Team USA’s Jimi Wilson from Arlington, VA competed in the 2013 WAKO World Kickboxing Championships in the -54kg Low Kick Rules division. The event took place September 28 to October 6th in Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil and featured fighters from 47 different countries and 6 continents.
Wilson received a bye in the first round of the tournament and in the second round he faced Portugal’s, Mario Gonçalves. It was an exciting fight, but Wilson used his superior kicking technique and footwork to outscore his opponent by unanimous decision. Wilson was scheduled to fight again the same day in a semi-final match against Fabrice Michel Bauluck, from Mauritius. Unfortunately Wilson sustained a knee injury in his first fight and he was unable to continue. The fighter from Mauritius advanced to the finals automatically and went on to win the Gold medal. Wilson was forced to settle for the Bronze.
The WAKO World Championships is the largest and most prestigious kickboxing tournament in the World. Team USA is honored to have Jimi Wilson a part of our team and we were proud to be there to watch him take home the Bronze medal. To learn more about Jimi Wilson, please see his story in our “Medal Winners” page here: http://www.wakousa.org/portfolio/jimi-wilson/