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IRC confirm changes in amateur Thai boxing rules

Posted by WKF head office on March 20th, 2020

Senior officials by the last European Championships 2019: WKF World president Fritz EXENBERGER, George PERGIALIS / Greece, Sijou VAN DER SPEK / Netherlands and Roman LOGISCH / Germany


At the World Congress in Andria 2016, a change of rule was made at the request of several state presidents.

The IRC has adopted the rule change and now it is official after the European Championship in Greece.

The rule changes are:

In the WKF Amateur Thai Boxing is fought with elbows and knees to the head (!).

Therefore elbow protectors are also obligatory from now on.

This means that also “spinning elbows” to head with eye contact are correct.

Jumped knees also to the head is correct !

The fighting time remains unchanged 3 × 2 minutes.


The application for changes to the MMA weight classes has not been granted, it remains as before.

The discipline CADETS in has been cancelled.

You can download the current competition rules as always free of charge from HERE !


Next WKF World Championships are in Cairo !