Our instructors are fully qualified and we are affiliated with all of the above originations .
WAKO - World Association of Kick Boxing Organisations
President - Dr Ennio Falsoni, an English teacher and fluent in many other languages attained this role in 1987.
KBI- Kickboxing Ireland.
President- Mr Roy Baker, Liam Whelan is Vice president.
History of WAKO:
In 1972 Mike Anderson in the USA created rules of a new sport he called “All Style Sport Karate” In this new sport, protective equipment must be used (gloves, mouth, kick and groin protection) This makes it a safer sport for the fighter and today more commonly known as points fighting.
In 1974 with friend and fellow student Georg Brueckner the sport was introduced to Europe and began in Germany.
The sport failed to gather momentum and a second tier of the sport was introduced “Full Contact Karate” in which the fighters made full clean contact with full power, whereby a knock-out seals a win as opposed to a disqualification.
In 1974 the world championships were televised in the United States. The announcers and promoter on the night was Mike Anderson himself and his friend and TV star Telly Savalas of Kojack fame.
This event broke every Martial Arts Record. Most TV viewers, Live spectators, paid attendance and prize money.
Stars on the night included Telly Savalas (Kojack) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lorna Greene (Bonanza), David Carradine (Kung Fu), Peter Faulk (Columbo), George Peppard (A-Team)
Chuck Norris was a judge and referee, Prescilla Presley was a score keeper and Linda Lee (Wife of Bruce Lee) helped all though the event in varying capacities.
W.M.A.A (World Martial Arts Association) was founded in 1975 however the acronym ran into some disagreements and arguments with the I.K.F (International Karate Federation) due to the word Karate being used in W.A.K.O - World All Style Karate Organisation was formed and brought to Germany and Europe by Georg Brueckner.
Many styles, forms were borne out of Georg’s passion and obsession with the sport and with further discussions with I.K.F the word karate was dropped in 1978 and W.A.K.O - World Association Of Kick Boxing organisations chose to utilize the new term "Kick Boxing".
Mike Anderson retired from Kick Boxing in 1989, Georg sadly died in 1992 from Lung Cancer.
W.A.K.O holds Open Championship’s in Dublin Ireland and promoted by Mr. Roy Baker, this event continues to grow year on year and is now the largest event of its type in the world.
W.A.K.O continues to hold discussions with International Olympic committees around the world with an aim to be recognized as the only kickboxing governing body in the world and attain Olympic recognition and allow entrance to the prestigious games.
Full Contact---- Fighters aim to beat their opponent by full power full contact, controlled legal and direct punching and kicking combinations.
Semi Contact (points)----- Fighters aim to beat their opponent by attaining more points. Points are awarded for each technique, punch or kick landed and scored at a legal target. As the name implies, it is not in a full contact scenario but rather a stop and start fashion when a point is scored. A semi contact or half contact bout scenario.
Light Contact (Continuous)------ Fighters aim to win by points, with well controlled, well timed and deliver precise punching and kicking combinations or techniques to get maximum points in a STOP/ FIGHT bout scenario.
Low Kick----- As with Semi Contact detail above with inclusion of leg strikes.
K1----- As with Full Contact detail above with inclusion of Clenching, leg and Knee strikes, but use of elbow is prohibited.
Points bouts are judged by a center referee and two other judges, to determine fair and honest scoring. However in continuous, low kick, K 1 and full contact have three judges.
The health and safety of the fighter is at all times the priority in all styles.
Both fighters must compete with Honor, Fairness and Honest competition.