Rules & Regulations Of The USMTA- Kung Fu Fight League

Item 1: THE RING.

The ring shall be constructed as follows:

1.1. Size: A square with each side the following dimension: Large size-24-feet (7.30 meters).

1.2. Ring Floor: The floor must be padded by either cushioning, rubber, soft cloth, rubber mat, or similar material with a minimum thickness of 1 inch (2.50 cm) and a maximum of 1.5 inch (3.7 cm).

1.3. Ring Steps: At least three (3) sets are required. The width of each step should be at least 3.50 feet (1.07 meters). One set is located at each corner and a third shall be positioned centrally for the doctor and other officials.

1.4. Plastic Bin: To be located at the fighter's corner for the disposal of tissues, bandages or any other garbage.


The following equipment is required at ringside.

1. Break area at both corners.
2. Two drinking water bottles and two spray bottles. No other type of bottle is allowed ringside.
3. Two towels.
4. Two bowls of water.
5. Tables and chairs for the officials.
6. Alarm bell.
7. One or two stop clocks.
8. Score sheets.
9. Locking box for keeping the score sheets.
10. One set of round indicators, signs or boards.
11. Two pairs of spare boxing gloves.
12. One spare set each of red and blue boxing shorts.
13. Groin protector with one or two ties.
14. Two cloth squares to facilitate a groin protector change or adjustment.
15. Stretcher.
16. Blunt edged scissors.

Item 3: GLOVES

3 1 Only gloves certified by the Council are allowed to be used in any match.

3.2. Glove requirements:

Glove usage should correspond to the following weight divisions:

3.3. To ensure compliance with the regulations, all gloves will be inspected by a member of the match committee prior to the fight.


Only a soft material type is allowed, size 2 inches x 6.5 yards (5 cm x 6 meters). Plastic or plaster types are strictly prohibited. The use of adhesive tape, size 2.50 cm. x 2.50 meters is only allowed for covering the back of the wrist and must not be used to cover the knuckles.



5.2. To ensure the fighter's safety, a groin protector must be worn and tied only at the back.

5.3. Long hair and/or beards and moustaches are allowed but the hair must not be tied back.

5.4. No metalized material, decoration or jewelry are allowed to be worn.

5.7. The use of Vaseline, fat or any similar substance by the fighter to gain unfair advantage is not allowed.

5.8. Fighter may wear elastic ankle bandages to protect his feet.

B. Any infringement to the dress code may result in the fighter's disqualification. In the case of any problem with the boxing gloves themselves, the referee may temporarily halt the match until they are corrected.


A. Weight Divisions

 No. Weight Division                  Max. Weight

 1.  Mini Flyweight                   105 lbs (47.727 kg.)
 2.  Junior Flyweight                108 lbs (48.988 kg.)
 3.  Flyweight                            112 lbs (50.802 kg.)
 4.  Junior Bantamweight         115 lbs (52.163 kg.)
 5.  Bantamweight                    118 lbs (53.524 kg.)
 6.  Junior Featherweight         122 lbs (55.338 kg.)
 7.  Featherweight                    126 lbs (57.153 kg.)
 8.  Junior Lightweight             130 lbs (58.967 kg.)
 9.  Lightweight                        135 lbs (61.235 kg.)
 10. Junior Welterweight          140 lbs (63.503 kg.)
 11. Welterweight                     147 lbs (66.638 kg.)
 12. Junior Middleweight          154 lbs (69.853 kg.)
 13. Middleweight                     160 lbs (71.575 kg.)
 14. Super Middleweight          168 lbs (76.363 kg.)
 15. Light Heavyweight             175 lbs (79.379 kg.)
 16. Cruiserweight                    190 lbs (86.183 kg.)
 17. Heavyweight                      190 lbs+ (86.183 kg.+)
 18. Super Heavyweight            209 lbs+ (95 kg.+)

B. Weigh-In

I. The fighter shall be weighed without clothes, no later than 3 hours prior to the match.

2. If the fighter is over weight at the time of the weigh-in, he may reweigh again.

3. Prior to the weigh-in, all fighters must be examined and certified fit by a licensed doctor.


Fighter's Eligibility

7.1. No physical disability and at least 15 years old.

7.2. Minimum weight: l00 pounds (45.36 kg).

7.3. Not classified as a prohibited person, as described in the medical manual of the Council.


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

8.1. During the match, the seconds are not allowed to advise, help or instruct their fighter. Any violation of the rules by the seconds or the fighter may result in the fighter's disqualification.

