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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Most states have laws that prohibit prizefighting without the proper licensure. That is the jist of this statute.

    A throwdown is not the same, the purpose behind the law is to prevent people from doing their own backyard fighting matches, with wagers and prize money.

    There might be a local ordinance that prohibits "free sparring in a public park". Unless it gets out of hand there shouldn't be a problem.

    We have a 1st amendment right to assemble. No money or any other "consideration" is being passed, other than martial knowledge.

    The purpose is the furtherance of an art form.

    I would argue that they are not "fights"

    There is no prize for being better
    There is no conflict born out of anger

    How is it a fight?

    Also, your dojo is a private place, not "public".
    “We are surrounded by warships and don’t have time to talk. Please pray for us.” — One Somali Pirate.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I wouldn't worry about the police or the laws as long as it's obvious that you're TRAINING as opposed to having a fight club of some sort. The worst that can happen is you'll be asked to leave.
    You say what about my rice?

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    My Studio is in maryland i can see what is up we are like 15 minutes from DC
    Last edited by Chungmoomonkey; 5/16/2004 11:21pm at .

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    The Adelaide Mini-Throwdown will be in a park. I've trained there before with a club, and there were no problems besides some hecklers.

    However, from what I understand in Singapore you can be arrested for sparring in public. Keep in mind that Singapore is what I think people call a police state.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I think that if you somehow marked off some "turf" and maybe had something pseudo-official-looking, like a sign, water cooler, whatever, that people would get the idea that you guys were just having some friendly matches. Throw on some gloves, and you should be ok.

    The biggest problem, I would think, would be attracting "unsavory" characters. The last thing you need is some punk showing up and escalating the throwdown from friendly sparring and technique exchanges to actual fights.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    any1 not from Dc dont underestimate the security the cops there yell at u for anything but ya mabey put like soem caution tape or something around the area and deffinantly wear gis and gloves.

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Man, gis get grass stains easy. :(

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    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    definately not in DC. Over in the maryland and virginia side it should be so bad.

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