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Official Start of the World Championships

Jesolo, Palazzo del Turismo, from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September 2018: 64 countries and over two thousand entries of Cadets and Juniors compete in tatami and ring sport

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“It’s record of registrations”

WAKO President Borislav Pelevic (in the picture with Jesolo Mayor Zoggia)

Jesolo, September 2018 – From Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September the WAKO World Kickboxing Championships for Cadets and Juniors will be held at Palazzo del Turismo, Piazza Brescia 11, in Jesolo (Italy). One of the most important events of martial arts in the world, the event is organized by ASD Euro Kickboxing Chioggia (VE), with the collaboration of F.I.KBMS (Federazione Italiana Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Shoot Boxe and Sambo) and it is supported by the town of Jesolo, Metropolitan City of Venice, Veneto Region and CONI.

“It’s been 4 years since a very successful World Championships in Rimini in 2014, and we are delighted to finally return to Italy – WAKO President Borislav Pelevic declares – this occasion coincides with being the 12th edition of the Juniors and the 8th year for the Cadets World Championship, which is the most important biannual event on the WAKO calendar for all the kickboxing disciplines (3 ring sports: Full contact, Low Kick and K-1, and 4 tatami sports: Point Fighting, Light Contact, Kick Light and Musical Forms. This is an impressive record number of registered participants and of countries attending. Certainly the event has risen so much interest because of the fact that it is organized in Italy, with memories of previous successful Championships hosted by the professionalism of the Italian Federation for kickboxing.”

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Competing for the title of World Champion on 3 rings and 8 tatamis in the Palazzo del Turismo of Jesolo 2.300 entries from fighters between 10 and 18 years old of age, coming from 64 countries belonging to all the five continents, with 3.500 people in the local territory including coaches, officials, referees and supporters.

One of the biggest delegation is certainly Italy. The national team is composed by 145 young athletes, among them 19 come from Veneto Region. The objective is to do the best, have fun, and to finish among the top ranked countries, like in the previous World Championships in Dublin in 2016, when Italy finished in third place.

“We are confident and optimistic – Donato Milano, President of the Italian Kickboxing Muay Thai Savate Shoot Boxe and Sambo Federation comments – our team managers and coaching staff involved, have done an excellent job in the last years for the preparation of this important Championship. I take this opportunity to thank them, moreover I know that there will be many supporters that the Italian team can benefit from their warmth, love and positive energy specially being on home soil throughout the Championship.”

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Hosting the World kickboxing Championships the town of Jesolo and the regional territory prove to be more and more the ideal places for the organization of such big sport events.

“Jesolo is proud to host the World kickboxing Championships, with all the excitement that the sport bring – the Mayor of Jesolo Valerio Zoggia comments. This is a big occasion for the entire city that continues to demonstrate that Jesolo is the first choice for important sporting events, thanks to the modern and well equipped facilities as well as being a very attractive tourist location. Due to this important event with such large participation of athletes, this Championship has all the right cards to make the town of Jesolo an even more popular and attractive place in other foreign countries.”

“This World Kickboxing Championship is the icing on the cake for our town to close our summer season that has seen sport being a huge part – includes the Director of Sport of Jesolo, Mrs. Esterina Idra – We look at this Championship with big interest knowing that we can improve and promote sporting disciplines for our local youth.”

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SAP Fighting Style and TOP TEN are the official technical sponsors of the event, that will supply all the protective equipment that the athletes will use in the finals, scheduled for Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd September, 2018.
The Opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 18th September from 10:00 am to 11:00 am with a showcase from the FIDS National Cheerleading team.

All the events throughout the Championship are free of charge to the public.

More photos in gallery




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Dear friends,

our tournament is successfully over. We would like to Thank You for Your participation!
We hope that You enjoyed this event and beautiful Prague too.

