Combat Sports Rules

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Note: ALL fight styles require the following:

  1. Appropriate hand wraps and/or gloves
  2. Mouth guards
  3. Appropriate groin protection for men and women
  4. Appropriate fight shorts (no metal, buttons, strings or pockets)
  5. Rash guards for women
  6. Pregnancy tests for women
  7. Appropriate use of Vaseline

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Pro Mixed Martial Arts (PMMA) rules

  1. Elbows allowed to head and body
  2. Knees allowed to the head and body
  3. No knees or kicks to the head or stomping of a downed opponent (three points of contact)
  4. No “12 to 6” downward elbows
  5. No small joint manipulation
  6. No throat or kidney strikes
  7. All other legal strikes are allowed
  8. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity and/or one fighter has dominance over the other
  9. Rounds for non-title fights are 3 by 5 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  10. Rounds for title fights are 5 by 5 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  11. One pound allowance for non-title fights
  12. Scratch weight (zero pounds or ounces) allowance for title fights

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Am Mixed Martial Arts (AMMA) rules

  1. Elbows allowed to head and body
  2. Knees allowed to the head and body
  3. No knees or kicks to the head or stomping of a downed opponent (three points of contact)
  4. No “12 to 6” downward elbows
  5. No small joint manipulation
  6. No throat or kidney strikes
  7. All other legal strikes are allowed
  8. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity and/or one fighter has dominance over the other
  9. Rounds for non-title fights are 3 by 3 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  10. Rounds for title fights are 3 by 5 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  11. One pound allowance for non-title fights
  12. One pound allowance for title fights

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Boonchu (Boochu) rules

  1. Elbows allowed
  2. Knees to the body only or head and body w/ prior approval
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity
  5. Legal Muay Thai sweeps are allowed
  6. MMA gloves, No Elbow pads, No Shin Pads
  7. Must be conducted in a cage

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Sanda (San Shou) rules

  1. Along with legal kicks and punches above the waist, contestants may use legal kicks to the legs (not the knees) and elbows to legal target area. Use of knees and elbows is restricted to legal target areas below the neck. Use of knees and elbows to the head is permitted if prior approval by the department or its contractor is obtained.
  2. Leg sweeps, boot to boot, to the inside and outside of the contestant’s foot (not above the ankle) are permitted.
  3. Kicks may be made with the shin or foot.
  4. Kicks to the inside and outside of the contestant’s leg are permitted.
  5. Direct sidekicks to the legs are not permitted.
  6. Contestants are permitted to catch their opponent’s leg and take up to two steps. Contestants may strike anytime during the two steps, but must release the leg when they strike or by the end of the two steps.
  7. Kneeing is permitted if one contestant is active within the clinch.
  8. Clinching without kneeing is permitted for five seconds to execute a throw, sweep or takedown.
  9. All types of Judo and wrestling throws are permitted, except spiking one’s opponent directly on the head.
  10. Foot pads and shin pads are not permitted.
  11. Bouts contested on a platform without ropes must be approved by the department or its contractor 30 days prior to the event.

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Traditional Style Muay Thai (TSMT) rules

  1. Elbows allowed
  2. Knees to the body only or head and body w/ prior approval
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity
  5. Legal Muay Thai sweeps are allowed
  6. Boxing gloves, Elbow pad optional, No Shin Pads
  7. Muay Thai shorts
  8. Mongkol
  9. Sealing the ring
  10. Wai Khru for Main Event ONLY

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Pro/Am Style Muay Thai (PSMT) rules

  1. Elbows allowed
  2. Knees to the body only
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity
  5. Legal Muay Thai sweeps are allowed
  6. Boxing gloves, Elbow, No Shin Pads

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Olympic Style Muay Thai (OSMT) rules

  1. Elbows allowed
  2. Knees to the body only
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch will continue as long as there is activity
  5. Legal Muay Thai sweeps are allowed
  6. Boxing gloves, Elbow, Shin Pads
  7. Rounds for non-title fights are 3 by 2 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  8. Rounds for title fights are 5 by 2 minutes w/ 1 minute rest
  9. One pound allowance for non-title fights
  10. One pound allowance for title fights

