List of WAKO Amateur World Championships

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W.A.K.O. held its first amateur world championships in 1978 in West Berlin,[1] after having previously staged two European championships the two years previously. It followed this with a second world championships a year later in Tampa, Florida. During the 1980s the world championships were held every other year except for in 1985 when a feud within the W.A.K.O. organization led to two versions of the championships being held on the same date – one in London, the other in Budapest.[2]

In the 1990s W.A.K.O. held its world championships intermittently with at least one every other year although in 1993 the organization again had a temporary political dispute which like 1985 meant two championships in one year.[3] Also, the outbreak of the Balkan War resulted in the 1995 world championships being moved to Kiev and in 1997 to Gdańsk.[4] By the turn-of-the-twemtieth-century, the organization began introducing two different world championships every two years - one typically covering forms of kickboxing such as full-contact, semi-contact and musical forms, while the other types such as Thai-boxing, low-kick kickboxing and later K-1 rules. Of late W.A.K.O. have begun to get involved with the SportAccord World Combat Games, hosting male and female full contact, semi contact and low kick kickboxing competitions at the 2010 event,[5] with the 2009 world championships (both events) being used as qualifiers.[6]

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  1. ^ "First WAKO World Championships 1978 and 1979 - USA Karate Story". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  2. ^ "5th WAKO World Championship Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  3. ^ "9th WAKO World Championship Results" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  4. ^ "WAKO and Balcane influence". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  5. ^ "Kickboxing - Sports - World Combat Games 2010 - Sport Accord". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  6. ^ "Combat Games - . : WAKO World Association of Kickboxing". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  7. ^ "Official WAKO Results". Retrieved 2011-03-05.
  8. ^ "Reports Archive - KYRGYZ TEAM WINS KICKBOXING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Dates of event provided)". Retrieved 2011-05-28.

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