How to Spot a Good Fighting Rooster

Breed Selection

This article was written by RB Sugbo Gamefowl 

Good gamecocks have no specific fighting style, not necessarily a cutter, a grounder, or a breaker, but they can be all or any of the above if called for in the situation.

Spotting good roosters

Don’t go for too much power, they are usually slow. Don’t go for too much speed, they are usually not accurate cutters. Don’t go for too much of a high breaker, it is mostly weak on the ground. Most of all don’t go for too evasive a cock. It has no intention of killing the opponent; it merely intends to avoid getting killed. Also avoid at all costs, gamecocks that habitually go for a bill hold. In these days of cut throat competition, it will literally get its throat cut.

Defense, alone, would not win fights. A good gamecock is aggressive even in defense: cutting after side stepping, counter punching while back pedaling, and always trying to beat the opponent to the draw. Smartness does not mean the ability to avoid the opponent’s blow. It means the ability to deliver the right blows at the right time that it could not be avoided by the opponent.

Game rooster fighting styles

How to spot an ace

An ace cock hits from any angle, not just from above or from behind. It could score on even break from under, from the sides, or even when its back is literally against the wall.

In selecting gamefowl roosters to fight, the two most important attributes are cutting ability and gameness, in that order. Many of those I talked with, including some of the masters, disagreed with me in my regarding cutting ability above gameness. My reason was since killing is the name of the game, cutting should be ranked above gameness. A less game cock that could cut well could still kill and win. But a dead game cock that could not cut could not kill and therefore, could not win. Most likely it will end up as such– a dead gamecock.


Then after cutting comes gameness, or I prefer to call it bottom to include power and endurance. Then next I go for smartness, agility and quickness.. The three should go hand in hand. Because agility is the attribute that enables a smart cock do what it has to do under a particular circumstance and, quickness enables it to do what has to be done ahead of the opponent.

Also in judging fighting ability, the masters consider quickness as very important. Quickness of the mind, quickness to the draw. Because, as they say, fighting cocks, like gunslingers, are either quick or dead.


At any rate, since we Filipinos, are fighting with the long knife, we should consider the attributes that are more advantageous with such a weapon.

Regard cutting ability more than gameness; quickness more than power; timing more than speed; and smartness more than endurance. Bear this in mind and you will win more than you will lose.

However, for purposes of defining a cock with good fighting ability, I reduced all these precious attributes to just three:

  1. cutting ability
  2. gameness
  3. smartness

Gameness entails power and endurance. Smartness means agility and quickness.

Good cocks do not have any particular style of fighting. They have cutting ability, bottom, and smartness, agility and quickness. Characteristics that are all aimed at one thing. Killing the opponent.

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