B.T.B.C. Sawasdee Newsletter


BTBC Sawasdee newsletter

BTBC Sawasdee newsletter – All the latest news from the British Thai Boxing Council.

BTBC (British Thai Boxing Council) Sawasdee newsletter has been in existence since the 1980’s. It was originally a booklet organised, written and distributed by the association but has since moved into the modern age and become an internet publication.

British Thai Boxing Council (B.T.B.C.)

Chairman’s Address 2019 – Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary Year.

B.T.B.C. one of the oldest Muay Thai associations in the world.
Since the beginning of the British Thai Boxing Council (B.T.B.C.) back in 1979 we have striven to promote the Thai Martial Arts especially the art of Muay Thai here in the UK. Since inception, the aim of the B.T.B.C. has always been to promote and enhance the name of Muay Thai with great endeavour. We have set the standards of quality and excellence within the art of Muay Thai not only in the UK, but also in parts of Europe and the USA.
The Council (B.T.B.C.) began with a very small group of teachers and some of their students in Manchester/Oldham; the objectives being to bring Thai Boxing to the forefront which, at that particular time, was a huge challenge. In the 1970s only a very few people had ever heard of Thai boxing. Popular in the UK at that time was karate, kung fu, jeet kun do, judo, jujitsu and Tae Kwon Do. Many martial arts schools were opening every day, the trend mostly encouraged by the popular Bruce Lee movies out in cinemas at that time.
Today, in the year 2019, Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) is probably the most popular martial art in the UK and as members of the council we can all be very proud of our achievement.
Quite early in the history of the B.T.B.C. the organisation structured a Grading Syllabus which ensured that all member Schools/Camps taught all the basic Thai Boxing techniques (Mae Mai and Luk Mai) and Ritual Dances (Ram Muay). The most essential part of the grading is learning and understanding the “Wai Kru” respect to Teachers. In the first grade the Wai Kru acts as “Yok Kru” acceptance by the Teacher. All member Schools/Camps within the B.T.B.C. follow the syllabus to the letter. The syllabus was and still is today a very important part of the B.T.B.C. ensuring that all students within the Council know the fundamentals of the art of Muay Thai.
Such a complex Grading Syllabus, inaugurated early, showed great vision by our founder members and as the current Chairman and one of the founder members of the Council it is something of which I am very proud.
I firmly believe that we should never forget the importance of the Grading Syllabus. Judging the performance of your students and marking them on their technical ability, be it footwork, delivering a certain technique, free sparring or simply how well they perform physical exercises can only maintain a good standard within our organisation.
I feel it is beneficial to the students that they can see an actual measurement of their performance. They know what they need to improve upon with each Grading and as each Grade gets more difficult; it encourages the student to continue training on a regular basis so as to improve on each part of the syllabus.
The syllabus also gives students something to work towards and receiving their “Pra-Jer” or “Kruang Ruang” in particular colours signifies their qualification in the art of Muay Thai; in addition, receiving certification from the governing body is something that makes the students proud and an event they will always remember.
To become an instructor with the B.T.B.C. requires the completion of the Grading Syllabus; however we do have a fast-track method within the syllabus for teachers wishing to join the Council from other groups.
The Grading syllabus is just as important for Boxers (Nak Muay), who train solely for the sport, to graduate through the syllabus, ensuring they become proficient in all the Muay Thai techniques and how to defend against them. This ultimately benefits their improved participation in Muay Thai competitive contests. Helping the student understand the importance of the Wai Kru/Ram Muay is crucial, as this is not just something to be performed before every bout but should be practised on a regular basis. The Wai Kru is a form of meditation and helps the student to contemplate on the tuition they have received.
In addition, the Ram Muay assists in improving the style of the Boxer, giving them better balance and correct footwork and movement when delivering or defending techniques of Muay Thai.
As the British Thai Boxing Council (B.T.B.C.) celebrate our 40th year of existence, let us not forget the solid foundations on which the Council was established, our continuing goal to promote the name Muay Thai with great endeavour and the ultimate mission of providing our students with the best tuition possible in the Martial Arts of Thailand.
Your chairman
Mr Anthony Moore
(Kru Tony Moore)

More news from BTBC Sawasdee newsletter.
B.T.B.C. Sawasdee newsletterAs you may have read in our a B.T.B.C. Sawasdee newsletter our judging refereeing organisation BAMTO (British Association of Muay Thai officials)
an independent judging and refereeing organisation established in 1992.
Has added an amendment to the Muay Thai rules.

