Kickboxing Rules

All tournament bouts and title fights will be K-1/Glory rules.

Three rounds, three minutes per round unless coaches want otherwise. Any fights deemed a draw will continue three minute rounds until a winner is declared.

All exhibition (non-tournament) bouts will be international rules.

International Rules

  1. Fighters may kick above the waist and to the legs.
  2. Leg kicks (shin or foot) are allowed to BOTH inside & outside of the legs but not the knees.
  3. DIRECT SIDE KICKS TO THE LEGS ARE NOT ALLOWED!
  4. There is no Kick Minimum.
  5. Spinning backhands/fists are legal.
  6. No clinching like in Muay Thai. Fighters will be asked to break as in FCR or Boxing.
  7. No Elbows and No Knees allowed.
  8. Foot sweeps are legal to the “FRONT” Foot as long as it is not higher than the ankle. If a fighter’s rear is square to the ropes, BOTH feet become targets for a sweep.

Unified Rules

  1. Modified/Limited Muay Thai – K-1 – Glory Style Rules Combined.
  2. Fighters may kick above the waist and to the legs.
  3. Leg kicks (shin or foot) are allowed to BOTH inside & outside of the legs but not the knees.
  4. Grabbing the leg is OK as long as you immediately counter with a strike.
  5. Pushing is OK as long as it is to set up a Strike.
  6. Ok to reposition fighter (like in a clinch) to throw a strike.
  7. DIRECT SIDE KICKS TO THE LEGS ARE NOT ALLOWED!
  8. Spinning backhands/fists are Legal.
  9. Fighters may throw knees but cannot clinch like in Muay Thai. Fighters will be asked to break as in FCR or Boxing.
  10. No elbows.
  11. Foot sweeps are legal to the “FRONT” Foot as long as it is not higher than the ankle. If a fighter’s rear is square to the ropes, BOTH feet become targets for a sweep.

MuayThai Rules

  • Fighters may strike with punches above the waist, kicks above the waist and to the inside and outside of each fighters legs are NOT ALLOWED. Knees to the head, body and legs and Elbow strikes to the head, body and legs are only allowed when approved by the State Athletic/Boxing Commission that has jurisdiction over the bout(s) in question and if so, if desired by the fighters/trainers or promoter.

Special Style Rules

  • PRO & AMATEURS
  • Elbow & Knee strikes are allowed in both IKF Amateur & Pro MuayThai. However they must be approved by the State Athletic/Boxing Commission that has jurisdiction over the bout(s) in question.
  • If Elbow strikes are allowed to the head in an Amateur MuayThai bout and desired by the fighters/trainers and promoter, both fighters must wear IKF approved elbow pads.
  • If the use of elbows are not allowed or not desired by the fighters/trainers or promoter, these MuayThai bouts will be called “Modified MuayThai”.
  • If the use of knees are not allowed either, the fight will be fought under IKF International Rules. To be a true MuayThai bout at all, there must be at least knee strikes to the body.
  • Clinching is allowed as long as 1 fighter is ACTIVE WITHIN the clinch.
  • MuayThai throws are Allowed. NOT HIP THROWS.
  • Fighters are allowed to catch their opponents leg and take 1 step forward. After 1 step, the fighter holding the leg must STRIKE before taking a second step or more.
  • Sweeps (with instep of foot) are not allowed but a fighter may “KICK” his/her opponents supporting leg with the top of their foot or shin, NOT the instep as in a karate style sweep.
  • In TRUE Muay Thai as with these rules, FLASH KNOCKDOWNS where the knocked down fighter rises up immediately after being knocked down are usually not counted as knockdowns with a standing 8 count. HOWEVER, if the fighter is “ROCKED” by the shot taken, (Whether he is still standing or drops to the canvas / ring floor) the referee can make the decision to give an 8 count if he/she feels necessary, no matter how fast the fighter recovers or rises after the fall.

Amateurs Tournament Bouts

  • Fighters may only throw knees and elbows to the body and NOT the head.


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