World Kickboxing Association

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World Kickboxing and Karate Association
World Kickboxing Association (WKA) logo.jpg
One of WKA logotype
FormationOctober 1976
HeadquartersAuckland, New Zealand
Region served
National associations
Official language
David Sawyer
WebsiteWKA official website
RemarksWKA was split from Professional Karate Association (PKA) in 1976.

The World Kickboxing Association (WKA) is one of the oldest and the largest amateur and professional sanctioning organizations of kickboxing in the world for the sport. Its official name is "World Kickboxing and Karate Association, however the logo uses World Karate and Kickboxing Association[1]".

WKA was created in the United States as the World Karate Association in 1976 by Howard Hanson, a Shorin-Ryu Karate black belt, and Arnold Urquidez. The organisation was the first non-profit governing body to use an independently controlled rating list, the first to establish a world championship division for women and the first to include countries from Asia.[2] The organisation became one of the major sanctioning bodies for professional karate. Early stars of the WKA included Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Kevin Rosier and Graciela Casillas. The organization went on to secure network broadcasts in the US and Japan.[2] Howard Hanson sold the WKA to Dale Floyd in 1991.[3]

WKA developed the field of low kicks thanks to strong Asian and Japanese connections. WKA is based in Auckland, New Zealand has prospered throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, and in North America. In 1994, Paul Ingram took over the organization. From 29 September 2012 WKA had a new management: Michele Panfietti World President and Cristiano Radicchi General Secretary. From December 2016 the management was passed back to Mr Paul Ingram, and the WKA headquarters was transferred back to Birmingham, England.

December 2018, David Sawyer based out of New Zealand took over the management of the WKA, he is the current World President.

The organisation became one of the major sanctioning bodies for professional karate.


  1. ^ "The Chapter I of WKA Official Rulebook 2011 (Amateur) says "WKA stands for the World Kickboxing and Karate Association with its seat in Germany."" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b Corcoran, John and Farkas, Emil. Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. Gallery Books, New York (1983) p. 60.
  3. ^ "History of Kickboxing".

Further reading[edit]

  • Delmas Alain, Callière Jean-Roger, Histoire du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1998
  • Delmas Alain, Définition du Kick-boxing, FKBDA, France, 1999
  • WKA Records
  • Dale Floyd most career knockouts (41) New York, NY 1985 (7 Time World Champion)
  • Chris Autrey most knockouts under 1 minute (9) Kansas city, KS ( 2012 1-time Lightweight Champion)
  • Benny Urquidez Most tournament wins (9) Dallas, TX

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