MUAY THAI EVERYTHING

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Aotearoa Muay Thai Association.

Please note that all title, weight and class rules have just been updated on this page and will come into effect on January 1 2023. All title holders will get the choice of which weight they will defend the title at.

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR MUAY THAI COMPETITIONS

RULE 1: THE RING

 1.1) The boxing ring must be equipped with an approved safety mat and shall measure no less than 18 feet (5.5meters) nor more than 24 feet (7.3 meters) square between the ropes unless mutually agreed to by both camps and authorized by both the local combat sports commission and the

1.2) The ring shall be required to have four (4) ropes for safety. The ropes may extend as high as 4 feet (1.22 meters)from the canvas and shall not be less than 1 inch (2.54 cm) in diameter, wrapped securely in a soft material and hung to a normal tightness.

1.3) The ring shall have two (2) easily accessible stairways for the boxers and personnel to walk in and out safely, and steps available for medical personnel to enter the ring. All four (4) corners must be covered with corner pads for the protection of the boxers.

RULE 2: SECONDS

2.1) A fighter may have three (3), seconds, but only two (2) seconds are allowed into the ring during a round interval with the chief second identified in the AMTA rules meeting.

The Seconds Duties: 

2.2) The seconds are allowed to give verbal advice only, from a safe distance, during the fight, if they violate the rule, the referee will warn, caution, or discharge them their duties. Banging on the ring or swinging on the ropes, delaying a 2nds out call or entering the ring before the bell are all forbidden and will not be tolerated.

2.3) During the bout, the seconds must stay on their seats. Before each round, they must clear towels, water bottles, and other materials from the ring edge.

2.4) During a round interval, the second must check the fighter’s gloves, shorts, or any other relevant items, if there are any problems, the chief second must notify the referee immediately to solve them.

2.5) Seconds shall not use rude words and they shall not hurt (physically) the fighters during the bout, or after.

2.6) Seconds should wear a corner jacket/vest, with no rude words or rude symbols on the corner jackets.

2.7) Seconds may arrange their own material, equipment, and medical supplies at their corners as follows:

Water

Ice

Towels

The adrenaline of 1/1000 solution or other substances as approved ring doctor

Gauze

Cotton buds

A pair of safety scissors

Wound bandages

Absorbent cotton bandages or wound soft bandages

Note: The use of sterile strips or tape/plaster to control cuts to the body is forbidden.

2.8) Fighter’s chief second may look to pull their fighter from a fight to protect their safety by stepping up onto the ring apron to grab the attention of the referee. He/she is not allowed to throw a sponge or a towel into the ring. And the final decision to call off a bout will rest with the referee who may consult with the ringside doctor.

RULE 3: REFEREES

3.1) The referees must wear blue or black trousers, a black polo shirt with official AMTA logo on the left-hand side pocket, and wear lightweight boots or a AMTA branded polo shirt.  Their fingernails must be neatly cut.

3.2) The Referee’s duties: 

The referee’s main priority is safeguarding and protecting fighters from undue injuries.

The referee must always uphold rules and justice.

The referee must closely control the bout at all times with a duty of care for both fighters as his/her priority. 

The referee must inspect the fighter’s gloves, dresses, and gum shields.

The referee must use three commands as follows.

"STOP": To order the fighter to stop.

"FIGHT": To order the fighter to separate from each other. After the "STOP" command, both fighters must step back at least one step before engaging in the fight again.

The referee must utter strong verbal utterances to offending fighters.

The referee shall not allow a fighter who intentionally violates rules to gain an advantage, e.g., grabbing ropes to kick or knee his opponent, etc.

The referee shall not engage in any action which may jeopardize the fighters who may gain or lose advantages, e.g.,fast-slow counting, warning or no warning, etc.

At the end of each round, the referee must collect the scorecards from the three judges. After that, he/she will hand all score cards to the AMTA supervisor for tabulation on the scoring master sheet.

The referee shall neither criticize nor give an interview about the future fights or the past fight results unless he gets permission from Chairman of the ring officials.

The Referee’s Power:

To stop the contest when seeing that one boxer is outclassing the other to the extent that there is a risk to the health and safety of a fighter.

To stop the contest when seeing that the fighter is too seriously injured to continue to bout. He/she may consult with the ring doctor for professional consolation.

To stop the contest when seeing that the fighters intentionally disrupting the in this case, either fighter or both may be disqualified.

To stop the counting when seeing that if he continues the count, the fighter may be in danger.

To stop the count when the opponent has not gone to the furthest neutral corner before the count is finished.

To stop the action to warn or caution the fighter to violate rules or for other reasons to restore justice or enforce rules.

To disqualify the fighter who ignores the referee’s commands, who physically harms the referee, or who aggressively offends the referee.

To discharge from duty, the second who disobeys the referee may disqualify the fighter whose second disobeys the referee’s orders.

For the fighter who severely violates rules, the referee has the power to disqualify him, or he may declare the bout “no decision” after warning or cautioning, or ever without any previous warning or cautioning.

To caution the fighter who violates the rules, the referee must stop the action before he/she cautions the offended boxer so that the fighter understands the cause and objective of the referee must show a hand signal, pointing to the fighter to inform all judges that there is a caution. The referee must disqualify the fighter who has been given three cautions or declare “no decision” if it is a serious offense, the referee may disqualify him even though there is no previous caution.

Counting procedure for fighters outside the stage. 

