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 tournament activities in 2016
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WAKO tournament activities in 2016

TIGHT SCHEDULE OF GREAT WORLD WAKO TOURNAMENTS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS The beginning of the year was reserved for celebration of kickboxing on 13th Athens Challenge, 06th-07th February 2016. Athens Challenge Tournament is without any doubt one of the top 5 Kickboxing events across the Wold and the biggest Kickboxing event in Greece. The tournament was in […]

WAKO and CIFP to cooperate on a WAKO FAIR PLAY AWARD
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WAKO and CIFP to cooperate on a WAKO FAIR PLAY AWARD

World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, WAKO, governing body in Kickboxing has the pleasure to announce the newly established WAKO Fair Play Award under the auspices of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), a recognized organization by the IOC. This will be a prize awarded yearly in order to focus on fair play, ethics, best practice and to […]

Kickboxing in the European Games
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Kickboxing in the European Games

New elected WAKO President Mr. Borislav Pelevic and Mr. Roy Baker, acting President of WAKO Europe, had a meeting in Dublin with Mr. Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committee (in the picture on the left with Mr. Pelevic). Mr Pat Hickey was specially invited to the finals of the Championships in Dublin, where […]

Szeged – Epicenter of Kickboxing
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Szeged – Epicenter of Kickboxing

XXI World Cup held in Szeged, Hungary, from 21st to 24th May 2015 was an amazing competition. Organizers tried their best to make participants from 20 countries feel welcomed in this beautifull city. New president of the Organizing Committee of World Cup, Mr. Istvan Kiraly, was very busy on these days but at the end, […]

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