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The WKA North American Tournament Championships 2013

Brian Crenshaw

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Richmond, VA

The WKA North American Tournament Championships 2013

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Event Details

THAIBOXING  K-1  FULL RULES MUAY THAI   FULL CONTACT  MMA  BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU  NO GI GRAPPLING

What is the WKA NORTH AMERICAN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIPS?

The WKA North American Tournament Championships showcases the best amateurs in North America.

One weekend of the best amateur matches in North America
Combat Sports League, sanctioned by the 
World Kickboxing Association – USA, will host a single elimination tournament to determine the best fighters in North America. The event includes competitors from the US, Canada and Mexico, and will be used to select members for the WKA US National Team that will qualify to represent the US at the World Championships.

The World Kickboxing Association is one of the world’s oldest and most recognized governing bodies for various forms of Kickboxing. In 2000, the organization formed the WKA USA to oversee Kickboxing competition in the United States and, in 2004, WKA USA added Mixed Martial Arts, BJJ and No Gi Grappling to the portfolio of combat sports that it regulates.

The tournament includes BJJ (Gi and No Gi), MMA, Thaiboxing, K-1, Full Contact and Full Rules Muay Thai.

2012 had a record number of registrations/competitors in both the ring sports and grappling division with over 400 competitors from around North America.  We will have grappling mats, a cage, 3 rings, improved online registration and two days of action that begin with eliminations Saturday and finish with semifinals and finals on Sunday!  The three-day affair will kick off Friday with fighter check-ins, weigh-ins, medical reviews and bracketing.

Ring Sports Rules Styles

  • K-1 (only one knee in the clinch, without elbows)
  • Thaiboxing (clinch/knee, elbows allowed to the body)
  • Full Rules Muay Thai (clinch/knees, elbows with pads allowed to head and body)
  • Full Contact (kicks only above the waist)
  • MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

Divisions Offered

Below are the Ring and Grappling Divisions that will be held at the WKA North American Championships Tournament.  Not all divisions will be offered at the World Championships Tournament and we have noted (*) below those that will be offered.  We encourage all competitors to compete in as many styles as they wish regardless of whether they are options at World Championships Tournaments.

North American Championships

Tournament Divisions

MMA, Thaiboxing, Full Rules Muay Thai, K-1 and Full Contact

(Both Novice and Open Divisions)

Men

Women

 

Junior MMA, K-1 and Full Contact

Junior 15-17 (age as of June 30, 2013)

Junior 13-14 (age as of June 30, 2013)

 

Grappling Gi and No Gi

Men

Women

Juniors

 

 

Novice or Open Class?

Open Class divisions are open to all amateur competitors with more than three wins in any combative sport (Thaiboxing, Full Contact, Kickboxing, MMA, K-1 or Boxing).  Novice competitor has three wins or less.  Novice competitors may choose to move to Open Class, but he/she will not be allowed to compete as a Novice again.

Winners of Open Class divisions will be awarded the WKA North American Tournament Champion and winners of the divisions listed below qualify for the US Team to travel to the annual WKA World Championships.

World Championship Tournament Divisions

*** The top three competitors from:

Men: K-1, Thaiboxing, Full Contact and MMA

Women: K-1 and Full Contact

Junior (15-17): K-1 and Full Contact

BJJ Gi: Advanced (Black and Brown) and Intermediate (Purple and Blue)

BJJ No Gi: Advanced and Intermediate

Divisions at 2013 WKA World Championships

 

Men’s Divisions

MMA, Thaiboxing, K-1 and Full Contact

 

Women’s Divisions

K-1 and Full Contact

 

Junior’s Divisions

K-1 and Full Contact

 

Competitor Equipment

The fight equipment used at the North American Championships Tournament will be provided by WKA USA.  Competitors will be required to wear headgear and shin guards.  Competitors are required to provide a mouth guard, protective cup and gauze & tape or cloth hand wraps.  Competitors are not allowed to wear support braces of any kind.

Mixed Martial Arts Division

The Amateur MMA single elimination tournament will be contested under the WKA rules for MMA Division - Class "C". These rules can be seen at http://www.wkausa.com/amateur-rules-and-regulations.html#section4-rule-11-classification-of-competitors  and are modeled after the Unified Rules of Conduct.

Competitors will wear slightly oversized gloves and there will be no elbows, forearms, or knees to the head standing or grounded.

Adult competitors can register for either the Open or Novice division, depending on the competitive experience of each athlete.

Novice and Open class MMA matches will consist of three rounds of three minutes each and will progress by way of single elimination.

Weight Divisions for Mixed Martial Arts

Men

Women

Boys (13-14)

Boys (15-17)

Girls (13-14)

Girls (15-17)

-132 lbs

-105 lbs

-88 lbs

-110 lbs

-88 lbs

-110 lbs

-143 lbs

-115 lbs

-99 lbs

-121 lbs

-99 lbs

-121 lbs

-154 lbs

-125 lbs

-110 lbs

-132 lbs

-110 lbs

-132 lbs

-165 lbs

-135 lbs

-121 lbs

-143 lbs

 

 

-176 lbs

-145 lbs

-132 lbs

-154 lbs

 

 

-187 lbs

+145 lbs

 

-165 lbs

 

 

-198 lbs

 

 

-176 lbs

 

 

+198 lbs

 

 

-187 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

+187 lbs

 

 

*** If there is only one competitor for any weight class, than that competitor will be moved up to the next weight class.

Thaiboxing, K-1 Rules, Full Rules Muay Thai and Full Contact

The Thaiboxing, K-1 Rules, Full Rules Muay Thai and Full Contact divisions single elimination tournament will be contested under the appropriate amateur rule sets (see http://www.wkausa.com/amateur-rules-and-regulations.html).

Competitors can register for either the Open or Novice division, depending on the competitive experience of each athlete.

Competitors will engage in bouts consisting of three two-minute rounds.

WKA NA 2013

 

Have questions about The WKA North American Tournament Championships 2013? Contact Brian Crenshaw

When & Where



Arthur Ashe Center
3001 N Blvd
Richmond, VA 23230

Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM (PST)


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Organizer

Brian Crenshaw

The World Kickboxing Association is the oldest and largest organization of its kind, with over 90 countries in its membership. Recently, there has been very little WKA activity within the U.S., or involving U.S. kickboxers. This is made plainly evident by the meager U.S. representation in the world rankings. It is the opinion of many in the European and Asian kickboxing community that the training in the U.S. is sub-standard, and the fighters are not on par with other kickboxers worldwide. This is simply not so. There have been U.S. kickboxers who recently have been performing at an exceptionally high level, equal to many of their European or Asian counterparts.


It is the mission of the WKA USA to restore U.S. fighters to their rightful place and prestige within the WKA, and support and promote US fighters competing for world titles, both at home and abroad. So we encourage you to join the ranks of great WKA champions like Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Howard Jackson, Robert Kaman, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Ernesto Hoost, Chris Ngimbi, Brandon Vera, and Sean Sherk and show the rest of the world the true standard of US fighters. If you are interested in promoting orcompeting in any WKA events, please contact us via email.

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