FAQ (in English)

Frequently asked questions about the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation.

1. How to form an association?

In order to form an association, a formative meeting is required. Everyone interested in forming and joining the association is welcome to attend the meeting. How a formative meeting takes place is described on the Swedish Sports Confederation’s website. 

2. How can I find an association to become a member of?

In the club register on budokampsport.se there is contact information for associations affiliated with the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation. It is possible to search for specific sports and/or geographical area. 

3. How can our association become a member of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation?

An association becomes a member by applying for membership and meeting the requirements for the membership to be approved. What the requirements are and how your association can apply for membership is described on the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation’s website. 

4. What are the advantages of being an association with membership with the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation?

Membership in SB&K means that the association receives: 

  • Insurance through RF’s basic insurance. 
  • Accident insurance for the members of the association.  
  • Access to educational activities within SB&K and RF-SISU. 
  • Option to apply for grants for education and development work. 
  • Option to apply for municipal and state support such as local activity support (LOK support). 
  • Option to apply for a badge of merit for the members of the association. 
  • Option to apply for competition sanction. 
  • Option to influence development through the democratic membership organisation.  
  • Access to the free IT system IdrottOnline for membership registry. 
  • Option to use the nationwide agreements and benefits for e.g. accommodation, rental cars and banking services. 

5. We have several sports in our association, can we be a member of several sub-federations?

Yes, the association can apply for membership in the sports/sub-associations which the association has activities in. Which sports the association has activities in must be stated in the association’s statutes. A list of sports conducted within the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation can be found on our website, where you will also find a list of all sub-federations. 

6. What is the difference between membership fee and training fee?

The association’s membership fee is decided by the association’s members at the association’s annual meeting and covers to the entire financial year. Training fees are linked to participation in specific activities and may relate to a shorter period than the entire financial year, e.g. one term. The training fee can but does not have to be decided at the association’s annual meeting. Read more about membership and training fees here.   

7. Do you only pay membership fees to the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation or also to sub-federations and specialised sports district federations?

Associations that are a member of SB&K pay membership fees based on which sub-federation(s) the association is affiliated with and which district the association resides in geographically. The fee is paid to SB&K but is due to sub-confederations of each district.  

8. When is the last date membership fees should be paid?

On January 31, the membership fees must be received by the confederation. 

9. Which district does our association belong to?

In general: The association belongs to the district federation where the association geographically resides. The home of the association is stated in the statutes. On our websites, all our districts are featured. 
Specifically: Here you can search for your association to see which specific RF-SISU district the association belongs to. 

10. What is the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation?

The Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation (SB&K) is a specialist sports federation that is a member of the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF). SB&K is divided into 18 different sub-federations (UF) and 7 specialist district federations (SDF). 

11. Which sports are available within the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation?

Today there are 30 kinds of sports within the federation, and you can view them on our website.  

12. What are the statutes for the federation?

The statutes are a kind of regulations and conditions for the federation. The statutes state why the association exists, what activities it should conduct, how those activities should be organised and how the association should be governed. The statutes also state what rights and obligations you as a member association have and how the membership fee is determined and when it should be paid by. 

Information about the association’s annual meeting is also stated in the statutes, for example when, where and how the meeting will be held and when the invitation to the meeting should be sent out to the federation’s member associations at the latest. All confederations and associations within the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation must have their own statutes. You can find the statutes for the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation here (in Swedish).

13. What rights do you have as a member of an association?

Since an association is governed through democracy, this means that you as a member have the right to information and meetings that the association organises. You also have the right to have your say, influence and participate in the association’s activities. As a member, you also have an obligation to follow the association’s statutes and work for the association’s purpose. To know what applies as a member of your exact association, you can look at what is in your association’s statutes. 

14. What do you do if you want to attend an annual meeting?

It is best to ask those who organise the annual meeting or read what is in the notice. In some cases, you may need to register, in such cases it should be described in the notice how to do it. All members are welcome to the annual meeting, but this does not automatically mean that everyone has the right to vote at the annual meeting. In order to have the right to vote at the annual meeting, it is important that the membership fee is paid before the annual meeting itself takes place, it is the membership fee that gives you the right to vote at an annual meeting. 

If you are unsure when the membership fee must be paid by in order to have the right to vote at the annual meeting, you can check what is written in the association’s/federation’s statutes. In some associations/federations there may also be a voting age that you need to fulfil in order to get the right to vote. If there is a voting age, it must be in the statutes. If there is a voting age, guardians are usually allowed to vote for their child(ren), in such cases it should also be in the statutes. 

15. Why report membership numbers and how do you do it?

In mid-December each year, an email is sent out to all member associations with a link to the association’s reporting page. On that page you can see the sports that the association is affiliated with today. What we want to record is the membership distribution per sport and gender. We also want to know if the members are over or under 25 years of age. Once you have filled in your association’s membership numbers according to the distribution, you save the report.

Your membership reporting forms the basis for the membership fee as it is based on the number of reported members based on the different membership fees that the sub-confederations (sports) and districts have.  

16. How do you register a change in reported membership numbers?

In order to register more members during the year, you must notify the federation which association it is that wants to register a change in membership numbers. You will send this to info@budo.se. Shortly thereafter, you will receive a link to a reporting page. The link is sent to the email address we have to the association in the membership register. When you fill out the report, you only add the extra members, the members already reported for the year can be viewed on the same page. 

17. How do we as an association change our contact information in the membership register?

In order to change the association’s contact information in SB&K’s club register, you need to notify the federation of which changes you want to make and which association it applies to. You will send these updates to info@budo.se and we will change the data for you as soon as possible. 

To change the association’s contact information in IdrottOnline, you as an association do it yourself on your association page in IdrottOnline. 

Remember that it is important that the association’s contact details and names are the same at SB&K, in IdrottOnline and at the Swedish Tax Agency. 

18. Why can’t I log in to the website?

At present, it is not possible for member associations to log in to the federation’s website themselves. 

19. When will my competition card be sent?

Once your application is reviewed and approved, the card will be sent to you. The delivery time for a competition card is, provided that your application is complete, two weeks from the time you submitted your application. Please note that during certain periods there are a lot of applications, which may affect the delivery time. On our website you can read more about competition cards.