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THE ASIL - FIGHTING STYLES

INTRODUCTION

The Asil has a worldwide reputation for being a powerful hardhitting endurance fighter with great stamina. But through times and used in cockfights in other countries the breed was used in a variety of fighting styles like:

TAPEBOXING

an example of a taped (cutted) spur

Pakistani Asil in action with taped (cutted) spurs

In the homelands of the Asil and the old days this type of fighting was known as "Dora Dirza". It was developed by Indian cockfighters to select and test the stamina, endurance and gameness of their Asil. According the rules of the Calcutta Asil Club in Kolkata (Calcutta) the spurs are cut down to a length of 0.5 Inch (12.5 Mm). The remaining stubs are covered with two wads of felt each 5mm thick. These are fixed with nine wrappings of cotton cloth. Duration of the fight a minimum of three rounds, each round lasting 20 minutes. A bird taking part of a tournament should at least fight six bouts. In the old days Asil were fought 3 to 5 days. Birds had to fight several hours a day. Ech fight was divided into rounds and resting intervals known as "Pani" (= water). According Mr.Dashan from Pakistan says that in his country the Asil are fought in natural spurs but also in blunted (cutted) spurs wrapped with 14 layers of cotton cloth. Asil are in Pakistan even fought with natural spurs mounted on a metal socket. This is more or less to be compared by the postiza style used in Central and South America.

STEEL SPUR FIGHTING

a set of double-edged slashers used in Kerala (Southern India)

a set of double-edged slashers used in Andhra Pradesh (Southern India)

a pair of double-edged slashers used in Andhra Pradesh (Southern India)

image @ by Beech Publishing House

drawing showing how a slasher is attached to the foot (Southern India)

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drawing by Herbert Atkinson showing slashers used in Asia (early 20th century)

"Puon" spur from Argentina

"Puas" spurs from Brazil

spurs from Brazil and Bolivia

In some Indian states like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Asil are fought with a single double edged slasher. Large Kulang Asil up to 6 Kg are armed with only one single steel double-edged slasher. It is tied under the foot. In Brazil Asil are fought with socalled "puas" in Argentina Asil fight with similar artificial spurs know as "Puones".

COCKBOXING

boxing gloves (made from ABS plastic) used for cockboxing

In 2005 a new fighting style known as "cockboxing" has been developed by a Belgian gamefowl man. This still is legally practiced in the cockpits of Northern France. The natural spurs of the birds are, if necesarry shortened to a length making it possible to fit the gloves. The stubs are covered by a hard plastic cap (ABS plastic glove). cockboxing is a non-lethal system preventing severe wounds however knockouts are still possible.

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS USED FOR COCKFIGHTING

transport bag with head cover from Andhra Pradesh (India)

image @ by Beech Publishing House

an Asil prepared for a tapefight - drawing by Herbert Atkinson (United Kingdom)

a Turkish Asil (Hint Horoz) with beak protection ready for a sparring fight

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