WAKO Team USA and Team Canada Kickboxing comes to Nashville

Omari Boyd, a.k.a., ‘The Body Snatcher.’ (photo: TMP PR)

Omari Boyd, a.k.a., ‘The Body Snatcher.’ (photo: TMP PR)

The organization American K-1 Kickboxing Promotions will host a World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) on Saturday September 30. Patrons can enjoy international competition here in Nashville. The noted event promises to pack them in and draw even more productive, positive light to the city and mid-state.

In this specific event, the United States National K-1 Kickboxing Team will battle the Canadian National K-1 Kickboxing team in Kean Hall at Tennessee State University from 5:30-10 pm.

It just gets better as one of Music City’s own takes center stage, representing the sport here in his hometown. The main event of the evening features Nashville’s TSU graduate Omari Boyd (a.k.a. ‘The Body Snatcher’) and the undefeated Canadian kickboxing champion Adam Weber.

Boyd recently made history and became the first American kick boxer to medal at the World Games by securing the Bronze for the United States this July in Poland. This event features 12 bouts, five main card with seven undercard bouts including the highly-anticipated match-up between Pan-American kickboxing champion Royelle Gogins (out of Memphis, Tenn.) and Mixed Martial Arts National Champion Brittney Cloudy from St. Louis, Mo.

This matchup of the top female athletes is one bout that could steal the show. Various top athletes from six different local martial arts schools will be on display competing.

“They don’t want to miss it. This event is expected to be an amazing and memorable competitive feature. I am very proud of the athletes that will be competing”, said Rob Zbilski, president WAKO USA.

The Live Pay Per View (PPV) stream for the event is being provided by Developed Over Coffee Productions (DOCP). With the United Fighting Alliance, it will be broadcast to over 110 million homes. OPACO International is the event’s main sponsor. The World Association of Kickboxing Organizations or WAKO is the largest international organization of kickboxing and the governing body of amateur kickboxing sport certified by SportAccord.

It is formed of two organizations: WAKO for amateur sports and WAKO PRO for professional sports. Besides holding world championships, WAKO sanctions the champions of kickboxing in six rule styles. WAKO holds a world championship every two years, with youth (18 and under) and adult categories (18–45). On separate years only, national teams are accepted.

Each member country can present only one competitor in each weight class. Competitors are commonly the national champions of their weight class in that particular kickboxing style. Many are officially recognized by their National Olympic Committees or Ministry of Sports. WAKO is leading the effort for kickboxing to receive International Olympic recognition.

“Nashville is the perfect home for Team USA Kickboxing events,” said WAKO National promoter Kevin Walker. “It’s a great location and we have the best fans. We also have the top kick boxer in America, the Titans, and the Predators. We have the Sounds and Music City USA and we considered to be the it city.”

WAKO Team USA online platforms are on various Social Media outlets to follow or check out the official website at www.WAKOUSA.org.