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Pro/Am Style Kick Boxing (PSKB) rules

  1. No Elbows
  2. Knees to the body only
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch and knee for 5 seconds
  5. The fighter obtaining the clinch must initiate it with a knee, and continue to knee with no breaks for up to 5 seconds
  6. If there is a break in action the ref will separate the fighters
  7. No sweep of any kind are allowed
  8. Boxing gloves. No elbow or shin Pads

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Olympic Style Kick Boxing (OSKB) rules

  1. No elbows allowed
  2. Knees to the body only
  3. All other legal strikes are allowed
  4. Clinch and knee for 5 seconds
  5. The fighter obtaining the clinch must initiate it with a knee, and continue to knee with no breaks for up to 5 seconds
  6. If there is a break in action the ref will separate the fighters
  7. No sweep of any kind are allowed
  8. Boxing Gloves, Shin guards. No Elbow pads

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Sanda (San Shou) rules

  1. Along with legal kicks and punches above the waist, contestants may use legal kicks to the legs (not the knees) and elbows to legal target area. Use of knees and elbows is restricted to legal target areas below the neck. Use of knees and elbows to the head is permitted if prior approval by the department or its contractor is obtained.
  2. Leg sweeps, boot to boot, to the inside and outside of the contestant’s foot (not above the ankle) are permitted.
  3. Kicks may be made with the shin or foot.
  4. Kicks to the inside and outside of the contestant’s leg are permitted.
  5. Direct sidekicks to the legs are not permitted.
  6. Contestants are permitted to catch their opponent’s leg and take up to two steps. Contestants may strike anytime during the two steps, but must release the leg when they strike or by the end of the two steps.
  7. Kneeing is permitted if one contestant is active within the clinch.
  8. Clinching without kneeing is permitted for five seconds to execute a throw, sweep or takedown.
  9. All types of Judo and wrestling throws are permitted, except spiking one’s opponent directly on the head.
  10. Foot pads and shin pads are not permitted.
  11. Bouts contested on a platform without ropes must be approved by the department or its contractor 30 days prior to the event.

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Boxing rules

  1. No Hitting below the navel or behind the ear.
  2. No hitting an opponent who is down or is getting up after being down.
  3. No holding an opponent with one hand and hitting with the other.
  4. No holding or deliberately maintaining a clinch.
  5. No wrestling or kicking.
  6. No striking an opponent who is helpless as a result of previous blows and so supported by the ropes that he does not fall after being instructed by the referee to a neutral corner.
  7. No butting with the head or shoulder or using the knee.
  8. No hitting with the open glove, the butt of the hand, the wrist or the elbow, and all backhand blows.
  9. No purposely going down without being hit.
  10. No striking deliberately at that part of the body over the kidneys.
  11. No using the rabbit punch (punch thrown to the back of the head and neck areas).
  12. No jabbing the opponent’s eyes with the thumb of the glove.
  13. No using abusive language in the ring.
  14. No engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct including, but not limited to, a trick or other action which causes injury to an opponent.
  15. No hitting on the break.
  16. No hitting after the bell has sounded signaling the end of the round.
  17. No hitting an opponent whose head is between or outside of the ropes.
  18. No pushing an opponent about the ring or into the ropes.
  19. No intentionally spitting out the mouthpiece.
  20. No biting or spitting.
  21. Always follow referee’s instructions.
  22. No stepping on opponent.
  23. No crouching below opponent’s belt.
  24. No leaving neutral corner.
  25. No corner second shouting.

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Wrestling rules

  1. Wrestling exhibitions shall be conducted inside the ring ropes or inside a securely barricaded area that prevents any direct contact between the participants and the audience.
  2. Each match shall be conducted under the supervision of a referee who shall be currently licensed as a wrestler and who shall be responsible for the safety of the participants and spectators.
  3. Neither the promoter or referee shall permit physically dangerous conduct or tactics by any participant.
  4. Participants shall not intentionally cause a flow of blood or other bodily fluid from his body or any other participant’s body during the course of the match. In the event a visible flow of blood or other bodily fluid from any participant occurs during the show, the referee shall immediately suspend the match until medical treatment can be obtained. If the flow of blood or other bodily fluid cannot be stopped, the match involving that participant shall not continue.
  5. All participants will report to the event location and their locker rooms at the specified time. Once the participant reports to the event facility and to his locker room he will be disqualified if he leaves the staging area before the match or leaves the facility before the end of the bout without prior approval from the event inspector.
  6. Promoters shall maintain peace, order and decency in the conduct of all participants and spectators.
  7. Promoters must have, and maintain for review if needed, individual contracts on file for all their participants or shall report to the department, on a form provided by the department, within 24 hours of the completion of the event, any fees promised or received by the participants of that event.

