World Association of Kickboxing Organizations

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World Association of Kickboxing Organizations
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WAKO amateur logo
AbbreviationWAKO
Formation1976
TypeFederation of national associations
Legal statusActive (as per Swiss Law as founded in Zurich on February 6, 1988)
PurposeGlobal Development and governance of the sport of Kickboxing
HeadquartersItaly
Location
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
National association[clarification needed]
Official language
English
AffiliationsSportAccord
WADA International World Games Association
Websitewww.wakoweb.com/en/
RemarksWAKO was established as "World All Style Karate Organization".

The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (W.A.K.O or WAKO) is an international organization of kickboxing. The governing body of amateur kickboxing certified by WAKO is created to develop support and govern at an amateur level In addition to holding world championship events, WAKO sanctions the champions of kickboxing. WAKO is the only organisation worldwide that is recognised by the GAISF (Global Association of Sports Federations) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

History[edit]

WAKO originated in Europe in 1976[1] and formulated the rules and regulations for the new fighting sport de facto, acting as the Kickboxing Federations of the World. It was founded by American Kickboxing promoter Mike Anderson, and his friend, German Kickboxing promoter Georg Brueckner. WAKO's rules are based on democratic principles and are forming the governing body of the sport that is officially registered in Zurich, Switzerland. WAKO is the largest unified kickboxing organization in the world.[citation needed] In 2006 the International Amateur Kickboxing Sports Association (I.A.K.S.A) and WAKO merged under the umbrella of WAKO, making its acceptance possible by the General Association of International Sports Federations (G.A.I.S.F) as the governing body for the sport of Kickboxing.[2] WAKO offers 7 different styles: Points Fighting, light-contact, full-contact, kick-light, low-kick, K1-style, and musical forms. Today WAKO can count on 126 affiliated nations in the five continents, with 95 officially recognized by their respective Sports or Olympic Council.[citation needed]

WAKO is a member of Sport Accord and is officially recognized as the official Kickboxing governing body by Sport Accord, Olympic Council of Asia, WADA and the International World Games Association. Kickboxing is included in World Combat Games, Asian Indoor Games, and the Martial Arts Games (promoted by OCA) in the 2017 International World Games. WAKO has five continental divisions functioning under the auspices of the WAKO International Federation which are WAKO Europe, WAKO Pan America, WAKO Asia, WAKO Oceania and WAKO Africa.

Styles[edit]

WAKO supports 7 different styles: four of them are on the tatami and three of them are in the ring,[3]

Tatami Sports[edit]

Musical form[edit]

A musical form is a staged or imaginary fight against one or more opponents in which the performer uses techniques from Oriental Martial Arts to personally selected music.

Point Fighting[edit]

Also known as semi-contact. Point fighting is a discipline where two contestants fight with the primary goal of scoring defined points and using controlled legal techniques without using full force.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks. striking above the waist.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows and knees are forbidden.
  • Clinch fighting and throws are forbidden.

Light Contact[edit]

Light Contact in the past was recognised as an intermediate stage between semi contact and full contact Kickboxing. Modern Light Contact has evolved into its own unique style fast and dynamic continuous kickboxing. Unlike Point Fighting, athletes will fight continuously amassing scores over 3x2 minute rounds.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks. striking above the waist and below ankle/mid-calf.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows and knees are forbidden.
  • Clinch fighting and throws are forbidden.

Kick-light[edit]

Kick-light is an intermediate stage between semi-kick and low-kick kickboxing.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks, striking the thigh (only from outside to inside and vice versa), which can be attacked using the shin.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows and knees are forbidden.
  • Clinch fighting and throws forbidden.

Ring sports[edit]

Full contact[edit]

Full Contact is a discipline of Kickboxing where the intention is to mimic the pressure felt during a real fight.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks, striking above the waist and below the ankle/mid-calf.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows and knees are forbidden.
  • Clinch fighting and throws are forbidden.

Low-kick[edit]

In low-kick Kickboxing, there is the possibility of attacking the opponent's legs with clean kicks.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks, striking the thigh (only from outside to inside and vice versa) which can be attacked using the shin.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows and knees are forbidden.
  • Clinch fighting and throws forbidden.

