San Shou is a Chinese Kung Fu that was originally developed by the Chinese Military based upon intense studiy of various traditional Kung Fu styles in the early 1900s. It is a complete self-defense that teaches punching, kicki, leg kicks, knee, elbows, kick catches, sweeps, takedowns, and throws. San Shou was created by the Chinese Military specifically for close-quarter combat. Techniques in San Shou are executed standing up at all times. Th< creators of this style believe in the theory that the majority of the attacks on a person happen when he or she is standing up. Basing their style on this study, the Chinese Military took what they believe is the most effective

self-defense techniques on different styles of Kung Fu.In 1991, San Shou became a sport in China. The matches are referred to as San Oa, an older term.. which was



COMPETITOR- A person in good standing with the USMTA

AGENT - The manager or other person legally authorized to represent a fighter

WEIGHT CLASS- A specific weight division

BOUT -A fighting contest or bout

CHAMPION -A title holder recognized by the USMTA CONTENDER- A recognized contender for a title fight PURSE- The total amount of money a fighter receives

BELTS- An award to recognize a champion

CLASS- A skill level distinction of a fighter (A-B-C)

RATINGS- The recognition of fighters in the various weight categories

DEMOTION -A removal of fighter's rating

AMTJRA OFFICIAL- A Certified Official Referee, Judge or Supervisor

MEDICAL-Medical safety guidelines

RULES- Guidelines established by the USMTA

SO - Split Decision

UD- Unanimous Decision

KO - Knockout

TKOTechnical Knockout


These rules apply to all USMTA sanctioned SanDa and San Shou events and fighters who fail to abide by any of these rules are subject to disqualification, demotion or suspension.

Match and round duration

In all USMTA sanctioned SanDa and San Shou fights the match and round duration will differ based on the skill level of the fighters and whether the fight is a professional or amateur match.

Professional Fights

All Professional fights shall be scheduled for a minimum of five (5) rounds. The number of rounds will be determined at the signing of terms agreement

Each round will consist of three (3) minutes duration with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds.

Class A Fights

Class A fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds

Class B Fights

Class B fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds

Each round will consist of two (2) minutes with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds

Fighters with a record of up to four (4) fights with no more than 2 wins that have not fought professionally qualify forB Class

Class C Fights

Class C fights shall be scheduled for three (3) rounds

Each round will consist of one (1) minute with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds

Fighters with no fights or one (1) loss qualify for C Class

Note: Participation in Amateur fights is strictly restricted. Professional fighters from any striking or kicking discipline and fighters that are registered as professionals with any governing body are not permitted to participate.

Pro and Amateur Weight Classes

Men's Categories

Bantamweight- 135 LBS ( 61.2 KG)

Featherweight- 136-145 LBS (61.6-65.7 KG)

Lightweight - 146-155 LBS (66.2-70.3 KG)

Welterweight -156-170 LBS (70.7-77.1 KG)

Middleweight- 171-185 LBS (75.2-83.9 KG)

Light-Heavyweight- 186-205 LBS (84.3-205 KG)

Heavyweight- 206-225 LBS (93.4-102 KG)

Super-Heavyweight- 226 LBS (102.5 KG)

Women's Categories

Lightweight- <125 LBS (56.6 KG)

Teens Amateur Weight Classes: (Ages 15-17- When allowed by local governing body) Teen's Boys Categories

Bantamweight-115-125 LBS (52.1-56.6 KG)

Featherweight- 126-135 LBS (57.1-61.2 KG)

Lightweight- 136-145 LBS (61.6-65.7 KG)

Welterweight- 146-155 LBS (66.2-70.3 KG)

Middleweight-156-170 LBS (70.7-77.1 KG)

Heavyweight- 171- 185 LBS (77.5-83.9 KG)

Note: For safety reasons Teens weighing over 185 LBS (83.9 KG) may not compete in the Teen Boys division

Teen's Girls Categories

Lightweight -115-125 LBS (52.1-56.6 KG)

Middleweight- 126-135 LBS (57.1-61.2 KG)

Heavyweight -136- 150 LBS (61.6-68 KG)

Note: For safety reasons Teens weighing over 150 LBS (68 KG) may not compete in the Teen Girls division


Weigh-ins will vary depending on whether a fight is a professional or amateur event.

Professional Fights

The official weigh-in for a professional fight will occur between 12 and 24 hours before the scheduled fight.

Either fighters or their agents will be informed of the precise weigh-in time when they agree to terms and rules in writing regarding the scheduled match.

Both fighters will have access to the official weighing scale at least two (2) hours before the official scheduled weigh-in

A champion who fails to make weight for an official title fight will loose his title

A challenger who fails to make weight cannot contend for the title

If both the champion and challenger fail to make weight the fight will be considered as an exhibition match

If the match takes place, a fighter who has failed to make weight will forfeit 50% of his purse, with 40% going to the promoter and 10% to his opponent

Delayed Match

Should a scheduled fight be delayed by more that 48 hours, fighters will be required to re-weigh

Amateur Fights

The official weigh-in for amateur fights will occur between 4 and 24 hours before the scheduled fight depending on whether the fights are part of a scheduled fight-card or tournament format.

