Thai Boxing, Inc.
(A non-profit organization)
                                    INTRODUCTION

The human instinct of self-defense is the same worldwide, but the application
of the art varies from culture to culture as well as from country to country.  
Thailand also has its own "art" of self-defense that is second to none which
known as Thai Boxing or Muay Thai as Thai people called it.  It's unclear exactly
when the earliest form of Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) was developed but most
experts believe it to be at least 800 years old.

Thai Boxing or Muay Thai is a traditional art of Thai self-defense.  It is the style
of unarmed fighting, using feet, knees, elbows, and fists to be your defending
weapons.  The original form of Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) is a highly
sophisticated form of martial art, born out of conflict and war, and based on
survival.

Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) does not earn belt colors typical of Karate and Tai
Kwon- Do.  Instead, Thai Boxing practitioners test their skills in the ring.  In
1930, modern Thai Boxing was born, leather gloves, rounds per bout and
weight classes became standard.  It is also the National Sport of Thailand.
In America Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) is quietly sweeping across the country, it is growing in strength and
recognition by its practitioners and competitors from many of the major martial art system here,
especially very popular in Europe and Japan.  Therefore, it is the goal of Thai Boxing, Inc. to keep this
practice of the traditional art of Thai self-defense from becoming extinct, and instead help to further its
growth in America while remaining in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Sports Authority
of Thailand for Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) Sports competitions.
Rules and Regulations for Amateur Thai Boxing Competitions

Rule 1   The Ring.

1.   The ring must be constructed strongly, safely at a level without any obstructions and shall be
not less than 17 feet square within the ropes.  The ring floor shall extend beyond the ropes
not less than 18 inches.
2.   The ring floor shall be padded with soft materials for the thickness of one inch or more and
the padding must extend beyond the ring ropes and over the edge of the platform, with a top-
up of canvas cover tightly and smoothly secured all over to the whole ring area.
3.   The ring platform shall not be more than four feet above the floor of the building, and shall be
provided with suitable steps for use of contestants, the seconds, the referee, and the ring
doctor to step up into the ring for duties.  Ring posts shall be of metal, not more than four
inches in diameter, extending from the floor of the building to a height of 58 inches above the
ring floor, and shall be properly padded.
4.   Ring ropes shall be at least four in number, not less than one inch in diameter; the lower rope
18 inches above the ring floor, the second rope 30 inches above the ring floor, the third rope
42 inches above the ring floor, and the fourth rope 54 inches above the ring floor.  The lower
rope shall have applied around it a padding of a thickness of not less than one-half inch.

Rule 2   Ring Equipment for Competitions.

1.   Two chairs (stools) for competitors.
2.   Two bottles for drinking water and two spraying bottles.
3.   Two towels.
4.   Tables and chairs for officials.
5.   A bell.
6.   One or two stopwatches.
7.   Score cards.
8.   A set of round, boxing time, and bout markers.
9.   Two pairs of spare boxing gloves.
10.   Two spare boxer's  shorts, red and blue each.
11.   Groin protectors.
12.   A pair of safety scissors.

Rule 3   Gloves.

1.   The gloves used in the competitions must have the leather portion not heavier than one-half
(1/2) of the glove's total weight and the glove's inner pads must weight at least one-half (1/2)
of the glove's total weight.  It is not permitted to change the shape of the glove's inner pads
or to rub the glove's inner pads in order for spreading them from the original shape.
2.   The competitors must use only the gloves certified by Thai Boxing, Inc. and approved by the
commission.
3.   If gloves used in preliminary bouts have been used before, they shall be whole, clean, in
sanitary condition and subject to inspection by a member of the match committee prior to the
fight.  Any such gloves found to be unfit shall be immediately discarded and replaced with
gloves meeting the above requirements.
4.   Contestants in all weights up to and including the welterweight class shall wear no less than
eight-ounce gloves.  In heavier classes, contestants shall wear no less than ten-ounce gloves.
5.   The gloves laces must be tied with knots behind the wrists.  Gloves wearing must be inspected
and stamped by the authorized glove inspector who must observe and control gloves wearing
to insure that the boxers do it accordingly to rules until the boxers step into the ring.

Rule 4   Hand Bandages.

Bandages shall not exceed the following restrictions:

One winding of surgeon's adhesive tape, not over one and one-half inches wide, placed
directly on the hand to protect that part of the hand near the wrist.  Said tape may cross the
back of the hand twice but shall not extend within one inch of the knuckles when hand is
clenched to make a fist.
Contestants shall use soft surgical bandage not over two inches wide, held in place by not
more than two yards of surgeon's adhesive tape for each hand.  One 10-yard roll of bandage
shall complete the wrappings for each hand.
Hand wrapping must be inspected and stamped by an official to certify its rule accordance
before the boxers are allowed to put on gloves.