When a fighter has been attacked by his opponent’s legal weapons, and as a result, the fighter falls off outside the stage, the referee must order his opponent to go to the furthest neutral If the boxer outside the stage is too slow to get into the stage, the referee shall count immediately.

For the fighter falling outside the ring, the referee shall count to twenty (20).

When a fighter or both falls off outside the ring, the referee shall count to twenty (20).

If the fighter manages to get into the ring before the count of twenty, the bout will continue.

When a fighter falls off outside the ring, the referee shall stop continue if the fighter is obstructed or delayed going up into the ring by any person. The referee shall clearly warn the offender and continue the count. If the offender disobeys, the referee shall stop the bout and disqualify a fighter.

When both fighters fall off outside the ring, the referee shall count. If either boxer tries to delay the action, the referee shall stop counting and clearly warns the After that, the referee will continue the count. If the offender disobeys, the referee shall disqualify that boxer to lose the fight or of “No Decision.”

If both fighters fall off outside the ring, the referee shall When a fighter can get back into the ring before the count of twenty, the fighter the winner.

However, if both fighters cannot get back into the ring before the count of twenty, the referee shall declare a draw.

RULE 4: JUDGES

4.1) Judges must dress the same as the referees. They may wear eyeglasses when performing their duties. The judge’s duties are as follows:

4.2) Each judge must sit next to the ring on three sides with no one impeding their view. During the bout, the judges shall not speak with anyone. If necessary, they may speak with the AMTA appointed supervisor during the resting interval of rounds to inform them that there have been some incidents e.g., the second’s misconduct and losing of ropes, etc.

4.3) Judges must score the bout objectively, with clear and independent thought, and score according to the rules. They must record scores on the score cards immediately after each They must sign the score cards before handing them to the referee.

4.4) Judges shall not leave their seats until the ring announcer declares the official result and the referee raises a winner’s hand or both for a draw. 

4.5) Judges shall neither criticize nor give an interview about fight results or the past fight results unless they get permission from the chairman of the ring officials.

RULE 5: TIMEKEEPER

5.1) The timekeeper must sit beside the ring at delighted seats. Their duties are as follows

5.2) The timekeeper’s duties: To keep the number of rounds and fighting time for each round, resting interval time between rounds, and time of time-outs.

5.3) To signal for the beginning and the ending of round by striking the bell.

5.4) To signal for five (5) seconds before beginning each round to clear the stage.

5.5) To deduct the interruption time or the time stopped by the referee’s order.

5.6) To always keep the correct time by stopwatch or clock.

5.7) The timekeeper shall not give the bell signal while the referee is counting even though the fighting time of that round The timekeeper will strike the bell when the referee order “ชก” (CHOK).

RULE 6: DECISIONS

Winning by Points

When the bout ends, there are three possible outcomes for winning on points.

Unanimous Decision (UPD), all 3 judges favor the same fighter.

Split Decision (SPD) 2 judges favor one fighter & 1 judge favors the other fighter.

Majority Decision (MPD) 2 judges favor one fighter & 1 judge scores a draw.

Winning by Knockout (KO)

If the fighter is knocked down and cannot continue the fight after ten (10) seconds, their opponent will win by knockout.

Winning by Technical Knockout (TKO)

A fighter wins the contest by technical knockout in such conditions as follows:

When a fighter outclasses their opponent very clearly or one-sided out-points their opponent in such conditions that his opponent may be seriously injured.

When his/her opponent cannot continue the contest immediately after the resting interval of a round.

When his/her opponent is so seriously injured that he cannot continue the contest.

When his/her opponent has been counted for more than two (2) times (=3 times) in one round or more than four (4) times (=5 times) all though in the span of the contest since the first round.

When his opponent has fallen out of the ring and he cannot get back into the ring after the referee has counted  twenty (20)

His/her opponent willfully withdraws from the contest because of injury or other causes.

Winning by Disqualification of Opponent

No Titles Contests

In case a fighter does not pass the ring doctor’s physical examination, or he/she does not show up to compete as scheduled, the title will be declared a “No Contest”

*In a title contest when the champion cannot make weight or pass the physical examination or fails to show then his title will be declared vacant.

*If the challenger can’t make weight the event will be declared a no contest.

 A Draw Decision

 A contest will be decided as a draw on the following condition:

There are three possible scoring decisions for a drawn contest:

Unanimous Draw (UD) All 3 judges score the contest a draw

Majority Draw (MD) 2 judges score it a draw, and 1 judge has a winner

Split Draw (SD) judge scores it a draw and the other 2 judges have a different winner.

When both fighters are knocked down, and they have been counted out of ten (10).

When both boxers have fallen out of the ring, they cannot continue.

No Decision

When the referee considers that either boxer or both “fight dishonorably,” he declares that “There is no decision for this bout as the red corner / blue corner / or both fighters fight dishonorably”

No Contests

In case the fighters intentionally spoil the fight or intentionally continue to avoid engagement outside of usual counterstriking and they have been warned and cautioned by the referee, but they keep on spoiling the fight, the referee shall stop the contest and shall declare “No contest for this bout.”

Cancellation of Contest

In case of the ring damage, a riot from spectators, or an unexpected situation causing it impossible to continue the contest, the referee shall cancel the contest and declares “Cancellation of the contest.”

Vacated Titles

If a current AMTA champion fight in any Muay Thai contest, in or under his/her championship weight category, and loses by KO and TKO, his/her AMTA title will be declared vacant.