The official weigh-in time will be announced well in advance of the scheduled fight

All fighters will weigh-in on the same scale

Making Weight for Amateur Fighters

1 - Scheduled fight card

An amateur fighter who fails to make weigh for a scheduled fight card will be allotted an additional one (1) hours to make the required weight

The USMTA may penalize a fighter who fails to make weight after the additional one (1) hours period by suspending the fighter and or demoting the fighter's rank

2- Tournament elimination format

An amateur fighter who fails to make weigh for a tournament elimination format will be automatically moved to the category in which he makes weight

A ranked amateur fighter who fails to make weight may be penalized through demotion of rank

Required Equipment

Professional fights

Matches will take place in a boxing ring minimum size is 20'x20'

Amateur fights

Matches will take place in a boxing ring minimum size is 20'x20' but may also take place in an open mat depending on circumstances

Protective head gear (Approved by USMTA)

Mouth guard

Shin and instep protectors (Cloth slip on)

Groin cup (female fighters must wear breast protection)

10 OZ boxing gloves (Will be supplied by the promoter)

Fight shorts (Logos must be approved by promoter)

Approved Chest Protector for Teens Divisions (15 to 17 year olds)

Note: 12 OZ Boxing gloves may be used if required by the governing commission

Scoring Techniques

Closed hand strikes to head and body

Kicking techniques to head, body and thigh

Knees to body


Note: Clinching in an attempt to execute a throw or takedown is limited to 5 seconds

Illegal Techniques


Kicks to knee joint

Knee to the head

Groin strikes

Foot stomps

Joint locks

Cautions (1 Point Deduction)

Holding the ropes

Spitting out mouth piece

Purposely loosening equipment

Continuing to clinch after referee has called for break

Initiating attack before the referrer's command

Continuing to fight after the referee has called "stop"

Warnings (2 Point Deduction)

The employment of any illegal technique will result in a warning

Hitting a downed opponent other than the head

Awarding of Points

Two points are awarded if

The opponent falls while the other fighter remains standing

Kick to the head

The opponent receives an official warning penalty

Standing 8 Count

One point is awarded if

Hand strike to head and body

Kick to body and outer thigh

Knee to body and outer thigh

The opponent falls and the other fighter falls afterwards

The opponent receives a caution

No points are awarded if

Both fighters hit each other simultaneously


Intentionally hitting a downed opponent on the head

Pile driving

Throwing opponent out of the ring

Corner man physically interferers with the match

Excessive unsportsmanlike conduct

Standing 8 Count (2 Point are Awarded)

Referee determines that a fighter is at risk of injury

Failing to get up within three seconds of a fall (8 Count begins immediately after 3 seconds have elapsed)

A match is awarded if:

There is a Knock-Out

There is a TKO - Fighter is unable to continue

The opponent takes 2 standing 8-counts in a round or 3 standing 8-counts in a match (Amateur Fights)

An athlete is overmatched by the opponent in power and skill; in that event, the center referee can declare absolute victory (Amateur Fights)

There is a disqualification

Note: A fighter that fails to stand up before the count of ten (10) will lose by Knockout Sustainig a KO or TKO

A fighter who has sustained a KO or TKO in a fight must wait a minimum of thirty (30) days before engaging in another fight and must obtain a physician's release which states that the fighter is no suffering from any concussion or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and is able to engage in a full-contact match.

Safety Requirement for Competition in The United States And Dependencies, wherein State Law and Tribal/ Reservation Law permit:

Please Note:

Depending on the regulations and requirements adopted by the state, the USMTA is obligated to follow these regulations pertaining to the safety and sanitary protection of the individual competitor. Certain information written here may not apply to the set regulations of a particular Thai art protected and promoted by the USMTA, the NAL or other leagues of the association, or by the State or Tribal regulatory Athletic commissions.



Gauze not to exceed 2 inches in width; 1 roll of ten yards for each hand. Tape no to exceed 1.5 inches in width; no more than 2 yards for each hand.

Neoprene or elastic knee braces may be worn if there are no plastic or metal, hinges or joints.

Neoprene or elastic ankle supports (Thai ankle socks), may be worn or a moderate amount of tape may be used.

* 7 oz regulation approved MMA gloves- provided by the promoter. 1 set of Blue gloves and 1 set Red gloves.

Regulation approved shin and instep pads- provided by promoter. Approved mouth guard in mouth at all times during bout.

Approved Groin protectors must be worn during bouts.

Elbow pads/forearm pads NOT to be worn in locker room. Elbow pads to be placed on at ringside. prior to bout.

No rings, jewelry, or piercings- worn in locker/dressing room or arena area, according to

USMTA standard dress regulations.


3. Contestants to receive on site physical examination allowing them to compete by an medical doctor (MD or DO).

3.1 Contestant to submit copy of their negative blood test results (HIV,Hep B & Hep C) no

older than 6 months from date of bout.

3.2 The use of any drug, narcotic, stimulant, depressant, of any description, or alcoholic substance by a competitor either before or during a b out, shall result in immediate loss


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