8º WAKO Pan-American Kickboxing Championship took place in Corrientes, Argentina between 4 – 7 December 2014. More than 450 athletes from 9 countries of the continent, including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, United States and Mexico participated in this version of WAKO Pan-American Kickboxing Championship.
Brazil conquered the overall first place in the medal table with 69 gold medals, Argentina took the second place with 44 medals Chile took the third place with 37 gold medals.
During the championship Mr. Borislav Pelevic, President of WAKO Europe, and Mr. Jan Frana, International referee from Czech Republic gave a seminar for ring disciplines to 45 referees from Pan-America. The quality of fights was top level and the event showed us that Pan-America has very good athletes as Europe has. The only negative thing about the championship was the very high temperature in the sports hall. Except this, both quality of the organization and the fights were very high. In conclusion, this championship showed us that Pan-America has very high level on kickboxing and kickboxing is growing very fast in Pan-America.
Reşat Onur Er, is a law graduate from Turkey with LL.M degree. He is involved in kickboxing since 2012. He is Turkish Kickboxing Federation Chairman of Students Committee and Member of Committee on Foreign Relations, WAKO IF Member of Education/Students Committee WAKO European Kickboxing Federation Member of Students/Educational Committee and is founder of WorldKickboxing.Net. He is a licensed kickboxing athlete who has 7th Dan Dark Brown Belt. He has been working actively for development of kickboxing in Turkey and Africa. He works at Cape Town Iron and Steel Works as a Legal Assistant.