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Amateur Muay Chao Cherk Rules and Regulations

Ring & Competition Area:

The competition area for Amateur Muay Chao Cherk must not be smaller than 16' X 16' inside the ropes, The ring shall include a fifth rope to prevent accidental rolling out of the ring. The ring shall have a floor matting of at least 2" to help prevent injury from throws and falls. The canvas shall be made of a NON SLIP material that is moisture resistant and most be able to be disinfected.

Competition Judges and Referees

The amateur competition should be judged by a minimum of three certified judges of the AMTJRA, however four judges, one at each side are also acceptable during championship
bouts. One certified referee of the AMTJRA is required for each bout. Back Up certified judges and referees are suggested during events with more than 10 bouts, so as to enable judges and referees and chance to regain their thoughts and to relax.

Physician or Ring Doctor

A licensed Physician shall be present at all events and shall NOT leave the event viewing area without having a replacement available to cover on going bouts. The Physician should be familiar with emergency sports medicine and the care of contact sports competitors.

Time Keeper, Judges Assistant, Bell Attendant and Counter Attendants

The Time Keeper shall be certified by the AMTJRA and known the requirements of the task to be performed including length of rounds, number of rounds for no championship and championship bouts. Time permitted for injury rest and referee stoppage.

The Judges assistant shall be certified by the AMTJRA as a judges assistant and shall understand all aspects of the job to be full filled, including running score sheets to head official assisting judges with receiving Kick, knee, punch and elbow counts from the count attendants.

Bell Attendant shall be certified by the AMTJRA and fully understand how to operate the bell either manual or electronic and understand the 10 second plate and when to strike it and the bell.

Counter Attendants shall be certified by the AMTJRA and understand how to operate the counters either kick and knee or punch and elbow, also a ground counter is required for Muay Chao Cherk events to count the time the competitors are on the ground and to notify the referee as to when to stand them up.

Arbitrator

The arbitrator is used at all events to handle and deal with any and all ruling problems so as to keep the promoter and production staff free of these problems. The arbitrator cannot be a member of ANY team or competitors competing in the event and shall be bias to any country in competition. The arbitrator should be familiar with all ruling , regulation, judging and refereeing elements of Muay Thai and the USMTA.

Clothing

The shorts worn in Muay Chao Cherk shall be black knee length with a sash to match the corner of ring competing in the leg seam shall also have a ribbon to match the color of the sash.

Kwruang Rwuang or Arm ties may also be worn on the biceps

Monkon may be worn during the performing or the Ram Muay and Wai Kruu but needs to be removed before competition begins.

Ankle Socks are permitted but they should match the color of the corner the fighter is competing in. Groin Protection or Foul protector shall be worn by all male and female competitors. Chest Protectors shall be worn by all female competitors.

Muay Chao Cherk Gloves

Gloves worn in competition shall be a minimum of 8 ounce and provide support for wrist, fingers and knuckles. Covering of the knuckles, fingers and back of hand is required, however the palm maybe opened for grabbing and the fingers maybe separated.

Competitors under the age of 16 years old MUST also wear a HEAD GUARD .
Competitors under the age of 12 years old MUST wear SHIN/INSTEP GUARDS.
Competitors under the age of 12 years old MUST also wear a CHEST GUARD.

Striking with the hand is permitted to the Front of the Body, to the sides of the body and to the head. Striking with the feet is permitted to the front of the body to the side of the body, the inside and outside of the legs and to the head. Striking with the knee is permitted to the front of the body, to the sides of the body and to the inside and outside of the thigh.

NO STRIKES are permitted to the back of the body or to any joints or the neck and throat area.

When two competitors are in the CLINCH and the competitors have under 5 bouts NO STRIKING OF ANY TYPE is permitted. If the competitors have 5 - 10 bouts and are in the clinch then strikes are permitted below the neck only. If the competitors have over 10 bouts and are in the clinch all legal striking is permitted.

