Soon after WAKO World Cup 2014 Brazil Stage, Brazilian Confederation of Kickboxing (CBKB) organized another great international kickboxing even, International Kickboxing Festival 2014. The event took place in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil between 4th – 7th September 2014. The festival contaned competitive, capacitive and participatory activities. The event was the biggest event of Brazilian kickboxing history. Espen Lund, Accting President of WAKO (IF), Nasser Nassiri, President of WAKO Asia and WAKO (IF) Vice President, Roy Baker, WAKO (IF) Board Member and WAKO Europe Vice President were together in Brazil for International Kickboxing Festival 2014.
Capacitive activity of the festival was the international arbitration course which was administered by Yuri Lakhtikov from Estonia, WAKO (IF) International Referee Committee Ring Sports member including the procedures for ring and tatami, aiming to train and classify the referees for WAKO.
Participatory activity of the event will be open technical kickboxing courses that will be conducted by three well known kickboxing idols. These idols are:
Don “The Dragon” Wilson
One of the greatest fighters in the history of Kickboxing, who won the world title 11 times. He is a member of the hall of fame martial arts, a kickboxer who has scored 47 knockouts in his career, which lasted five decades. He is a famous Hollywood actor who starred in many action movies.
Semmy “Sem” Schilt is a Dutch kickboxer and karateka. He was the Heavyweight Grand Slam Glory 2013 Champion and four time (three consecutive) World GP K-1 Champion. Also shares with Ernesto Hoost‘s record for most GPs won.
Roy Baker is three times European champion and four times world champion, technical personnel of 08 world championships, he built an unrivaled history in Point Fighting between 1982-2002. He is Executive Board Member of WAKO (IF) and First Vice President of WAKO Europe and promoter of higher stage of the World Cup WAKO. He is also promoter of Irish Open, which in 2014 featured more than 3,500 athletes registered.
Brazilian Kickboxing Cup
Brazilian Kickboxing Cup was be the competitive activity of the International Kickboxing Festival. The event took place in Waldemar Blatkauskas Municipal Gymnasium. This event was for selection of Brazilian National Kickboxing Team for Panamerican Championships 2014 that will take place in Corrientes, Argentina between 4 – 7 December, 2014.
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.