Rule 5   Uniforms.

1.   The boxer's dresses.

a.   Boxers must wear Muay Thai shorts neatly at half-thigh length, without shirts anDud shoes.
The red corner boxer may wear shorts in red, pink, maroon, or white.  The blue corner
boxer may wear shorts in blue, navy blue, or black.
b.   Male contestants shall wear a foul-proof groin protector, Female contestants shall wear
foul-proof breast protectors.  Plastic breast covers are adequate.  All contestants shall wear
fitted mouthpieces, head protectors, and shin-instep protectors.
c.   Long hair and/or beards are prohibited.  A short moustache is allowed but the hair must not
extend over the lip.
d.   The boxer's finger nails and toenails must be closely and neatly cut.
e.   The Mongkol should be worn when performing the Wai Kru (paying respect to one's
teacher, etc.) before the bout.
f.    It is not permitted to apply Vaseline, rubbing oil (balm), fat, or herbal ointment on the
boxer's body or gloves.

2.   Dressing Violations.

In case the boxer's uniforms are not clean or not in accordance with Rule 5.a, the referee has
authority to order the offended boxer to correct all faults before the bout.  During the bout, if
the boxer's gloves or dresses are improperly displaced, the referee will stop the action to
correct the faults.

Rule 6   Weight Divisions and Weigh-In.

Weights and Classes.

Atom Weight (Willie wt.) .................................................................................... 106 lbs. or under
Super Atom Weight (Willie wt.) ........................................................................ 106.1 - 109 lbs.
Flyweight ............................................................................................................ 109.1 - 112 lbs.
Super Flyweight ................................................................................................. 112.1 - 115 lbs.
Bantamweight ....................................................................................................  115.1 - 118 lbs.
Super Bantamweight ........................................................................................  118.1 - 122 lbs.
Featherweight ...................................................................................................  122.1 - 126 lbs.
Super Featherweight ........................................................................................ 126.1 - 130 lbs.
Lightweight ......................................................................................................... 130.1 - 135 lbs.
Super Lightweight .............................................................................................. 135.1 - 140 lbs.
Welterweight ....................................................................................................... 140.1 - 147 lbs.
Super Welterweight ............................................................................................ 147.1 - 154 lbs.
Middleweight ......................................................................................................  154.1 - 161 lbs.
Super Middleweight ...........................................................................................  161.1 - 168 lbs.
Light Heavyweight ............................................................................................... 168.1 - 175 lbs.
Super Light Heavyweight ...................................................................................  175.1 - 183 lbs.
Cruiser Weight ..................................................................................................... 183.1 - 195 lbs.
Heavyweight ......................................................................................................... 195.1 - 215 lbs.
Super Heavyweight .............................................................................................. 215.1 lbs. and over

Weigh-In

1.    The boxer shall be weighed without clothes, no later than 3 hours prior to the match.
2.    Before weigh-in, the boxers must have their physical examination checked by the doctor to
certify that they are physically fit and healthy.
3.    The boxer's boxing camp chief, the manager, or his representative may witness the weigh-in.

Rule 7   Paying Homage and Rounds.

1.   Paying Homage:  Before the bout every boxer must pay homage in accordance with arts and
custom, accompanying by musical instruments of a Javanese oboe, a Javanese tom-tom (drum)
and a pair of small cup-shaped cymbals for rhythms.  The bout will start after paying homage.
2.   Rounds for competitions:  A bout consists of three (3) rounds of two (2) minutes each with one
(1) minute break between each round.  The time stopped for the bout interruptions for any
reason, is excluded from the fighting time of that round.

Rule 8   The Boxer's Qualifications and Prohibitions.

1.   The minimum full age is 16 years old.
2.   The minimum weight is 100 pounds.
3.   Having no forbidden sickness as specified in the doctor's handbook.

Rule 9   Seconds.

Two seconds are allowed to attend the boxer as per the following stipulations:

The Second's Duties:

1.   The seconds shall not give any advice or encourage their boxers during the bout.  If they
violate the rule, the referee will warn, caution, or discharge them from their duties.
2.   During the bout, the seconds must stay on their seats.  Before each round, they must clear towels,
water bottles, and other materials from the ring edge.
3.   During a round interval, the seconds must check the boxer's dresses in readiness for the bout.
If there is any problem, the second must notify the referee immediately to solve it.
4.   When applying water for boxers, the seconds shall not wet the ring floor.  They must also tower
the boxers.
5.   The seconds shall not use rude words and they shall not hurt the boxers during the bout or after.
6.   The seconds must wear a proper shirts that bears his camp's/gym's logo or emblem.
7.   The boxer's second may give up for his boxer by stepping into the ring.  He is not allowed to
throw a sponge or a towel into the ring.