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SERBIA OPEN 2019 European Kick Boxing Cup - report

Belgrade, Hall "Ranko Žeravica" Novi Beograd,  15-17. March 2019.


The European Kick Boxing Cup of Serbia OPEN, which is in the official calendar of activities of the World Kick Boxing Federation of WAKO, as well as its European division, was held this year from March 15-17 in Belgrade.

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305 competitors from 76 clubs from 14 countries of Europe participated, but also one far eastern Asian country of India.

The special guest and promoter of the tournament was Semmy Schilt, the Duch kick boxer, four time K-1 World Gran Prix Champion and one time GLORY heavyweight Grand Slam Champion. He is the only fighter in K-1 history who won Glory world championships three times in a row.

The competition took place in two disciplines of kick boxing, tatami Kick light and ring K-1, in the age categories ranging from senior, cadets, juniors to seniors, in women's and men's categories.

The competition began on Saturday, March 16, in the elimination bouts, so that on Sunday, March 17, some of the finals were completed during the day and the top ten final bouts were left for the special Gala evening program, which was designed as a real spectacle, started at 20,00h.

In front of about 1500 spectators and in front of the television cameras, the best fighters of the tournament faced each other in the ring.

The best competitor of the Serbia Open Cup was Remzija Dacić, -75kg K-1 from Montenegro.

The best female competitor was Marina Dekic, 56kg K-1, Kik Boxing Club "Internacional" Zrenjanin. The winners were awarded by Semmy Schilt, 4th World Glory Champion in K-1, who was the promoter of the tournament.

Within the special program of the Cup it was held the seminar in K-1, led by Semmy Schilt personally. Three hours of socializing and practicing with the champion were invaluable to all competitors who were eager to improve their career with the best in this matter. Simple explanations and demonstration of the techniques, as well as sparing supervision, confirmed why Semmy Schilt is the giant is not only by its physical constitution (2.10 m tall, weighing over 110 kg), but also by his heart and the passion to transfer precious knowledge to younger fighters who are just getting up for their biggest victories.

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The result of the competition by nations is as follows:

  1. Serbia
  2. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  3. Hungary
  4. Moldova
  5. Slovakia
  6. Northern Macedonia
  7. Montenegro
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Slovenia
  10. Croatia

The most successful clubs with the highest number of medals won are:

  1. Kiraly team Hungary
  2. National team of Moldova
  3. Club of martial arts "Pobednik" Belgrade
  4. Kick Boxing Club "Champion" Skopje
  5. Kick Boxing Club "Red Star-Delije"

WAKO European Cup “Karlovac OPEN”

Better every year

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Karlovac, Croatia,   9th-10th February 2019

European kickboxing Cup “Karlovac Open” has been one of the biggest kickboxing competitions in WAKO Europe for 9 years. Every year the quality of the competition is improving so this Cup has become the most popular gathering of the new kickboxing season. Edition 2019 hosted 1890 competitors from 179 European clubs and amazing number of 31 country.

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Two sport halls were equipped for the whole day fights, first day in ring disciplines and point fighting and the second day light contact and kick light.

The evening was reserved, as always, for the best final ring fights, which attract the local audience as well.

The competition was organized by Kickboxing Club “Tigar” Karlovac, under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia, the Central State Office for Sport, the Croatian Olympic Committee and the City of Karlovac.

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Ring disciplines:

  1. Croatia   (21 gold medal)
  2. Ukraine (12 gold medals)
  3. Serbia (6 gold medals)

Tatami discipines:

  1. Hungary (92 gold)
  2. Croatia (48 gold)
  3. Italy (29 gold)

Best clubs ring:

  1. WAKO Ukraine
  2. Kickboxing club “Pit Bull”, Croatia
  3. Sveti Duh-Osijek, Croatia
  4. Kick box club “Batajnica”, Serbia
  5. WAKO Israel

Best clubs tatami:

  1. KiralyTeam, Hungary
  2. Debreczeni Team, Hungary
  3. Masary Team, Bulgaria
  4. STAR Team, Bulgaria
  5. Fighter “Nowa Sol”, Poland


Serbia Open 2019 - WAKO European Cup K-1 and KL

Dear WAKO friends,

It is my pleasure and great honor to invite You and Your Team to take part in WAKO European Kickboxing Cup “SERBIA OPEN” in Belgrade, Serbia, which will be held from 15th to 17th March 2019.
“SERBIA OPEN” is tournament with long tradion and great success and is stilll the place where the sport and friendship meets.
Serbian Kickboxing Federation, as promoter of the event, is ready to host participants from all over the world and to show them warm hospitality and unforgetable moments.

