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The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (W.A.K.O) started its activities in Europe in 1976 and created the rules and regulations for the new fighting sport and acted, as the Kickboxing Federation of world. Today, W.A.K.O is the largest unified kickboxing organization in the world. In 2006, the International Amateur Kickboxing Sports Association (I.A.K.S.A) and W.A.K.O merged, making it possible for their acceptance by the General Association of International Sports Federations (G.A.I.S.F) as the governing body for the sport of Kickboxing. W.A.K.O offers 7 different styles: semi, light, full contact, low-kick, K1-style, musical forms and Aero-Kickboxing. Today W.A.K.O can count on 74 affiliated nations in the 5 continents.


W.A.K.O holds a world championships every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adults (18-45) on separate years, only national teams are accepted. Each member country can present only 1 competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champ of their weight class in that particular kickboxing style and many are also officially recognised by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports .

W.A.K.O also includes W.A.K.O-PRO which organises events that spread the word about its movement, attracting thousands of spectators WAKO-PRO started in 1991, and has become the leading professional body in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbeanmarker and the Middle-East.

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