Muaythai is also known as Muay or Thai Boxing which is either competed in round-robin format or single elimination.

Round-Robin format is 3x3min rounds as the actual competition format and Single Elimination is 5x3min rounds at the elite level.

It is known as the sport of eight limbs where practitioners utilise their fists, elbows, shins and knees. Amateur practitioners wear a head guard, elbow guards, shin guards and gloves whilst the professional use only the gloves. Under IFMA’s auspices its professional wing the World Muaythai Council or WMC has merged to sanction championship events internationally.

The discipline of muaythai is included in the official sports program of many multi-sport games such as The World Games, World Combat Games, FISU World University Championship program, European Games, Asian Beach Games, Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games, demonstration sport in the Asian Games, SEA Games TAFISA Games and many others.


Krabi Krabong

Krabi Krabong is the weapon based discipline of muaythai. The system includes the main weapons; the curved sword (Krabi) and staff (Krabong).
The introduction of the snap resulted in unexpected consequences. Prior to the snap, the strategy had been to punt if a scrum resulted in bad field position. However, a group of Princeton players realized that, as the snap was uncontested, they now could hold the ball indefinitely to prevent their opponent from scoring.
In 1881, both teams in a game between Yale-Princeton used this strategy to maintain their undefeated records.

Muay Aerobic

This is a total work out programme which includes muaythai training tools such as pad work, bag work, circuit and body strength training.
Fitness centres around the world use this unique high-calorie burning work out programme either in one to one personal training (PT) sessions or group circuit training sessions.

Muay Boran / Mae Mai Muaythai

Muay Boran is the umbrella term for“Hand-to-Hand Combat” or self-defense in muaythai. In Thailand It is composed of five disciplines – Muay Chaiya, Muay Korat, Muay Lopburi, Muay Tahsouh and Muay Pala Sueksa (or Muay Panakorn).
They can be identified by their different stances and techniques. Muay boran bouts were traditionally fought with rope bindings on the hands (Kad Chuek). Today, competitions are held as either demonstrations with very little contact or full contact.
IFMA has included Mae Mai Muaythai as a full medal sport in their world championships and multi-sport games.

 Muay Tala

This is a fun take on muaythai and is competed on the beach or over a body of water. Competitors compete whilst sitting on a beam using balance and strength, the victor being the opponent which remains on the pole.
On November 12, 1892, when William “Pudge” Heffelfinger was paid $500 to play a game for the Allegheny Athletic Association in a match against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. This is the first recorded instance of a player being paid to participate in a game of American football, although many athletic clubs in the 1880s offered indirect benefits, such as helping players attain employment, giving out trophies or watches.

Wai Kru

Wai Kru promoting and fostering the cultural aspects of muaythai as well as initiating cultural exchange is one of IFMA’s main philosophies. Wai Kru plays an important part of muaythai taught from generation to generation for hundreds of years.

Every muaythai athlete in competition is required to perform the Wai Kru before the contest.

IFMA also has a single standing Wai Kru discipline where athletes may enter separately to the contest if they wish to participate in the sporting/cultural elements of muaythai.
The Wai Kru competition is a full medal event in the IFMA championships and multi-sport games.

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