Please, read all information carefully and if you need any additonal help about travel conditions and accommodation in Belgrade, don't hesitate to contact us at:

Tel. +381 11 4066 528
Mob. +381 64 277 64 82
I look forward to seeing You and Your team in Belgrade.

Serbian kickboxing federation

Mr. Srdjan Bugarčić

Invitation Letter Serbia Open

Accomodation Special Offer


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WAKO Extraordinary General Assembly took place at Sheraton Malpensa Hotel in Milan, on 2nd February 2019

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Present were representatives of 51 countries which had the right to vote. From three candidates appointed, Mr. Nasser Nassiri, Iran, pulled out his candidacy the day before the General Assembly and two candidates were left: Mrs. Olga Pavlenko, Ukraine and Mr. Roy Baker, Ireland.

Firstly a short presentation of the two candidates, they introduced themselves and presented the plans for the future. Than the voting could start.

After appointing an electoral and scrutinized commission, the conformity and transparency has been confirmed. Votes were held by secret ballot in a controlled but transparent way: each country was called, they came forward one by one receiving voting card, went to the booth, made the decision, and inserted decision in the ballot urn. The best practice.

The commission counted the votes and it was announced that with 47 votes the new WAKO President is Mr. Roy Baker. Three votes were for the opponent and one void vote.

The new WAKO President Mr. Roy Baker thanked to all members of the Assembly, introducing the short speech about the main ideas and the concept of work he would like to have in the organization:

" Thank you for your confidence in me. I promise I will do everything in my power to help the athletes, the coaches, the national federations, the continental federations .

Individual commitment to a group effort is what will make WAKO work. A team will make WAKO work. I will rely on the WAKO Board, administration and the national federations and when we come together, we will move forward. I will rely on my family, who allowed me to go for this. The great things in sport are never done by one person.

Trust me, the presidency is a very tough job. I would like to thank the people who listened to me without judgment, who spoke with me without prejudice, who helped me without entitlement and understood me without pretension. We are responsible for the young children in our sport. They are our future.

The sport of kickboxing has been the fundamental shaper of the person I am today, it gives me confidence, resilience and joy. I gave the most of my life to this sport. And I will continue to do so. Thank you very much."

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A short Biography of Mr. Roy Baker:

Roy Baker is a former World and European champion of kickboxing, current president of WAKO Ireland and current president of WAKO Europe. Professionally, he is a director of SSE, which is FTSE 20 company with a multi billion turnover. He has the degree in Credit management, degree in IT Integration and Masters in Management. He is A six sigma lean master Black belt. He is now the first Irishman to be a President of a World governing body of a sport recognized by the IOC. He has two children, who are the very center of his life and he never misses the opportunity to stress that.

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas to you, for those that don't celebrate Christmas's,  I hope you will surround yourself with loved ones and family.  I wish you all a glorious year ahead.

Roy Baker
President WAKO Europe

WAKO Europe HQ

Zidarska 6
(Mr Srdjan Bugarcic),
11050 Belgrade, Serbia.

Contact phone:
+381 63 289 322


Roy Baker
+ 353 87 677 5614

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Srđan Bugarčić
+ 381 63 289 322
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WAKO Europe
Istvan Kiraly (HUN)
Salim Kayici (TUR)
Francesca Falsoni (ITA)
Yury Filimonov (RUS)
Nikolaus Gstattner (AUT)
Katarszyna Kocisewska (POL)
Olga Pavlenko (UKR)
Daimi Akin (NOR)
Romeo Desa (HRV)
Tomaz Barada (SVN)
Michaela Kovacova (SVK)
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