Weapons Martial Arts may become Illegal in Ontario Canada - unless we do something

Discussion in 'General' started by STICKFIGHTING WORLD, Nov 25, 2014.


    STICKFIGHTING WORLD New Member Supporting Member

    Martial Artists,

    The Government of Ontario has released a list of 9 martial arts to be regulated and exempted from the Criminal Code in the Province of Ontario, Canada. FMA in any variation is not on that list.
    At STICKFIGHTING WORLD we are asking that MIXED WEAPONS MARTIAL ARTS be included on the list as that is our product - and if it becomes illegal we will not be able to operate in the province. We urge you to follow the link below and then click on the "Comment on the proposal via email" link at the bottom of the page.

    If your martial art is not on the list then in the future it could be shut down and you could be charged for running an unsanctioned event. This will affect Dog Brothers and any other FMA or weapons related Martial Arts not on the list.

    Why comment if you don't live in Ontario? Because if this is made law in Ontario then it may serve as precedent for other laws to be made in other provinces, The United States or around the world.

    Weapons Martial Arts - whatever the variation should not be illegal.



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    [h=2]Designated Amateur Combative Sports[/h]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Ministry:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Regulation Number(s):[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]n/a
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Bill or Act:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]Athletics Control Act[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Summary of Proposal:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]In June 2013, the federal government amended Section 83 of the Criminal Code to:

    - exempt amateur contests in combative sports on the Olympic/Paralympic programme (currently boxing, judo, taekwondo and wrestling) from the prize fighting offence;

    - provide provinces with the authority to designate additional amateur combative sports for exemption;

    - allow provinces to require amateur contests in these sports to be held with their permission; and

    - allow contests in any other amateur combative sport (i.e. non-Olympic; non-designated) if the province has provided permission.

    For the purposes of Section 83 of the Criminal Code, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport proposes that the following amateur combative sports be designated:

    - boxing
    - jiu jitsu
    - judo
    - karate
    - kickboxing
    - mixed martial arts
    - taekwondo
    - wrestling
    - wushu

    Under the ministry's proposal all amateur contests in these sports would be exempt from Section 83 of the Criminal Code

    The ministry is also proposing to provide the minister with the regulatory authority to permit contests in additional amateur combative sports.

    The ministry is not proposing additional requirements to hold amateur contests in these sports at this time.

    Pending the approval of the proposed regulation, the ministry would consult the combative sport community on the development of additional safety requirements for each of the designated sports proportionate to the risk they represent.[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Further Information:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"][/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Proposal Number:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]14-MTCS001[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Posting Date:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]October 24, 2014[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Comments Due Date:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]December 8, 2014[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-label, bgcolor: transparent, align: right"]Contact Address:[/TD]
    [TD="class: form-content, bgcolor: transparent"]Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
    Sport, Recreation & Community Programs Division
    777 Bay Street
    Floor 23
    Toronto Ontario

    General Inquiries
    Phone: 1-888-997-9015
    Fax: 416-314-7458
    [TD="bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2"]Comment on this proposal via email[/TD]
  2. zipbolang

    zipbolang New Member

    OK glad I saw you here, I was going to post it here too! LOL
  3. blindside

    blindside student

    You should post this on kendo and fencing boards, clearly they are sport martial arts that are not listed here.

    I would argue that sporting events require winners and losers, I would classify Dog Brothers as martial arts training rather than a sporting event.

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