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U. S. Rules for

Muay Chao Cherk

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There are several points that Muay Chao Cherk fighters should be aware of before proceeding with a USMTA sanctioned event. Though it may appear to many that the USMTA do not take an active part in many such events, unknown to many, this in fact is not the case. Either it's representatives or certified Officials are always on hand at every event sanctioned by the USMTA. Be this as it may, it is still the responsibility of the   promoters to make sure that the rules and regulations pertaining to the sport of Muay Chao Cherk Free-Style are strictly adhered to.

The Muay Chao Cherk Records and Ratings forms must be completed and signed by each fighter, for the weight division he is available for. If he is not a Registered Fighter or a Licensed USMTA member before they enter an event. The completed forms should then be prepared to be sent back to the USMTA Office, or given to a USMTA representative or Official, where they will follow up any further information required.

An important part of Muay Chao Cherk is the pre-fight ritual, Ram Muay; This Ram Muay differs from normal Ram Muay’s seen at all Thai boxing events. It is accompanied by music and starts with the Wai Kru ceremony or respect to one’s teacher. The boxer kneels in the center of the ring facing the direction off his camp, home or birthplace. He covers his eyes with the gloves while bowing low three times until his gloves touch the canvas. The Ram Muay follows: It is performed in many different ways, each teacher having his own. During the Ram Muay a fighter wears the traditional crown called the Monkron (headband). This is in fact the property of the teacher or school and is considered sacred. It must be removed before the contest begins.

All Muay Chao Cherk fighters, there are no exceptions, MUST perform the Ram Muay, and the Wai Kru before the bout begins. A copy of a Video tape of the Ram Muay is available from the USMTA. A copy of the Ram Muay Music and Fight Music is available for promoters if they do not have one.

No rings, earrings, bracelets, chains or necklace to be worn at any time in the ring or on the mat during the bout, however charms and spiritual necklace’s can be worn ‘Only during the Ram Muay and Wai Kruu’ by fighters, but must be removed before the bout can commence.


Association, Club or Camp emblems or logos may be embroidered or sewn onto legs of the shorts, State flag or emblem may be sewn onto the sash.


Fighters fight name or camp motto, the name of camp, club, or association or the name of the division (Muay Chao Cherk) may be embroidered onto the shorts.


Disciplinary actions may be taken: Against Officers, Representatives, fighters, and promoters who authorize or participate directly and in certain circumstances indirectly, in activities which are a violation of applicable Laws or Regulations, the Code or the Associations related policies or procedures. Against Associations personnel who attempt to retaliate, directly or indirectly, or encourage others to do so, against a member or Official who reports a violation of the applicable Laws, Regulations, and Code of the Association. Against members and or Officers who make a report of a violation which is known by the reporting persons to be false.


There are no bells rang in Muay Chao Cherk events, the standard ring bell is replaced by a gong which will sound in the beginning and end of each round. Time keepers and all other standard USMTA / AMTJRA officials will stay the same.

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The standard uniform for Referees will be as follows, Black soft soled shoes must be worn in the ring. Navy Blue short sleeved Polo shirt with the AMTJRA emblem clearly displayed on the left breast. Black or Navy blue trousers. A White sash is worn around the waist of the referee and is tucked in on the left side, displaying his neutrality in the ring or on the mat. Following standard AMTJRA rules and regulations for referee’s, No belts, watches, rings, bracelets, chains or necklace to be worn at any time in the ring or on the mat.

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Copyright 1998 USMTA Inc.   All rights reserved. Revised: October 16, 2004