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Forum categories => General Discussion => Topic started by: BKA on 31 December, 2013, 14:11:31

Title: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 31 December, 2013, 14:11:31
Dear kendama addicts,

For the new year, we are pleased to announce that BKA Membership is now available. This is a scheme which we hope will allow us to spend even more time promoting kendama.

Please read all about it, along with some FAQs at http://kendama.co.uk/contact.html (http://kendama.co.uk/contact.html) .
(See also http://kendama.co.uk/members.html (http://kendama.co.uk/members.html) )

ALL NATIONALITIES WELCOME! We hope you'll all want to become card-carrying members! :-)

(http://distilleryimage5.s3.amazonaws.com/b67ae57c722911e3892212a64e600f6d_8.jpg)

Edit: January 2014 Bonus Draw news. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1611.msg12063.html#new (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1611.msg12063.html#new)

Edit:
BKA News: 2014 Prize Draw 1 - results (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSiNzyc1MI8#)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 31 December, 2013, 17:32:55
I'm in!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: HansNickmans on 02 January, 2014, 11:22:45
Consider me and Janne a member. I just transferred the money.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 02 January, 2014, 15:06:56
Thanks guys.

Already members in UK, USA, Japan, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark! :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mreasyguy on 02 January, 2014, 17:40:39
Think your under selling yourself for £6 but I suppose it makes it more attractive to more people then.

Count me in  8)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Kev on 02 January, 2014, 17:44:22
"Number 5 is alive!"

Got my membership through today, happy to support the BKA and to be one of the first 10.

Thanks. :)

(http://i39.tinypic.com/zt6hxz.png)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: LarsVegas on 05 January, 2014, 00:32:36
Sent the money. I hope I still got a one-digit membership number :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 05 January, 2014, 00:40:04
We're pleased to say you don't. :) Welcome aboard.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: talincrow on 05 January, 2014, 18:26:02
Just sent my payment in! Yeehaw!  ;D
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 05 January, 2014, 18:43:33
Got it, thanks! We'll post tomorrow. Welcome on in!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 06 January, 2014, 21:06:09
I got my card! Number 7, also single digit :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: HansNickmans on 07 January, 2014, 12:15:14
Number 8 and 9 fell into our mailbox yesterday. I'll try and post a picture!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 07 January, 2014, 13:26:14
Cheers chaps! If you post them on any social media, and tag us, that would help spread the word. (Holding a finger over your name, or blurring it out is an option.) :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Rich on 07 January, 2014, 13:50:06
Excellent idea! Money sent, fingers crossed for number 12. >_<
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Dimensions on 09 January, 2014, 17:49:16
I give in!
I just sent my payment

-Rob
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 09 January, 2014, 18:14:41
Thanks, received! Will post tomorrow.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: xopo on 10 January, 2014, 13:23:31
I'm interested
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: landor on 11 January, 2014, 17:50:08
 Received my card Number 20 today & books.    Thanks.    Glad I'm in the top twenty !!!!!

 Excellent idea  & the saving on the books has all, but paid the very reasonable Membership  fee :)

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: geektacular on 12 January, 2014, 16:09:45
Also got my membership kit in the mail recently, very cool! I actually do a lot of unboxings on YouTube (such as my Ozora Galaxy unboxing the other day), so I figured I'd make a detailed video on what you get when you join BKA, so here it is if anyone is interested!

http://youtu.be/0kg4xJQ__4w (http://youtu.be/0kg4xJQ__4w)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 January, 2014, 01:01:35
Thanks Bruce. First thought when loading the video was... "11 minutes? How's he going to talk for that long about this?!", but then we realised you were explaining a lot of stuff to your non-kendama-aware viewers too. :)

To fill you in on the stickers:no, the membership card is printed double-sided, so it's not "a sticker on the back". You get 10 BKA stickers "plus one other". Your "other" in this case turned out to be 2 small stickers, that happen to be in the BKA office, dating back to a 90's yo-yo promotion called "tricknology" - kids got a report card that they could complete by doing tricks in front of a Pro player or invigilator, earning a sticker for each succesful trick. There were bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. They are not "intended" for you to stick on your kendama - it's a coincidence that they are the same size as a kendama seal - but you can if you like! :)

Also, those are the "physical things" you get for membership, but there are fringe benefits too. (But you know that.) Anyway, cheers for spreading the word, and keep wearing in that Galaxy Oozy!

Edit: Oops! We forgot to add your BKA number to your profile. But we've done so now, so you can put something else in your "personal text" field now, if you like.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: geektacular on 13 January, 2014, 06:42:21
Thanks Bruce. First thought when loading the video was... "11 minutes? How's he going to talk for that long about this?!", but then we realised you were explaining a lot of stuff to your non-kendama-aware viewers too. :)

To fill you in on the stickers:no, the membership card is printed double-sided, so it's not "a sticker on the back". You get 10 BKA stickers "plus one other". Your "other" in this case turned out to be 2 small stickers, that happen to be in the BKA office, dating back to a 90's yo-yo promotion called "tricknology" - kids got a report card that they could complete by doing tricks in front of a Pro player or invigilator, earning a sticker for each succesful trick. There were bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels. They are not "intended" for you to stick on your kendama - it's a coincidence that they are the same size as a kendama seal - but you can if you like! :)

Also, those are the "physical things" you get for membership, but there are fringe benefits too. (But you know that.) Anyway, cheers for spreading the word, and keep wearing in that Galaxy Oozy!

