Re: Aikido And The Law
I'm studying Criminal Law right now, and just did an Aikido demonstration for some law enforcement officers for one of my classes.
Anyway, in the state of Oregon you are legally allowed to defend yourself by matching the level of force an assailant brings to bear against you. For example, if someone assaults you with non-lethal force i.e. bare hands, you may respond in kind with a stun-gun, pepper spray, or barehanded. If they assault you with a knife (lethal force), you may respond with lethal force, i.e. a knife, club, or firearm. It's pretty simple.