RULE 7: SCORING PROCEDURES

Competent scoring must be done using the following criteria:

When the fighter uses their fists, feet, knees, and elbows as effective and controlled Muay Thai fighting weapons to attack their opponent powerfully, accurately, and according to the rules with effective and powerful techniques scoring higher than less effective strikes. The effective execution of any weapon will score higher than a less effective/timid execution of another weapon.

 Scoring Procedures

Fighters who can do more damage to their opponent using all Muay Thai fighting weapons effectively, with heavier, powerful, and accurate attacks on their opponent, using clear, effective aggression with their offensive skills (damage), ring-craft skills (dominance), and defensive skills (disruption) by Muay Thai arts and techniques, all contribute to a boxer winning the round – with extra credibility leaning towards the effective execution of attacking techniques.

The Ten Point Must System & Scoring Explained

The winner of a round must have 10 points

The loser of a round will get 9, 8, 7, or a low of 6, depending on various factors in the round.

If there is no clear winner, both fighters will get 10 points – if in doubt – score it even point deductions by a referee for fouls in a championship fight are cumulated on the supervisor’s master sheet

A 10-10 score shall be given when a judge’s mental computation at the end of the round is not clear enough to give a highly questionable round to either fighter.

Just because you have been instructed against scoring even rounds, it would be unfair to a fighter to score a round in favor of the other fighter if your mental computer witnessed no difference.

A 10-9 score shall be given in a round with a slight advantage in overall action favoring one fighter.

A 10-9  score shall be given, also, when there is a clear advantage but not an overwhelming advantage.

A 10-8 score shall be given when there is a knockdown, and the rest of the round is a very slight advantage for the fighter who scored the knockdown

A 10-8 score shall be given when there is an overwhelming one-sided round; even without a knockdown, a real beating by one of the fighters over the other shall be always a 10-8 round

A 10-9 score shall be given to fighter A when fighter B takes an eight-count, but B clearly and unquestionably wins the rest of the round, before and after the knockdown

A 10-10 score shall be given when a knocked down fighter gets up and then knocks down his rival with the rest of the round, somehow even

A 10-9 score should be given when both fighters are knocked down – but one of them wins the rest of the round

A 10-7 score shall be given on two knockdowns of the same fighter – but always consider what happened before and the knockdowns

No round should be scored lower than 10-6

Make sure that your scorecard is accurate and reflects your decision on each round before handing the card to the referee

At the start of each round, a judge will set his/her mental computer at the sound of the bell to 10-10, even or no advantage count

When a judge’s mind is immersed – without any distraction to compute even scoring – and sees no difference in the action of the fighters precisely at the end of the round – this is a 10-10 round

Your competent mental computing has one of the fighters slightly ahead of the other based on what you witnessed over the entire round. As we do not want many even rounds, a slight advantage should be a 10-9 round (Close)

 Your computing of the actions leads you to have one of the fighters ahead after completing the entire round. This is also a 10-9 round (Moderate)

Your computing of the actions leads you to have one of the fighters winning the round by a large margin of victory. This is also a 10-9 round (Decisive)

Your mental count sees one fighter give a one-sided beating and hurt their opponent throughout the round – the only thing missing was a knockdown. This is a 10- 8 round – don’t fear being right (Extreme Decisive)

Clean and effective strikes: Landing punches, elbows, knees, or kicks to the scoring area of your opponent with power, volume, and accuracy to cause damage, domination, or disruption to your opponent

Damage: If a fighter is trying to hurt their opponent, a judge should look for evidence of damage knocking your opponent down, staggering your opponent, significant blows that slow your opponent’s attacking prowess

Domination: If a fighter is trying to control their opponent, a judge should look for evidence of domination, an overwhelming advantage in strikes landed repeated initiates action during exchanges repeatedly lands the last strike in exchanges

Disruption: If a fighter is trying to prevent their opponent from hurting or controlling them, a judge should look for evidence of disruption, effective counter strikes that alter an opponent’s strategy that force an opponent to grab, and hold strikes that force an opponent into a defensive posture

Effective Aggression: A forceful willingness to attack your opponent (either moving forward, backward or remaining stationary) where your strikes land accurately and force on your opponent. Remember, there is a fundamental difference between effective aggression and aggression

Ring Generalship: Controlling the balance, pace, positioning, and style of the fight to a greater degree than that of your opponent

Defense: Displaying successful evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit and showcasing defensive mechanisms as part of an offensive strategy to attack your opponent and negate their attacks

Concentrate on your task over the entire fight

  • Treat each round separately

  • Never look back at the previous round · Do not look forward to the next round

  • Look for: Damage, Dominance, Disruption

  • Evaluate: Effective Aggression, Ring Generalship & Defense

When scoring knockdowns, one knockdown in a round is not automatically a 10-8 round, two knockdowns in a round in not automatically a 10-7 round, and three knockdowns in a round are not automatically a 10-6 round; a judge must also take into consideration what happened in action before and after the knockdown (s)

Clinch scoring

Scoring in the clinch

(i) Muay Thai technique must land on target with power

(ii) Muay Thai technique must be effective, or it is not scored

(iii) Muay Thai technique must not have a foul or follow a foul

Clinch general

(i) Where scoring clinching techniques are applied by one or both fighters, the clinch will be allowed to run.

(ii) Where both fighters are using a non powerful clinch technique, then the clinch will be stopped.

