Answer 1. Registration will be online at www.ukmtf.com/index.php/senior-trials-registration-2023
The cost will be £40 (non-refundable). The event date will be held on the 19th March 2023 at the 8 Limbs (Birmingham). Unit 19, Klaxon Tysley Industrial Estate, 751 Warwick Rd, Tyseley, Birmingham B11 2HA
Answer 2. The event is open to both male and female athletes. Age groups 18-40 yrs. The standard International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA) weight categories will apply.
Answer 3. Yes. The minimum age is 18, however, we will accept any junior athlete aged 17 years old with Parental consent who turns 18 by 1st May 2023.
Answer 5. No. Any valid licence will be acceptable as long as it is presented on the day. Proof of age & licence will be required on the day.
You will however need to purchase a UKMF Licence if you are selected for the squad.
Answer 6. Yes. There is an entry fee of £20.
Answer 7. The Trials are being organised so that the UKMF can select a Senior GB Squad whom we can invite to participate in our athlete development program. Along with regular squad training the athletes will be selected for Team GB to attend IFMA Events ranging from Individual Nationals (Such as Eindhoven Open), Continental (Such as Europeans or Baltics) or World Championships based on their eligibility and availability.
Answer 8. Yes. The GB Squad will be the larger pool of athletes from which Team GB Is selected. For each tournament or event, a team will be selected based on the athletes eligible. Each event requires us to send out a general enquiry form once athletes have been short listed by the Selection Committee to ensure that: a) the athlete is available to attend: b) is fit for training at the time: C) has received no injuries that may affect their ability to compete safely.
Answer 9. The UKMF have a Team GB Selection Policy online which clearly sets out the various ways an athlete is selected and chosen for each tournament. A number of different criteria must be met which is detailed in the document. Only one athlete can be selected for each weight category
Answer 10. Depending on the age, weight, experience, previous results and the other athletes in the Squad the Selection Committee will decide which category the athlete can be considered for.
Answer 11. The UKMF do not encourage any form of weight cutting. We advise athletes and coaches to manage weight through a balanced diet, and structured training program to ensure safe and manageable weight control.
The emphasis on Team GB is to ensure our athlete enjoy the sport and have life changing experience through participation in Muaythai.
Q12. Does qualification at these Trials guarantee me a place in Thailand for the IFMA Senior World Championships?
Answer 12. The Team GB Selection for Thailand will start with an enquiry form being issued to those athletes, following the trials, which we feel are World Class or at a suitable level to be considered. You must ensure you have the finances in place to cover the costs of taking part and be injury free to compete.
Answer 13. It is important to note that from the age of 14 years IFMA tournaments allow full Muaythai rules including head contact. All Senior athletes are required to wear shin guards, elbow pads, head guard, gumshield, boxing gloves, hand wraps, groin guard, and chest protection(in the case of females only)
All parents and athletes should take note that participation in a contact sport should be done with informed consent. IFMA have the best officials in the world and along with the experienced UKMF team we can quickly identify safety concerns when a fighter is being outclassed.
Answer 14. Unfortunately, at present time we cannot fund selected athletes. We appreciate the costs are high due to the location, and the duration of the event, and for some athletes this will not be affordable, which is genuinely regrettable. We will fully support athletes with their individual sponsorship opportunities.
Answer 15. Generally, the trial weight category is only what we can consider you for as this will form the basis of a formal contract moving forward. Where there is flexibility amongst the Squad the Selection Committee will decide what weight category and age group an invitation can be extended to, if your desired weight category is not allocated to another athlete.
Q16. What happens if I am unable to attend the trials due to injury, or being abroad, or I am fighting on that day elsewhere?
Answer 17. We understand how disappointing and frustrating it is for an athlete who is not selected, however with the standard of international competition and the pressures of competing at that level, we must ensure that we select the most suitable athlete for the weight category. If you are not selected there will be further opportunities in the future.