K1-style[edit]

See K-1.

  • Opponents are allowed to hit each other with punches and kicks. Legs and any other part of the body can be attacked using the shin.
  • Foot sweeps are allowed.
  • Elbows on the head are forbidden.
  • Throws are forbidden.
  • Clinching must be less than 5 seconds. Kickboxers are allowed to hold the opponent's neck with both hands in order to attack only with the knee. You are only allowed one knee strike per clinch exchange.

Competitions[edit]

WAKO holds a world championship every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adult (18–45) championships in separate years; only national teams are accepted. Each member country can present only one competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champion of their weight class in that particular Kickboxing style and many are also officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports.

WAKO Kickboxing was one of thirteen combat sports participating in the first Combat Games being held in Beijing, China under the patronage of the IOC and SportAccord. WAKO participated in the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 2013, under the patronage of the IOC and SportAccord. There were three styles at the Combat Games: Low Kick, Points Fighting (formally called Semi Contact), and Full Contact.

World Champions[edit]

Men's divisions[edit]

Style 52.7 kg 54.5 kg 56.4 kg 58.2 kg
Low Kick Italy Gianpietro Marceddu Vacant Poland Michał Królik Russia Yury Trogiyanov
Full Contact Italy Ivan Sciolla Russia Alexey Trifonov Russia Ilnaz Sayfullin Germany Johannes Wolf
K1 Rules Vacant Vacant France Franck Gross Russia Astemir Borsov
Style 60 kg 62.2 kg 64.5 kg 66.8 kg
Low Kick Russia Ruslan Tozlyan Serbia Miloš Anić Serbia Aleksandar Konovalov Russia Kenan Gunaydin
Full Contact France Kamel Bacha Italy Giuseppe Di Cuia Russia Sergey Lipinets France Dieter Leclercq
K1 Rules Hungary Antoine Habash Portugal Ruben Almeida France Eddy Nait Slimani France Mohamed Galaoui
Style 69.1 kg 71.8 kg 75 kg 78.1 kg
Low Kick Russia Evgeni Grychishkin Turkey Husnu Sari Kosovo Shpejtim Ahmetaj Greece Giannis Sofokleous
Full Contact France Edouard Bernadou Slovenia Gregor Stračanek Germany Artur Reis Germany Artur Reis
K1 Rules Italy Georgian Cimpeanu Bulgaria Atanas Bojilov Russia Aleksandr Zakharov Serbia Aleksandar Menković
Style 81.4 kg 85.1 kg 88.6 kg 94.1 kg
Low Kick Serbia Nikola Stošić Russia Andrei Chechkonin Serbia Bojan Džepina Brazil Felipe Micheletti
Full Contact Germany Viktor Fröhlich Croatia Bojan Mišković Norway Robert Paulsbyen Germany Eugen Waigel
K1 Rules Serbia Aleksandar Menkovic Italy Gabriele Casella France Gregory Grosi Lithuania Sergej Maslobojev

As of July 14, 2020

Women's divisions[edit]

Style 50 kg 52 kg 55 kg 59 kg 62 kg
Low Kick Italy Valeria Imbrogno Spain Eva Naranjo Poland Iwona Neiroda Vacant Spain Loli Munoz
Full Contact Vacant Vacant Hungary Renata Rakoczi Norway Thea Næss Bosnia and Herzegovina Olja Zerajić
K1 Rules Italy Silvia La Notte France Anissa Meksen Czech Republic Veronika Petrikova Spain Loli Munoz France Mallaury Kalachnikoff
Style 65 kg 68 kg 71 kg 74 kg 74+ kg
Low Kick Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant Vacant
Full Contact Austria Nicole Trimmel Italy Cristina Caruso France Cathy LeMee France Cathy LeMee Vacant
K1 Rules Italy Cristina Caruso Vacant United Kingdom Trix March Vacant Vacant

As of July 14, 2020

Notable WAKO Pro world champions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About W.A.K.O".
  2. ^ "SportAccord Members".
  3. ^ "WAKO rules and regulations". Retrieved 2016-09-03.

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