Edit: Oops! We forgot to add your BKA number to your profile. But we've done so now, so you can put something else in your "personal text" field now, if you like.

Awesome, thanks for all of the extra info! I updated the video's description and added some new annotations for the stickers, the card, and additional non-physical membership perks. That's funny about the stickers, I just assumed they were for use on a kendama base, based on the size and whatnot...very cool either way though! Also thanks for updating my BKA number, much appreciated!  :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 January, 2014, 12:48:19

(http://distilleryimage6.ak.instagram.com/73c7cf667c5011e39d7c1206781074b2_7.jpg) (http://instagram.com/p/jHAdpeCHlE/)
http://instagram.com/p/jHAdpeCHlE/ (http://instagram.com/p/jHAdpeCHlE/)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kendamatty on 13 January, 2014, 16:55:22
Cheers BKA, more swag for my wallet!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 15 January, 2014, 16:26:59
Bonus prize draw news!
BKA News - Bonus Prize Draw Jan 2014 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKpLoGnz_Ow#)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 19 January, 2014, 22:45:29
Jumpshoe onboard.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 23 January, 2014, 23:44:09
[user]mreasyguy[/user] got clobbered.
(http://distilleryimage0.ak.instagram.com/921d7298845911e3b97e12d68666deb8_8.jpg)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 28 January, 2014, 14:34:11
9.5 hours left to get in on the bonus draw, folks!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Spirit Kendama on 28 January, 2014, 19:36:32
Payment sent, just in time...  :D
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 28 January, 2014, 21:49:46
Hmm, in USD, not GBP. Well, it was converted okay, so no worries. Welcome aboard!
And also to [user]Sonicpearse[/user]!
(http://distilleryimage6.ak.instagram.com/6b4e01e0886511e3a7580eca4f1a8232_7.jpg)
http://instagram.com/p/jumOMKiHqW/ (http://instagram.com/p/jumOMKiHqW/)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 29 January, 2014, 00:08:07
35 names into the bonus draw, which will be on Thursday. Cheers!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 30 January, 2014, 15:50:46
January 2014 Bonus Draw news. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1611.msg12063.html#new (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1611.msg12063.html#new)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mrjuggles on 23 February, 2014, 20:34:47
My card showed up a few days ago, that was quick!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 27 February, 2014, 15:29:08
First prize draw date for 2014.
BKA News - 2014 1st Prize Draw Date (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD6qB6OiAqY#ws) http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 15 March, 2014, 20:08:07
http://instagram.com/p/lkzTqDCHhO/ (http://instagram.com/p/lkzTqDCHhO/)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: AptDweller on 19 March, 2014, 19:33:10
Just sent my membership in a couple of minutes ago!   

Larry
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 19 March, 2014, 19:36:10
Welcome aboard, #44! :D
We'll post tomorrow. Thanks!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: AptDweller on 19 March, 2014, 22:17:20
Sounds great, thanks.

Larry
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Dimensions on 20 March, 2014, 20:04:08
If I wanted to buy Spin Off as a BKA member, do I send you the money through PayPal?

-Rob
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 20 March, 2014, 20:27:33
Yes, £5 (since you're in the UK) to the address on http://www.kendama.co.uk/members.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/members.html)
Cheers.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 24 March, 2014, 12:57:04
Two more in the post.
(http://distilleryimage11.ak.instagram.com/bacfac4cb35211e3980512b7bfd52a47_7.jpg)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KrisWhyte on 28 April, 2014, 15:33:15
"pic, or it didn't happen  ;)" -@BKA

