.Article 2 Systems of Competition
2.1 San shou competition shall be conducted under the elimination
2.2 Each bout consists of three two-minute rounds with a
one-minute rest in between. A bout is won by the best two of three
Article 3 Qualifications
3.1 The competitor must hold a USMTA passport issued by the
United States Muay Thai
3.2 A senior competitor shall be 18-35 full years and a junior
competitor shall be 15-17 full years of age at the time of
3.3 The competitor should be covered by his/her own insurance..
3.4The Professional Competitor must show an Updated Medical
release Form from a Physician along with a current Blood Test
3.5 Article 4 Weight
Category (Under .:S48kg)4.2 52kg
Category (>48kg-.:S52kg)4.3 56kg
Category (>52kg-.:S56kg)4.4 60kg
Category (>56kg-.:S60kg)4.5 65kg
Category (>60kg-.:S65kg)4.6 70kg
Category (>65kg-.:S70kg)4.7 75kg
Category (>70kg-.:S75kg)4.8 80kg
Category (>75kg--'S80kg)4.9 85kg
Category (>80kg-.:S85kg)4.10 90kg
Over 90kg Category (>90kg)
5.4 The weighing-in shall start with the lighter weight
categories, each to finish in an hour. A competitor who outweighs
his entered category and fails to reduce his weight within the
stipulated time shall not be allowed to compete in any of the
Article 6 Dress and Protective Gear
6.1 Competitors shall wear boxing gloves, headgear and chest
protectors designated by the Competition and use their own gum
shields and cup protectors (under their trunks). Competitors' wear
and protective gear shall be either red or black.
6.2 Competitors shall wear shirts and trunks in the same color as
their protective gear. Female competitors may wear close-fitting
6.3 The weight of gloves shall be 230 grams for 65kg category and
under (and also for women and juniors of all categories), and 280
grams for the 70 kg category and above
.Article 7 Competition Protocol
7.1 Competitors shall give a fist-palm salute when they are
introduced to the audience.
7.2 Each round shall start with a fist-palm salute on the
platform from both sides to their respective coaches, who shall
answer with the same salute.
7.3 Each bout shall start with an exchange of fist-palm salute
between the two sides.
7.4 At the announcement of the result, the two competitors shall
exchange their positions. After the announcement, they shall give a
fist-palm salute to each other and then simultaneously to the
platform judge, who shall answer with the same salute, and then to
the opponent's coach, who shall answer with the same salute.
7.5 Sideline judges shall exchange fist-palm salute at the time
Article 8 Default
8.1 A competitor who is unable to compete due to injury or
illness, which must be proved by a platform doctor's prescription,
or who is not qualified for competition due to over weight, shall be
considered as a default, and shall not be allowed to take part in
the subsequent contests. However, his results achieved in previous
placings shall count.
8.2 If a competitor is being outclassed, his coach may, for the
sake of safety, show the default plate. The competitor may also
raise his hand to request a default.
8.3 A competitor who is absent for weighing-in, or who fails to
answer the three roll-callls prior to a bout, or who leaves after
the roll-calls without permission and fails to appear in time in the
competition area, shall be regarded as a groundless default .
8.4 A competitor who makes a groundless default shall have all
his results cancelled.
Article 9 Other Provisions During Competition
9.1 All officials on duty shall concentrate on their work,
without talking among themselves. Nor shall they leave their seats
without the referee's permission.
9.4 Doping is strictly prohibited Infusion of oxygen is forbidden
during the rest periods between the rounds.
AMTJRA OFFICIALS AND THEIR DUTIES
Article 10 Officials
10.1 There shall be one (1) chief referee and one (1) or two (2)
assistant chief referees.
10.2 The jury on duty shall consist of one (1) head judge, one
(1) assistant head judge, one (1) platform judge, one (1) recorder,
one (1) timekeeper and three (3) or five (5) sideline judges.
10.3 One (1) chief scheduler-recorder10.4 One (1) chief registrar
Article 11 Auxiliaries
11.1 Four (4) scheduler-recorders
11.2 Three (3) to five (5) registrars
11.3 Two (2) to three (3) medical workers
11.4 One (1) to two (2) announcers
Article 12 Officials' Duties
12.1 The chief referee shall:
12.1.1 Organize all officials to study the Rules and Regulations
of the Competition, and to master the officiating methods.
