Children learn Spain's deadly art of bullfighting

published 12.01.2021 12:00

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When students arrive for afternoon classes after their regular school, they all address Rodriguez and the other teachers with a deferential “Good afternoon, maestro.”

But teacher Miguel Rodriguez, a former torero, said his school has adapted like the rest of society to the pandemic era.

The school was closed from March to August when Spain went into one of the world's strictest lockdowns to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are students of the Bullfighting School at the Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, where children as young as nine can begin learning this deadly dance of human and beast so closely associated with Spanish identity.

MADRID -- Holding the red cape outstretched, one boy practices making an elegant swivel as his fellow pupil slowly sweeps past with a pair of bull horns held in front.

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