There were recently world kickboxing championships close to where live. Now I've only recently started making an effort to follow kickboxing and I had never heard of the organisation prior to this. Then I find out there is a whole alphabet worth of these Kickboxing organisations. WAKO, WKU, WKA, ISKF, WKO, WKC etc. Turns out there have been a few world championships near me for these organisations. But none seemed big enough or on the scale of what I would imagine to be "world" championships, given 90% of the competitors were from the UK. So where do these organisations stand in comparison to promotions such as Glory or Bellator or Superkombat? I know their annual world championships cant be compared, but how do their belts compare to those of the big promotions ? Is a WAKO low-kick world champion on the same level as a Bellator champion? Or is it these organisations are more focused on "above the waist" or "American Kickboxing" ?