12.1.2 Make sure that everything is ready for competition in
regard to the platform, equipment and officiating apparatus, and to
the weighing-in, drawing of lots and programming.
12.1.3 Settle problems according to the Rules and Regulations,
but without the power to modify them.
12.1.4 Provide guidance to juries in competition and replace
officials if necessary.
12.1.5 Notify the referee, chief program-recorder and announcers
in time if any change has occurred in the order of competition owing
to a competitor's default. 12.1.6 Have the right to make the final
decision when a dispute arises in a jury.
12.1.7 See to it that the officials are implementing the Rules
12.1.8 Examine, sign and announce the results of competition.
12.1.9 Submit a written summary report to the Organizing
12.2 The assistant chief referee shall assist the chief referee
and may act on his behalf in his absence.
12.3 The head judge shall:
12.3.1 Organize his jury in its work and study.
12.3.2 Supervise and guide the work of the judges, timekeeper and
12.3.3 Whistle as a hint for correction, before the final result
is announced, when the platform
12.5 The platform judge shall:
12.5.1 Check the competitors' protective gear and ensure safety
12.5.2 Guide the fights through calls and gestures.
12.5.3 Make decisions on such matters as fall-down, fall-off,
penalty, forcible counting and call for first aid.
12.5.4 Announce the result of a bout.
12.6 The sideline judges shall:
12.6.1 Award points to the competitors according to the Rules.
12.6.2 Display the results simultaneously and instantly at the
head judge's signals at the end of each round.
12.6.3 Sign the scorecard at the end of each bout, to be kept for
examination and verification.12.7 The recorder shall:
12.7.1 Fill in the two fighters' forms carefully before the
12.7.2 Participate in the work of weighing-in ceremony and record
the competitors' weights in the statistical chart of the bout.
12.7.3 Record the numbers of warnings, admonitions, forcible
counts and falls-off according to the platform judge's calls and
12.7.4 Decide the winner of each round according to the sideline
judges' decisions and report to the head judge.
12.8 The timekeeper shall:
12.8.1 Check the gong and timing devices before the competition,
making sure that the stop watches keep correct time.
12.8.2 Keep a record of the time elapsed during the fights, stops
and rest periods between the bouts
12.8.3 When the computer scoring system is not available, blow a
whistle ten (10) seconds before the start of each round and beat a
gong to announce its end.
12.8.4 Read out the sideline judges' decisions.
12.9 The chief scheduler-recorder shall:
12.9.1 Be responsible for examining the competitors' credentials
and entry forms.
12.9.2 Organize the drawing-lots ceremony and work out the
12.9.3 Prepare various forms to be used in competitions; check
and verify the competitors' results to determine their placings.
12.9.4 Record and announce the results of all bouts.
12.9.5 Collect data for statistics and complication of Results.
12.10 The scheduler-recorders shall perform tasks as assigned by
the chief scheduler-recorder.
12.11 The chief registrar shall:
12.11.1 Be responsible for the competitors' weighing-in ceremony.
12.11.2 Be responsible for the preparation of protective gear and
its management during the
12.11.3 Summon the competitors for roll-calls twenty (20) minutes
before the start of a contest.
12.11.4 Report to the chief referee immediately in cases of
absence or default during the roll-calls.
12.14.2 Carry out anti-doping tests in cooperation with the
12.14.3 Conduct selective checkups among the competitors before
12.14.4 Provide first-aid service to injured or sick competitors
during the Competition.
12.14.5 Examine cases of injury caused by fouls.
12.14.6 Be responsible for medical supervision and propose to the
chief referee in time to suspend injured or sick competitors from
CHAPTER 3 JURY OF APPEAL AND ITS DUTIES Article 13
Composition of the Jury of Appeal The Jury of Appeal shall be
composed of one (1) chairman, one (1) vice chairman and three (3) or
five (5) members.
Article 14 Duties of the Jury of Appeal
14.1 The Jury of Appeal shall work under the leadership of the
Organizing Committee of the Competition, being held responsible
mainly for supervising international competition, on such matters as
checking the competition area and facilities, equipment, scheduling,
drawing of lots, competitors' weighing-in, grouping of officials and
arrangement of their work. The Jury of Appeal shall supervise the
officiating work. In case of any obvious unjust behavior or
incorrect judgment, it shall have the right to give warnings to the
officials concerned and, in serious cases, may even propose to the
USMTA Technical Committee to remove them from their current
officiating work to ensure the smooth running of competitions.
