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WELCOME
TO THE WORLD KICKBOXING AND KARATE UNION
(GCO / WKUWORLD)

Our experience and passion for combat sports for more than 25 years will make sure, athletes will find the right environment and professional conditions to perform great moments of combat sports. The WKUWorld Championships, our national tournaments and worldwide Professionals Fight nights are our most important goals in MartialArts.

Over the years we created fantastic events and started to promote and support MartialArt Clubs and athletes all over the World with grading systems, a worldwide database and management know how. We are looking forward to create a new mile stone in history of MartialArts Championships.

Kind regards,

Klaus Nonnemacher
President GCO/WKUWORLD

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Many laymen are under the impression that modern day kickboxing originated in Thailand, Japan or elsewhere in the Far East, in fact, the real origins of the sport are revealed by the real name by which it was known, full contact karate. During the mid-seventies various American tournament karate practitioners became frustrated with the limitations of the then rather primitive competitive scoring system. They wanted to find a system within which they could apply kicks and punches to the knockout. Full contact karate was born. Early bouts were fought on open matted areas just as ordinary karate matches were. Later events were staged in regular size boxing rings. These early tournaments produced kickboxing’s first stars, Joe Lewis, Bill Wallace, Benny Urquidez and Jeff Smith. Later the Americans really wanted to test their mettle and sent teams of kickboxers to Japan under the banner of the GCO (Global Combat Sports Organization). From this point kickboxing developed in to a true international sport. Today the GCO is world’s oldest and largest sanctioning body, and continues to grow. The new-look GCO website provides the latest information on all aspects of the sport and will be updated on a regular basis. Why not email us with your comments?

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