Madrid Bullfighting



Madrid Bullfighting

Bullfighting is one of the expressions paid to the Hispanic culture, because its origins were in the Iberian territory in what is now Spain and Portugal today. It is considered as one of the oldest shows in the world, and that through the ages has been reflected in many countries colonized by Spain and Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru, where tradition could replicate. In the above counties bullfighting until now but in a few cities and in certain months practiced, usually the are performed on specific dates and once a year, however, in Spain a full season of different bullfighting is met throughout most of the year and in several cities in the Iberian Peninsula.

A Tradition With Centuries of History

Types of Closures

The closure is considered a traditional bullfighting event, held in celebration of cities and towns in Spain. And there are three events derived from the bullfight which are known ¨novilladas¨, the bullfighting and ¨rejoneo¨ The heifers are bull calves or young bulls weighing less than 450 kilos, and their conditions are not yet fully developed; fought by a bullfighter in training who has not yet finished its preparation. Bullfights are held as common bulls with the aforementioned differences. The bulls: also known as the bull, came from the Iberian Peninsula and unlike the rest of their species by their instincts of defense and several characteristics of a male beef (bull) as weighing an estimated 500 kilos, and bravo temperament.

Breed Lidia Bulls

The Caste Jijón: The difference of this bull is undoubtedly the reddish color of its coat. This breed bull is present in many arenas in cities across Spain, and the known closures. Breed of Andalusia: The Andalusian breed, comes close to the best prototype bull, due to their rearing conditions, according to experts. This bull reaches the ideal weight and physical characteristics are most suitable. La Casta Navarra: The condition of the mountain terrain and small size, has not limited the brave character and excellent performance in the arena of the arenas getting their caste has participation in the most important fairs in Spain. La Casta Cabrera: The differential of this breed are only physical; his long body and heavy legs give this breed a bull with great strength, which has allowed their copies can be chosen as part of the six bulls that are displayed on the hem of the main squares of the country. La Castellana Casta: The owner of the strongest, hard and a look that conveys fiercely when lidiarlo bulls. It is one of the most recurrent caste bulls seasons. La Casta Vazqueña: A breed that does not come from a geographical territory, but brings together the best examples of the Castilian and Andalusian breeds; this breed is the most recognized, has even taken internationally renowned strength and bravery of their bulls.



There are several roles to play within a bullfight and some of them have been perfecting their work in the course of time, however, most meets a more traditional work. Each member of staff leaving the ring meets a function of helping the killers who are the stars of taurine afternoon.

The gang, called the group of men who do their work in the bullfights and crews there are three types: 1. heifers or common runs, three matadors face six bulls and each carries a crew of two and three picks flaggers. 2. The hand to hand, two bullfighters six bulls are faced with a crew of two and four picks flaggers. 3. The lonely: This is one matador against six bulls, who has two common crews adding his own.

The gang

These are the individuals who accompany the armed choppers with a stick, in order to adjust and promote mount. They are recognized by their dress consisting of red and white clothes and accompany it with a similar sombrerillo for sun.

The Monosabios

These are responsible for chopping the bull before it passes into the hands of the matador, the intention of this is to say the bravery of the animal so that the matador faces a less tame bull. It recognizes that are presented in the arena on horseback. A curiosity is that the weight of the chopper should be balanced with the horse.

The picks

They are responsible to accompany the carcass until it is out of the sand. They are distinguished by that dress blouse, white pants and red belt.

The mulilleros

Is in charge of opening the door to the bull and can enter the plaza. A feature of the Plaza de Toros Las Ventas – Madrid, is the dress pimp or also known as torilero because you have to wear a suit of lights while not mandatory, but is tradition in Madrid.

The pim pigsty

They are responsible for embedding the four flags to the bull. But his work is not based only on the flags, but also fulfills the function of direct auxiliary matador in all interventions have.


Despite his position is very controversial within the gang, because they are within the alley protection and rarely leave, and many fans not involved in the gang, but their performance is critical because it is that keeps tackle known as referring to the flags, additional coats and all kinds of auxiliary equipment that may need torero or pastern.

The waiter back

The most important player in the afternoon, because he is the one responsible to showcase their skills, strength and courage before the bull. It is the one responsible for killing the bull with a sword, after provoking the entire job.

The matador