(iii) If both fighters are working for a dominant clinch position without any striking, the clinch will be allowed to run for a period if both fighters are working and not locking, holding, or being inactive.

(iv) If both fighters cannot work to a dominant clinch position, the clinch will be stopped immediately.

(v) If one fighter applies for an effective lock position, for a period, the clinch is stopped.

(vi) If one fighter applies a successful defense technique where no more scoring techniques can be applied, the clinch is stopped.

RULE 8: VIOLATIONS OF RULES

Biting, eye-poking, spitting on the opponent, head butting or striking to the groin.

Back-breaking, using Judo throws and wrestling techniques - 1 point deduction, without warning

Intentional rope grabbing to gain advantage over your opponent.

Using provocative manners and words during contest.

Disobeying the referee’s orders.

Knee striking at the opponent’s protective cup, e.g., neck holding for knee striking at the protective cup, straight knee striking at the protective cup, or jumping knee striking at the protective cup. For these violations, the referee has the right to allow a resting time-out not more than five (5) minutes for the boxer who’s protective, the referee shall declare him/her as the loser or “no decision”.

Catching the opponent’s leg and pushing forwards more than two (2) steps without using any weapon. The referee shall order a fighter to stop and give a warning. After two warnings, the referee shall caution him.

Catching the opponent’s leg and pushing forwards more than two (2) steps without using any weapon OR illegal sweep such as back of leg or trip. The referee shall order a fighter to stop and give a warning. After 1 warning a 1 point deduction will be issued. 

When both fighters fall out of the ring and either boxer tries to delay the action.

Any strikes to the back of the head, neck, or spine.

Deliberate kicks to the groin area. After 2 accidental groin strikes a fighter will be warned. If a 3rd strike happens then the offending fighter will be deducted 1 point.​

RULE 9: KNOCKDOWNS

A “knockdown means a situation when a fighter falls to the canvas from a legal strike in which the referee must do a mandatory 8-count.

A fighter leans helplessly on the ring ropes or leans on the ring ropes, or he/she sits on the ring ropes caused by legal strikes in which the referee must either call the bout off or give the fighter a mandatory 8-count.

After serious blows, he/she manages to withstand them without a fall, but in the condition that he/she cannot defend himself.

Procedure for a knockdown

In case a fighter is attacked, and he/she is knocked down, the referee shall count at the same time he orders the opponent to go to the furthest neutral corner If the opponent disobeys this order, the referee must stop counting until that fighter goes to the furthest neutral corner. By then, he/she will continue to count the number next to the last counted one. When the knocked-down boxer stands up and is ready.

In case the knocked down fighter manages to stand up before the referee

counts out of  ten (10), and ready to continue, but his count is not yet 8 the referee must continue counting until (8) before he orders (FIGHT) to continue the bout.

If the knocked down fighter is ready to continue before the count of 8 Or ten (10), but he falls again without any additional attacks; the referee shall continue to count the number next to the last counted one.

In case both fighters fall simultaneously, the referee shall keep on continue if there is still one boxer in the ring If both fighters cannot manage to stand up until they are counted out of 8 or ten (10), the referee shall declare a “draw.” If both down fighters have their arms or legs tangled or one fighter is on top of the other but trying to stand up, the referee must stop the count and separate them. After that, he continues his count if there is still one fighter down on the ring floor.

In case of a knockdown, the referee must wait for one (1) second to pass by before he/she starts counting loudly from one to ten with a one-second interval. Along with his counting action, the referee must show a hand signal each second for that boxer to recognize the count.

In case there is one fighter not ready to continue the bout immediately after the resting interval between rounds, the referee must count unless due to improper dressing or the ring floor and stage are not in good condition for the contest.

There is no standing eight count in the sport of professional Muay Thai. If a referee witnesses a fighter taking a side-sided beating, he/she has a duty of care to either call a halt to the bout to award the attacking fighter a TKO victory or allow the fight to continue to afford the fighter on the receiving end time to fight back.

The referee cannot interrupt the action when both fighters are on their feet to give an eight count.

RULE 10: HANDSHAKES & RESPECT

Both fighters shall shake hands before beginning of the first-round contest and before beginning of the final round contest symbolizing that they will compete in the spirit of sportsmanship and in accordance with rules.

RULE 11: RING DOCTOR

The ring doctor’s duties: The ring doctor must be at a designated ringside seat throughout the contest until the last bout ends. The following are also the ring doctor’s duties:

To check the fighter’s physical examination before the weigh-in to certify that the fighter is physically fit and healthy, without any prohibited disease or sickness.

To give advice and suggestion to the referee on request and to offer medical attention to fighters who may require immediate medical treatment.

DRESS CODE

Fighters must wear shorts neatly at half-thigh length, without a shirt or shoes. A fighter’s shorts must not be the same color as the other corner. Shorts should preferably be the same as or close to the corner representing.

Fighters must wear groin protection for the genital organs, made of strong material capable to protect them from knee blows or other kinds of blows. The use of the groin guard is mandatory. For male fighters, a metal groin protector and a jock strap may be worn in addition. For female fighters, a female groin protector shall be worn

Fighter’s fingernails and toenails must be closely and neatly cut.

Fighters shall wear a headband (Mongkon) only when they pay homage (Wai Kru/Ram Muay) before the bout. During the bout, fighters may wear an inscribed cloth, amulet, or charm around the upper arm (Prajiad). If the amulet interferes with the flow of the bout, it must be removed immediately by the referee or corner.

