To become a full member you must first attend two training events and be nominated by a current member.
This is not as bad as it sounds. Firstly, we want you to be sure you enjoy the sport, so do not ask you for membership fees until you have been hit a few times and find that it is for you. We may ask for a small token fee and your personal details just so we can put you on the insurance.
Being nominated by someone is just making sure that we all get along. Something that does not go well with this sport is aggravation and rancour between members. If you are going to be swinging weapons at people, you want to make sure they are your friends!