Khan Muay Thai Education

Regulations for Enrolment

  1. Male or Female of any age
  2. Must not be a carrier of any infectious disease
  3. Must not have a criminal record
  4. Must agree to abide by the Rules of the WMC and/or IFMA

Orders of Khan, Khan Identification, and Qualifying Periods Khan Level Mongkon/Prajead Indentification  Qualifying Period

  • 1st    Khan   White                                    3 months
  • 2nd  Khan   White/Yellow                   3 months
  • 3rd   Khan   Yellow                                   3 months
  • 4th   Khan    White/Green                   4 months
  • 5th   Khan    Green                                   4 months
  • 6th   Khan    White/Blue                       4 months
  • 7th   Khan    Blue                                       5 months
  • 8th   Khan    White/Red                         5 months
  • 9th   Khan    Red                                         5 months
  • 10th Khan    White/Black                    6 months
  • 11th Khan     Silver                                   6 months
  • 12th Khan    Silver                                    6 months
  • 13th Khan    Silver/Gold                        6 months
  • 14th Khan    Gold                                           –
  • 15th Khan    Gold                                           –

Rules for Awarding Khan Levels

  1. Mongkons and Prajeads will be awarded according to the above table
  2. 10th Level Khan Holders are authorised to teach and oversee examinations for Khan 1 – 9
  3. Khan 10-12 must be awarded by an examiner with the expressed approval of IFMA Khan Commission
  4. Khan 13-14 must be awarded by the Khan Commission and must be officially awarded in Bangkok

Khan Muaythai Curriculum

Course Description

  • A brief study of the history and culture of Muaythai
  • The basic skills and techniques of stance and movements- punching, kicking, elbowing, kneeing, vital points of the body
  • Mae mai, Luk mai, Wai Kru
  • Training for health and well – being , fitness, self – defence
  • Rules and Regulations for International Competition
  • Basic Nuad Phaen Thai (Thai Massage)
  • Fundamentals of Muaythai Boran and Professional Muaythai
  • The structure of Muaythai in school competition
  • Methods of Teaching
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Programme of Training for Competition

Course Outline

1st Khan

  • Introduction to muaythai
  • Warming up in muaythai
  • Stance & Movement
  1. Jod Muay (Muaythai Stance)
  2. Khum Chung (Maintaining & Controlling the stance)
  3. Seup Rug (Step-Slide Shuffle Forward), Seup Thoy (…Backward)
  4. Yang Rug (Walk Forward), Yang Thoy (…Backward)
  5. Yam Sam Kum (The Muay Shuffle)
  6. Lom Luk (Falling down, getting up)
    • Forwards
    • Sidewards
    • Backwards

Jomtee – Ponkan – Tobtoh (Attack – Defence – Counter-attack)

  1. Mhad Nah (Lead Fist)
  2. Teep Trong (Straight Foot Thrust)
  3. The Chiang (Diagonal Kick)
  4. Sok Tee (Elbow Slash)
  5. Khaow Trong (Straight Knee Kick)

Block Techniques

  1. Khaow Bang Nok (Inside knee block)
  2. Khaow Bang Nai (Outside knee block)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  1. Grasp reverse
  2. Grasp wrist

2nd Khan

 Revision of 1st Khan

  • Lom Lug (Falling down, getting up)
    • Forwards
    • Backwards
    • Sidewards

Jomtee – Ponkan – Tobtoh (Attack – Defence – Counter-attack)

  1. Mhad Tawad (Double punch)
  2. Mhad Ngad (Upper cut)
  3. Teep Kang (Sideways Foot-thrust)
  4. Teh Trong (Straight Kick)
  5. Tee Khaow (Knee-Kick)
  6. Sok Tad (Horizontal Elbow)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  1. Clinch hip front
  2. Clinch hip back
  3. Choke collar

Wai Kru

  • Basic Wai Kru

3rd Khan

Revision of 1st and 2nd Khan

  • Plam (grapple)
    1. Kod Rad (Clinch)
    2. Chab Koah Wiang (Clinch and throw)
    3. Chab Koah Tee Khaow (Clinch and Knee)
    4. Rad Ewh Tee Khaow (Hold at waist and knee)

