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Keep reading to find out more about the basic rules of Muay Thai, the gyms to practice Muay Thai in Adelaide and the best way to connect with private trainers through Superprof.
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The Rules of Muay Thai
Muay Thai is known as the ‘art of 8 limbs’ as it uses fists, feet, elbows, knees and shins (as well as the head traditionally, though this has been removed from modern competition). This means that it is a full-contact sport and one that all competitors have to be at the height of fitness to compete in.
Due to its nature and just like all sports, Muay Thai competitions have a series of strict rules and regulations. These rules were influenced by traditional western boxing that was a major influence in the development of Muay Thai as a sport from ancient martial arts in the early 20th century.
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The rules can vary slightly depending on the venue or organiser but is distinctive enough to make Muay Thai separated from American, Dutch or Japanese kickboxing. Muay Thai is most differentiated from other combat sports by the use of elbows, knees, push kicks (teeps) and the clinch.
Here are some of the most important rules in Muay Thai competitions:
- Age limit: the minimum age to qualify for professional bouts in Thailand is 15. Still, younger fighters can train and participate in amateur fights.
- The Ring: The ring size is quite specific and should be built as follows: a squared ring measuring between 4.9 by 4.9 meters (16 ft) to 7.3 by 7.3 meters (24 ft). The ring is constructed with safety considerations with the ropes, 4 corner posts and floor covered with appropriate padding/cushioning material.
- Boxing Gloves: Only gloves certified by World Muay Thai Council are allowed to be used in any match. Glove sizes are prescribed according to the weight divisions. Fighters weighing above 100 lbs up to 126 lbs (Mini Flyweight to Featherweight) will use 6oz gloves; fighters above 126 lbs up to 147 lbs (Super Featherweight to Welterweight) will use 8oz gloves; while fighters above 147 lbs (Super Welterweight and above) must use 10 oz gloves.
- Categories: in order to compete in a professional Muay Thai fight, a fighter must be over the age of 15 and must weigh at least 100 pounds. Fighters are all classified into weight divisions and when competing, there must not be more than 5 pounds difference in weight. The weight divisions are as follows (in pounds):
- Super Heavyweight 209+
- Heavyweight 209
- Cruiserweight 190
- Super Light Heavyweight
- Light Heavyweight 175
- Super Middleweight 168
- Middleweight 160
- Junior Middleweight 154
- Welterweight 147
- Junior Welterweight 140
- Lightweight 135
- Junior Lightweight 130
- Featherweight 126
- Junior Featherweight 122
- Bantamweight 118
- Junior Bantamweight 115
- Flyweight 112
- Junior Flyweight 108
- Mini Flyweight 105
- Dress Code: Only boxing shorts are to be worn, the colour of which depends on the corner; red, pink, or maroon or with a red stripe for the red corner; blue, bright blue, black for the blue corner. A groin protector must be worn and tied only at the back for safety. Long hair and/or beards are prohibited. A short moustache is allowed but the hair must not extend over the lip. The Mongkol should be worn when performing the Wai Kru (paying respect to one's teacher), prior to the match start. Amulets are only to be worn on the arm or waist and covered by material to avoid injury. Single elastic bandages are allowed to be worn on the arm or legs to prevent sprains. Insertion of a shin guard, etc, is not allowed. No metallized material, decoration or jewellery is allowed to be worn. The use of vaseline, fat or any similar substance by the boxer to gain an unfair advantage is not allowed. Boxer may wear elastic ankle bandages to protect his feet.
- Scoring: this sport is scored on a round per round basis. The fighter who is judged to have won the round is given 10 points and the loser is given 9, 8 or 7 judged on their performance. When both boxers are deemed to have performed equally well in the round, then each fighter is awarded 10 points.
- A 10:9 round is where one fighter is deemed to have won the round.
- A 10:8 round is where one fighter is deemed to have won the round clearly.
- A 10:7 round is where one fighter is deemed to have won the round clearly and their opponent has been on the canvas and received a count from the referee.
- Boxers who receive a warning in a round lose one point.
- Winning the Fight: a Muay Thai fight can be won in one of three ways:
- Knockout: If one fighter knocks his opponent out, they are immediately declared the winner.
- Technical Knockout - Known as a TKO, this is the same as in boxing where the referee deems one fighter as not fit to carry on.
- Points: At the end of the match, if neither competitor has managed to stop their opponent, then it goes to the judges scorecards. The fighter with the highest amount of points is judged to be the winner. If both fighters are on the same amount of points then the match is declared a draw.
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Muay Thai Near Me in Adelaide
Are you looking for a Muay Thai gym Adelaide? There are many excellent options for those passionate about this martial art where you can learn from the best trainers and find a community of fighters just like you.
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Here are some of the best Muay Thai gyms in Adelaide:
- Southside Muay Thai: Southside Muay Thai and Fitness (SSMT) was established in 2002. They encourage an ego-free environment within the gym, where males and females from all cultures are equally welcome. You can book a free trial before signing up for classes, and you need to bring a pair of your own boxing gloves, handwraps, a towel (compulsory), water bottle and clean, comfortable exercise attire. According to their website: "Safety is of the upmost importance at SSMT. And, because all martial arts carry an element of danger, our programs have been developed in such a way as to avoid the possibilities of injuries, making our programs accessible to anyone who wants to enjoy the many benefits Muay Thai training has to offer."
- Strong Heart Muay Thai: this is a family owned and operated gym. They welcome everyone at all levels of experience and they believe that Muay Thai combined with a healthy lifestyle can help anyone benefit from the physical, mental and emotional challenges we face inside and outside of the ring. They are also the first Muay Thai gym in South Australia to regularly rotate champion Thai trainers from Thailand. According to their website they "aim to share their knowledge with all of our students, and provide authentic knowledge and experience to the Adelaide scene. We regularly travel to Thailand and have close ties with the Revolution Gym in Phuket. Our gyms work together as a team to give our students the best possible opportunities within our state, Australia-wide and abroad."
- Young Lions Thaiboxing and Fitness: this gym based in Adelaide, South Australia specializes in Muay Thai training for everyone from beginners to professional fighters. They are located in St Marys, South Australia and their classes are mixed with both males and females from the novice first timer to the professional fighter. Classes are run in a way that everyone is given individual attention.
- Rikers Gym: all of their classes involve skipping, stretching, shadow boxing technique, pad and bag work, sparring and clinching drills with a partner followed by strength and conditioning exercises. They offer 3 levels of classes:
- Kids class for 7-12 years old to learn basic technique and combinations along with fitness, balance and co-ordination drills.
- General class suitable for all levels over 13 years old including beginners (shin pads and mouth guards required if you want to spar)
- Fighter training for competition these students are selected from our general class and are expected to train 5 days a week.
- Grandmaster Leong's Academy: this gym was established in 1974 and is located at 61 Hindley Street in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. They offer training in 3 styles of Wing Chun, Muay Thai, a range of Wu Shu forms, numerous weapon forms as well as Tai Chi and Chi Kung. They pride themselves in saying that Grandmaster Leong has trained under Grandmaster Yuttanna Wongbandue, who is the head instructor of the World Muay Thai association in Bangkok Thailand.
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Muay Thai Classes with A Personal Trainer
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In our website you will find great options for Muay Thai trainers in Adelaide and Australia who can help you reach your fitness goals.
All you need to do is find the right profile, set up a first session, arrange the price per hour of class and schedule and get ready to become your best fighting version!
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