Fighters may wear ankle supports, one for each ankle, but not to be shin supports or to roll halfway down. Wrapping the ankles and legs with pieces of cloth is not permitted. Ankle guards are not to be padded and may only be made of cloth. Nothing is to be worn under the ankle guards.

Fighters may strap an ankle for support if the strapping does not protrude outside an ankle guard and does not provide padding for contact, only support for hyperextension or rolling. Any strapping of ankles must be approved by the appointed AMTA supervisor at the same time as hand wraps are inspected. Strapping must not give an advantage to the athlete for impact. Fighters cannot wear belts, jewelry, or any dangerous ornaments as determined by the AMTA supervisor.

Liniment is allowed on the fighter but cannot be excessive, dripping, or running. Vaseline can be used in minimal quantities to limit cuts. Vaseline or liniment cannot be used on any attire. Gloves are free of any liniment or related products, and the referee must check gloves before the start of each round.

Form-fitted gum shields must be worn during the contest. It is forbidden for a fighter to intentionally spit out their gum shield during the contest, and if the fighter does so, the fighter will be warned or disqualified for continuous infractions.

Class and Title Rules and Guidelines. 

Titles are based on a points rankings system based off the New Zealand Muay Thai and Kickboxing Records Database which is kept by the AMTA and accessible to anyone at any time. This information is gathered via Promoters, Social Media, Livestreaming etc

Win = 3 points 

Loss = 1 point 

Draw/Unscored Novice = 1 point 

Fighting with elbows or with elbow pads bonus = 1 point 

Winning by knockout or TKO bonus = 1 point 

When declaring a fighter’s record, the fighter/coach must declare only Kickboxing or Muay Thai record. All other codes the record must be supplied for wins and losses, as well as any other experience, this experience is necessary but will not gain additional points.

If a fighter has been inactive for longer than 24 months, they will be removed from the records, and they will be added to the records archive. However, if they return in the future they will resume from where they left. This is to keep the records relevant for promoters.

 5 -16 Class. Age 5 to 16th birthday  

Fully padded, 5 x1.5 minute rounds, chest gear is mandatory, 10oz (or 8 ounce where fighters are under 47kg) and shin guards. No strikes to the head, elbows are not permitted. Hand wraps only. In this class the maximum age difference between two fighters birth dates is 2 years.

TITLES - There are no titles in this class.

Youth Class – 16th birthday to 18th birthday 

5x2 minute rounds. 10oz gloves over 66kg, 8 oz gloves under 66kg, elastic shin guard’s up until 12 points, elbow pads mandatory. No knees or elbows to the head.

TITLES - Youth 16th Birthday to 18th Birthday 18 points. Actively fighting. Video weigh in must be supplied on application.

C Class Adults – 0-9 points 

Fully padded, 10oz or 16oz,  headgear optional, elastic cotton shin guards. 3 x 2 minute rounds.  

B Class Adults – 10-20 points 

Padded elbows, up to 66kg 8oz gloves, 66kg+ 10oz gloves, head gear optional. 5x2 minute rounds, all Muay Thai strikes to the head and body allowed

A Class – 21- 40 points 

Up to 66kg 8oz gloves, 66+kg 10oz gloves, full Thai Rules all Muay Thai strikes, sweeps and spinning back fists allowed. 5x2 minute rounds.

TITLES - A Class has North or South Island titles only - 20 points, 3 elbow fights experience, actively fighting.  5x3 minute rounds 2 minute rests. Any former A Class champions will still retain National titles as of January 2023 unless they have made no formal attempt to AMTA defend them, in which case they will become vacant after June 2023

National Pro Class (Formerly Elite Class) – 40 + points 

Up to 66kg 8oz gloves, over 66kg 10oz gloves. 5x3 min rounds 2 min rests. All Muay Thai strikes, legal sweeps, spinning back fists allowed. 

TITLES - Elite Class has National titles only - 40 points, 3 elbow fights, actively fighting. 5x3 minute rounds 2 minute rests. If an Island champion becomes a National champion, then he/she will vacate the Island title. 

HAND WRAPS 

4 -14 - Cotton hand wraps only

14 - 18 - Hand wraps or taping/gauze allowed, no tape over knuckles.

C, B, A & Elite Class - Hand wraps or taping/gauze, no tape over knuckles. 

The use of plastic tape, objects of any kind other than these is strictly forbidden. Hand wraps to be signed off by the shows referees pre fight. Gloves to be removed in the ring after the fight before the decision and re checked.

Ankle protection can be worn, however the use of padding under the guard is prohibited.

TITLE APPLICATION and RETENTION 

All champions may keep their title for a period of 6 months, with a further 2-month notification of the planned defense period. When the 6-month period expires, an island or national champion, must notify the local AMTA representative of a planned defense. If no direct communication takes place, from the champions team to the local AMTA representative, the AMTA, or an authorized person acting on behalf of the AMTA has the right to vacate the title without any prior written or verbal notice, 8 months from the date of a champion winning their title. If an Island champion becomes a National champion, then he/she will vacate the Island title. 

It is the responsibility of a champion or champions representative to communicate to the AMTA representative their intention to defend their title before the expiration of the six-month period.

