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In pictures: Children learn Spain’s deadly art of bullfighting

Updated : January 13, 2021 10:30 AM IST

At the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, children as young as 9 can begin learning the deadly dance of human and beast. At the age of 14, aspiring matadors can face bulls of up to two-years-old in a bullring without spectators and by 16, they can turn professional.

Pupils holding red capes and a sword arrive at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils holding red capes and a sword arrive at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils stand with their capes as they are instructed at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. The school was closed from March to August when Spain went into one of the world's strictest confinements to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils stand with their capes as they are instructed at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. The school was closed from March to August when Spain went into one of the world's strictest confinements to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A pupil holds a set of plastic bull horns at the Bullfighting School. At the age of 14, aspiring matadors can face bulls of up to two-years-old in a bullring without spectators. At age 16, they can turn professional. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A pupil holds a set of plastic bull horns at the Bullfighting School. At the age of 14, aspiring matadors can face bulls of up to two-years-old in a bullring without spectators. At age 16, they can turn professional. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupil Nicolas Sanz Luna, 10, holds a pair of plastic bull horns at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. At this school children as young as 9 can begin learning this deadly dance of human and beast so closely associated with Spanish identity. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupil Nicolas Sanz Luna, 10, holds a pair of plastic bull horns at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. At this school children as young as 9 can begin learning this deadly dance of human and beast so closely associated with Spanish identity. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils Nicolas Sanz Luna, 10, right, performs holding a plastic bull horn with Daniel at the Bullfighting School. They are students of the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, where children as young as 9 can begin learning this deadly dance of human and beast so closely associated with Spanish identity. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils Nicolas Sanz Luna, 10, right, performs holding a plastic bull horn with Daniel at the Bullfighting School. They are students of the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, where children as young as 9 can begin learning this deadly dance of human and beast so closely associated with Spanish identity. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils perform with their capes at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Pupils perform with their capes at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A 'Carreton' (bulls horns attached to a metal frame with wheels) is pictured as pupils practice at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
A 'Carreton' (bulls horns attached to a metal frame with wheels) is pictured as pupils practice at the Bullfighting School at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Published : January 13, 2021 10:30 AM IST
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