Kickboxing (WAKO)

Kickboxing started activities in America 1974. when was invented the new sport "full contact karate" and that was…

About Kickboxing (WAKO)

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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.

WAKO kickboxing at The World Games
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WAKO kickboxing at The World Games

The World Games, the greatest international sports event this year is over.           All expressions are settled down and our athletes are now at vacations. WAKO can be proud of the first participation as an invitational sport, looking forward to Birmingham, Alabama 2021, where we expect to take part as a regular sport in […]

WAKO has received the FISU    ( International University Sports Federation) recognition
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WAKO has received the FISU ( International University Sports Federation) recognition

WAKO has received the FISU (International University Sports Federation) recognition. WAKO  have reached a new milestone in its international status by being recognized by FISU. This has been a long process with two years of work. We have structured documentation, have had meetings, have executed two surveys and got documentation to prove our work within […]

IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) in WAKO
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IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) in WAKO

With the support from the IOC, WAKO has conducted its first Train the Trainer session within the IOC ACP, in order for WAKO staff to deliver parts of the ACP outreach program for athletes or coaching them in a right direction. A mix of delegates from WAKO Athlete Committee, Coach Committee, and Women Committee participated […]

2nd BOLIVARIAN KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP
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2nd BOLIVARIAN KICKBOXING CHAMPIONSHIP

Kickboxing in Santo Domingo de los Colorados in the Republic of Ecuador Organizer: WAKO Equador with the support of WAKO PANAM 200 athletes from 4 countries gathered in the city of Santo Domingo de los Colorados in the Republic of Ecuador, for the 2nd Bolivian Kickboxing Championship. The event was part of the agenda for […]

World Cup “The Best Fighter” Rimini, Italy 15th June-18th June 2017
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World Cup “The Best Fighter” Rimini, Italy 15th June-18th June 2017

Who is The Best Fighter?   Fourth WAKO World Cup in the World Cups series this year has gathered the best fighters all around the world. Remembering the fantastic organization of  the editions before, this  year The Best Fighter was one of the best ever!        Among 1816 entries of the competitors from 29 countries, […]

Kickboxing in Cape Verde, Africa
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Kickboxing in Cape Verde, Africa

Kickboxing in Cape Verde, Africa On July 5th, kickboxing will be one of the demonstration sports during the event “Fight for the values” ,as the part of the celebration of Cape Verde independence day. Cape Verde is beautiful but very poor country, with lot of criminal problems, so the event will be for about 1000 […]

THREE DAYS OF EARTHQUAKE OF KICKBOXING- HUNGARIAN WORLD CUP
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THREE DAYS OF EARTHQUAKE OF KICKBOXING- HUNGARIAN WORLD CUP

Hungarian Kickboxing World Cup 18th-21th May 2017 This year edition of Hungarian kickboxing World Cup was a total earthquake of kickboxing during three days of the competition. Fantastic venue reserved only for tatami and separate hotel hall with three rings gave a full joy for participants as well as the audience, offering them to choose […]

“WAKO kickboxing Women against Cancer” Campaign
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“WAKO kickboxing Women against Cancer” Campaign

Exactly one year ago WAKO kickboxing has started the social campaign “WAKO WOMEN AGAINST CANCER”  which has started  in occasion of POINT FIGHTING CUP Tournament, in Castellanza (VA), Italy, on 1st and 2nd April 2017 and went on during Yokoso Duch Open in Amsterdam,  to promote PREVENTION as the main method fighting breast cancer and […]

BALKAN OPEN 2017
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BALKAN OPEN 2017

Balkan Open 2017 held in Tesanj 05-06.05.2017 / Bosnia and Herzegovina.   Participation number  of competitors – 354. Number of clubs 71, number of countries 10. WAKO supervisor was Mr.Srđan Bugarčić from Serbia. Delegate Kickboxing Federation Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr.Salko Zildžić. Chief judge Neđo Bratić,Bosnia and Herzegovina Competition held on 4 tatamis and 1 ring. […]

Austrian Classics Kickboxing World Cup
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Austrian Classics Kickboxing World Cup

Innsbruck, 21st-23rd April 2017                           20th Anniversary for great kickboxing tournament this year was a celebration of sport and fair play. 32 WAKO nations represented with 2176 entries in the event from 242 clubs made this Austrian Classics special again. K1, Full contact, kick […]

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