Membership Dues Policies
While many martial arts schools require their members to sign contracts obligating them to pay membership dues for a specific period of time, Multnomah Aikikai does not wish to impose this burden on its members. Membership, therefore, is considered to be on a month-to-month basis. However, in order that the dojo, like any other business, may effectively budget for its monthly expenses, we require that members, as a matter of courtesy and necessity, keep us apprised of any changes in their membership status. Towards this end, we have implemented the following policy:
- The purpose of monthly membership dues has always been, and continues to be, to support the continued existence of the dojo as a place to train in Aikido. Senior members lead classes on a volunteer basis. Dues are not payment for lessons or classes on an hourly, daily or weekly basis.
- Monthly membership dues apply to a single calendar month. The dues for each month are payable by the last day of the preceding month. For example, monthly dues for April are due March 31st.
- Students who anticipate having difficulty paying monthly dues should communicate with the dojo treasurer PRIOR TO THE PAYABLE DATE OF THE DUES about special arrangements, either in person or through the dojo email address. We will make every effort to prevent any interruption in your training.
- In case of late payment without prior communication with the dojo treasurer:
- A late payment received by the 2nd of the month is subject to a $5 late fee.
- If payment is received after the 2nd of the month, but by the 4th of the month, the late fee is increased to $15.
- The late fee is increased to $25 for any payments received after the 4th of the month.
- If you are using a service that automatically mails your dues checks to the dojo, please arrange for the checks to be mailed in time to arrive before the 1st of the month. Automatic payment is highly encouraged.
- There are two types of yearly fees:
- The dojo annual fee of $40 for adults and teenagers, and $25 for children aged 12 and under. This fee contributes to the dojo's yearly operating expenses such as liability insurance.
- Birankai fee of $40, which are only applicable to teenagers and adults. Anyone training in the adult program who has been a dojo member for at least 6 months or who has tested must register with the Multnomah Aikikai's parent organization, Birankai. The dojo will forward these fees on to Birankai.
- Annual fees for existing students are payable with the February monthly dues. The dojo treasurer will send statements in January itemizing your February payment, including annual fees and monthly dues for February.
- The first monthly dues payment for new students joining after the 10th of a month applies to the remainder of that month plus the following month.
- New students are assessed the registration fee as follows:
- New students pay a registration fee with their first regular monthly dues payment. The registration fee is $50 for adults and teenagers, and $25 for children aged 12 and under.
- Participants of promotional introductory specials do not need to pay the dojo registration fee until their first regular monthly dues payment.
Taking a break from active training
Occasionally members find they need to take a break from regular training. Whether this decision is due to health reasons, travel or opportunity, we ask that you communicate your plans and manage your membership status. The proper channel for communication is the dojo email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you need to take a break from practice, you have three options:
- Maintain your regular membership dues as continuing support of the dojo.
- Disconnect from the dojo and stop paying dues entirely. If you choose to return to training in the future you will join as a new member and pay the registration fee. For returning children, the registration fee will be waived if you notify the children's instructors in writing before taking the break from training.
- Shift to Community Membership and pay $20 per month. You remain part of the dojo community as a non-training member. When and if you return to training, simply resume regular membership dues and step on the mat for class. Community Members receive dojo email messages and are invited to participate in dojo social activities. Community Members also enjoy discounts on public workshops and events.
All communications regarding your membership should be sent to the dojo email address: email@example.com.