ANSWERS: 31
  • My boyfriend has 2 black belts and has never done so, so my answer would be no.
  • The only people who say that are those who pretend to be black belts.
  • This is a fallacy, people like to say that they have to register because they are considered deadly weapons. Not usually the people that are actually Black Belts
  • I have never had to register myself, no.
  • in england you have to have a license it has a contract in it saying that you will only use the skills you learn in martial arts to uphold the law, in self defense and only to practice it at the martial arts club you are a member of. thats the closest thing i can think of to registering as a weapon, but you have to sign the contract as soon as you get your first belt.
  • you don't have to register you hands or feet as deadly weapons but you can increase your charges if you were to antagonize somemone into fight and then whip their ass. Like a bar fight or something. Boxers are actually the most likely to be charged.
  • Only if they never bathe. Most advanced practitioners I know and have studied with are not registered. I would much rather face an institutional(nothing outside of the standard practice and parameters of the art) factory black belt than face a brown belt that has mastered several layers of application, deception, and techniques.
  • Definitely not in Australia, there is no requirement whatsoever. Just another fallacy.
  • No, you only need to register accreditation if you want to legally teach, even that, I'm not sure is mandatory.
  • No you do not register yourself as a deadly weapon but if you are in a physical altercation with anyone and you come out on top of that, it will be used against you in a court of law..LOL
  • As I understand it, there are a VERY FEW small island nations which still require you to register upon entering, however it is not registering as a lethal weapon, but as a black belt. Additionally just because someone handed you a black belt doesn't make you remotely good at martial arts, or anything LIKE a lethal weapon. I know instructors who I wouldn't have handed a black belt if I'd been in charge. And I know people who would hand me a master rank if I asked for it and showed off a little, but it would mean nothing to me. Rank is much less relevant than skill, and they can't make you register skill.
  • Even if it's not true, in my opinion, it's a good way to get out of fights in school, especially if you have proof that you're a blackbelt. 'No thanks, reguardless if I win or lose I'll end up getting arrested because it wasn't in self-defense'. Of course, if you actually wanted to fight them you could say 'unless you'd like to hit me a couple of times'
  • Not where I live.
  • If I told you, I'd have to kill you :)
  • It probably depends on the laws of the country ... I hold several black belts (one of them a 7th Dan) and although my photo, fingerprints, and black belt certificates are on file with the Canadian Police, it is because I used to be a Canadian military combat arms instructor, it is NOT a living weapon registration ... and when I got my first black belt at only age 13 there was nothing on paper ... when I was 18 and got my 2nd Dan, there was still nothing on paper about the belt, but I had to fill out a form for a permit to teach and that form had to have my belt level
  • Point - No matter how skilled you are at Martial Arts, there is No defense posture or stance that is effective against a Shotgun at ten feet.
  • No, but if you do have to defend yourself all of your credentials , internet postings etc.. can and will be brought up in court. Training has turned more bad people good ,than good people bad. Training is what helps one rise above nonsese. and act when it is truly appropriate, and do so with control.
  • No of course...
  • No, not that I know of anyways. Though it is possible that that is true in other countries.
  • You can register at www.registermyhands.com but no matter what your certification, using your skills responsibly is what counts.
  • It's a cheesy movie cliché. A FightingArts.com article answers this directly, calling the assertion "one of the oldest American martial arts legends," even though "there is absolutely no basis (for) or reality in it." According to FightingArts, this myth's roots can be traced both to the post-World War II period in Japan, when traditional martial arts were made illegal, and to the bygone days of professional boxing, when a "common publicity stunt was to have police on hand during a press conference to 'register' the boxer as a deadly weapon." The AFU & Urban Legends Archive also debunks the claim, writing, "research has failed to reveal any statutory, regulatory or other requirement that boxers -- or anyone skilled in martial arts -- 'register' their hands or any other body part as 'lethal weapons' in the U.S., UK, Canada, or any other common law nation." What the Archive did find, however, is that some U.S. courts have "concluded that a criminal defendant's boxing or martial arts experience should be considered when deciding whether s/he possessed a required intent to cause harm."
  • Yes and if you had your hands in your pockets they will arrest you for having concealed weapons. :)
  • No I have trained in sevedral countrys and have never had to do such a thing.
  • Hahah, I think there's been enough answers to it, but I'm going to add something that HASN'T been bought up: As has been mentioned, the degree of training one has received will be bought up in a court of law. Therefore it is advisable for you to state, preferably in front of witnesses, your grade, the martial arts you have studied, and the length of time you have studied them for. That can be given as a warning, and hence, when the assailant carries out his (failure) of an attack, and one ends up in a court of law, one can state, accurately, that the assailant was forewarned of ability, level, and length of training, so arguably the assailant entered the act in full knowledge of potential repurcussions.
  • ROFL... No, it isn't. So no worries there... ~+~
  • No. Its just an ego thing for those that do.
  • No, that's a hoary hoax!
  • not that i know of
  • Simply NO! That is untrue!
  • have no idea, never heard of that
  • Heck no, that's a myth.

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