About Kickboxing (WAKO)
Kickboxing started activities in America 1974. when was invented the new sport "full contact karate" and that was the cornerstone of the sport later named KICKBOXING.
WAKO was initially called World Association of all style Karate Organizations and started its activity in Europe in 1976. The founder was George Bruckner from Berlin, Germany. The new rules and regulations were immediately created for the new contact fighting sport, including punches (hand techniques) and kicks (leg techniques) for amateur fights with maximum use of protective equipment.
The new term KICKBOXING was used to define the sport and also WAKO name was changed into World Association of Kickboxing Organizations and acted, since the very beginning, as authentic Kickboxing Federation in the world.
WAKO is growing steadily all over the World promoting regularly Continental and World Championships (in all seven disciplines) and organizes World and Continental cups and Open tournaments.
WAKO World Championships are not open competitions where everybody can participate. In WAKO Championships, only National teams are accepted. Each member country can present only 1 comptitor in each weight class. Each kickboxer has gone through a long selection on National championships and qualifications in his country before competing at WAKO tournaments.
WAKO has seven different kickboxing disciplines:
tatami disciplines: Point fighting, Light contact, Kick light and Musical Forms and
ring disciplines: Full contact, Low kick, K-Rules.
WAKO has the President in the mandate of four years and WAKO's main Executive body is Board of Directors. WAKO has 20 Experts Committees which are consisted of experts in each field, proposed by all WAKO members and approved by Board of Directors. This is volonteery work, where everybody can make a personal contribution for the benefit of the organization.
WAKO is officially recognized by: GAISF, former SportAccord (Global Association of International Sports Federations), OCA (Olympic Council of Asia), WADA (World Antidoping Agency), IWGA ( International World Games Association), Peace&Sport , International Fair Play Organization, AIMS (Alliance of International Recognized Members of Sport), IWG (International Working Group of Women in Sport) and FISU (International University Sports Federation).
Kickboxing is modern contact fighting sport created on the basis of many traditional combat sports and martial arts. Kickboxing is a unique Western response to many Eastern martial arts. It can be practiced on competitive or recreational level depends on the aspirations of the kickboxer, but for sure it is a sport designed to improve overall health, strength and endurance.
Today, WAKO kickboxing organization counts on 128 affiliated nations in the 5 continents, which are recognized by either their National Olympic Committees or by their relevant Government Sports Authorities.
As the World Kickboxing governing body responsible for creating, interpretation, managing, coordination, improving and organizing activities in all five continents, WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) has the huge responsibility on both National and International level.
To fulfill the goal of hundred of thousands kickboxers in the World, to be recognized by the International Olympic Committee and integrated into IOC movement, WAKO ensured development in-line with the Olympic Movement and its various Charters, whose principles are integrated into all documents of WAKO organization.