09 August 2011
Four martial arts clubs legalised
Deputy Minister for Justice Ministry Ivo Jorge Valente called on the four martial art clubs that have been legalised to be good examples and maintain the image of the country internationally.
"The martial art leaders should educate their followers on how to behave well in accepting differences, helping each other, and respecting other groups," Valente said.
The State Secretary for Youth and Sports Miguel Manetelu said those martial arts clubs should fulfill the necessary criteria such as having a structural organisation, constitution and a proper place for training.
"They have to fulfill the criteria if they want to be legalised.
Firstly they should have a structure, secondly is a governing statute and finally they should have a proper training center."
"They have to show where they will hold the training. This is aimed at avoiding any undesirable things while they are training," Manetelu said.
ETLJB Editor's Note: see also on the East Timor Law Journal:
2009 ETLJ 1 The Regulation of Martial Arts in East Timor: An Overview of Law No 10 of 2008 on the practice of martial arts
Law No.10/2008 of 16 July on the Practice of Martial Arts
Tackling Gang Violence in Timor-Leste