WAKO kickboxing has 7 competitive disciplines, three ring and four tatami disciplines. The fights are controlled with a certain number of referees, which depends on the discipline.
- Full contact
- Low kick
- K1 style
Fighting area is the ring. Each bout consists of three two minute rounds with a minute break between each round. The intention of kickboxer is to defeat his opponent with legal techniques which must be delivered with full power.
- Point fighting
- Light contact
- Kick light
- Forms (with and without weapons).
Fighting area is the tatami. The intention of kickboxer is to defeat his opponent with legal techniques which must be delivered with controlled power. Each round is two minutes with a minute break between the rounds but number of rounds is different and it depends of the discipline.
The discipline Forms is not fighting discipline, it is a simulation of the fight with the imaginary opponent, where the kickboxer uses martial arts techniques. The judges score the performance based on good technique, clean and sharp movements, kicking and punching combinations. They can be performed with or without music, and with and without weapons. It can be performed in team, where it can be with mixed genders (man and female). If the judge can visualize your imaginary opponent and if you were good in fighting techniques, your performance was good.
Kickboxing can be practiced from the early ages, and age categories are:
TATAMI: Children (7,8,9), Cadets (younger 10,11,12, older 13,14,15), Juniors (16,17,18) Seniors (19-40), Masters (41-55).
RING: Juniors (younger 15-16, older 17-18) Seniors (19-40).
In kickboxing there are different weight categories depending on the discipline, age and sex.