The brave bulls are a breed apart, as they would be totally extinct in creation that attacks without specific provocation, its was exterminated throughout Europe except in Spain and Portugal. There, it was kept in special ranches and first on horse and then on foot, the young spaniards developed this extraordinary techniques to be able to create art in front of such powerful and dangerous opponent. Or course, with the spanish heritage in Mexico, bullfighting quickly became part of our Mexican nature.
Bullfighting is a tradition of centuries, almost a religious ritual that has had a tremendous evolution as it represents a beautiful legacy of courage and artistic impression. It is a tribute to the animal, a chance for them to survive in a world that, by nature, uses its kind as food for the human race. Here it has a moment of glory, a want to escape certain death and a least a chance to fight for its life with dignity and respect.
The actual fight, as we know it today, is divided in three "TERCIOS" or acts. The first one lasts from the moment the bull goes out into the arena and is received by the matador with the big pink cape to the moment of the horse and the picador. It is important to note that the picador is essential to bullfighting as the bull has to be decongested and weakened enough to permit the performance. They are there to test the bull and to help decongesting them; not to make the animal suffer. They are cut only in the skin and the superficial muscles, not enough to malm the animal or to make it suffer.
The second "TERCIO", announced by the trumpet, is the "BANDERILLAS:" a beautiful and dangerous moment made to make the animal run, get itself together after the horse and to make it even madder as it will have something bothering it continuously.
The third "TERCIO" is the most important one and is also announced by the trumpet. It´s the "REAL THING", as both matador and bull, alone, will play the final deadly act. The matador uses a "MULETA," the smaller and red cape to perform a ritual dance of danger and beauty, having the bull follow the cape, going around its body almost in slow motion to create this extraordinary form of art. All of this prepares the bull for the supreme moment, when the matador uses his sword to kill the bull in the dramatic moment of total danger as he has to see the bull´s back instead of its eyes to perform the ritual and finish the fight as quickly and efficiently as possible, without long suffering for the animal.
We sincerely hope that you enjoy this ancient art. It's beautiful, full of esthetic values, courage and tradition. It has, of course, its share of violence and it includes bleeding and pain but please remember that it only represents the reality of nature, the way mankind has found to pay tribute to a magnificent, powerful and noble animal that was admired for centuries and that has a killing instinct to attack anything that moves around it. Open your eyes and mind, and enjoy this special performance by young bullfighters, men of courage and art, men of sacrifice and training that offer you a chance to see in action this miracle of nature: the great brave bull.