Martial arts knife teaching ‘needs control’

Image caption The knife used in training is weakened and could not hurt said Mr Ardesi

It would “take a death” to change licensing rules for Chinese martial arts teaches, the sport’s governing body has said.

There is no legal requirement for teaches, some of whom abuse knives, to have relevant qualifications.

Videos on social media display kung fu teachers, some of them unregistered, teaching trainees with knives.

The British Council for Chinese Martial Skills( BCCMA) has called for mandatory registration of instructors.

Torquay instructor Fiorindo Ardesi, 38, who is shown sparring in a number of videos on Facebook, said he had “never heard” of the BCCMA but said he would consider joining.