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Grappling rules

  1. No unsportsmanlike conduct will be allowed. You may be disqualified or ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. The referees will be shown maximum respect at all times. Their decisions are final and will not be overturned.
  2. No striking, biting, eye gouging (includes chin to eye), head butting, small joint manipulation (finger or toe locks), hair pulling, grabbing the windpipe, or ear pulling will be permitted.
  3. No slamming allowed.Illegal slamming will be defined as slamming your opponent to escape submissions and/or to pass the guard; or standing from the guard and/or jumping from a standing position to slam your opponent. Slamming will result in an automatic DQ. There are no exceptions to this rule. Takedowns are NOT considered slams, but you must deliver your opponent safely to the mat.
  4. No infectious skin diseases (such as ringworm, staph, and MRSA) or open wounds will be permitted. No lubricants, oils, or lotions of any kind will be permitted on any part of the body or clothing.
  5. Competitors will be allowed to continue grappling anywhere on the matted area, provided they don’t interfere with another match. If the competitors near the edge of the mat, they will be restarted from the same position, unless the referee is unable to duplicate the position for any reason. In case the referee is unable to duplicate the position, the competitors will restart from a standing position.
  6. If a competitor flees the ring when a submission is locked in and the competitor is obviously fleeing to avoid submission, he or she will be automatically disqualified.
  7. Women will not be permitted to compete in Men’s divisions. Men will not be permitted to compete in Women’s divisions. Teens (16+) may compete in Men’s or Women’s divisions with permission from their parent or coach. Men over age 30 are eligible to compete in the 30+ divisions, but may choose to compete in the Men’s divisions instead. Competitors will not be able to enter multiple age divisions (teens must select juvenile or adult divisions and men over 30 must select men’s divisions or 30+ divisions).
  8. In Juvenile (ages 4-17) matches, the referee has the discretion to call a match if the referee believes that a submission will cause immediate damage or injury, especially in the beginner divisions.
  9. Promoters shall maintain peace, order and decency in the conduct of all participants and spectators.
  10. Promoters must have, and maintain for review if needed, individual contracts on file for all their participants or shall report to the department, on a form provided by the department, within 24 hours of the completion of the event, any fees promised or received by the participants of that event.

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  • Submission Grappling (No Gi) rules
    1. The only submissions below the waist legal for novice, beginner, intermediate, and 30+ divisions are straight ankle locks (AKA straight footlock) and kneebars.
    2. All submissions are allowed in Advanced Men’s and Women’s no-gi divisions. Neck cranks, spine locks, bicep/calf slicers (crushers), and flying scissors takedowns are legal ONLY in Advanced Men’s and Women’s no-gi divisions.
    3. No grabbing of any clothing, including your own, will be permitted.
    4. Anyone who is a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MUST compete in intermediate or higher, and anyone who is a purple belt or higher in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu MUST compete in the advanced division. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
    5. Wristlocks and any submissions below the waist are illegal in all Juvenile divisions.
    6. Gis are optional for submission grappling divisions. Mouthpiece and groin protection are optional, but recommended. All competitors must wear a tight-fitting T-shirt or rashguard.
    7. Match Lengths
      1. Men, 30+, and Women No Gi Divisions
        1. Novice: 4 minutes
        2. Beginner: 4 minutes
        3. Intermediate: 5 minutes
        4. Advanced: 6 minutes
      2. Juvenile (4-17) No Gi Divisions
        1. Beginner: 4 Minutes
        2. Intermediate: 4 Minutes
        3. Advanced: 4 Minutes
      3. Super Fights and Pro Divisions Finals
        1. 10 Minutes

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