WAKO K-1 European cup, hosted 216 fighters form 16 countries and 96 clubs. Amazing full weight categories brought great fights and fantastic atmosphere during three days. Some categories had more than 20 fighters. We seen lots of famous fighters who came from different part around the world. Whole tournament finished with great gala show, where public cloud watch final fights of men and  women categories with additional one PRO prestige fight in heavyweights category between Cyril Pohl (CZE) and Prince Aounallah(FRA).

WAKO K-1 European cup became  prestige tournament not only thanks to great fights but also for amazing prize money awards and trophy,belts for each men and women fighter! This year fighters received together AMAZING 23.000EUR!
Congratulation to ALL winners!

Behalf of Czech kickboxing UNION (ČSFU), president Jiri Mulač and organizing committee, we would like to THNAK YOU for Your support. Together with You, we made WAKO K-1 European tournament again successfull!
Especially we would like to thank also our honored guest Mr.Romeo Deša from Croatia, who is member of WAKO IF organizing committee and WAKO Europe board member, for your support and cooperation. Thank You also Mr. Yury Lakhtikov, who is Chairman of WAKO IF Ring sport committee and Mr.Sami Savo who is Chairmans of WAKO European ring sport committee for their excellent work and at least thank You to all referees for great job.

All results, statistic, photos are highlighted on website www.k-1-cz  and   Facebook site : https://www.facebook.com/mistrK1
Videos are published on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBZS_QshgC68JpX10l5LEA

Best Regards

Michaela Kováčová
Director of WAKO K-1 European cup 2018

Official Invitation to WAKO Senior European Championships in Point Fighting, Full Contact, Light Contact and Musical Forms

Maribor, Slovenia

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To: WAKO Europe members

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure and great honour to invite you to take part in WAKO European Championship in Point Fighting, Full Contact, Light Contact and Musical Forms which will be held in Maribor, Slovenia from 17th to 25th November, 2018.
Attached you can find Official Invitation with all important information about the Championship.
Official Invitation you can also find on both WAKO Europe and WAKO IF web pages.
According to WAKO rules and regulations the eligibility for the participation is reserved only to WAKO National Federation/Association members.
Please, read carefully all information and if you need any assistance don't hesitate to contact us.

Looking forward to see you all in Maribor!

With best regards,

Mr. Roy Baker
WAKO Europe President


    Invitation Letter (2 MB)
    WAKO Liability Waiver 2018 (315 KB)
    WAKO Medical Form 2018 (248 KB)
    WAKO Questionnaire 2018 (249 KB)

WAKO K1 European Cup 2018

Name of Event: WAKO K1 European Cup
Wako rang: B
Date:  6.- 9. September 2018.
Country:  Czech Republic
City: Prague
Venue: Arena Sparta, Kovanecka 27
Promoter: Czech Full contact Union
Website: www.k-1.cz
Phone number: +420604394049

Official invitation letter


Dear Friends,

it’s my pleasure to invite You to next traditional tournament WAKO K-1 European cup, which be held in capital city of Czech Republic, in beautiful Prague, during 6th-9th of September 2018.

Last year, K-1 European cup 2017 successfully hosted around 236 fighters from 19 countries, which brought amazing number of 203 fights on high level. I assume that this year will bring again huge number of fighters from different part of the World and again we will see full weight categories with 16 or 22 fighters in each.

WAKO K-1 European cup became prestige tournament not only thanks to great fights but also for amazing prize money awards and trophy for each men and women fighter! You will definitely enjoying this event this year with great atmosphere in Prague!

Me and whole organizing team of ČSFU looking forward to seeing You or Your team in Czech Republic! Come and join this amazing tournament! Together, We will make the WAKO K-1 European cup successful again!

Michaela Kováčová

Tournament Director


Dear friends,

next European cup is coming. Now in K1 division in Prague. This tournament has very good tradition and many of you ask me regarding the date. Its finally confirmed and hope to see you all my WAKO friends in Prague. My goal for this year is more than 30 countries that will participate.

