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Referee seminar in Poland

poljska 2014 smallLast weekend beautiful city of Lubawa in Poland hosted Polish national Championships for cadets in Point Fighting and Light Contact. During this event Polish kickboxing federation organized referee seminar for ring sports. About 30 referees attended seminar which was leaded by Dr Borislav Pelević, WAKO Europe President who was WAKO IF Referee Committee Chairman for ring sports for long time.

Dr Borislav Pelević also took a chance to have meeting with President of Polish kickboxing federation, Mr. Andrzej Palacz. Dr Pelević was very satisfied with high level of organization of Polish federation, quality of fighters who participated in Championships and of course, number and educational level of referees attending seminar.

At the end this was very successful visit to one of WAKO Europe members and special thanks for this weekend goes to Mrs. Katarzyna Kociszewska, WAKO Europe Board member, who was in charge of whole organization.


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A.Sousa (POR) keeps his World title in Full contact Kg -94,100

wako-pro-germany2014 smallOn Saturday 29th March small and nice city of Munster in Germany hosted a WAKO PRO World title bout in full contact at Kg -94.100. Champion was Antonio De Sousa from Portugal, very strong and experience fighter with a lot of great fights under his record. 

Challenger was one of the best fighters in the World in this class, Eugene Waigel from Germany, two times World and one time European WAKO Champion. 
Promoter of the event was Mr. Antonino Spatola, well known promoter and coach from Germany. 

In front of 1.000 spectators in his own town Eugene Waigel tried his best against the Portuguese. He started first round very well with calm and easy attacks, holding Champion on distance. On the other side Antonio tried to get inside from the very first moment with big and heavy punches. Eugene was going backward protecting himself and leting Antonio to come forward. In couple of times he made solid punches to Antonios head and body. In this round Champion was too slow for Eugene and could not reach him. 

Second round started very aggressive from Champion who was going forward and "head hunting" Challenger. However Eugene was able to keep the distance and to deliver a lot of good, strong punches. Almost at the end of the round Champion caught Eugene in the ropes and they started to exchange big, big hits. One of this thunders reached Challengers head and he was down. It was bad knock down. Referee in charge Dirk Schallhorn from Germany started to count. When he came to eight Eugene did not look at him ready to continue so he decided to count him off. 
Unfortunately too soon that was the end of the fight... 

Challenger won the first round and even during second he was little bit better but he made huge mistake because let Champion to come closer and start in fight which is his best side. In one of this exchanges he got final punch that decided winner. It was a pity to have such a great fight with great fighters to end so soon but it happened. 
One punch decided winner so WAKO PRO World Champion in full contact Kg -94,100 is still Antonio De Sousa from Portugal. 

Referee - Dirk Schallhorn (GER) 
Judge 1 - Michaela Kovachova (SVK) 
Judge 2 - Marco Pacor (ITA) 
Judge 3 - Piero Sicurella (BEL) 
Supervisor - Srdjan Bugarcic (SRB)

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LOW KICK – 88.600 KG



On last March 07, 2014, City of Budva and hotel „Splendid“ hosted 6th edition of „Splendid Grand Prix“, Wako Pro event that has always been known for its glamorous style and high level organization.

This time it was even better than before. Main event was World title bout in low kick, 88.600 between Ivan Strugar from Montenegro, former Wako Pro World Champion and Kirill Ivanov from Russia, current Wako Pro European Champion.

Beside this main event, we could see four very good prestige fights with fighters from Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro involved in it.

World title bout was not one of the „epic“, „historical“ fights, not even one of the best and highest quality level fights, not one of the fights that will be talked about for years and years. It was very emotional, very tough fight for both of pretenders on World title. Probably that was the reason why they could not give their best to fight and win the title.

But, this fight will be remembered as the last conquest of  warrior, real and unique WAKO and Wako Pro Champion Ivan Strugar.

He started his amateur career back in 1994 on European Championships in Portugal and carried on till 2001 when he finished it winning his third gold medal on World Championships. He won his first Wako Pro title back in 1998 in Belgrade against great Italian champion Danielle Petroni and then in following years he took Wako Pro titles in 78 kg, 81.4 kg, 85 kg and 88.6 kg.

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First round of the fight was not the one that was expected, slow and curious but was very „dirty“ with a lot of holding, clinching, pushing brought to us, on first place, by Kirill Ivanov, which made referee, Zoran Simurina from Serbia, to give him verbal warning in opening round.

Second one was almost the same like first one, only the fact that Ivan Strugar accepted this way of fighting and „spoiled“ our fun.

Third round was the one where we could see some real action and some points made by Ivan Strugar with his kicks.

Kirill Ivanov was the one who started fourth round strong and aggressive winning some points but then he got one minus point for clinching and pushing. On the other side Ivan Strugar got warning for holding.

The last round brought to us again the same style of fighting. Kirill Ivanov was the one who was behind and he had to push it forward and try to win the fight by knock out. Desiree was just too big for him and he started again with very „dirty“ fighting which made referee to penalize him with another minus point. Because of holding Ivan Strugar also got one minus point. At very end of the fight Kirill Ivanov tried to do something more but Ivan Strugar was just too ready for that and did not let him even make a small doubt about the result. At the end hands of Ivan Strugar raised high in the air celebrating decision we all expected base on what was seen in all five rounds.