here you go! BKA #49
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 28 April, 2014, 15:43:07
Yay, welcome aboard!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 28 April, 2014, 18:54:07
Rafael? Don't remember any Rafael... It's a very Spanish name. Should know him.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Emma on 01 May, 2014, 19:23:00
I have my membership card, Thank you!  I look forward to meeting you all in Leeds!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 01 May, 2014, 19:39:47
Hi Emma, welcome to the forum and the BKA. See you soon!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 01 May, 2014, 23:49:33
Got my membership card in today's mail!! =]
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 01 May, 2014, 23:54:48
Void I enjoyed the math and retro video game lesson in my welcome letter! =]
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 02 May, 2014, 08:48:54
Ah, the fun facts you can find when simply googling a number... :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 06 June, 2014, 23:03:37
One of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-a.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpf1/10432042_782342088472008_1495343681_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 06 June, 2014, 23:04:32
One of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xap1/10005591_1501428866735324_583181081_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 07 June, 2014, 15:30:21
One of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-f.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/10369420_252754711592453_664272787_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 08 June, 2014, 18:43:33
One of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-h.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpa1/10369490_691064664294423_1690130617_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 08 June, 2014, 22:21:29
One of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-f.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfp1/10432020_247242218805893_204727268_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 10 June, 2014, 14:44:57
Two of the prizes for the next BKA Member draw on July 14th.
(http://photos-h.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xpf1/10424674_1442158452705999_1588879339_n.jpg)
(http://photos-g.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfp1/10431954_777713915596198_2018759811_n.jpg)
Join to be in with a chance of winning: http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join)
All nationalities welcome!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 10 June, 2014, 17:59:43
BKA Member Draw info:
All these are up for grabs for free in the next BKA Member draw, which will take place on July 14th.
(http://photos-d.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xap1/10453989_573252579460835_538162960_n.jpg)
To enter, just join the BKA (http://kendama.co.uk/join) for 2014[1]. Info on how to join is at http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join) .
All nationalities can join, anywhere in the world. #bargain

=====
Social Media Draw info
As well as the BKA draw, we're offering a prize for a random social media sharer.
You DO NOT have to be a BKA member to be eligible for this prize - anyone could win it.

On Facebook:
Share this post:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=504711622962112&set=a.371810942918848.1073741825.100002698354695 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=504711622962112&set=a.371810942918848.1073741825.100002698354695)
....before July 14th.

On Twitter:
Download the photo above (of the 7 prizes), and tweet it before July 14th, along with...
http://kendama.co.uk/draw (http://kendama.co.uk/draw) #bkamemberdraw @britishkendama
... in the tweet.

On Instagram:
Download the photo above (of the 7 prizes), and regram it before July 14th, with....
http://kendama.co.uk/draw (http://kendama.co.uk/draw) #bkamemberdraw @britishkendama
... in the description

A minimum of 12 shares are required for each platform to be considered.
One lucky sharer from either FB, IG or Twitter could win this Ultra kendama:
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/UltraSocialPrizeBKADraw_sm.jpg)
(Thank you [user]happygoat[/user]!)
 1. If you've already joined, you've already entered!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: talincrow on 10 June, 2014, 18:46:39
Shared on all 3 social site!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 10 June, 2014, 19:02:43
Shared on all 3 social site!
Great! Unless you missed all the relevant tags, which means we can't keep track of the shares. Not seeing the share via IG or Twitter. :(
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: talincrow on 10 June, 2014, 19:30:46
Updated. Sorry for the missed hashtags!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 10 June, 2014, 19:37:28
Updated. Sorry for the missed hashtags!
Wrong photo on IG, and no photo on Twitter. Please start again, reread the instructions carefully and slowly!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 11 June, 2014, 04:54:57
Shared on IG =]
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 11 June, 2014, 12:48:12
Shared on IG =]
*sigh*
Thanks for trying, but you missed the URL. :-( Please delete and re-share (must be in the initial text, not a subsequent comment).

C'mon people (you're not alone, Bryan!), it's really simple. Copy-and-paste! There are only 3 things to include in the text. If you don't include them all, we can't keep track of your entry - and you wouldn't want to miss out on the chance to win, would you?

So far: FB 3, IG 1, Twitter 1. At this rate we'll be keeping that Ultra....
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 11 June, 2014, 12:54:43
I did it right, didn't I?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 11 June, 2014, 12:56:22
I did it right, didn't I?
Twitter 2! :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 11 June, 2014, 15:39:05
Fixed I've added the URL to my IG post
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Kylenakpil on 12 June, 2014, 19:18:28
I already regram the pic so can uook at my account in IG it's kylenakpil please I wanna get those prizes please please I really want to win
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: The Void on 12 June, 2014, 19:21:13
Hi Kyle,
Welcome to the forum. Unfortunately you regrammed the wrong picture. Please read this post carefully:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440)
It has very clear instructions on how/what to share. Good luck!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 12 June, 2014, 20:20:55
Ok lol correctly fixed.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: jsirois31 on 13 June, 2014, 14:49:46
.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 June, 2014, 18:39:35
Yearly.
Honestly, did you want life membership for just £6!!!!!?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 13 June, 2014, 20:20:45
How about a 10 year membership for £45 Lol
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2014, 21:22:33
How about a 10 year membership for £45 Lol
I'd get it
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 14 June, 2014, 02:30:10
How about a 10 year membership for £45 Lol
I'd get it

 alright that's one vote
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 14 June, 2014, 18:31:59
How about a 10 year membership for £45 Lol
I'd get it

 alright that's one vote

Well, I find fair to have a yearly renewed membership as most memberships are. Also, I find £6 to be a ridiculously low fee, it is merely symbolic.