If a current champion loses a regular non title fight by knock out or TKO the title they hold will become vacant immediately 

Champions Belt

A champion, when defending his/her AMTA belt, must bring their belt to the weigh-in for publicity and also must bring their belt to the ring for the fight – for the duration of the fight the belt will be kept with the AMTA fight supervisor. Should a defending champion lose their title in the contest, the belt will be presented to the new champion in the ring, for the purpose of publicity, only, the belt will be returned to a losing champion immediately after the publicity photos are completed on the day of the fight. All new champions will receive a new belt from the AMTA within one month of winning a title. The promoter of a AMTA championship is responsible for purchasing a new champion’s belt.

A defending champion is not entitled to receive a new belt when they make a successful title defense, however, upon request, a promoter may purchase a new belt for a successful defending champion, however, this belt is a replica, as only when a vacant title is won on more than one occasion is a champion then recognized a multi-time AMTA champion. 

TITLE MATCHING PROCEDURE

  1. TITLES WILL ONLY BE ORGANISED VIA PROMOTERS 

  2. THE PROMOTER WILL WORK WITH THE SANCTION TO CONFIRM TITLE and ELIGIBILITY

  3. FIGHTERS MUST BE ON THE AMTA FIGHTER RECORDS DATABASE.

  4. FIGHTS WILL BE MATCHED TO THE APPROPRIATE RULE SETS, THESE WILL NOT BE CHANGED.

  5. COACHES MUST CONFIRM ALL FIGHT EXPERIENCE, INCLUDING YOUTH AND NOVICE MATCHES WITHIN 48 HOURS OF REQUEST BY PROMOTER OR AMTA

SANCTIONING

We will request the AMTA H&S Pdf filled out, and the judges and refs approved by AMTA. Any belts must be paid for at this time. 

BLOOD TESTS

Any fighter 16 years or over is required to have a blood test for Hepatitis B, C and HIV. The test dates are valid for 1 year. There is no tolerance on this time period, and any fighter that does not provide a blood test at the medical checks will not be allowed to fight. 

STAND DOWNS 

AMTA has a 7 week stand down period for any KO, the use of a brain scan or a DR clearance to shorten this time will NOT be accepted. AMTA sanctioned shows must follow this rule AND/OR any other stand down recommendations in line with the Southern Fight Medics Concussions Book. 

Any fighter who is recommended by a SFM medic post fight that a stand down or rest period is advised is strongly encouraged, along with the fighters coach to follow the recommendations, however this cannot be enforced.

A fighter who has lost via TKO (Head) will have a 5 week stand down before fighting on an AMTA promotion

If a fighter has lost their last two fights by knock out the stand down period is 14 weeks.

WEIGHT LIMITS & WEIGH INS. 

Fights are matched at class weights not catch weights.

4-16 FIGHTERS

Do not have to pass a hydration test. There is a 500 gram tolerance for this class being over weight. If a fighter exceeds the tolerance the fight will be cancelled. 

YOUTH, B, C, A & ELITE CLASS FIGHTERS 

Weight Cutting Rules (These will be implemented from January 1st 2023). Note: Until this date all fully hydrated, hydration testing rules apply for all existing AMTA sanctioned matches. Failing to pass a hydration test or miss weight is a 1 point deduction. When hydration testing is being used, the test is to be completed prior to the weigh in. 

1. At the time of the match being proposed the fighters current weight can be requested by the sanction or the promoter, if requested the coach must supply the fighters weight within 36 hours.

2. A video may be requested prior to the match being confirmed. If requested the COACH must submit this within 36 hours. 

3. There is zero tolerance for these fighters missing weight. The 3% tolerance is only applied at the medic check. 

4. Fighters will be weighed in the night before and must be on the agreed fight weight. 

5. Fighters will be weighed again at the medical checks and must not exceed the 3% tolerance of the agreed weight, and are also subject to random hydration tests.

6. Exceeding the 3% tolerance at the medical check or being overweight at the weigh in will mean a 1 point deduction on the judges score cards, to be removed from the total score. 

7. If a fighter who tests 1.025 or higher on a random hydration test will be deemed dehydrated and a 1 point deduction will be taken from the judges final score.

8. There is a 1% tolerance of agreed weight for female fighters that are menstruating, however this is ONLY applied if notice of 36 hours is given. They must also pass a hydration test

RANDOM HYDRATION TESTING AT THE MEDIC CHECK IS PERMITTED BY THE AMTA SANCTIONER, OR IF REQUESTED BY A MEDIC IF THEY SUSPECT A FIGHTER IS DEHYDRATED 

TRANSGENDER  COMPETITION

Transgender Females or Male fighters identifying as Female competing against biological Female athletes will not be sanctioned by AMTA.

AMTA reserves the right to take responsibility for the safety of all athletes no matter the level of competition or Sport NZ policy and/or Government Sex Self I.D Legislation.

Transgender Male athletes are able to compete with Females providing any hormonal treatments used to transition are within Drug Free Sport NZ tolerances. The  testing of these athletes will be required to monitor growth hormone supplements and testosterone levels are at the level normal for a Female athlete.  

Check out NZ Sports Info Sheet here Transgender Athletes and Doping

This also extends to the privacy of Female and Male athletes changing rooms and toilets. Transgender Male or Female fighters or any person identifying as the opposite sex are excluded from these areas, this includes coaching staff and officials.

This rule also applies to Males and Females in general.

Competition between two Transgender Males or two Transgender Female athletes will be sanctioned and these athletes will be able to compete providing they are matched fairly based on weight and experience. 

They must also be within any hormone or supplement levels deemed acceptable by Drug Free Sport NZ.

