Shoot-Boxing is a modern hybrid drawing on Muay Thai / Japanese style K-1 Kickboxing & Wrestling styles. It’s closer to Sanda, Muay Thai or Lethwei, allowing punches, elbows, kicks, knees but with the addition of throws and the standing submissions. It was founded by the former Japanese Kickboxer Takeshi Caesar in 1985. Albert Kraus, Buakaw Banchamek and Andy Souwer have all fought Shoot-Boxing rules.

We concentrate on 3 specific areas:


Shoot-Boxing is a mixture of its two parent combat styles of shoot wrestling and kickboxing, allowing for kicks, punches, knees, elbows, throws, and standing submissions (chokeholds, armlocks and wristlocks).


K1 Kickboxing is a full contact form of Kickboxing, taking the striking from Muay Thai, Karate, Sanda/Sanshou. The rules are very similar to that of regular Kickboxing, the main difference being the use of low, leg kicks & knees.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai or literally Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterised by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.


Rankings are NOT given away. They are earned. This is also a way for our fighters and potential fighters to gain confidence in themselves. Earning a rank shows that they have put in the work and haven’t cut corners in their training. The most important thing to us is seeing our students achieve something. Whether it be having their first bout, training for the next grading that will get them to the next level as long as they can reflect on their achievements with pride, we feel as though we have done our job. As well as demonstrating technical knowledge, student must earn points towards there grades by sparring in class & fighting in interclub competitions.

TheFightLab Shoot-Boxing ranking system is a means of signifying a practitioner’s increasing level of technical knowledge and practical skill in the art of Shoot-Boxing under the guidance of Sensei Mark Rawson.


It’s allowed in Shoot-Boxing to hit all the body using punches, elbows, knees, and kicks, except throat, spine, nape, and groin area. Besides that, the knees are allowed only to the body in the regular class. Hitting during clinching is allowed the same as in Muay Thai. It’s not allowed to hit while you or your opponent is on the ground.


It’s allowed to throw the opponent to the ground by any means, whether you remain standing or falling onto the opponent. It’s not allowed to make his neck head hit the ground first, or causing him to fall down on his knees. It’s prohibited to hold on the ropes to give you more strength, and it’s not allowed also to throw the opponent out of the ring.

Immobilisation and Submission

You can block and clinch while fighting, but points will be counted just for the fighter who gains an advantage position from that. It’s allowed to change the positions while blocking the opponent trying to make a submission by strangling him or twisting his arm. If the opponent surrendered or lost his consciousness, the other one wins. The referee can stop an ongoing submission move if it is dangerous for the fighter, and one point will be deducted from him in this case.







Mark Rawson

• MMA & Shoot-Boxing Coach


  • 1st Dan (Shodan) Black Belt Japanese K1 Kickboxing
  • 1st Degree, Red Prajioud (Instructor) in Muay Thai
  • Cobra Self Defence certified instructor
  • Cobra Martial Arts Association approved
  • Member of the National Black Belt Register

Other styles studied

  • MMA
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Japanese Ju-Jitsu
  • Filipino Boxing