Frequently Asked Questions | Annual Membership
Below are the most common questions we get asked regarding annual membership of the UKKFF.
If the question or answer you seek is not shown below, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.
- How much does annual membership of the UKKFF cost?
- Why do you offer three levels of annual membership?
- Do I need to purchase annual membership before attending a free trial?
- Is annual membership compulsory?
- How does the annual membership fee break down?
- How do I renew my annual membership?
- How do I add armed membership to my existing unarmed membership, or vice-versa?
- If I stop training, can I get a refund of any remaining membership?
1: How much does annual membership of the UKKFF cost?
Between £15 and £25 per-year depending on which level you choose. Please see prices for annual membership for more details.
2: Why do you offer three different levels of membership?
Because a big part of the membership fee is the legally-required insurance premium, it wouldn’t be right to charge members to be insured for training activities that they don’t intend to do. If you’re not training with weapons, it’s not necessary to pay for armed membership – although our prices are so reasonable anyway that most students purchase full membership, which gives them the freedom to train any & all arts we offer.
3: Do I need to purchase annual membership before attending a trial period?
No. During your trial period you will be covered by a temporary insurance policy for accident or injury whilst under our instruction, whether in General Classes or in Private Tuition.
4: Is annual membership compulsory?
Yes. Once any trial period is over, you will need to purchase a valid UKKFF membership if you wish to continue training with us. This holds for all current students and instructors equally. As a professional educational martial arts organisation, we are required by law to hold a comprehensive insurance policy which covers our membership for personal accident, or member-to-member injury whilst training under our instruction. The premium for this policy forms part of your annual membership fee.
5: How does the total membership fee break down?
Your annual membership fee covers the cost of your insurance premium, the cost of printing your membership books, the cost of the administration involved in running the membership database and mailing lists (online & on paper too), and the cost of having someone at the end of the phone to answer any questions you may have. Our fees are amazingly cheap because we don’t pad our membership fees with extra ‘joining fees’ or one-off extra charges, as per our non-profit ethos.
6: How do I renew my annual membership?
The HQ will send you a renewal invoice after 12 months. This can be paid within the invoice itself via PayPal, or via our online shop, or in person at our headquarters, or via your instructor in class. They can even supply you with paper renewal documents too if you choose not to renew online.
7: How do I add armed membership to my existing unarmed membership, or vice-versa?
You’ll need to upgrade your membership to ensure you have the correct insurance cover for weapons training. This also applies if you’ve already got weapons cover, but want to begin training Kung-Fu too.
8: If I stop training, can I get a refund of any remaining membership?
No. We have chosen to offer a fixed 12-month term with a low annual fee, instead of a variable term with a far higher monthly fee. It’s worked for over a decade, and we have no plans to change this approach. If you decide to leave please inform us, we will stop your recurring renewals, and then just let your remaining membership expire. If you DO receive a renewal request please contact the HQ and we will cancel it directly.