MUAY THAI RULES
MUAY THAI is known as KING OF THE RING in kickboxing circles. These fights feature PUNCHES, KICKS, ELBOWS, KNEES, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent. Thai Training Methods develop SUPER POWER, SPEED and FIGHTING SPIRIT. The training is SAVE and PROVEN EFFECTIVE outside the ring as SELF-DEFENCE, SPORTING, MILITARY and LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES.
Muay Thai is fought in five three-minute rounds with two-minute breaks in between. The fight is preceded by a WAI KRU Dance, in which each contestant pays homage to his MASTER. Each boxer wears a HEADBAND and ARMBANDS during the warm-up exercise of WAI KRU Dance. The headband called MONGKOL and is believed to bestow luck to the wearer since it has been BLESSED by a MONK or the BOXER MASTER. It is a symbol of LUCKY CHARM and a SPIRITUAL OBJECT to MUAY THAI BOXERS. It will be removed after the Wai Kru Dance and only by the BOXER MASTER. The armbands are believed to offer protection and are only removed when the fight has ended.
A match is decided by a KNOCK OUT (K.O.) or by POINTS. three judges decide who carries the round and the one who wins the most rounds, WIN THE FIGHT! The referee plays a very important role here as the BOXER SAFETY depends on his decision.