8.2. The seconds are not allowed to signal to interested parties, the condition of his fighter.

8.3. During the match, the seconds must stay in the designated area. Prior to the start of each round they will remove all towels, water bottles, etc out of the ring area.

8.4. During the interval, the seconds will ensure that their fighter is properly attired. In case of any problem they shall inform the referee immediately.

8.5. The seconds shall ensure that the ring floor is kept dry to prevent any slipping.

8.6. The seconds must wear a proper shirt that bears his camp's/gym's logo or emblem.

8.7. The seconds are forbidden to direct bad or insulting language at the fighter or injure him either during or after the fight.

8.8. In a championship match, 3 seconds are allowed but only 2 are allowed in the ring at any one time during the round break.

8.9. Prior to a championship match, a meeting will be held between the referee, judges, fighter's managers and the seconds to confirm the rules and procedures of the match and to confirm the penalties for any improper conduct or violations by an involved person.


A. Committee Member's Qualification.

1. No physical disability and at least 25 years old.
2. Hold a medical certificate endorsed by the Council.
3. Hold proper certification as to their work experience, health, age and occupation.
4. Certified by the Council as properly qualified.

B. Referee's Qualification

1. All referees must be trained and tested by the appropriate committee of the Council and be certified and registered as a referee.
2. Not over 60 years of age unless an extension is approved by the committee.
3. Must resign immediately on the order of the committee or when unable to perform his duties.

C. Number of Judges and Referees

The match committee will comprise of 3 judges and one referee for the ring with the match chairman responsible for match supervision.


A. Duty.

The prime duty of the referee is to ensure the safety of the boxers to the maximum degree.

B. The Referee 's Responsibilities.

The referee's uniform will consist of blue trousers and shirt, bearing the logo of the _________Council and flat canvas shoes. No glasses or jewelry are allowed.

The referee shall ensure the following:

1. Fairness in the application of the rules and regulations to all parties.
2. No impoliteness in manner or speech either to the fighters or the audience.
3. Close supervision of the match.
4. Protection of a weaker fighter against serious injury.
5. Inspection of the gloves and anklets.
6. Ensure both fighters shake hands prior to the first and final rounds.
7. For a championship or title defense fight, the referee must inform the fighters and their seconds of the rules and regulations governing the fight and this are to be done in the dressing room, prior to the fight itself.
8. Three verbal orders are recognized:

"STOP" when ordering the fighters to stop fighting.
"BREAK" when ordering the fighters to separate.
"FIGHT" when ordering the fighters to continue the match.

When the fighters are ordered to "BREAK", both must step back one step before continuing to fight.

9. The referee shall use the correct signal to ensure a fighter's understanding of any rule infringement.
10. At the match end, he will collect the score sheets from each of the three judges and indicate the winner to the audience, by raising that fighter's hand. The score sheets will then be handed to the chairman for verification.
11. For a championship match, the referee will collect the score sheets from the judges at the end of each round, inspect and submit them to the chairman in addition to raising the winner's hand after the result announcement.
12. Should it be necessary to stop the match or penalize a fighter, he will immediately advise the reason to the committee chairman after making the announcement.
13. In case of an accident to the referee which prevents him from continuing, the senior judge will act on his behalf.
14. The referee is forbidden to give a verbal count or warning that gives either an unfair advantage or disadvantage to any fighter.
15. He is forbidden to comment or speculate on any match unless receiving prior approval from the committee chairman.
16. All referees are subjected to a yearly medical inspection and certification by the doctor of the Council and must be physically fit at the start of any match.

C. Referee's Duties.

1. To stop the match immediately if he considers that one fighter is significantly more skilled or stronger than the other.
2. To stop the match immediately when a fighter is in difficulties or is injured.
3. To stop the match immediately if he considers that one or both fighters are faking or not trying their best.
4. To stop the match or warn the fighter for committing a foul or breaking the rules.
5. To immediately disqualify a fighter who defiantly breaks the rules, injures or shows any aggression to the referee.
6. To disqualify both the fighter and his seconds if his seconds deliberately break the rules or do not follow his directions.
7. To disqualify any fighter who intentionally or accidentally causes a foul.
8. To stop the match if he considers that a fighter having received a count, is unable to effectively continue the match.
9. To disallow any advantage to a fighter who intentionally fouls in any way.

D. Rule Infringement Warnings

Prior to giving a warning for rule infringement, the referee shall stop the fight, use the correct warning signal to ensure the fighter's understanding and then indicate the offending fighter to the judges. Any fighter, who is so indicated or warned 3 times or more, may be disqualified. In the event of a serious rule infringement, the referee's decision is final.

