to inflict harm (or responsibility to avoid doing so) based on their rank within a martial arts organization fascinating and daunting, and I'd love to know what your legal eagles managed to come up with. I would be very grateful if you would post either the text of, or a link to, the relevant laws.