Judges had no doubt:

Judge 1- Ratko Roganovic from Montenegro (49:45)

Judge 2- Denis Sidenko from Russia (50:46)

Judge 3- Claudio Baccollini from Italy (49:48)

For NEW WAKO PRO WORLD CHAMPION Ivan Strugar from Montenegro


Supervisor: Srdjan Bugarcic (SRB)

Referee: Zoran Simurina (SRB)

Judges: Ratko Roganovic (MNE), Denis Sidenko (RUS), Claudio Baccollini (ITA)


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Cadets and Juniors in quest for medals in San Sebastian

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 The next WAKO European Championships for juniors and cadets will be held 2015th in the city of San Sebastian in Spain. Preserving the good practices of the high level organization of kickboxing championships, WAKO Spain has accepted very delicate job to promote next European Championships for juniors and cadets. Knowing the big number of participants of this kind of championship and what are the needs of this age group of competitors, our WAKO friends from Spain will have to work really hard to make another great WAKO event.  

  As part of journey to Spain, WAKO IF officials, Mr. Espen Lund, Mr. Borislav Pelević and Mr. Salim Kayici, had the opportunity to check how preparations are going for the next European Championship in 2014. and also to make a visit to the city of San Sebastian, which will host next year European Championships for juniors and cadets.  

  On arrival to San Sebastian, WAKO officials had a pleasure to visit beautiful City Hall of San Sebastian where they met Mr. Juan Carlos Izaguirre, Mayor of San Sebastian and Mr. Joze Ruiz, councilor of San Sebastian. They have introduced to WAKO officials all work done so far for promotion of European Championships. After the meeting held in City Hall, WAKO officials had a chance to see a little bit of San Sebastian and also to visit three sport venues which are very good. One of them will be selected to host European championships next year. If we bear in mind that the configuration of this place is small because it is a typical Spanish seaside town, the promoter will not have a lot of headaches about transportation of athletes and officials from the hotel to the hall because everything is very close to one another.     

 San Sebastian offers to its visitors a complete pleasure during their stay. Obviously, the young competitors, certainly will find time to get acquainted with this touristic pearl, with its history, museums, architecture, monuments, festivals in order to fully understand why this is one of the most popular Spanish tourist destination.  

  And while San Sebastian, or Donostia, as its inhabitants originally called it, is preparing to become the European Capital of Culture for 2016, let this great WAKO event become a prelude for it.

WAKO IF Vice-president
WAKO Europe President

Prof. Borislav Pelević Ph.D.


playa-de-concha smallIn the north of the Spanish province, Basque Region, is a nice little town known for its big waves and prestigious film festival. In San Sebastian tourists come from all over the world. In the evening, the streets of the old part of the city, are full of people and everything is crazy and lively. View of the Atlantic Ocean is a wonderful and unforgettable. San Sebastian, Donostia in Basque, is located 20 km west of the French-Spanish border.

 San-Sebastian-architecture-Spain smallSan Sebastian is the third largest city in the Basque Region and has about 150,000 residents. It is famous for its film festival and beaches. The most famous is certainly the “La Concha” (seashell) beach in the same bay. On the right side of the mouth of the river Urumea is the beach Zuriola. Landscape is also dominated by Monte Igeldo, Monte Urgull and the island of Santa Clara. Despite the fact that the main source of financial income is tourism, the city does not encounter madness typical of mass tourism. On the contrary, everything goes to its slow tempo. It seems that tourists are always ready to adapt this rhythm, because Donostians are not willing to change their lifestyle in order to please the tourists.


Visit to EUSA




WAKO Europe board members Miss Aleksandra Nedelkovska and Mr. Bojan Kolev, who is also a member of WAKO Europe Education and students committee, together with Mr. Vladimir Sitar, chairman of WAKO Europe Education and students committee, have visited European Association Of University Sport (EUSA). Visit was about including kickboxing in a big family of European University Sport Association which would be a great step forward for WAKO EUROPE and kickboxing.

              In Ljubljana, capitol of Slovenia on February 21st, we had constructive meeting with the president of EUSA, Mr. Adam Roczek. On the meeting also were present Mr. Matjaz Pechovnik, secretary and Mr. Patrik Perosa , sport manager of EUSA.

    EUSA has 45 country members from Europe and this year the EUSA Championship will be in Rotterdam, Holland, including 19 sports.   

      On the meeting, which started very well, we discussed about including kickboxing  in a  big family of University sport. We explained everything about championships organized by WAKO IF and WAKO Europe and big popularity of our sport around the world. We introduce WAKO as affiliate from GAISF  and Sport Accord. Also, kickboxing is a sport which includes students in WAKO championships. For example, Mr. Kolev expressed his experience in Bulgaria where he has organized student championships   7 years in a row. That impressed representatives from   EUSA.  As a Balkan president, he suggested that Balkan championship this year should be separated from University championship. That was accepted from EUSA. President of EUSA was invited to be a part of this championships and he accepted.  

That was one plus more for WAKO Europe and for us as, representatives of WAKO Europe on this meeting.

      The president of EUSA, Mr.Roczek has introduced us with the terms that we must fulfill so WAKO Europe can be included  in EUSA and  also he gave us open hand for cooperation.   

           Country Members of Wako Europe already fulfill their activities and terms so that kick boxing will be a part of University sport as soon as possible.

      WAKO Europe must send the official request letter to be a member of EUSA.

  After that, EUSA office will send conditions about.

  In April this year EUSA will have General assembly and they will discuss  about us.

  This meeting finished very well for both sides.

Aleksandra Nedelkovska, WAKO Europe board member

Picture 1. EUSA  President, secretary  General and  sport menager  with WAKO Europe representatives.

web: www.eusa.eu

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