Fouls in KFA
- Head butting
- Throwing, back breaking or locking opponents arms using Judo or wrestling techniques
- Intentional hitting Opponents back
- Rope grabbing to fight or for other purposes
- Using provocative manners and words during contest
- Disobeying referee’s orders
- Knee striking at opponents protective cup
- Catching the opponents leg and pushing forward more than 2 steps without using any striking
- Intentional falling to take advantage over his opponent
- Intentional delay the action after falling out of the ring
- No strikes are allowed to the groin or joints of the leg.
Elbow Strikes are allowed but OPTIONAL in KFA Bouts.
HOWEVER, Elbow Strikes to the head but MUST BE CONFIRMED IN MATCHMAKING with BOTH Fighters.
Please CONFIRM with the event Matchmaker what will be ALLOWED in your bout.
Fighters may strike with Punches, Kicks, Knees and SOMETIMES ELBOWS;
Strikes with elbows and knees are allowed. However, some State Athletic Commissions may not
allow knees to the head or elbows at all. Under these circumstances, Knee and Elbow Strikes to the body should be confirmed by both fighters.
Please CONFIRM with the event Matchmaker what will be ALLOWED in your bout, Knees to the Head, Elbows, etc.
KICKS (Shin or Foot) & KNEES are allowed to BOTH legs (Not the Knees) of each fighter.
KICKS may strike body and head as well.
KNEES may strike to the legs, body and head.
Clinching is allowed as long as 1 fighter is ACTIVE WITHIN the clinch.
- Any Throws are allowed
Fighters are allowed to catch their opponents leg and take 1 step forward. After 1 step,
the fighter holding the leg must STRIKE before taking a second step or more. These should
be done not more or less than 3 secs.
Sweeps (With instep of foot) are not allowed but a fighter may "KICK" his/her opponents supporting
leg with the top of their foot or shin, NOT the instep as in a karate style sweep.
No strikes are allowed to the groin or joints of the leg.
Knockdowns where the knocked down fighter rises up immediately after being knocked down are not counted as a knockdown or standing 8 count.
HOWEVER, if the fighter is "ROCKED" by the shot taken, (Whether he is still standing or drops to the canvas / ring floor)
the referee can make the decision to give an 8 count if he/she feels necessary, no matter how fast the fighter recovers or rises after the fall.
Direct (Side Kick Style) kicks to the front of a fighters legs Are not allowed
Kicks (shin or foot) may strike the inside and outside of each fighters legs.
Let's start with the basic
- A KFA match consists of 3×3 min rounds with a 1 min rest in between rounds.
Each round is scored with a total of 10 points, which is accumulated for the total of 3 rounds to
equal 30 points, unlike boxing where it’s scored in individual rounds.
Points are scored according to clean strikes; punches, kicks, elbows, knees and sweeps. Kicks, elbows,
knees, sweeps, and a dominant clinch score more points than a clean punch, unless the punch
results in a knockdown or does visible damage.
When locked up in the clinch both fighters will battle for the dominant position. When knees are executed
in the clinch they must be countered or else the fighter who executed more knees will score more.
If a sweep is executed and both fighters fall the fighter who lands on top gets the advantage.
Clean hits should always be countered or else your opponent will receive the point, this is most often seen
with kicks to the body, this is also the main reason Thai trainers make you do a ridiculous amount
of kicks in a row, called “buern” or double in Thai. This is not only meant to build
stamina but also to condition you to return kicks in rapid succession.