Jomtee – Pongkan – Tobtoh (Attack – Defence – Counter-attack)

  1. Mhad Nah (Lead Fist)
  2. Mhad Suey (upper cut)
  3. The Tawad Glab (Sweeping double kick)
  4. Sok Ngad (uppercut elbow)
  5. Sok Kratung (Reverse horizontal elbow)
  6. Khaow Noi (Little knee)
  7. Khaow Tad (Horizontal knee-kick)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  • Tad Mala (Guard with fists on ears)
  • Choke neck sidewards
  • Choke neck front

4th Khan

Revision of 1st – 3rd Khan

  • Jomtee – Pongkan (Attack – Defence)
  1. Mhad Wiang Glab (Spinning back fist)
  2. Mhad Glab (Counter punch)
  3. Teep Glab Lang (Reverse foot-thrust)
  4. Chorakeh Fad Hang (Spinning Heel-Kick or Crocodle Tail Thrash)
  5. Sok Chiang (Diagonal elbow)
  6. Sok Pung (Foward elbow thrust)
  7. Khaow Kong (Curling knee-kick)
  8. Khaow La (raising knee up and forward)

Plam (grapple)

  1. Chab Koah Tee Sok (Clinch and elbow)
  2. Chab Koah Khaow (Clinch and knee)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  1. Lock arm sidewards
  2. Lock arm front

Loh Paow (Pad work)

  1. Mhad Pahsom (Punch Combinations)
  2. Khaow Pahsom (Knee Combinations)

5th Khan

Revision of 1st – 4th Khan

  • Jomtee – Pongkan (Attack – Defence)
  1. Sok Glab (Spinning elbow)
  2. Sok Trong (Straight elbow)
  3. Khaow Loy (Flying knee-kick)
  4. Thane Kward Larn (Bending down to kick opponent’s supporting leg while opponent is attempting to kick)
  5. Kra Dode Teh (Jump kick)
  6. The Chiang (Diagonal Kick)

Pahsom (Combination)

  1. Mhad (Punch)
  2. Taow (Feet)
  3. Khaow (Knee)
  4. Sok (Elbow)
  5. Chab Koaw Tee Khaow (Catch opponent knee and execute knee)
  6. Chab Ewh Tee Khaow (Clinch at opponent waits and execute knee)
  7. Plam Tee Sok (Grapple and elbow)

Som Kooh:Sparring

  1. The/Teep (Kick/Foot-thrust)
  2. Mhad (Punch)
  3. Chap Kaow (Catch knee)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  1. 2 against knife
  2. 2 against stick

6th Khan

Revision of 1st – 5th Khan

  • Jomtee – Pongkan – Tobtoh (Attack – Defence – Counter-attack)
  1. Morn Yan Lak (Foot thrust to opponent’s chest/abdominal)
  2. Bata Lup Pak (Foot thrust to opponent’s face)
  3. Dab Chavala (Right punch to opponent’s eye)

Tobtoh    : Counter attack

  1. Ting (Throw)
  2. Teep Nahkar (Foot-thrust to shin)
  3. Teep Trong (Straight foot-thrust)
  4. Teh Chiang (Diagonal Kick)
  5. Mhad Trong (Straight Punch)
  6. Mhad Taward (Double punch)
  7. Khaow Trong (Straight Knee)
  8. Khaow Tad (Horizontal Knee-Kick)
  9. Sok Tee (Elbow slash)
  10. Sok Glab (Spinning elbow)

Som Kooh    : Sparring

  • 2 x 3 minutes with different partners

Loh Paow (Pad work)

  1. With hand mitts
  2. With Kick pads
  3. With Belly Protector

Plam (grapple)

  1. Chab Kaow Teh Khaow (Catch knee, kick, knee)
  2. Chab Ewh Tee Khaow (Catch waist, knee)
  3. Plam Teh Sok (Grapple, kick, elbow)

7th Khan

Revision of 1st – 6th Khan

  • Tobtoh
  1. Mhad (Punch)
  2. Sok (Elbow)
  3. Khao (Knee)
  4. Teep/Teh (Foot-thrust/Kick)