That being said, I don't feel the need of a discount for a 10 years membership. Although it has 2 advantages:

* I don't need to remember to renew it
* It shows a long-term commitment from my side

OTOH getting it with a discount is quite irrelevant to me.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 23 June, 2014, 14:56:07
*BUMP*

Currently looks like we won't get enough shares to give away the Ultra. C'mon people, get sharing!
Read http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440) carefully for sharing instructions. It's so easy. Bizarre that so few people seem to want to win....
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: jsirois31 on 23 June, 2014, 15:39:15
Just did it on IG!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 25 June, 2014, 13:51:40
Thanks, j.
More shares needed!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 25 June, 2014, 14:40:56
Can I share it multiple times on the same social network?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 25 June, 2014, 14:41:58
Nope, but nice try. :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: DamaLife24 on 25 June, 2014, 14:44:26
Shared on FB
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 25 June, 2014, 14:51:09
Cheers!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: talincrow on 25 June, 2014, 15:34:32
Shared on all 3 a while back. Hopefully I did it right this time?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: HansNickmans on 25 June, 2014, 16:10:22
Shared it. I'm Kendama Belgium just to be clear :-) Does that count?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 25 June, 2014, 16:15:05
Yep, cool, Hans. And yes, Talin. Thanks both!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Sqveel on 03 July, 2014, 23:36:10
Shared on facebook, also go my friend king squid to share it too, so we bump it up to 12. That's how it works right?

yeah me and my friends have a bit of a bizzare-fake-name thing going on on facebook, we're not really named these zaney things.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 03 July, 2014, 23:57:37
Yup!
FB is now showing 12 shares, but when we click on them, it only shows us 8 people. ?? Is that because 4 non -FB friends have also shared it? But then.... well, we won't know who they are, so can't include them in the draw. So does that mean there are only 8 "effective" shares? Hmmm!

*confusion*
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Sqveel on 03 July, 2014, 23:59:29
Could be cos they've shared from people sharing from you, rather than direct from you. Some kind of Chinese whispers business.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 04 July, 2014, 00:02:12
That could be it. They need to share *our post* directly, or they won't count. :-/
Follow exact instructions on http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Sqveel on 04 July, 2014, 00:06:44
just checked with katie and she said she shared direct from you, so it must be a privacy thing for non friends
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 04 July, 2014, 00:26:36
Yep. Just accepted her friend request. Now it say 15 shares, but shows us 12... 4 of which are from Katie!
So that's 9 people we can see who have shared.
Getting there!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Sqveel on 04 July, 2014, 13:12:13
heh, yeah she says wet fingers + touch screen = uncontrollable multi share. Was not intended.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 07 July, 2014, 17:17:17
6 days left. Last call!
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: emagdnim on 07 July, 2014, 19:08:13
Shared on Facebook... ;D

happy to be a BKA nember!!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 12 July, 2014, 10:43:55
This weekend's your last chance to get in on the Social Share draw, or to join the BKA in time for Draw #2 of 2014. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: emagdnim on 13 July, 2014, 09:58:54
Also shared on twitter
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 July, 2014, 11:02:14
Also shared on twitter
Not seeing it. :-( Which tags did you forget? Please read the share instructions again:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1532.msg14440.html#msg14440)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 14 July, 2014, 14:35:00
Results soon!
(https://scontent-a-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10556540_517995161633758_7290943344518335473_n.jpg?oh=78d0996d9c785f43f2e1f2ceeff66319&oe=54461E1C)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: talincrow on 14 July, 2014, 15:01:28
Yes! So stoked!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 14 July, 2014, 15:44:53
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1888.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1888.0.html) !
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: nils on 15 July, 2014, 13:45:52
Joined!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 15 July, 2014, 14:01:19
Welcome! (Terrible timing though, ;-P)
Updated your profile, and see you in CPH!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kendamatty on 16 July, 2014, 00:18:21
Congrats to the weiners! If this doesn't hit 111 members for this mugen, im going to start recruiting bka members on the street.
take your iPad to cph void, lots of potential recruits!!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: M.Wang on 30 July, 2014, 04:49:10
Do I have to be in the UK to join? And also, I don't know wat grading I'm at.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 30 July, 2014, 07:39:05
From www.kendama.co.uk/contact.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/contact.html) :
Quote
Q. But I'm not British. Can I still join?
A. Yes! BKA membership is open to everyone.
If you have no official grading, we leave that blank on your card.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: M.Wang on 30 July, 2014, 16:22:10
Great thanks!
I'll consider.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 17 October, 2014, 15:22:26
2 weeks to go until the 3rd main draw of the year.
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1985.msg15975.html#msg15975 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1985.msg15975.html#msg15975)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 20 October, 2014, 11:11:27
how many members are there?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 26 October, 2014, 13:18:20
I think we're in the high 80's for members.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KendaMax on 28 October, 2014, 15:54:18
I joined in yesterday: #91
Cheers
Max
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 02 November, 2014, 11:54:22
Membership for 2014 is closed. Please check back towards the end of the year for 2015 details.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 26 December, 2014, 12:04:05
News tomorrow!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 26 December, 2014, 22:42:19
Looking forward to the news :)
Prize draws were good fun.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 27 December, 2014, 13:27:41
With help and thanks to our sponsors, BKA gave out these prizes in 2014:

TO BKA MEMBERS:
---------------
JAN BONUS DRAW
Stickers
Cup & Ball
2 Coca Cola Yo-yos
Kendama Spin-off
Krom Mini Kendama

1ST BKA MEMBER DRAW
Velvet Pouch + Stickers + BKA Keyring
OG Ozora Tama
Infinity Yo-yo
Shin Fuji Kendama
Terra Pill
Sweet Focus Stain Kendama

POST-BKO BONUS DRAW
Micro Dragon Kendama + Sticker pack
Classic Kendama

2ND BKA MEMBER DRAW
KE Tee + Dragon Micro
Click
BKA Member Tee 2014
Tribute Natty Kendama
Play Kendama
Sweets Focus Kendama
GloKen Mugen Tama
Play Pro K Kendama

AUG BONUS DRAW
Tribute Kendama
Play Pro K Kendama

3RD BKA MEMBER DRAW
Pill
Kendama + Krom Tote Bag
Classic Kendama
Play Kendama
Play Pro K Kendama + Multicolour Strings Pack
Play Pro K 3-stripe Kendama + KE Tee
Tribute 3-Stripe Kendama + KUSA Tee
Tribute embossed Kendama + Velvet Pouch
BKA Member Tee + Kendama USA Padauk Prototype Kendama
Oozora Light Blue Kendama
Street Kendama 
 
OUTLINK
OG Ozora Kendama + Sticker pack
Cup & Ball + Stickers + Velvet pouch
Cup & Ball + Stickers + BKA Keyring

PLUS, TO ANYONE:
----------------
KCC # 29
Play Pro K Kendama + Velvet pouch
Play Pro K Kendama + Velvet pouch

KCC #30
Play Pro K triple Stripe Kendama

ENDLESS COMBO 51-75 PRIZE DRAW
Sunrise Kendama
Multicolour Strings Pack

ENDLESS COMBO 76-100 PRIZE DRAW
Classic Kendama

COLLABORATION VIDEO DRAW
Ozora Kendama + BKA Keyring
Tribute Translucent Kendama + BKA Keyring

PLAY PRO K MINICOMP
Play Pro K Kendama + KE Tee + Velvet Pouch
Kendama Europe Tee

Social Share Draw
Ultra Kendama

BKA Quest K
Play Pro K Kendama + stickers
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 27 December, 2014, 13:44:47
BKA Membership for 2015 is now open for signup/renewal.
Details at http://kendama.co.uk/join (http://kendama.co.uk/join) .
Once again, we're offering a JKA Mugen in the last draw of the year if we get 111 members for 2015. Sign up, and get your friends to sign up too to make it happen!
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/BKA2015CardStickerMugen_sm.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/Members/BKAMemberTee2015Col_Front_sm.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/Members/BKAMemberTee2015Col_BackDetail_sm.jpg)
(http://kendama.co.uk/Members/mreasyguy-BKAMemberTee2014.jpg)

Happy New Year!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 December, 2014, 13:56:00
I'm renewing mine as soon as, for the following reasons:

I am chuffed to be a member of a club with such great, positive players.

The BKA organize events, manage the forum, give encouragement, get you graded etc. with the absolute minimum financial means.

As just detailed, there was a deluge of prizes last year for BKA members. I bagged two gorgeous Kendama USA kendamas, and a friend won a fine Gloken tama; that's three prizes just counting the two (correct me if I'm wrong) members living in Berlin. Sponsors rock, but more members rock harder. Anyone fancy winning that Mugen in 2015?

Being active on the forum is the decisive factor that pushed my kendama game up from quite uninspired and sloppy to creative and dedicated. The BKA is there for us to enjoy kendama together. Pretty neat, yeah?

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 27 December, 2014, 20:32:08
I think I never heard of Royal Kendama before. Is it a brand related to the BKA?

I don't need any more Kendamas at the moment, but I think I'll get it anyway :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 27 December, 2014, 21:06:51
I think I never heard of Royal Kendama before. Is it a brand related to the BKA?

I don't need any more Kendamas at the moment, but I think I'll get it anyway :)
Actually I just renewed it and included the Kendama.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 27 December, 2014, 23:06:00
I think I never heard of Royal Kendama before. Is it a brand related to the BKA?
Royal Kendama is a brand independent of BKA. We've been allowed to give a sneak preview before they officially launch in January.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 29 December, 2014, 15:16:08
First 2015 memberships posted!

(Log in to see attachment.)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Dimensions on 31 December, 2014, 14:04:08
Renewed mine ready for Outlink!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: donald grant on 31 December, 2014, 14:09:16
Renewed, and arrived today!  Happy new year to all, see you somewhere in 2015!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 22 January, 2015, 17:03:00
A bunch of these went out today to BKA members who ordered.
(http://www.kendama.co.uk/images/RoyalColours.jpg)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mlarinen on 22 January, 2015, 18:52:28
Hey, they look pretty good. Is it a new brand?

