[quote="chewybaws"]BDFPA have a completely different set of records for single lift and full power. So if you were to compete just in deadlift you'd only get a single lift deadlift record, not the deadlift in the full power. This is my understanding anyway, and it's stupid. Because there's so few people doing single lift that it isn't really competitive at all. BDFPA have really low standards all across the board and too many weight and age classes.
I'm not sure the full story about it up here but GBPF haven't been too good to their Scottish members I hear so their comps have been really quiet. I bought a membership beginning of this year and the first comp was cancelled due to not enough lifters. It's the only gateway to IPF competition though.
From what I can tell, GBPF is quite popular in London & the South East, and in NE England, but not really anywhere else. BDFPA covers most other areas. This is a shame, because it seems like it's only politics that has created a difference. Both offer raw/equipped, and both are tested.
I am not sure if BDFPA is affiliated with IPF, but then unless you are good enough to lift at a national or continental standard, this probably doesn't really matter that much. Probably the best thing GBPF have done is take on the new IPF weight/age classes and also increased the qualifying totals. It helps to keep the national competitions & records for people that are actually posting great numbers.