8. Wai Kru and Rounds

8.1 Wai Kru: Before the first round, every athlete must perform the traditional muaythai ritual of homage “Wai Kru” according to the customs of muaythai. It is not permitted to perform any other form of martial art ritual that is not a conventional part of the art of muaythai. The athletes must at a minimum complete the basic fundamental elements of Wai Kru. The traditional muaythai musical instruments: java pipe, small cymbals and two drums will accompany the ritual. If a live band is not available, it is permissible to use muaythai music played from a DVD or any other electronic source.

8.2 Rounds: World and Continental Championships, Cups or Tournaments: In World and Continental Championships or Cups or Tournaments, there shall be:

 Elite Athletes:

  • For Elite Athletes, it will be 3 rounds of 3 minutes each for both male and female competitors. A full 1 minute of rest shall be given between the rounds.

Competitive Athletes:

  • For Competitive Athletes, it will be 3 rounds of 3 minutes each for both male and female competitors. A full 1 minute of rest shall be given between the rounds.

Youths:

  • For Youth 14-15 and Youth 16-17, it will be 3 rounds of 2 minutes each. A full 1 minute of rest shall be given between the rounds.
  • For Youth 12-13 it will be 3 rounds of 1 minute and 30 seconds each. A full 1 minute of rest shall be given between the rounds
  • For Youth 10-11 it will be 3 rounds of 1 minute each. A full 1 minute of rest shall be given between the rounds.

Stopping of the contest for warning, cautions, counting, putting clothing or equipment into order or for any other reason is not included in the period of round.  No additional round may be given.