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2019 North American Amateur Muay Thai Championships

BREAKDOWN OF EACH DIVISIONS:

* Novice 0-3 Fights (Includes all combative arts & smokers) * Muay Thai techniques. No Knees or Elbows to head. Body Allowed.

**If you are a former novice champion and have 3 fights, you must register in the Class B division.

Open if 4+ fights (Juniors Only).

* Junior Competitors - No knees to head, no elbows allowed in any junior division

* Class B 4-9 Fights * Muay Thai techniques. Padded Elbows to head. No Knees to head.

* Class A 10+ fights. Class A is also an OPEN division. *Muay Thai techniques. Padded Elbows to head. No Knees to head. No Head Gear in Championship bouts.

* Please count ALL ring experience! If you are unsure if it counts, ASK! We include in-gym smokers, "sparring nights", sanctioned, unsanctioned, boxing, mma, etc. There will be NO excusable reason for not counting everything. If in doubt, do not ask your coach, a friend or a teammate! ASK US!

* Age 17 CAN fight in the adult division however we prefer to have them compete in the Junior brackets if there are other fighters in their bracket.

SENIORS

*Seniors" are fighters, both female and male, between the ages 40-55. Must have a physical from your healthcare provider prior, form provided on request

* Seniors" age 40-49, do NOT have to compete in the senior divisions.

* Seniors" age 50-55 ARE required to compete in the Senior division.

FIGHTER'S ACCESSORIES:
Thai Liniment  is ALLOWED to be used to warm the fighter up prior to the fight. It cannot be applied above the shoulders (neck and head area).  Other warming agents such as Ben Gay, Icy Hot, and other sports cremes are NOT allowed.
Vaseline - Vasoline may be used on the fighter's face.  If excessive, referee will wipe it off. Baby oil is NOT allowed.
Prajioud (Arm Bands) - Arm bands may be worn by fighters, however the bands cannot hang down past the elbow.
Ankle Supports - Fighters may wear cloth ankle supports. No Tape.

LEGAL STRIKES:

Punching Strikes:
All Levels: All punches of boxing are allowed to the body and to the head.  This would include the jab, cross, hook, uppercut, overhand, and spinning backfist.  This applies to Junior, Amateur and Professional bouts.

Elbow Strikes:

NO ELBOWS in junior divisions
Adults -- Only elbows to the body in Class C.
Class B, Class A, and Open will allow elbows to the head with padded elbows. 
USMTA approved elbow pads must be worn by both fighters.  "Downward, Spiking, 12/6 elbows ARE NOT allowed"
NO elbows to the back of the head or the spine. 


Knee Strikes:

No knees to the head.
 

 Kicking Strikes:
Juniors & Adults -- All types of kicks are allowed to the head and body. These kicks must impact with the bottom or top or side of foot or the shin.  Only round kicks are allowed to the legs. These are allowed to the inside and outside of the legs, both above and below the knee.  There will be no straight kicks to the legs.  No "checking" the opponents roundkick, by teeping the kicking leg.

 

Clinching:
Clinching is allowed for all fighters:
Throws from the clinch are allowed.  These must be done with the arms, knees, and legs to off balance the opponent and "dump" or "throw".  No Judo throws or hip tosses are allowed. No picking up the opponent to body slam, as in the MMA competitions. A fighter is NOT allowed to intentionally fall on top of the opponent to cause injury. 

ILLEGAL STRIKES

NO elbows in junior divisions

NO striking the back of the head

NO striking the spine

NO striking the groin

NO striking the front and sides of the knees

NO foot stomps

NO sweeps "foot to foot"

NO hip throws or Judo throws

NO picking up opponent and slamming to the canvas

NO headbutts

NO hammerfist strikes

NO straight kicks below the waist

NO "plowing".  Must strike for every step taken, if holding a caught leg.

Note: All of the above are considered "fouls".  If referee determines foul is intentional, a point will be deducted.  If referee determines the foul is unintentional, a warning will be given for first occurrence.  Subsequent fouls will receive a point deduction.  The downed opponent has up to 5 minutes to recover (at the discretion of the referee).  Referee reserves the right to end fight after subsequent fouls if he/she feels it is in the best interest of the fighters.

"No Contest" Decisions
If an opponent is fouled in the first round and, as a result, cannot continue, AND the referee rules the foul as accidental, the bout will be ruled a "NO CONTEST".  If the bout has completed the first round, and the fouled opponent cannot continue, then the decision will go to the score cards to determine a winner.  This of course, will also be determined by whether or not the ring referee dictates the foul was "accidental" or "intentional".  An intentional foul will award the win to the downed fighter.  An accidental foul will award the win to the fighter winning completed rounds on the judges cards.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT: 

ALL Juniors and Adults will be required to wear all safety equipment: *headgear, shin guard (regardless of experience), mouth guard, and groin protection (female groin protection is optional). Classes A, B, and Jr. & Sr. Class A, B will use elbows with elbow pads. Novice classes will NOT use elbows.
Headgear will NOT be worn for the Adult, Class A Championship fights. Class A juniors will still wear it.

 Head Gear-- Headgear may have cheek protection but cannot have nose or chin protection.

ONLY "Neutral" head gear will be allowed in the tournaments. Fighters may wear red headgear if fighting out of the red corner and may wear blue headgear if fighting out of the blue corner, but may NOT wear red out of the blue corner or blue out of the red corner.  Black or white headgear is preferred however, a 'neutral' color may be worn. 

 Shin Guards -- Shin guards may be cloth, leather, or neoprene, and can pull on or fasten with Velcro or NO buckles.   
 

Elbow pads -- We will be supplying elbow pads for the tournament. Elbows to both the body and head will be allowed in ALL Class A, Class B divisions, both juniors and adults. Elbow pads will be supplied. Novice divisions will NOT use elbows to the head, but may still use elbows to the body.  

 

Handwraps -- Junior and Adult fighters may use training hand wraps or gauze and tape.

All gloves will be provided by promoter. No fighter may use their own.  All Juniors and Adults will use red and blue approved competition gloves. 8 oz will be used for Juniors under 85#, 10 oz. will be used for all weight divisions UNDER Heavyweight. Heavyweight and above will wear 12 oz.

RING RULES:
Standing 8 Count:
This will be in effect for all bouts, All fighters must engage. If you are not fighting back/defending yourself, the ring referee will stop the action and administer an 8 count to ensure your safety.  This will also be scored like a knockdown on the judges scorecards.

3 KnockDown Rule:
If a fighter is knocked down 3 times in any single round (provided the referee has given the 8 count), the fight will be stopped and pronounced a TKO.

Flash KnockDown:
The "flash" knockdown is in effect in all bouts, If a fighter is knocked down, but gets back up immediately with no signs of damage, at the discretion of the ring referee, it may be declared a flash knock down and no 8 count will be administered.  This will also NOT count as a knock down on the judges scorecards. Again, this rule is at the discretion of the referee.  Sometimes a fighter is Knocked OUT on impact (and eyes roll back in head) and then wake up upon their head bouncing off the canvas and get right back up.  The referee may see this and still give the 8 count to ensure the fighters is able to continue.

 LENGTH OF ROUNDS:
ALL Bouts - Three 2 minute rounds. One minute rest.