When the competitors are of the ground and have under 5 bouts no striking is permitted only ground work is allowed. If the competitors have 5 - 10 bouts and are on the ground striking is permitted only to the bodies legal targets. If the competitors have over 10 bouts and are on the ground all striking is permitted.

THROWING an Opponent

All throws are permitted in Muay Chao Cherk EXCEPT for throws which are done from a SMALL JOINT or the Neck.

Ground Work and Holding

All holds and locks are permitted EXCEPT for small joint manipulations and neck cranks.

Breaking a Hold

When a competitor is in a hold or lock and feels that he/she is submitted a simple tap on the mat or the other competitor shall cause the hold to be released. If the referee feels that a competitor will not submit on his/her own during a hold or lock the referee may stop the hold or lock by tapping the competitor with the hold or lock in and state to release ending the match.

FOULS

Illegal Blows are ANY Strike to the back, back of the head, knees or elbows or any and all small point manipulations or neck cranks.
Striking the eyes with the fingers
Grabbing the Mouth with the open hand
Clawing or ripping with the open hand
Striking the groin with any weapon
attacking the back of the head or neck
Attacking the throat
Yelling at an Official
Use of Abusive Language by Competitor or his/her corner
Spitting at an Official
Arguing with the Officials
Corner slapping the canvas
Failure to obey commands by Officials

WARNINGS and DISQUALIFICATIONS

During competition a competitor will be WARNED one time ONLY for any and all illegal acts then a point will be deducted from his/her score card and finally a disqualification. If the referee feels that the illegal act was deliberate he/she may go directly to a disqualification.

Bout Time

No Championship bouts shall be two rounds each 5 minutes with a 1 minute rest between rounds. Championship bouts shall be three rounds each five minutes with a one minute rest in between rounds.

Accidental Injury Time outs

For all injury time outs the competitor shall be given no more than 5 minutes to recover and continue with the bout, except for accidental groin contact then the competitor shall be given upto but no more than 15 minutes to recover and continue with the bout.
Should a competitor be unable to continue after an accidental injury in the first round the bout will go to the competitor. If a competitor is unable to return to competition after accidental injury in the second or third round the ruling will be from the judges score cards. If a competitor is unable to return to competition due to deliberate injury by the opponent the bout shall be awarded to the injured competitor.

Competition can only be stopped by the referee, ring doctor or by throwing in a white towel. Points are awarded to CLEAN strikes to the targets of the body and throws as shown below.

Kicks to the head 2 points
Kicks to the body 1 1/2 points
Kicks to the legs 1 1/2 points

Knees to the body 1 1/2 points
knees to the legs 1 point

Punches to the head 1 point
Punched to the body 1 point

Elbows to the body 1 point

Throwing the opponent 2 points
Sweeping the opponent 2 points

Holding the opponent to the mat 10 seconds 2 points

Pinning the opponent to tap Bout Victory


Weight Divisions

Mini Flyweight ...........................maximum weight 105 lbs 47.727 kgs
Junior Flyweight.................................................. 108 lbs 48.988
Flyweight.............................................................112lbs 50.802
Junior Bantamweight.............................................116lbs 52.163
Bantamweight......................................................118lbs 53.524
Junior Featherweight............................................122lbs 55.338
Featherweight......................................................126lbs 57.153
Junior Lightweight.................................................130lbs 58.967
Lightweight..........................................................135lbs 61.235
Junior Welterweight..............................................140lbs 63.05
Welterweight........................................................147lbs 66.638
Junior Middleweight..............................................154lbs 69.853
Middleweight........................................................160lbs 72.575
Light Heavyweight.................................................175lbs 79.379
Cruiserweight.......................................................190lbs 88.183
Heavyweight ........................................................200lbs 90.718
Super Heavyweight..............................................215lbs + 97.522 & up


written by Kru Ric Sniffen  National Director Native American League  April 8, 2007

 

Amateur Muay Thai Rules and regulations

 

USMTA Inc. All rights reserved. Revised: January 04, 2015