The martial arts - armed and unarmed - have had an interesting relationship with the law since the earliest days of both. At various points in history, certain regions have enforced laws restricting martial-arts training by class or by sex; banning weapons partly or completely; and even forbidding unarmed training.
In the modern world, unarmed fighting skills are rarely regulated. The use of fighting skills can sometimes result in difficulties with the law, though. As well, a jurisdiction that puts severe limits on the possession and use of firearms or knives is likely to extend those restrictions to "martial-arts weapons" - although one can usually carry them to and from martial-arts class unchallenged.
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