E. The Purpose of Warning

The purpose of warning is to advise or warn any fighter not to break the rules during the fight.

F. Count Procedure For A fighter Falling Out of The Ring

1. If a fighter falls off the mat, the referee shall order his opponent to stand in the other corner and if the fighter remains outside the mat, the referee shall start to count. (A count to 10).
2. If a fighter falls out of the ring, the referee shall count to 20 (20 seconds).
2.1. When a fall-out takes place, the referee will start counting, however if the fighter returns to the ring before the count ends, he will not be penalized.
2.2. If anyone prevents the fallen fighter from returning to the ring, the referee shall warn such person or stop the fight if he continues his action.
2.3. If both fighters fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting. If one fighter tries to prevent his opponent from returning to the ring before the count ends, he will be warned or disqualified.
2.4. If both fighters fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting, the one that returns to the ring before the count ends, will be considered the winner. If neither fighter can, the result will be considered a draw.

Item 11: SCORING

One point for a clear strike or kick

2 points for a knockdown, throw, sweep or controlled takedown.

2 points for a kick to the head



A. Responsibilities

1. The judges are independent and free to score as per the rules and normal practice.
2. Each judge shall sit on a different side and should be separate from the audience.
3. The judges shall remain neutral during the match, except when a rule violation is noticed, when he should notify the referee exclusively. This should be done during the round interval.
4. At the end of each round, the judges shall complete the score sheet for that round.
5. The judges are not allowed to leave their seat until the match ends and result has been announced.

B. Uniform

The judges shall wear the uniform as specified by the W.M.T.C.


The chairman of the match committee may authorize a correction to the final result as follows:

13.1. If the referee makes a decision significantly contrary to the normal rules and practice.

12.2. If it is discovered that the judges have made a conspicuous score sheet error.


13.1. To appoint the referee and judges for each match and promotion.

13.2. To monitor and improve the standards of the referee and judges and ensuring conformity to the rules and standard practice.

13.3. To verify that the referee and judges perform their duty and responsibilities and to advise the Council if any irregularity takes place.

13.4. To solve any prior problem regarding the promotion, reporting the result to the Council committee.

13.5. Make the decision to the referee and the judges.

13.6. To verify the score sheet to ensure that:

a. The score has been tallied correctly.
b. The name of the fighters are correct.
c. The correct winner has been named.
d. To authenticate the score sheet and inspect the score.
e. To announce the result of the match to the audience.

13.7. To make any decision in case that the referee or judges could not continue.

13.8. To report to the Council Committee, the name of any fighter who violates the rules or shows poor performance.


A. Seating for the timekeeper and announcer will be located next to the ring.

B. Duties And Responsibilities

The timekeeper must keep precisely, the timing of each round and the breaks, following the referee's instructions to start or stop. The following procedures are to be used:

1. A five seconds warning is to be given prior to the start of each round, to enable the seconds to clear the ring.
2. A bell is used to signal the start and end of each round.
3. To deduct the break time as per the referee s instructions.
4. Ensure all timings are correct by using both a watch and stop clock.
5. In the case of a fighter receiving the count during rounds 1-4 and the round time ends (3 minutes), the bell should be rung immediately after the referee finishes the count and orders the fighters to continue.
6. In the final round, the bell should be rung immediately when the round timing passes 3 minutes, even if the referee is still counting.

C. Announcer's Duties

1. To announce the fighter's names, corner and weight prior to the fight and again as the fighters arrive in the ring.
2. To order the seconds to leave the ring when the bell rings.
3. To announce the round number at the start and finish of each round.
4. To announce the winner's name and corner, when the referee raises the fighter's hand.


This should conform to the following rules and regulations:

15.1. A Knock-Out (K.O.) is awarded when the opponent is knocked down and unable to continue within the 10 second count.

15.2. A Technical Knock-Out (T.K.O.) is awarded:
15.2.1. When a fighter is seriously hurt or weakened.
15.2.2. When a fighter cannot continue the match after the break.
15.2.3. On the doctor's recommendation, when the referee is unsure whether a fighter can continue the match due to injury or being seriously weakened.
15.2.4. Both fighters are seriously injured and cannot continue the match; If less than three rounds: a draw is declared; If three rounds have been reached, individual score decides.
15.2.5. Receiving a count twice in the same round and unable to continue the match.

15.3. Winning due to the opponent's retirement because of injury.

15.4. Winning due to the opponent's violation of the rules.

15.5. Winning on points.

15.6. "No decision" as a result of both parties colluding together to cheat or not fighting properly.

