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.

Turkish Open International Kickboxing Tournament
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Turkish Open International Kickboxing Tournament

The 2nd International Open Kick Boxing Tournament was held between 06-09 April 2017 in Turkey-Antalya. 700 athletes from 14 countries participated in the event in 1200 categories.                  The tournament was held at the WOW Kremline Palace, one of the best hotels of the world famous tourism city of […]

6th April is the day for Peace and Sport
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6th April is the day for Peace and Sport

WAKO is looking forward for tomorrow’s celebration of 6th April- International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Peace and Sport, the politically neutral organisation dedicated to promoting sport as a tool for peace, has launched its 2017 #WhiteCard campaign, inviting the world to show its commitment to global peace efforts. We celebrate 6th April […]

WAKO Oceania Continental Kickboxing Championships
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WAKO Oceania Continental Kickboxing Championships

Proud and happiness under the WAKO flag   Over the weekend of 18-19 March WAKO Oceania held its inaugural WAKO Continental Kickboxing championships at the Arnold Classics Multi-Sport event in Melbourne, Australia. Over 170 fighters competed in this event across all WAKO disciplines and fighters from across the Oceania region enjoyed 2 days of exciting […]

Irish Open International Cup for Peace and Sport
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Irish Open International Cup for Peace and Sport

Dublin was again a great host of massive kickboxing tournament, unique in it’s quantity, quality and humanitarian work. Kickboxers from all around the World were again on the same trucks showing that humanity and sport raises under the same flag.                                    More than 4,000 athletes of all ages are taking part in the competition […]

WAKO and  International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) partnership
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WAKO and International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) partnership

SIGN FOR THE FUTURE WAKO became a partner of one more International organization which deals with Women in sport issue. International Working Group on Women and Sport  IWG is International organization dealing with gender equality and women presence in sport in all levels, forcing initiatives to promote physical activity, offering men and women equal opportunities […]

14th Challenge for the best
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14th Challenge for the best

The 14th Athens Challenge Tournament took place 04 -05 February 2017 at the Olympic Wrestling Arena in Ano Liossia.          Organized in association with WAKO and the PAN-HELLENIC FEDERATION OF KICKBOXING “POK “, Athens Challenge Tournament is without a doubt the biggest Kick Boxing event in Greece. Athens Challenge Tournament is one of the top 5 Kick […]

THE PLACE WHERE THE CHAMPIONS RISE
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THE PLACE WHERE THE CHAMPIONS RISE

2017 Edition of Golden Glove European Cup brought much joy for the participants and for the promoters. The beginning of the year started very well for the WAKO and one more competition has been successfully finished. With 18 nations participating with more than 900 entries, this was more than a good opportunity to check  positions in […]

WAKO Delegates visited Polish Olympic Committee
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WAKO Delegates visited Polish Olympic Committee

WAKO DELEGATION IN POLAND WAKO President Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO Board member Mrs. Kate Kocsiewska and President of  Polish Kickboxing Association Mr.Andrzej Palasz, visited Polish Olympic Committee. On the meeting with Mrs. Irena Szewińska, who is IOC member and Vice President of Polish Olympic Committee, five times Olympic Champion in athletics (running), WAKO President introduced […]

CHAMPIONSHIP IN GREECE
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CHAMPIONSHIP IN GREECE

WAKO European Championships Greece Loutraki 19th-27th November 2016   From 19th till 27th November  2016  Greece hosted the European Kickboxing Championship for the disciplines: Point fighting, Kick Light, Musical forms and Full Contact .These days were fully packed with high-quality fighting, great fights, friendship, and fair play. This championship is the example of  the big […]

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