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Martial Arts Topics / Clarifying UK home defense law
« on: February 01, 2005, 11:50:43 AM »
Britons May Kill in Self-Defense, Law Enforcers Say (Update1)

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Britons may kill intruders to their homes in self-defense, so long as the householders have used ``reasonable force,'' U.K. law enforcers said in a leaflet designed to clarify British law.

Householders are entitled to protect themselves using weapons and may use defensive force before being attacked if they are in fear of their lives or those of others, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service said today in an e-mailed leaflet.

At least 11 people have been prosecuted in the past 15 years for attacking intruders in houses, commercial premises or private land, U.K. Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald said on Jan. 13. Seven of those cases were as a result of a domestic household burglary.

May I point out that 11 prosecutions in 15 years doesn't exactly tally with the media perception that UK law sides with the criminal.

``Prosecutions of householders for tackling intruders are extremely rare,'' Macdonald said today. ``Even where householders have badly injured, or even killed burglars, the CPS has declined to prosecute unless they have used wholly excessive force.''

He was just on Channel 4 news stating that the vast majority of cases where homeowners have shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, or otherwise killed burglars have not led to any prosecution.

*pats escrima stick tucked neatly by the bed*

Martial Arts Topics / Need help choosing & using a bag, please
« on: January 29, 2005, 03:47:17 PM »
I'm looking at getting a punchbag to hang in my home, I was wondering how suitable this type of bag (from my local fitness supplier) would be:

This is the 3ft version

and the 4ft version

They are both in my price range, my concern is that I often don't have anyone to hold the bag for me, is it going to swing wildly when doing punching and possibly kicking combos? I've never really done any bag work so frankly, I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.

Unfortunately even the cheapest heavy bag is over my budget

and also I don't really have space for it.

Any specific or general advice would be much appreciated, thank you.

Martial Arts Topics / For the website admin....
« on: December 22, 2004, 01:26:17 PM »
Sorry to bother you, but the Dogbrothers promo video still doesn't run properly for me:

I get a message from WMP saying "The file name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect". This is on a Mac, OSX, WMP v9.0.0

However when I download the movies to my drive before playing they download and run fine.

ALSO the NEW Craft Promo clip DOES run ok from the link.

Just FYI.

Martial Arts Topics / Am I the first to say...
« on: December 11, 2004, 07:35:54 PM »


Martial Arts Topics / Training Alone?
« on: October 17, 2004, 06:11:03 AM »
Does anyone have any resources for solo training techniques?

I don't have anybody to train with at the moment. For the most part, I've been 'shadow boxing' various knife, stick and empty hand drills, and I do feel it helps my body mechanics and flow, just by visualizing my training partner and focusing on the movements.

I don't feel my sensitivity is really helped by training like this, for obvious reasons, but I don't have any alternative right now. Obviously I can still do conditioning work and general exercise (push ups, sit ups etc.)

Is there a recommended way of doing what I'm doing? Is it unusual to do this?



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