15.7. "No contest" as a result of the ring being damaged and the match not being able to continue, or if an external event occurs during the fight, causing it to be stopped.

15.8. Equal Score.

15.8.1. When both boxers' scores are equal.
15.8.2. When both boxers receive a count of 10.


The standard scoring practice is as follows :

A: A strike either by a punch, kick, knee or elbow.

1. Scoring from a strike:

1.1. Points will be awarded for a correct Kung Fu style, combined with hard and accurate strikes.
1.2. Points will be awarded for aggressive and dominating Kung Fu skill.
1.3. Points will be awarded for a fighter actively dominating his opponent.
1.4. Points will be awarded for the use of a traditional Kung Fu style of defense and counter-attack.
1.5. Points will be deducted from a fighter who fouls or breaks the rules.

2. Non scoring strikes:

2.1. A strike which is against the rules.
2.2. A strike in defense against the leg or arm of an opponent.
2.3. A weak strike.

B. Fouls.

1. The judges will deduct points for any foul as directed by the referee.
2. Any foul observed by the judges but not by the referee, will be penalized accordingly.

C. Method Of Scoring

1. Each Judge will have 2 counters to keep track of the fighter’s points.
2. Any boxer who commits a foul will have points deducted from his score.


17.1. Biting, eye gouging, spitting, or head butting.

17.2. Deliberately falling on his opponent.

17.3. Swearing or the use of abusive language during the match.

17.4. Knocking out or injuring his opponent after the referee has ordered the match to stop for any reason.

17.5. Deliberately striking the groin area.

To be penalized by the deduction of 1 point for each time committed.

A fighter who has been hit in the groin, may request a 5 minute break before continuing the match.

Item 18: KNOCK DOWN.

18.1. Definition

18.1.1. Any part of the body touching the floor except the feet.
18.1.2. Leaning against the ropes in a state of unconsciousness.
18.1.3. Knocked out of the ring.
18.1.4. Inability to defend himself.

18.2. During a count, the referee will direct the opposing fighter to stand in the opposite corner. If he does not, the referee shall stop the count until he does so and then continue. The match will not continue until directed by the referee.

18.3. The count interval will be at I second intervals, from 1 to 10. During the count, the referee will signal, with his hand, to ensure that the boxer receiving the count understands.

18.4. A fighter on receiving a count, cannot continue the match prior to a count of 8 and loses immediately on receiving a count of 10.

18.5. If both fighters fall down, the referee will direct the count to the last one that fell. If both fighters receive a 10 count, a draw will be declared. Should the fighters lean against each other whilst sitting up, the referee will stop counting at that time.

18.6 If one of the fighters subsequently falls down again, the referee will continue the count.

18.7 A fighter not ready to fight again after a break when the bell rings, will receive a count, unless caused by a problem with his attire.


The doctor shall be appointed and certified by the appropriate Council committee.


20.1 Perform a physical check of the boxers prior to the weigh-in.
20.2 Be in attendance during the program until the last fight.
20.3 Perform a physical check of the fighters after each match and specify the rest period.


21.1 All fighters will be certified by the doctor prior to the start of any fight and must not be suffering from any sickness or exhibit any prohibited symptom or disease, as specified in the medical manual of the Council.
21.2 Any fighter due to fight in a foreign country, will be physically examined by a doctor appointed by the Council Committee. He must also conform to the medical regulations of that country.


22.1 If a fighter is knocked unconscious or injured, only the doctor and the referee are allowed in the ring. Any others may only enter at the doctor's discretion.

22.2 A fighter losing by a K.O. or T.K.O. will be immediately treated and undergo a physical examination by the doctor.

22.3 Recovery Period - After a match, a fighter is required to rest for a minimum of 21 days prior to fighting again, with the following exceptions:

22.3.1. A winner in the first round is required to rest a minimum of 7 days prior to his next fight.
22.3.2. The winner in the third round is required to rest a minimum of 14 days prior to his next fight.
22.3.3. A fighter losing by T.K.O. or K.O. must rest for a minimum of 30 days prior to his next fight.
22.3.4. A fighter specified under Items 23.3.1 - 23.3.3, must be examined by the doctor at the end of each fight, who will then specify his rest period.


23.1 The use of drugs or stimulants, either before or after the fight is strictly forbidden. Any user will be disqualified.

23.2 The sole drug allowed for the prevention of bleeding is Adrenalin 1:1000 and must be administered under a doctor's directions.


The Chairman or Referee will have the final decision on the interpretation or on any item not covered under these rules and regulations. 


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