Lom Luk

  1. Obstacle
  2. Falling down during Chap Kaow
  3. Falling down by being thrown

Nuad Phaen Thai (Thai Masage)

  • Basic Course 1

Accomplishment of techniques / demonstration of mistaken techniques with a partner

  1. 2 techniques of Mhad
  2. 2 techniques of Teep / Teh

Som Kooh

  • Sparring with different partners
  • Offence
  • Defence

8th Khan

Revision of 1st – 7th Khan

  • Fundamentals of movements of a referee and judge
  • Introduction: National Amateur Muaythai Association
  • Introduction: WMC and IFMA

Proper Training Schedule

  • Muaythai training for children and youth

History and Culture of Muaythai

  • Loh Paow (Pad work)
  1. Mhad Pahsom (Punch Combinations)
  2. Khao, Teh, Teep, Pahsom (Knee, kick, foot-thrust combination)

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  1. 10 different techniques against attacks
  2. 5 different techniques against armed attacks

Accomplishment of techniques / demonstration of mistaken techniques with a partner

  1. 2 techniques of Khaow (Knee)
  2. 2 techniques of Teep / Teh (foot-thrust/kick)

9th Khan

Revision of 1st – 8th Khan

  • Tobtoh
  1. Teh Chiang (Diagonal Kick)
  2. Teep Glab Lang (Reverse foot-thrust)
  3. Teep Trong (Straight foot-thrust)
  4. Mhad Ngad (Uppercut)
  5. Mhad Tawad (Double punch)
  6. Mhad Glab (Counter punch)
  7. Sok Tee (Elbow slash)
  8. Sok Glab (Spinning elbow)
  9. Sok Ngad (uppercut elbow)
  10. Khao Trong (Straight knee)
  11. Tee Khoa (Knee kick)

Developing programmes for muaythai fitness

  • Som Kooh
    • Sparring with different partners

Pongkan Tua (Defence)

  • Revision of all techniques

Basic knowledge of Muaythai Boran & Krabi Krabong

10th Khan

Revision of 1st – 9th Khan

  • Examination: Nuad Paen Thai Basic Course 2

Examination: R&J (theory and practise)

  • Training Schedule
    • Planning a programme for an amateur muaythai fighter
    • Planning a programme for an professional muaythai fighter

11th Khan

Revision of 1st – 10th Khan

  • Training Schedule
    • Professional muaythai fighters

Knowledge about structure and constitutions of the IFMA an WMC

  • Pongkan Tua
    • 15 techniques for defense against armed attacks


  • 15 advanced techniques

o   Fundamentals of teaching

  • Muaythai teaching techniques for different age groups


  • Khan

Revision of 1st – 11th Khan

  • Examination for Grading
  1. National muaythai instructor’s licence
  2. R&J for professional muaythai


  • Khan

Revision of 1st – 11th Khan

  • Duties and Functions of an Examiner
  1. Advanced national muaythai instructor licence
  2. R&J for professional muaythai
  3. Examiner licence for muaythai khan degrees

14th and 15th Khan

These will be awarded in honour of work towards the international development of muaythai, by the IFMA-WMC Khan Degree Commission.

National representatives may nominate their examinees to the IFMA-WMC, but examinees must have already obtained the 13th Khan degree.

Recognised Nuad Phaen Thai Institutes

  1. Nuad Thai Institute, Ramkhamhang , Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Arsom Silpa Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
  3. Cha Loy Sak Institute, Chonburi, Thailand
  4. Muaythai Bund Deutschland, Nuad Phaen Thai Center, Rommerskirchen, Germany

Rules and Regulations for Conducting the Khan Muaythai Education

Any national association or individual affiliated to the IFMA or WMC wishing to conduct the Khan Muaythai Education must submit the following to the IFMA or WMC Head Office:

  1. Khan Muaythai Education Application Form
  2. Certificate of the Instructor, indentifying his or her qualification of muaythai instruction – A certificate of 13th Khan Degree or above is
  3. Photos of the gym or location at which the applicant proposes to hold the Khan Muaythai Education class, showing muaythai teaching equipment and Nuad Phaen
  4. Letter of support from one of the IFMA or WMC Executive Committee members, or local sport organisation if so