Prize money, belt for the winner and many other trophies are waitting for your fighters. As last year, only the best A class referees are invited. You can count with great supervisors Mr. Yury Lakhtikov World refeeree committee chairman, Mr. Sami Savo – European referee commitee charmain & Mr. Srdjan Bugarcic – WAKO PRO World technical director. Our referee & staff team is ready to prepare for you the best conditions.

Jan Frana

Czech WAKO Vice-president


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A school for great referees

The Bulgarian center of Bansko was the theater of 2 WAKO referees summer camps.

27-30th July 2018: in Bulgarian summer and winter center Bansko, Bulgarian Confederation of Kickboxing and MT hosted second WAKO International Summer Referee Camp for tatami referees and first WAKO International Summer Referee Camp for ring referees.
Bansko is in the south-western part of Bulgaria, 160 km from the capital of Bulgaria, near Pirin Natural Park, under mountain range Pirin with highest point Vihren (high 2914 m).

In the beautiful hotel Pirin House in Terra Complex, the 2nd WAKO International Summer Referee Camp for tatami referees was held with 67 WAKO referees from 21 countries (18 domestic and 49 from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, FYR of Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine - 23 women and 44 men).

During 4 days of seminar, referees rehearsed their knowledge of theoretical and practical rules and analyzed several problematic cases from previous WAKO Championships. The seminar was led by Brian Beck - Chairman of WAKO Tatami Referee Committee, the lectures were held by Brian Beck, Karl Wilson, Manuel Doria, Ivo Vodopivec and Gina Engelhardt-Aué. Alex Engelhardt presented the SportData computer system.

Summer Referee Camp 1

From 1. to 3. August, in same hotel, the 1st WAKO International Summer Referee Camp for ring referees was held. At this second part of camp participated 61 WAKO referees from 15 countries (14 domestic and 47 from other countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Spain, and Ukraine - 8 women and 53 men).

The seminar was led by Yuri Lakhtikov - Chairman of WAKO Ring Referee Committee, lectures were held by Yuri Lakhtikov and Romeo Desa, and the practical part by Yuri Lakhtikov, Marco Pacor and Tomislav Novosel.

Organizers of the first part of seminars were Ivan Ivanov, Denitsa Milenkova, Ivan Georgiev; the organizers of the second part were Georgi Georgiev, Dimitar Spasov, Stanislava Boytcheva and Ivan Georgiev.

They provided great organization and hospitality for all camp participants.

Summer Referee Camp 2

Kickboxers from Bulgaria participated for the purposes of practical parts of the seminar. The clubs present for the tatami practical lessons were Ikken, CSKA Sofia, Skaptopara, Optix, Aabc and Aris. For the ring practical lessons we had the following clubs: Armeec, Boil, Patriot, Pride and Glory). The athletes were all very patient and tireless, and demonstrated to be excellent presenters of various problematic situations where referees and judges practiced their skills. At the end of all demonstration exercises, the young Bulgarian kickboxers received a great applause from all the participants.

Upon invitation of the organizers, both seminars were attended by Romeo Desa - Special Adviser of WAKO President and WAKO Europe Board Member, who held several meetings and talks with WAKO Referee Tatami Committee and committees' chairmen Brian Beck and Yuri Lakhtikov. During those meetings several things about rules, rule's changes, procedures of changes, future improvements of camp and seminars were discussed, as well as the cooperation between WAKO Organizing and Referee Committees on WAKO Championships.

All referees were very satisfied with all what was prepared and organized by the local organizers, they gave all the best marks for seminars, new knowledge, programs of seminars, presentations and practical lessons, accommodation and food in a beautiful hotel. All promised "we will come next year".

Also, very important to emphasize, Bulgarian federation was sponsor of both events, without its financial support it would be hard to organize both camps in this successful format. To all of this, both WAKO Referee Committees thank Bulgarian kickboxing and MT confederation as well as members of the local organizing committee.

Look at the gallery to see glimpes of these rich summer camps

Summer Referee Camp 3

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