The World Kickboxing Association (WKA) is one of the oldest and the largest amateur and professional sanctioning organisations of kickboxing in the world. Its official name is "World Kickboxing and Karate Association, however the logo uses World Karate and Kickboxing Association".
WKA was created in the United States as the World Karate Association in 1976 by Howard Hanson, a Shorin-Ryu Karate black belt, and Arnold Urquidez. The organisation was the first non-profit governing body to use an independently controlled rating list, the first to establish a world championship division for women and the first to include countries from Asia.The organisation became one of the major sanctioning bodies for professional karate.
Howard Hanson sold the WKA to Dale Floyd in 1991.
In 1994, Paul Inghram took over the organisation.
The WKA South Pacific Region based in Melbourne Australia, and is the standard for the Australian kickboxing sport.