I'm gonna join the BKA next week, looking forward to one of those! ;D
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 22 January, 2015, 19:14:42
Hey, they look pretty good. Is it a new brand?

I'm gonna join the BKA next week, looking forward to one of those! ;D
Yes.
Great!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Kev on 23 January, 2015, 08:57:39
Whoa, those Royal's look nice!  8)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 23 January, 2015, 10:06:41
I'm hoping to get it in the mail early next week :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 26 January, 2015, 12:04:56
Got mine! Going to unbox it after lunch :-)

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/26/f5d9c45015689d9ff2a4466598a0cfcd.jpg)

Note: Unboxed. The Royal feels heavy, but really well balanced. It's going to be a serious contendant for my everyday kendama of 2015
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 26 January, 2015, 13:28:17
Ace photo. :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 January, 2015, 15:32:35
Nice one, [user]shalafi[/user]! Now there's a face to brighten a dull winter Monday!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 26 January, 2015, 16:55:37
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2210.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2210.0.html)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mlarinen on 27 January, 2015, 18:06:39
Paid & done. Now I'm waiting for a pink (preferably) one of those bad boys! :D
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 27 January, 2015, 18:21:57
Welcome, #98, and thank you!
You will get your Pink.  :D

Only one more double digit membership number left!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kendamatty on 27 January, 2015, 22:07:32
Mine and emma's bka membership cards arrived successfully,  including a nice new shiny white royal kendama! Couldn't help but hit a trick fresh out of the packet. And for those not yet ordered one,  there is a special celebrity on the box!...


http://instagram.com/p/yXkel0x3i4/ (http://instagram.com/p/yXkel0x3i4/)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: The Void on 27 January, 2015, 22:14:51
Lovely trick Matt!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 January, 2015, 10:44:34
I'm down with that!

PS: Love the Dan gradings chart on the back. Nice touch!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 28 January, 2015, 10:59:20
Nice pic TMO! Goatees and Red kendamas for the win!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 January, 2015, 15:02:00
Ok, so if I'm right, we've got a few new BKA members from the Kendama Deutschland forum on FB. How many new exactly? Just so I can help wrangle the others in more successfully.



Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 29 January, 2015, 15:43:41
Members> view member list > sort by date (twice, to reverse the order) > read recent names, click on any you recognise, see if they have "BKA#xx" in their profile.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 29 January, 2015, 17:17:39
BKA 2015 Draw dates and Outlink Prizes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-9CjUk9xMs#ws)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mlarinen on 02 February, 2015, 20:22:03
Got this in the mail today! "Marcus Larinen, #98"! Woooop!

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 03 February, 2015, 01:17:04
Great stuff! At this rate we're sure to smash our members target!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 03 February, 2015, 01:43:05
Well, we certainly hope so, but the target (to give away the Mugen) is for 111 members *for 2015*, not ever. So we'll still need the word spreading.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: The Void on 06 February, 2015, 12:54:13
Posting this for Donald, as he has a bad case of the techno-fails.  ;)
Glad to have you back, #2! No danger of you joining Outlink, I suppose?...
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 06 February, 2015, 15:21:22
Another Royal en route, to [user]nils[/user].
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 09 February, 2015, 12:02:27
I pinged some spaniards over this, I think we may get them onboard again this year :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 09 February, 2015, 17:08:33
2 renewals & 1 new membership out the door today. :)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 10 February, 2015, 15:43:21
More prospective members from Kendama Cologne, keep your eyes peeled. Somehow I've become a Facebook directory for guiding would-be German-speaking players through the membership process. If at some point you want to make the membership page international, let me know, I must've written it out in full about five times already...
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KendAlex on 13 February, 2015, 18:43:54
I'm in again for 2015
;)
 ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 February, 2015, 19:00:27
:D
Outlink (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2212.0.html)?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KendAlex on 13 February, 2015, 19:40:48
on it
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: T_Starnes on 13 February, 2015, 20:13:08
Not sure if this is the correct place to post this or not but whatever!

I just sent my payment in for the BKA membership! A few things I was wondering...if my payment doesn't clear into your account by the Outlink deadline can I still be a part of it because I sent my payment now?

Also...how much is the postage for you to send my membership card? I was just curious what in int'l fee was for a small letter!

