Jumi Basar, the first Kickboxer from Arunachal to represent India at WAKO world Senior Kickboxing Championship 2019 in Bosnia & Herzegovina
By Maksam Tayeng
Kick Boxer Jumi Basar from Lepa Rada District in Arunachal Pradesh has been selected to represent India at WAKO World Senior Kickboxing Championship 2019 which is going to be held at Bosnia & Herzegovina from October 19 to 27, 2019 next.
Under the guidance of Bulang Marik (President) and Charu Govin (General Secretary) of the Kickboxing Association of Arunachal (KAA), Jumi Basar has won Gold Medal in Light Contact Category (89Kg) at WAKO India Senior Kickboxing Championship 2019 which was held at Rohtak, Haryana recently.
Notably, Basar is the first Kick Boxer from Arunachal Pradesh who will represent the country in the World Senior Kickboxing Championship. This young Boxer from the state is seemingly confident of making Arunachal’s and India’s presence felt at the coming international event at Bosnia & Herzegovina and he is leaving for Mysore, Karnataka to attend a pre- World Championship training camp arranged for the selected players at Mysore from 11th – 17th October 2019 being organized by WAKO India National Kickboxing Federation.
History of WAKO:
WAKO’s History is tightly connected with the history of Kickboxing in the western world. Already in 1970, WAKO’s legend, Joe Lewis had his first “Kickboxing fight” against Greg Baines in the USA. This was the first fight where boxing gloves were used and the name Kickboxing was mentioned in the announcement.
But it was not until 1974 that the first official “World Championship in Full Contact” took place in Los Angeles. Joe Lewis and Mike Anderson were the main organizers at that time. WAKO legends Bill Wallace, Jeff Smith and Joe Lewis were the first Full Contact World Champions.
Creating a new, lasting and strong World Organization was not easy during those turbulent times in the martial art world. It was primarily George Brueckner and Mike Anderson who had the vision and the initiative to create a new “World All-Style Karate Organization” – in short “WAKO”.
WAKO started its activity in Europe in 1976 and was founded in Berlin, Germany on February 26th, 1977.
The founder was Mr. Georg Bruckner from Berlin, who promoted the first-ever World Championships in semi and full contact karate (as initially the discipline was called in those days) back in 1978 with 110 competitors representing 18 countries. WAKO immediately created the rules and regulations for the new fighting sports including punches (hand techniques) and kicks (leg techniques) for amateur fights with maximum use of safety equipment, the new term KICKBOXING was officially adopted to define the sport and WAKO started to act, since the very beginning, as the authentic Kickboxing Federation in the world. From 1984 till 2013, WAKO was led by Mr. Ennio Falsoni (Italy). He organized and consolidated WAKO as a respectable International Sports Organization. World Championships were held every two years in different parts of the World. Now, after decades of passionate work, Mr. Ennio Falsoni is the Honorary President of WAKO.
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