14.2 The Jury of Appeal shall deal with appeals submitted by
participating teams in disagreement with the judges' decisions
concerning the Rules and Regulations of the Competition. But such
appeals shall be confined to decisions related to the appealing
14.3 The Jury of Appeal shall handle the appeals immediately
after receiving them and duly notify the parties concerned of the
14.4 The Jury of Appeal shall investigate the matter at issue and
may watch the videotapes if necessary. It may hold discussion
meetings and invite personages concerned to attend them as observers
without the right to vote. The meetings must be attended by more
than half of the members of the Jury of Appeal. Only decisions made
by more than half of its members present at the meeting shall come
into effect. In case of a tied vote, the chairman shall have the
right to make the final decision.
14.5 Members of the Jury of Appeal shall withdraw from
discussions and voting on issues in which their country or region is
14.6 After strict and careful reexaminations of the problem
raised in the appeal, the original decision shall remain unchanged
if it is confirmed to be right If it is confirmed to be obviously
wrong, the Jury of Appeal shall request the USMTA Technical
Committee to deal with the officials who have made the misjudgment.
However, the result shall remain unchanged. The decision of the Jury
of Appeal shall be final.
15.2 All teams shall abide by the final decisions made by the
Jury of Appeal. Strict measures will be taken, according to the
severity of the case and USMTA relevant rules, against
trouble-making caused by disobedience to the decisions.
FIGHTING METHODS, SCORING CRITERIA AND PENALTIES Article 16
All attacking and defending techniques of san shou may be used in
.Article 17- Prohibited Methods
17.1 Attacking with the head, the elbow, or the knee, or by
twisting the opponent's joints.
17.2 Forcing the opponent to fall head over heels, or
intentionally smashing or pressing him down.
17.3 Hitting the opponent's head by any means when he is already
Article 18 Prohibited Areas
The back of head, the neck and the crotch.
Article 19 Scoring Areas
The head, the trunk and the thighs
.Article 20 - Scoring Criteria
20.1 A competitor will be awarded two (2) points
20.1.1 When the opponent falls off the platform;
20.1.2 When he remains standing while the opponent falls down ;
20.1.3 When he hits the opponent's head or trunk with the leg
20.1.4 When he makes the opponent fall down by falling down
himself on purpose, only to get to his feet by means of a
20.1.5 When the opponent is given a forcible counting; and
20.1.6 When the opponent receives a warning.
20.2 A competitor will be awarded one (1) point
20.2.1 When he hits the opponent's head or trunk with the fist
20.2.2 When he hits the opponent's thigh with the leg technique;
20.2.3 When he falls down after the opponent:
20.2.4 When he makes the opponent fall down by falling down
himself on purpose, without being able to get to his feet by means
of a follow-through; 20.2.5 When the opponent fails to attack
20.3.3 When the opponent falls on purpose as a fighting
20.3.4 When he hits the opponent in a clinch
.Article 21 Fouls and Penalties
21.1 Fouls21.1.1 A competitor commits a technical foul
1) When he holds the opponent passively or runs away passively;
2) When he raises his hand to request to stop the bout in a
3) When he delays the fight intentionally;
4) When he acts impolitely towards the judges or disobeys their
5) When he wears no gum shield or spits out his gum shield, or
loosens his protective gear intentionally; and
6) When he fails to observe the protocol.
21.1.2 A competitor commits a personal foul
1) When he attacks the opponent before the call of "Kaish
(Start)!" or after the call of "Ting (Stop)!"
2) When he hits the opponent on prohibited areas;
3) When he hits the opponent with any prohibited method.
21.2.1 An admonition will be given for a technical foul.
21.2.2 A warning will be given for a personal foul.
21.2.3 A competitor with three (3} personal fouls will be
disqualified from the bout.
21.2.4 A competitor who hurts the opponent intentionally will be
disqualified from the whole competition, with all his results
21.2.5 A competitor who uses prohibited substances or inhaling
oxygen during the rest period will be disqualified from the whole
competition, with all his results annulled.
Article 22 Stopping the Contest The contest shall be stoppe