The Rules of Muay Thai Boxing – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains, the Rules of Muay Thai Boxing. The object of the game is to win a contest
by either knock out or points. Muay Thai Boxing, sometimes referred to as
Thai Kickboxing, is a combat sport that is contested between two fighters, and is contested
in an area known as the ring. The ring measures a maximum of 24ft x 24ft,
with ropes surrounding the perimeter of the ring. Fights can be fought in the modern way, with
fighters wearing boxing style gloves. Or the ancient way where fighter’s hands
are bound with ropes. This causes more damage. In Muay Thai, you can punch your opponent,
kick your opponent, knee your opponent and elbow your opponent. Because of this, it is commonly known as the
‘art of 8 limbs’. You are also allowed to trip your opponent
by taking out their legs. The idea is to hit your opponent, whilst avoiding
being hit yourself. If you manage to knock your opponent to the
ground, the opponent must stand back up within 10 seconds, and be able to show that he can
carry on fighting. If your opponent cannot do this, you will
win the fight automatically. This is known as a knock out. If neither fighter can knock each other out,
or if they knock each other out at the same time, a panel of judges will score each fighter
based upon how well they fought and who was the superior fighter. Fights are generally contested in 3 or 5 rounds
of 3 minutes each. The number of rounds varies depending on the
company organising the fight. Judges score every round and the boxer with
the superior number of points at the end of all the rounds, wins. That’s pretty much it, but there’s a few
other things you’ll need to know before fighting or watching Muay Thai. For example:
Music. During a fight, you’ll hear this music. This is traditional Thai music that is played
throughout the fight. Musicians will use a java pipe, some small
cymbals and two drums to try and reflect the intensity of the fight. At any point they can play the music faster
to try and urge the fighters to attack more aggressively. Wai Kru
Before the first round, each fighter must perform the traditional Muay Thai ritual of
homage. This is known as “Wai Kru”. The fighters must at a minimum complete the
basic fundamental elements of Wai Kru according to the customs and traditions of Muay Thai
Boxing. Knock down
If a fighter hits another fighter forcing him to fall to the ground, he will have 10
seconds to get back up. If a fighter successfully gets back up, this
is called a knock down. Clinch
A clinch is where one or both fighters grapples each other. In Western Boxing, clinching is illegal. In Muay Thai, it’s perfectly acceptable,
and is a great way to inflict damage to your opponent with knees and elbows. Fouls & Disqualification
Even though Muay Thai is a fighting sport, there are rules that prevent it becoming a
street fight. If you break any of these rules, the referee
will award a foul against you. If you accrue three fouls in a contest, you
are disqualified immediately and your opponent is given the win. If you have found this video helpful, be sure
to share this video and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these things
and good karma is very much appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit, you can post this
video and discuss it there. But in the meantime, enjoy Muay Thai Boxing. Ninh Ly – @NinhLyUK –

65 thoughts on “The Rules of Muay Thai Boxing – EXPLAINED!

  1. If both fighters are knocked out at the same time, whoever rises first and says, "I am the world champion" wins.

    Nobody will get that joke.

  2. If they both knock each other out at the same time it's a draw, the fight in the video where that happened dorian price (the black guy) won because he was able to get up before the ten count whilst his opponent wasn't.

  3. What happened to the rules of Floorball? Last time I asked you about this video you had said it had been finished, and would be uploaded on a Saturday at the regular time.

  4. Not really explaining anything except for those very obvious. Things like how to count points, how to judge aggressiveness, how to view value of kicks being blocked, throw and sweep, etc. These are more for explanation.

  5. Also, the first round is a round to feel out the opponent. It is not polite to rush into the fight. Boxers intentionally throw 3/4 strength shots or shots that don't connect. Finally, the fighters are also judged on how well they displayed traditional Muay Thai fighting; a western style boxer or a karate fighter could fight in a Muay Thai fight, but they likely won't win unless they knock out their opponent.

  6. +Ninh Ly You should do a video about lethwei; it’s known as Burmese kickboxing. It’s muay Thai, plus head butts.

  7. I still don't get why this isn't bigger in the west. It has the best of boxing and mma all in one without the BJJ snoozefest.

  8. The music is just there so Thailand can keep the sport traditional and not have it coopted elsewhere. It will limit the worldwide appeal of the sport.

  9. Here in The Netherlands, when you do basic kickboxing, people are already scared of you… imagine if you did Muay Thai, you'd be the mob boss…

  10. and don't forget one crucial thing : Farang cannot win on points in Thailand. You need to knockout the other dude if you are not thai, judges will just score him more than you no matter what you do.

  11. A question, I trained muay thai a few years, but never did it competitive and have a Question:
    Is it with the Rules to use your Kiai as an attack,as an example in a Clinge?

  12. Clinching is not really illegal in western boxing, it's just lighter, and broken up after awhile depending on a few factors that are honestly de facto judge discretion. Grabbing and grappling on purpose certainly is discouraged but if the fight naturally goes to a clinch and it is actually productive towards the overall fight it will be allowed. It will be broken up eventually if the fighters don't work out of it themselves, because the sport emphasizes clean striking, but it's not really against the rules per se. Especially at the professional level it's highly tolerated, although it's of course a different kind of clinch than in Thai boxing or MMA. You certainly can't progress a clinch into a wresting match like say putting someone in a headlock. The other thing you can't do is grab the opponent (or the ropes) to prevent a knockdown–if you do it's scored a technical knockdown to make up for it.

  13. Does a leg clinch and trip count as a takedown? Can you trip while in an arm clinch? How long are you allowed to be arm clinched / if it's legal why do they get broken up?

  14. also
    kick and/or stomp and/or push kick your opponent's face. its really disrespectful
    and you cannot punch or kicked to the groin
    you will be disqualified immediately and the fighter will declared the victory

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.