Rules for IKF PKB/PMT/PBSC tournaments.



Apex Martial Arts Center supports, hosts and participates in International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) Point Kickboxing (PKB), Point Muay Thai (PMT) and Point Boxing (PBSC) tournaments.

There are four kickboxing rule sets used in these events and they are as follows. We also provided a link to the IKF website if you’d like to read a full set of rules.

These rules differ from full-contact rules, which can be found at our Triangle Kickboxing Promotions website.  

International Kickboxing Rules

Allowed – all boxing punches are allowed.  Spinning back fists are allowed.  You can kick above the waist and to the inside and outside of the legs.  Foot sweeps are legal, but you cannot strike above the ankle.

Not-Allowed – you cannot clinch, throw knees, or throw elbows and sweeps are not allowed.  There is no striking to the back or top of the head.  Catching kicks is not allowed.  You cannot strike the knee.

Unified Rules

Unified rules are the most popular rule set for events in the State and the most widely used.

Allowed – all boxing punches, including spinning back fists.  Knees can be thrown, and you can clinch for up to 3-5 seconds.  Knees must strike below the neck. 

Not-Allowed – elbows and sweeps are not allowed.  If you catch a kick, you must immediately counter and drop the leg (you cannot hold the leg).  Cartwheel kicks are not allowed.  No strikes to the back or top of the head are allowed and you cannot strike the knee.  Throws are not permitted.

Modified Muay Thai

Allowed – all boxing punches and all kicks are allowed.  Catching kicks, knees and sweeps are allowed.

Not-Allowed – no elbows.  Dumps are not allowed (cannot pick someone up off the floor).   No hip throws allowed. No spin sweeps.

Full Muay Thai

Allowed – all boxing punches and all kicks are allowed.  Clinch, elbows, knees and sweeps are allowed.

Not-Allowed – Dumps are not allowed (cannot pick someone up off the floor).   No hip throws allowed.  No spin sweeps.

Required Gear

As with all amateur kickboxing rules in North Carolina, kickboxers are required to wear head gear.  The head gear cannot have extra ear padding, it can’t have a jaw protector, nor can it have extra cheek padding.  Male kickboxers must wear a cup.  Female kickboxers must wear a padded athletic bra.   All fighters must wear shin guards with a foot guard, and you are required to wear a mouth guard.  We ask kickboxers to stay away from red or pink mouth guards as to not mistake a mouth guard for a bleeding mouth.

We will continue to revise and update these rule sets so check back before your next kickboxing bout to get up-to-date information on these rule sets.


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