It was thought that a rule on foot sweeps needs to be written.
Foot sweeps have become commonplace in today’s modern sport and therefore there had to be a written rule to bring the rules up to date.

Having enquired with our friends in Thailand it would appear that there was no written rule on foot sweeps in Thailand’s professional sport.

With any technique it is important to understand the rules of Muay Thai i.e.
Rule: The effectiveness of the technique is the most important criteria for scoring.
We asked Mr Tony Myers a renowned European judge and referee if he an seen any written rule on the subject of the foot sweep ?
It would appear there was no written rule on this technique !

which may I remind you that 10 years ago this technique was considered to be a foul.
Once again The B.T.B.C. and B.A.M.T.O.  are leading the way, this rule for Muay Thai can now be implemented
and will help the boxers/fighters, teachers and promoters understand how the technique should be scored.
Click For Rule >> “Foot Sweep”
We are now entering 2018 and a new horizon awaits us, here at the B.T.B.C. we will continue to promote and enhance the name of Muay Thai with great endeavour.

Thank you for being loyal members and let’s make 2018 our best year yet.
Proud Chairman of the B.T.B.C.
Mr Anthony Moore (Kru Tony Moore)

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The B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) is the oldest organisation for Muay Thai in Europe, if not the World. The BTBC was founded in 1979 – 34 years ago – that is over thirty years experience in the art of Muay Thai!

The B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) name is synonymous with quality, our rules and regulations were approved by Thailand back in the early 1980’s, are tried and tested over many years of competitions and events, are overseen by highly experienced teachers, referees and judges and have been hugely successful in making Muay Thai a very popular, well-regulated and safe sport in this country.

As a B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) Member, you the instructor, your club and your students have credibility with sports and leisure organisations nationwide, because they know that the BTBC standards are the highest. To be accepted as a member of the BTBC ensures that any interaction such organisations have with you will be of a very high standard, whether it be for tuition, insurance or safety standards.

The grading syllabus was a B.T.B.C .(British Thai Boxing Council) innovation to ensure high quality at every level. From the student who has taken their first grade right through to instructor grade, taking a grading examination under the B.T.B.C. syllabus guarantees excellence of technique and a good understanding of the art of Muay Thai.

A reputable gas fitter is a member of the Gas Safe scheme, a mortgage broker is a member of the Financial Services Authority – this guarantees quality and provides assurance to the general public. People need these assurances from governing bodies that their members are reputable. That is why YOU are a member of the B.T.B.C. !


There seems to be a little confusion over what insurance each club needs in order to adequately cover instructor, students and the general public at your club. Our insurers inform us that the last two claims in martial arts cases exceeded £10 million – so it’s worth bearing in mind the following:

Civil Liability
The B.T.B.C. takes out this insurance policy. The cover provides protection for the BTBC officers in claims of negligence howsoever caused under any aspect of BTBC membership. This includes public liability for competitions and events that have been previously notified to the BTBC Office.

Member to Member
This covers the student in case of an accident during training and third parties i.e. partners for training/sparring and/or competition. Uniquely, the cover extends to training and competing in Thailand.

Professional Indemnity
Essential for Instructors – basically this covers you against claims of negligence but also Public Liability at your club. If you don’t have this cover and there is a claim against you, you could lose everything – home, car, savings etc. (Please note that just Public Liability cover is not the same AND WILL NOT COVER YOU IN CLAIMS OF NEGLIGENCE).

If in doubt, check your policy to see exactly what is covered particularly if any of your cover has not been taken out through our brokers Perkins Slade. Remember that everybody training at your school must be licensed in order to validate THIS insurance cover.




May we remind all clubs that your Annual Membership of £15.00 is now due. Reminders are being sent out to all clubs – please note that the membership fee is due every year on 1st January. Membership includes public liability cover for all your club events when previously notified to the B.T.B.C. (British Thai Boxing Council) office.


Grading examinations coming up? The B.T.B.C. Grading certificates are available at a cost of £1.00 each for all grades up to Instructor and £15.00 each for Instructor’s certificates. Please remember that clubs are allowed to grade their students up to Grade 5 after which a member of the technical committee must be present at the examination.

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