What are the rules of Muay Thai ?
Muay Thai is a combat Sport of Thailand. It is also called as Art of Eight limb because it is characterised by combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a fighter efficient. The basic rules of this combat game are :
- The ring will be 6.10 x 6.10 meters for small size and 7.30 x 7.30 meters for larger size. Measurements shall be taken from the inner edge of the ring rope.
- The ring floor must be placed at least 1.20 meters from the ground, but not more than 1.50 meters.
- The referee shall order the offending boxer to correct all faults before the bout starts. During the bout, if the boxers’ gloves or attire is improperly displaced, the referee shall stop the fight immediately to correct the faults.
- Boxers must be at least 15 years old to compete under such rules and regulations.
- Boxers must weigh at least 100 pounds and over to compete under such rules and regulations.
- Boxers competing against each other must not be more than five (5) pounds weight difference.
- Boxers must have at least three (3) hours of rest after the weigh-in, before the beginning of the bout.
- In case a boxer is knocked down and cannot continue the fight within ten (10) seconds, his opponent wins by knockout.
- For an even round, both boxers score full ten (10) points (10:10)
- Full ten (10) points are given to the winner of the round and his opponent may be given 9 – 8 – 7 points in proportion. Points are not given in fraction.
- A score shall be awarded when boxers use fists, feet, knees, and elbows as muay thai fighting weapons to hit his opponent powerfully, accurately, unprotected, and according to the rules.
- Winning by Technical Knockout (TKO):
-In case a boxer outclasses his opponent very clearly or one-sidedly outpoints his opponent.
- In case the opponent cannot continue the contest immediately after the resting interval of a round.
- In case the opponent is seriously injured and cannot continue the contest.
- In case the opponent has been counted for more than two (2) times (i.e. 3 times) in one round, or more than four (4) times (i.e. 5 times) in the entire fighting contest.
- In case the opponent has fallen out of the ring and cannot get back into the ring after the referee has counted twenty (20).
- In case his opponent spontaneously withdraws form the contest due to injury or other causes.