Frequent question: Are shoulder strikes legal in Muay Thai?

Though shoulder strikes are perfectly legal in Thailand’s Muay Thai, they really are almost never seen, likely due to evolving aesthetics, and maybe a sense of sportsmanship.

What strikes are illegal in Muay Thai?


  • No strikes are allowed to the groin or joints of the leg.
  • Elbow Strikes are allowed but OPTIONAL in IKF PRO Muay Thai Bouts. …
  • Fighters may strike with Punches, Kicks, Knees and SOMETIMES ELBOWS; …
  • Clinching is allowed as long as 1 fighter is ACTIVE WITHIN the clinch.

You are free to hit your opponent’s elbows and shoulders as much you want as long as it’s with legal boxing strikes since neither the elbows nor the shoulders are illegal to hit (but they are illegal to hit with).

Yes, legal and very common in Thailand. From what I’ve seen it’s legal in most promotions in the US as well. I’ve thrown them and not had a problem. The main goal in this sport is to inflict acute and permanent brain damage on you’re opponent.

Can you throat punch in UFC?

No directed throat strikes are allowed. A directed attack would include a fighter pulling his opponents head in a way to open the neck area for a striking attack. A fighter may not gouge their fingers or thumb into their opponent’s neck or trachea in an attempt to submit their opponent.

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Why can’t you hit below the belt in boxing?

In these sports, as in many others, punches must not be struck below the opponent’s navel, as it is deemed unfair and contrary to sportsmanship. The expression is also used figuratively in to describe anything which is considered abusive, excessively hurtful, or plainly unfair.

What are the 12 rules of boxing?

Rules of Boxing

  • You cannot hit below the belt, hold, trip, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, spit on, or push your opponent.
  • You cannot hit with your head, shoulder, forearm, or elbow.
  • You cannot hit with an open glove, the inside of the glove, the wrist, the backhand, or the side of the hand.

Is it illegal to step on foot in boxing?

Nope, a boxer can not step on feet of opponent purposely, the it should be illegal. stepping on an opponents foot would make the other lose his balance and concentration. Specially when the opponent is trying to side step or move backwards.

Do Muay Thai fighters punch?

They can punch, kick, knee, elbow, and throw and sweep from within the clinch, which is why many fans call the sport the king of striking arts. Furthermore, when fighters clinch in Muay Thai, they are allowed to attack from within until the referee separates them.

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