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Saint Martin Asil Club

Tapeboxing "Dora Dirza" Information

In Northern India a special type of cockfight has been established. It was known under the name "Dora Dirza". The word Dora means "thread" , the word Dirza means "cloth". So roughly translated "layers of cloth". This unique style most likely has been was developed in the beginning of the Mughal period by the Muslim rulers. Mr.Siran Deraniyagala gives in his article "The Indian Asil - the aristocrat among gamefowl" (1968) following information..."Rival owners match their birds by size and assess them by handling and by sight, age too is taken into account. The birds are fought in May or June with their blunted spurs tightly bandaged with then folds of tape. The arena or pit usually contains sand although a carpet is preferable. These matches were often held by the Nawabs as a light recreation after a morning hunt. And usually commenced at two in the afternoon...The duration of a round is not defined...although the intervals of rest (pani = water) are....A cocker could claim could obtain an interval of rest for his bird whenever he wished but the man who claimed an interval for the tenth time lost the contest...he either stopped the combat or let his bird fight to the death". In 1965 the Calcutta Asil Club (Bengal state) was founded. This club continued the very old tapeboxing tradition. Following rules were applied. The natural spur was cut to a maximum length of one inch ( 2,5 Cm). The stubb was fully covered with a cotton/linen tape half inch ( 1, 5 Cm) broad and eighteen inches ( 50 Cm) long. These fights were of five rounds of fifteen minutes each with a break of ten minutes each. The winner was judged by three judges. The Saint Martin Asil Club also applies the same rules and regulations. This to assure optimal conditions and outstanding performances by the competitors.

A drawing showing a Reza Asil prepared for the cockpit. The cutted spurs are fully covered with a linen tape. The bird wears a hood to keep it calm. Source: "Gamefowl & Cockfighting" (pre-WW 2 period) by Herbert Atkinson (England)

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