General

All competitors must be 35+ on the date of competition.

IMAVCA allow competition for titles under full contact and controlled contact bouts. These are separate categories, therefore there are title holders in both categories. There is no professional or amateur distinction given to IMAVCA titles, full contact titles can be fought for on professional or amateur shows.

For full contact bouts in Muay Thai, K1, Boxing and other Kickboxing styles 16oz boxing gloves must be worn.  Other protection equipment such as shin guards, kickboxing boots or headguards, may be required dependant upon whether the show competing on is professional or amateur. It is expected that full equipment will be required for amateur show. Additional safety equipment such as shin guards can be used on professional shows, if all parties agree.  Kickboxing boots are expected for 'full contact' or 'above the waist' Kickboxing and 'low kick' Kickboxing bouts.

Full contact bouts in MMA must have 8oz MMA gloves and other protective equipment dependant upon the professional or amateur status of the show as above.

For controlled contact title bouts in Muay Thai, K1, Boxing and other Kickboxing styles, 10oz gloves and other protection equipment such as shin guards, hedgers and kickboxing boots is to be worn. Controlled contact bouts in MMA must have 8oz MMA gloves and shinguards should be worn. Strikes to the face in controlled contact MMA bouts are allowed if all parties agree, hence the requirement for 8oz gloves. Given the controlled contact nature of these bouts, these titles maybe be fought for on smokers, interclubs and other such shows.

Promoters should ensure that the body sanctioning their show ensures a medical assessment of competitors is made prior to a contest.

Contests must be held in a boxing ring or Mixed Martial Arts cage.

Contests must be on an insured martial arts show.

Promoters must submit applications for title fights to IMAVCA offices.

All competitors must have insurance to compete in martial arts.

Competitors must subscribe to the rules laid down by the body sanctioning the event.

Promoters to purchase the title belt that is to be fought for from IMAVCA.

Promoters should supply event results to IMAVCA offices within 2 weeks of the event taking place.

Belts to be defended within 12 months of being won or will be declared vacant and title holders name will be removed from the Champions web page.

If a competitor does not turn up on the day of the bout, the other competitor will be deemed champion but must defend the title within 6 months.

Declaration of agreement to IMAVCA rules to be made by promoters.

Once sanctioning agreed, promotor cannot return belt.

Promoters to verify the age all combatants.

 

Minimum bout length

Muay Thai, K1 and other Kickboxing styles, Boxing

Regional titles (local area, state or province title such as South West in the UK or New York State in USA)

 3 rounds of not less than 1.5 mins for full contact. 3 rounds of not less than 1 mins for controlled contact.

National titles*

5 rounds of not less than 1.5mins for full contact. 5rounds of not less than 1 mins for controlled contact.

*Includes British and All Ireland titles.

5 Nations, Continental, Commonwealth, Intercontinental titles*

5 rounds of not less than 2minutes for full contact. 5 rounds of not less than 1.5 mins for controlled contact.

World titles

5 rounds of 3 minutes per round for full contact. 5 rounds of not less than 2 mins for controlled contact.

Bouts that cover the minimum total time detailed above, but does so with lesser time frames, e.g. 5 x 1 min rounds for Regional titles, will be considered.  Send requests through to the IMAVCA offices via email.

MMA

Regional titles

 3 rounds of not less than 2 mins.

National titles

3 rounds of not less than 3 mins for full contact.

5 Nations, Continental, Commonwealth, Intercontinental titles*

5 rounds of not less than 3 mins.

World titles

5 rounds of not less than 3 mins.

Recognising bouts sanctioned by other bodies

The IMAVCA recognise that bouts between competitors both 35+, whilst growing, are limited and therefore promoters may not wish to sanction an entire show with IMAVCA due to the lack of title opportunities this would offer to younger competitors. 

IMAVCA are therefore are happy to recognise individual bouts sanctioned by other bodies.  No additional sanctioning fee is required, however a fee will be charged for the provision of our belt and update of our records. Recognition will ideally be provided prior to the bout so that the belt can be received in the ring, however consideration can given at a later point if the sanctioning body will not agree to the presentation of an IMAVCA belt on their show.  Details of combatants must be supplied by the Promoter/Manager to IMAVCA to agree sanctioning.