Failing to provide information requested or not in regards to an athletes biological sex when an athletes name is put forward for competition to an AMTA promoter will be deemed as serious misconduct and a lifetime ban from all AMTA shows will be enforced. 

DRUG FREE SPORT

AMTA does not allow the use of performance enhancing supplements, medication or practices that are deemed illegal by Drug Free Sport New Zealand. This includes in or out of competition. Please check out https://drugfreesport.org.nz/substances/  for information. The use of CBD supplements is permitted, this both within AMTA and DFNZ. 

SCALES

Scales used for weigh-ins must be accurate and be able to read the same in 2 different floor positions, bathroom scales can only be used if they read the same in 2 different positions without being moved, and proven with a certified weight. A kettle bell is fine or a plate weight, however the exact weight of these items or anything else must be proven first elsewhere and written on them to use at weigh in. This is to ensure that they too are accurate. If scales cannot be moved and measured accurately in 2 positions without being fiddled with then they are not to be used. 

​THE WEIGH IN WILL PROCEED AT THE PROMOTERS SPECIFIED TIME, THE NIGHT BEFORE THE SCHEDULED FIGHT. THIS INCLUDES IF ONE FIGHTER IS RUNNING LATE. HOWEVER IF THIS HAPPENS BOTH FIGHTERS NEED TO BE VIDEOED.

VIDEO WEIGH INS

Are permitted, video accepted with code and verification of scales accuracy, see above. The fighter must still be within the 3% tolerance at the medic checks pre fight.

AMTA WEIGHT CLASSES AS OF JANUARY 1 2023. This will replace previous hydrated weight titles in adult classes as of October 1 2022. Title holders will get 1st option on which weight they wish to defend their hydrated title at. 

Piwakawaka Weight 26kg - 300grm tolerance

Pukeko Weight 30kg - 300grm tolerance

Tui Weight 34kg - 300grm tolerance

Kea Weight 38kg - 300grm tolerance

Koromiko Weight 42kg - 300grm tolerance

Kiwi Weight 46 kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 47.38 kg

Fly Weight 50kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 51.5 kg

Bantam Weight 54kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 55.62 kg

Feather Weight 58kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 59.74 kg

Light Weight 62kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 63.86kg

Light Welter Weight 64kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 65.92kg

Welter Weight 68kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 70.04kg

Middle Weight 72kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 74.16kg

Super Middle Weight 76kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 78.28kg

Light Heavy Weight 80kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 82.4kg

Super Light Heavy Weight 84kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 86.52kg

Cruiser Weight 88kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 90.64kg

Super Cruiser Weight 92kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 94.76kg

Heavy Weight 96kg - Pre fight medical tolerance 98.88kg

Super Heavy Weight 100+ kg 

AMTA OFFICIALS

AMTA has a goal of creating a register of competent Judges and Referees. This has been done by ensuring AMTA judges and referees have met 3 levels of achievement. All AMTA titles must have Level 3 approved Judges as of 2022.

JUDGES AND REFEREES LEVELS

Level 1:

Completed AMTA Judging and Scoring exam score 100%. Attended Mark Hamptons Muay Thai Judging and Scoring Seminar

Level 2: 

Must of shadow judged 10 Muay Thai Rules fights (this does not include K1, Glory or Mod Thai rules) alongside a competent judge. Score sheets must be submitted and not changed. A shadow judge cannot change the result given on his or her score cards and must hand each score card to the competent judge after each fight, and can only get advise from the competent judge once they have marked down their round score. Cost $0

 

Level 3:

On completion of shadow judging with an approved judge, the trainee must judge to the side of a show (in a 4th judges position ringside) Where they must judge an additional 5 Muay Thai rules fights where they must give the correct decision if the fight is unanimous, or the same result as at least 2 of the judges in a split decision. 

If this is not achieved then the applicant will shadow judge another 5 fights and then repeat the above step.

Should they fail this again the applicant will be asked to start again at Level 1.

Once Level 3 is achieved the applicant is now able to judge solo and also supervise in shadow judging circumstances. A judge must be Level 3 to judge any AMTA Title fight.

LEVEL 4 REFEREES ONLY

On completion of Level 3 an applicant can apply to become an AMTA Level 4 Referee. 

To gain this the applicant must of refereed 10 fights at no higher than C Class.

Once this is done and has been observed by another qualified referee, then the applicant must referee either in person or via video 5 B-A class fights where the AMTA head referee can ensure that the applicant is at a satisfactory level to be signed off as competent

 

LEVEL 4 REFEREES - Have been overseen by the AMTA Head Referee and deemed competent

Tony Angelov - AMTA Head Referee

Wayne Vaega

Kru Chain

Tasha Chambers

Mike Crossley

John Conway

Scott Tweedie

Terry Hill 

David Bendall

AMTA HEAD MEDICAL ADVISOR

Mavis Gunn RN - Christchurch

LEVEL 3 JUDGES 

Tony Angelov - Auckland

Greg Nesbit - Auckland

Ritchie Hardcore Stewart - Auckland

Ben Sisam - Auckland

John Conway - Auckland

Mark Hampton - Wellington

Kru Chain - Wellington

Kevin Dick - Wellington

Justin McDermott - Taupo

Tasha Chambers - Palmerston North

Stew Chambers - Palmerston North

Caitlin Pirie - Palmerston North

Zane Hopman - Masterton

Darryl Dawson - Hamilton

Terry Hill - Hamilton

Wayne Vaega - Christchurch

Dan Hatch - Christchurch

Dave Gahan - Christchurch

David Bendall - Christchurch

Suds Karki - Nelson

Scott Tweedie - Timaru

Blake Tomlinson - Dunedin

Wanita Tuatua - Dunedin

Beathe Korneliussen - Dunedin

Fi Sim - Queenstown

Diego Beneduzzi - Queenstown

 