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 13 February, 2015, 20:18:30
Trevor, welcome to BKA, the forum, and Outlink (you're live immediately - go for it)!
No extra charge for international postage - it's included in the fee.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 10 April, 2015, 10:49:30
The first 2015 BKA Member draw will be in ~1 month. Don't miss out!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KenSan on 22 April, 2015, 22:43:37
Hi BKA

I just sent you the standard membership fee. I hope!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 23 April, 2015, 01:07:29
Received, 106, welcome aboard! (You have email.)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 07 May, 2015, 17:44:30
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2391.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2391.0.html)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 28 May, 2015, 13:27:37
@ian and his prize from October's draw.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 04 September, 2015, 09:49:29
Where is the price draw august/2015?
Why i missed it? :-(
Is there no new topic to each pricedraw?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: The Void on 04 September, 2015, 11:44:12
Where is the price draw august/2015?
Why i missed it? :-(
Is there no new topic to each pricedraw?
It's here: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2500.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2500.0.html)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 04 September, 2015, 12:00:27
OK THX.

For all who searching in the forum at "price draw"  try "prize draw" or "member draw" :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 02 November, 2015, 16:21:17
November 16th is the day.

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 02 November, 2015, 17:24:04
Can`t wait :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Peat on 06 November, 2015, 11:37:23
Signed up the other day, am I in?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 06 November, 2015, 15:01:49
@Peat We did not receive a notification email.  :( But having logged into our Paypal - yes, we have received your payment, and yes, you are in! Thank you. We will try to get to the post office this afternoon!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 06 November, 2015, 16:41:13
@Peat & @Magda : We received your payments, and your memberships have been posted this afternoon. (Sorry for the delay.)
Your membership numbers have been added to your forum profiles.

:D
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Peat on 06 November, 2015, 22:53:49
@BKA awesome, thanks.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 16 November, 2015, 13:56:35
Membership for 2015 is now CLOSED.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 16 November, 2015, 13:59:45
Yeah price draw now :-)
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 30 December, 2015, 16:45:08
Thanks once again to all those who gave us their support/membership in 2014 and 2015.
Unfortunately, there was not enough interest for us to keep this running.
There will be no BKA membership for 2016.

If you want to support the BKA, enter the competitions, follow/RT/share our social media posts, attend our events, or just use this forum. In short, don't be a lurker.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 30 December, 2015, 17:20:56
Oh, bad news for the new year.
So there will be no BKA-Gradings in 2016?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 30 December, 2015, 17:46:01
Gradings will continue.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: KenSan on 30 December, 2015, 22:27:59
That's a shame, I was just wondering about the renewal to.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 31 December, 2015, 10:01:26
Pity. It was an easy way to support the work you do on supporting Kendama

Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Dimensions on 31 December, 2015, 10:34:39
Will Outlink continue?
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 31 December, 2015, 13:54:29
Pity. It was an easy way to support the work you do on supporting Kendama
Not easy enough for most people, it seems. :(
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: The Void on 31 December, 2015, 14:03:20
Will Outlink continue?
It seems unlikely. I enjoyed running Outlink for the BKA and for BKA members, but the participation wasn't that great, and it's a lot of effort to run it. And when (currently) only 2 people can be arsed to enter the astoundingly easy Paper Kendama (http://kendama.co.uk/paper) competition, I don't see why I should put so much of my time into a complex competition when nobody is paying me to run it. Blunt, but there you go.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 31 December, 2015, 14:21:23
I've been in a similar position to Void, it really sucks when you put the effort in organizing something and people do not get involved.

Sad to see outlink not running again, but I totally get Void's point.

Sent from my Nexus 5X using Tapatalk

Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: kaskaderos.com on 01 January, 2016, 14:16:39
I understand the position, but i think, if something dont work like i imagien, i should think about, why it not work, befor cancle all.
One thing is clear, if no membership exist or 2016, it will be dead for the following years too. Its a final decision.

Marketing in these days need special thinking, otherwise it will not work.
The Problems are:
1. Kendama is only a toy in the eyes of "normal" people
2. there is a "social media blindness" that starting to grow up
3. A forum dont work, especially in a sport/game with such smal comunity
4. internet side with downt work on mobile is an "no go" in 2015
5. there is no advertising for the bka, a sticker is not enough
6. membership wich must be updated each year by selfe wont work

Marketing in these days are a verry difficult chellenge.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: LarsVegas on 10 January, 2016, 09:19:41
That's a pity that BKA membership is discontinued. I loved it just for being part of it and to support your great work, Void.
Ok, I also liked the price draws and the competitions. I don't know why only a few people participate, but at least for the paper kendama competition, the British-only restriction might be a good explanation. I loved Outlink, even though I dropped out quite early both times, but maybe that's also a problem of it. The difference between beginners, intermediates, and experts is getting huge. So Outlink could only be won by experts and that's maybe a reason for many not to enter.

I hope that you can change your mind. Maybe a smaller number of events would work out, too - less work for you.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: the milky oolong on 10 January, 2016, 10:08:24
Have to say that I am very sad to read this news too. I suggest that as BKA members we discuss this seriously, regardless of whether that is going to change Void's mind or not.

