Rules & Regulations


Thang-Ta is the tradition martial arts of Manipur, India. In the ancient time Thang-Ta Game is performed by the Thang-Ta Gurus by using weapon. There are two major game styles in Thang-Ta. They are (i) Khulai Pabia (armed) game and (ii) Khulai Paidaba (unarmed) game. These rules are only for Khutlai Paiba means combat fighting with Phunachei /Cheibee as its name Phuna means fight and Chei means is used in the learning of Thang-Ta learners as instead of sword. Method of some techniques of Thang-Ta may be similar to other game in the world. This type of game is performed since the ancient times by the forefather of the Meitei (Manipuri).

There shall be two major categories of events in the game. They are
(A) Phunaba (Fighting)
(B) Kanglon Chatpa (Individual event of Kata).

a.. Phunaba (fighting): There are two styles in Phunaba, e.g.
1) Punaba-I (fighting with Phunachei and Chungoi)
2) Punaba-II (fighting Phunachei without Chungoi,( kicking is allowed in this event)

b. Kanglon Chatpa (Individual event of Kata).
(i) Thanglon
(ii) Khonglon-Khutlon
(iii) Taron
(iv) Leithang-Haiba
(v) Cheishang-Cheiron.


The play field must be circular shape and the area of the play field arena will be of 20ft. (twenty in diameter) and thirty ft. diameter of outline. Area of the arena must be flat and devoid of hazard. Referee will draw (5) ft. feet distance from centre of arena. There will be 6(six) chairs of scorers around the outer line arena, one chair for referee, direct opposite from chief jury, two chairs for players on the edges of the outline arena opposite to each other. And one table for chief jury in opposite to the referee chair. Two chairs and one table for time keeper and programme conductor near to the left side of the chief jury.

(Time of play)

Two players should play of 7(seven) minutes in two round 1st round and 2nd round of 3(three) minutes each and include 1(one) minutes of half time/interval time during the play.


Players should play with the uniforms of black shirt and trouser, Head guard, Chest guard, Anchlates for hands and legs. Grow-in-guard will be compulsory for player self.


a) Phunachei (fighting stick) cane stick covered with soft leather: Length of Phunachei is 2.6ft for senior players, 2.3ft for junior players and 2.0ft for sub-junior players.
b) Chungoi (shield): It shall be of circle shaped made of thick leather of 12 to13 inches in diameter. The weapons should be approved or issued by the Thang-Ta Federation of India

(Commands of the Central Referee)

Chango = come in
Leppo = stop
Khuramu = Bow
Khuramnou = Bow each other
Leithok-o = Turn off
Paikhatlu = Hold the weapon
Thammu = Put off the weapon
Phirep = position of the fighter
Houro = Start
Chei Tare = Falling of the Phunachei
Chei Tade = No fall
Lamhenba = Warning
Thok-o = Out
Matam Lepkhp = Time off
Cheining Sure = Hitting by handle
Khong Kaore = Using Kick

(Point of fighting: Marking)

1.Strike/hit to all parts of the body upper belt. +1 mark
2.If Chnguoi (shield) is falling or dropping. -3 marks
3.If Phunachei (fighting stick) is falling or dropping declared by the central referee. -3 marks

1.Same rule of Phunaba-I
2.Kick upper belt to chest and head. +2 marks
3.Cut to leg when to kick by Phuachei. +2 marks
4.Every kick is allowed without jumping back.

(Faults of players)

a) Hits by the handle of weapon (Phunachei) directly.
b) Thrust by the Phunachei.
c) Over hit/kick.
d) Kicking (except in Phunaba-II).
e) Catching the Phunachei by hand.
f) Hit when the opponent is falling unbalanced.
g) Direct hit to the growin.
h) Hit with the side of Chungoi (shield).
i) Hit after the command of Referee “Leppo”.


a) If one who argue to referee.
b) If one who threatened to the opponent falling unbalanced.
c) If one who used the faults.


a) If one who throw the Phunachei or Chungoi directly.
b) If one who neglect the commands of referee.
c) If one who declared three times warning.
d) If one who used direct kick except in Phunaba-II.
e) If one who argue repeatedly.

(Declaration of winner)

a) One who get higher marks between the players will be declared as the winner of the bout.
b) If two players get equal marks, one who deals with the warning will be defeated player.
c) If equal marks get by the two players there shall have extra time of one (1) minute.

(Scorer judges)

There will arrange of 6 (six) score, 3/3 scores for each player. They should wear of official dress. (White dress with neck-tie). They shall record the mark for players (for their given belt colours).
(Status of judges and referee)
Score Judges and Referees should be the persons/Instructors/Diploma holders who were already recognised or identified by Meitei Huyel Langlon Academy through Thang-Ta Federation of India.