LEVEL 2 JUDGES - Can shadow with a Level 3 10 required

Rob Horrocks 0/10

LEVEL 1 - Completed theory and seminar

AMTA OFFICIALS 

Scott Tweedie - Founder, Rules, Sanctioning, Rankings, Titles, Training

Mark Hampton - Rules, Head Judge, Consultant, Training

Tony Angelov - Head Referee, Consultant

Dr Tony Myers (UK) - Rules, Judging and Refereeing Consultant

Mavis Gunn (RN) - AMTA Head Medic

HYDRATREND HYDRATION CHART

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Aotearoa Muay Thai Association Champions Timeline

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AJ Short Fuse Foster

4-14 Kiwi Weight NZ

AJ Foster Lucky Nine Gym beat Boyd Timanus Spartans Unanimous. December 2019

Vacated February 2020,

Amber Clarke

Light Weight A Class

Amber Clarke Toa Ngatihine Muay Thai beat Asher Bennie Lucky Nine Gym Split Decision December 2019.

Vacated January 2020

Kaitlyn The Tornado Tucker

Light Welter Weight NZ 

A Class

Kaitlyn Tucker Lucky Nine Gym beat Quinita Hati Toa Ngatahine Muay Thai Unanimous December 2019. 

Kodie Huffam

NZ A Class Welter Weight

Kodie Huffam Eltham Hydras beat Yoshi Matsuda Fight Science Queenstown  Unanimous December 2019. Vacated June 2020

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Sonny Treggo

NZ 4-14 Koromiko Weight 

Sonny Treggo East Coast Muay Thai beat

Corbin Searanke Spartans Unanimous Decision

February 2020 Siam Cup Napier

Chris The Cobra Eades

NZ Elite Super Light Heavy

Chris Eades Urban Sport beat Mandela Ale Beyond Muay Thai via Unanimous Decision

July 2020 

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Kyrin Togia

4-14 NZ Kiwi Weight

Kyrin Togia Tihipuke Muay Thai beat Ngaru Moeke Siam Pitbull Thai Unanimous Decision

August 29 2020 TMT Hamilton

Vacated May 2021

AJ Short Fuse Foster

Youth NZ Light

Welter Weight 

AJ Foster Lucky Nine Gym beat Lfah Trego East Coast Muay Thai  via Unanimous Decision

October 2 2020 

The Razors Edge

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Matt Sutherland

NZ A Class Super

Light Heavy Weight

Matt Sutherland Muay Thai Christchurch beat Swade Wallace Assassins Muay Thai via split decision

November 27 2020 Vendetta 

Fern Nixon

NZ Youth Fly Weight

Fern Nixon ROC Taupo beat Ashley Nesbitt CKB Split decision December 27 2020 

Vacated March 2020

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David MTC Bendall

NZ Elite Super

Heavyweight

David Bendall Muay Thai Christchurch beat

Moe Hussain SMAC Featherston via split decision

November 28 2020 Vendetta Timaru

Melody Diva Downs

Queens of Muay Thai 

Light Welter Weight

8 Woman Eliminator

Melody Downs Team Downs/Core MMA

beat in quarter final Melissa Mackey-Huriwai ROA

via unanimous decision, in semi final beat Miriam Hummingbird Tio Lenzen via TKO

in final beat Macca The Devils Child Jean

via split decision

$5000 November 28 2020 Vendetta Timaru

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AJ Short Fuse Foster

NZ Youth Feather Weight

Aj Foster Lucky Nine Gym beat

Levi Smith Toa Fight Systems

via unanimous decision

Aftermath of Elbows Christchurch

March 27 2021

Charlie Charalambides

South Island A Class

Welterweight

Charlie Charalambides Fight Science Queenstown

beat Shaun Spencer Academy of Combat 

via TKO legs 

March 27 After Math of Elbows

Christchurch

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John Pyers

NZ A Class Middleweight

John Pyers Maui Muay Thai

beat Shem Murdoch Dunedin Kickboxing

via unanimous decision

April 10 2021 The Razors Edge Timaru

Rayvn Simpson

NZ Youth Fly Weight

Rayvn Simpson ROA Gisbourne

beat Ashley Nesbitt City Kickboxing/Team Nesbitt

via split decision

April 24 2021 TMT Fight Night Hamilton

Jack Young

NZ Youth Welterweight

Jack Young Manawa Muay Thai

beat via Unanimous Decision

Lfah Treggo Last Stance Otara

Budokan Rotorua May 1 2021

Boston Moylan
NZ Youth Flyweight

Boston Moylan The Fortitude Gym

beat via Unanimous Decision

Tama Moeke Tu Kaha Muay Thai

Hands of Hope June 5 2021

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AJ Short Fuse Foster
NZ Youth Light Welter Weight Defense 

AJ Foster Lucky Nine Gym

beat via Split Decision

Journey Petero Last Stance Otara

TMT Fight Night June 26 2021

Alex Sorenson
NZ Junior Adult
Light Welter Weight 

Alex Sorenson Team Hardcore

beat via TKO

Matthew Phongsai Fight Lab

Art of War 15 

13 August 2021

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