As someone who vacillates between being quite active and then absent from the forum, I feel I have a good idea about the dynamic of this space, and I would like to say a few things:

Both forum members and BKA members should bear in mind how much our effort means to others, both to the BKA and to other players using this site. Contributing anything more than questions to the site, sharing new ideas, offering trick advice, uploading videos (like the recent JKA Grand Prix video, for example), organizing and taking part in competitions (yes, guilty as sin here about the last one!) - all these things take time and energy. Nobody is being salaried for keeping this place alive; it's our responsibility and if we're using it, we should all be making a bit more effort to maintain it.

Personally, I enjoy the advert-free, clean and easy feel of a bulletin forum like this, but even though some of my other German contacts speak good English, short of placing them under duress, I can't get them to register and use it. They happily join kendama Facebook groups and a few use Instagram, but they use these things anyway, so it's no big jump. That's a shame, because in this case it's not the price of membership, not unwillingness to take part in comps, or give trick advice, etc, it's just the medium they won't engage with.

I am always glad to see the local meets being posted on the forum, but I can't judge the physical presence of the BKA very well from where I am, and I don't know if the BKA has an intended goal or 'ideal situation' regarding members and active participation, etc. As I have already more or less said, I have felt participation on the forum to be quite low recently, especially when there has been quite a bit going on, but I am not sure how and how far other people identify themselves as BKA members - to speak for myself, it means sharing with you guys my kendama experiences, my enthusiasm, and sometimes my knack for locating a specific trick in a forgotten edit when someone needs it. I wanted to go to the EKO and meet everyone again but I didn't feel I was letting the BKA down in not making it. So maybe it's a question also of how people see forum and BKA membership.

I, for one, will offer my membership fee for 2016. The membership card is cool, but I don't get to use it enough anyway. Just let me get back to Europe and I'll send it over.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: Maicodama on 10 January, 2016, 11:24:51
As with the others that have posted, I too am a little sad to hear this. Being inactive recently am a little guilty about the lack of participation. The BKA and this forum, as with most people, started me off in my kendama journey. I'm with @milky oolong as I would gladly sign up again for 2016. Much Dama love as always.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: shalafi on 10 January, 2016, 14:14:18
I'm just going to add that while the competitions and the prize draws are nice, I would still pay the yearly fee just to support the work the BKA does, without the need of getting anything in return. Ok, the card, but that's it.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: mreasyguy on 19 January, 2016, 18:26:17
A bit late here but wanted to add to the chat really.

Im with a few others here who are here but disappear for a while without checking so feel a bit guilty. As for competitions, prize draws etc. It got to a point for me where i actually won a couple of kendamas and thought id let others in the community try and win if that makes sense, dont want to steal all the prizes now do I haha. As for the paper kendama, I do have a reason for that one too I think you know why.

My inactivity comes in waves and it all depends on what life is throwing at me really. Like now for examplw, this is the first time back since probably before Xmas but work has been a killer and other things and it all stacks up.

I for one would also pay for membership/donate even if there is no membership this year. You know me, I have always overpaid for my membership anyway because I felt that was what the BKA was offering was worth.

I feel the social aspect of Kendama has been changing. The likes of FB and IG means people can just throw quick clips and pics up and just disregard things like forums. Its not nice to think about as we have a nice little group here. I dont partake in FB groups myself as they get very vocal and silly and I just cant deal with it to be honest. I much prefer IG myself as it is just to simple to throw a clip up.

Moving forward I think it would be a good idea to "outsource" a few of the comps people like, even main events if it gets too much, aslong as BKA are part of it. Im always willing to help out where I can and others here probably feel the same way.

Okay that's enough waffling from me.





Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: cello_91 on 19 January, 2016, 19:57:07
yea.. it's a total shame.. especially with out link on the line.. in these 2 years
i played this was by far one of the coolest things i ever took part of!
i learned so much!

But this also shows my why there might be a problem.. it was always a pain for me
to upload the videos.. i mean.. i jammed OVER 5 hours for some tricks and then
am too lazy to upload it properly and then post it? yes. i can't explain it but somehow..

maybe, like some said, it really has something to do with the "forum-thing".
This is the only forum i use btw!
A Facebook event with a post of the new trick, where you comment with your entry might be
a good alternative. for now thanks @shalafi for keeping it going!!
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: LarsVegas on 20 January, 2016, 19:17:59
Reading some of the comments I think that I should have said some of the things too. I can fully agree to @mreasyguy and the "shallowness" of other Kendama communities. In this forum, there is really something more than "look Ma, what I can do". Of course, it's about doing tricks and talking about, but as the name already says, it's a discussion forum. There's much more of bidirectional conversation than on facebook.

I've also been on and off the forum, but always felt to be a part of this great and friendly BKA community, which in spite of the "B" is much more international, than many organisations with a capital "I" in their name. I would like this to continue ...

'Nough said, I just paid my membership fee for 2016 :) Or I sponsored the BKA, or whatever.
Title: Re: BKA Membership - new for 2014 - come and join!
Post by: BKA on 20 January, 2016, 19:50:33
@LarsVegas We received your payment for examiner certificates, and we will post them to you shortly. Thanks.
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