To become a Ki Federation member you will sign a membership form agreeing to the rules below.
Membership is open to individuals who have paid the annual membership fees laid down from time to time by the Federation, and who follow the form of Ki Aikido the Federation specifies (save that individuals who are over the age of 75 are exempt from membership fees).
Adult membership is open to individuals of 17 years and over.
Youth membership is open to those between the age of 14 and 16 years.
Junior membership is open to those between the age of 5 and 13 years.
Honorary members may be appointed at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Members who are over the age of 65, or are disabled, must provide a letter from their GP confirming their fitness to practice.
Membership fees of the Federation includes insurance cover. However members who are over the age of 65 or disabled, and who have not provided the required doctors’ certificate, will be covered for public liability only. When a member reaches 75 they will be covered for public liability only.
Members will be issued with membership cards which must be produced before admission to any course held by the Federation or its affiliated clubs. Lost cards may be replaced on payment of a fee laid down from time to time by the Federation.
Dress for Ki Aikido
Female Kyu Grades: White kidogi, coloured belt, black hakama
Male Kyu Grades: White kidogi, coloured belt
1st Dan: White kidogi, black belt, black hakama with 1 red stripe
2nd Dan: White kidogi, black belt, black hakama with 2 red stripes
3rd Dan: White kidogi, black belt, black hakama with 3 red stripes
4th Dan: White kidogi, black belt, black hakama with 4 red stripes
5th Dan: White kidogi, white belt, black hakama with 1 white stripe
6th Dan: White kidogi, white belt, black hakama with 2 white stripes
7th Dan: White kidogi, red and white belt, black hakama with 3 white stripes
8th Dan: White kidogi, red and white belt, black hakama with 2 red and 3 white stripes
On special occasions:
5th & 6th Dans: White kidogi, white belt, white hakama
7th Dans: White kidogi, red and white belt, white hakama
8th Dans: White kidogi, red and white belt, white hakama with red and white stripe ties
No badges should be worn on kidogi or hakama.
Slippers should be worn to and from the mat.
Alcohol and Drugs
Members must not consume any alcohol before a practise. The use of drugs other than for medical purposes is prohibited at all times.
Politeness, rules of behaviour and common decency are part of the practice of Ki Aikido. Members should:-
- Respect their teachers
- Be courteous to other members
- Be quiet inside the dojo
- Keep kidogi clean and fingernails and toe nails short
- Maintain a good standard of general cleanliness
- Be kind to lower grades
- Be moderate in daily eating and drinking
- Try to avoid fighting
Members must not practise the arts of Ki Aikido outside the dojo.
The Federation will only recognise grades awarded by the Federation.
All weapons must be carried in a weapons bag when not in use. The use of live blades is not permitted except under the supervision of the Technical Director or President of the Federation.
Any member who contravenes the regulations of the Federation, or misuse the techniques of Ki Aikido, or acts in a manner that affects the interests and/or reputation of the Federation and its members, will be required to attend a hearing before the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to take appropriate disciplinary action including expulsion, suspension, demotion in grade, or whatever other action the Executive Committee deems necessary.
Amendments to Membership Rules
The Federation reserves the right to amend or add to these membership rules. All changes will be notified to members through their teachers. By continuing with membership of the Federation, members are deemed to agree to abide by all membership rules applicable at that time.