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Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, its history and Rules

Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Page 3, its History

Training that is specific to a Muay Thai fighter includes training with coaches on Thai pads, focus mitts, heavy bag and sparring. The daily training includes many rounds (3-5 minute periods broken up by a short rest, often 1–2 minutes) of these various methods of practice. Thai pad training is a cornerstone of Muay Thai conditioning which involves practicing punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes with a trainer wearing thick pads which cover the forearms and hands. These special pads are used to absorb the impact of the fighter’s strikes and allow the fighter to react to the attacks of the pad holder. The trainer will often also wear a belly pad around the abdominal area so that the fighter can attack with straight kicks or knees to the body at anytime during the round.

Focus mitts are specific to training a fighter’s hand speed, punch combinations, timing, punching power, defence and counter-punching. They may also be used to practice elbow strikes. Heavy bag training is a conditioning and power exercise that reinforces the techniques practiced on the pads. Sparring is a means to test technique, skills, range, tactics, and timing against a partner. Sparring is often a light to medium contact exercise because competitive fighters on a full schedule are not advised to risk injury by sparring hard. Specific tactics and strategies can be trained with sparring including in close fighting, clinching and kneeing only, cutting off the ring, or using reach and distance to keep an aggressive fighter away. Due to the rigorous fighting and training regimen (some Thai boxers fight almost every other week) professional Muay Thai fighters have relatively short careers in the ring. Many retire from competition to begin instructing the next generation of Thai fighters. Most professional Thai boxers come from the lower economic strata and the fight money (after the other parties get their cut) is sought as a means of support for the fighters and their families. Very few upper-class Thai’s join the professional Muay Thai ranks today; they usually either do not practice the sport or practice it only as amateur boxers.

MUAY THAI RULES & REGULATIONS

OF LUMPINEE BOXING STADIUM

B.E.2500

(ALTERATIONS & ADDITIONAL EDITION B.E.2535)

(ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

ITEM 1. – THE RING

Muay Thai contest in general. The ring must consists of the following:

1.1 The ring must be a square, small size is 4.90 m. (16 ft.) large size is 7.30 m. (24 ft.) measuring within the ropes.

1.2 the ring must be built in safety, proper level, without any obstruction, and must extend outside the ropes at least 50 cm. (20 inches) erect posts at the four corners and well covered, or any other ways which will not cause danger to the contestants.

1.3 The ring floor must be covered with soft cloths, or straw mat, wood filings, compressed cork etc. thickness not less than 1 inch (2.50 cm.) and not more than 2 inches (5 cm.) and upper covered with canvas, by stretched tight and the canvas must be covered all the ring floor.

1.4 There must be 4 paralleled ropes, with diameter at least 1.50 inches to inches, stretched to the posts at the corners, height from the ring floor, the first rope 55 cm. (1 ft. 0 inch), the second rope height from the ring floor 85 cm. (2 ft. 6 inch), the third rope height from the ring floor 115 cm. (3 ft. 10 inch) And the fourth rope height from the ring floor 145 cm. (4 ft. 10 inch). The ropes must be covered with soft and smooth material. At the 4 corners, the insides of the ropes must be covered with soft materials.

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Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Page 5, Rules and Regulations

The following pages states the Rules & Regulations, I have tried to decipher the pigeon English it was written in as best as I could. See page 11 for Video’s of Muay Thai