About Us

WAKO is the worlds’ oldest and largest Kickboxing organisation and WAKO NZ is now the largest national Kickboxing organisation in New Zealand. We sit as equals alongside over 110 other nations who belong to WAKO international making it a truly global organisation. WAKO NZ is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee and WAKO itself is recognised by and has partnerships with a number of international organisations including:

  • IOC (International Olympic Committee) – since November 30th, 2018
  • GAISF – former SportAccord (Global Association of International Sports Federations)
  • IWGA (International World Games Association)
  • ARISF (Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations)
  • FISU (International University Sports Federation)
  • WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)
  • CIFP (International Fair Play Organization)
  • OCA (Olympic Council of Asia)
  • IWG (International Working Group of Women in Sport)

The community of Kickboxers in New Zealand is growing and as an organisation WAKO NZ is committed to providing the very best opportunities for our members by recognising that you want quality training, competition, recognition and experience. The WAKO executive is focussed on facilitating these opportunities for you and we work hard on developing this to deliver to you and your clubs a truly quality experience. The advantages of becoming affiliated with WAKO and grading under the WAKO Syllabus include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Recognition as a member of the world’s largest Kickboxing organisation
  • The ability for members to enter and compete in any WAKO sanctioned tournament
  • The ability for members to compete for WAKO Regional and National Titles (if selected)
  • The ability for members to trial for representative WAKO NZ National teams and compete in International events (including annual World Championships)
  • The ability for clubs and members to attend WAKO training camps and/or seminars
  • The ability to grade students and instructors in an internationally recognised syllabus
  • The ability to become certified as an official WAKO referee (and potentially referee at an international level)