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    Weapons training and PT

    Hey I recently got my personal trainer qualification and have been starting to train with weapons myself.

    I was wondering what the rules (and laws) are for teaching weapon martial arts.

    Damer would you know? The Internet is not clear.
    Kanary as you practice a weapon art, would you know?

    Any information would be nice but if it was specifically for Northern Ireland that would help.

    Thanks.

    #2
    Hey, I'm a martial arts enthusiast, so I'm interested..! Also, Kanary I made myself two bokkens from aluminium tube, but they're so damn heavy, and cannot wield them properly... Can you recommend me an everyday material (i.e. broomstick) that resembles bokken in thickness and weight? Thanks...

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      #3
      GiorgosD Broomstick is the answer! If you have a hardware store near you, ~3-foot / 1 meter lengths of dowel would do nicely. A proper kendo bokken is apparently 102 cm long...

      Kakarot Laws around weapons and martial arts vary a lot by jurisdiction. I'm fairly familiar with the laws in my state and in states near me (I'm in Washington, so that's Oregon and Canadian British Columbia), but even within the US there's a lot of variation. I'm pretty sure some of the weapons in my house are illegal in California and New York. You might see if Leigh Simms has anything to say about your region: I know she's a lawyer and has written a book about self defense law in the UK but I have zero clue how that applies to you or to weapons training in particular. But also she may know what resources you should look at.

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        #4
        I have trained with Chinese sword and sabre weapons solo and Aikido/Kenjutsu wood weapons with partners and done some cutting practice with katana. Aikido you have to be certified from Japan to teach. Here in Canada it's more of an insurance thing, you need to be certified to get insurance. So your not suppose to teach without insurance coverage. Generally you should have some kind of teacher training.

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          #5
          Thanks Kanary I'll maybe see about emailing her or see what her page says.

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            #6
            Kanary do you think I could handle double swords (about escrima length) or will I get discouraged? Also, I don't know what's the standard width where you live, but here in Greece, broomsticks are quite narrow (well less wide than 1 inch). I suppose, that's not a problem, right? Thanks a lot for your help!!!

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              #7
              For legal aspects I would look to any martial arts or sports associations within Northern Ireland.
              As far as teaching, I would get in contact with schools or clubs that practice that discipline for advice and training.
              I understand you are a PT, so your audience may be different. But once you advertise yourself as teaching weapons based martial arts, there is an expectation of having a pedigree, being aligned with a school.

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                #8
                Originally posted by GiorgosD View Post
                Kanary do you think I could handle double swords (about escrima length) or will I get discouraged? Also, I don't know what's the standard width where you live, but here in Greece, broomsticks are quite narrow (well less wide than 1 inch). I suppose, that's not a problem, right? Thanks a lot for your help!!!
                I think my bo is 1.5 inches in diameter, but 1 inch would be fine. My escrima sticks are 1 inch in diameter and trust me that if you swing them enough you'll get tired!

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