Not many people get to see bullfighting and even fewer take part in it...but in?
Not many people get to see bullfighting and even fewer take part in it...but in Mexico you can go to dinner at a restaurant and fight a bull between courses.
A young and small bull, of course...known locally as the corijo, these amateur fights, which were begun for the tourists, are now better known and patronised by the Mexicans themselves.
The restaurants are built in the same style as a building, only smaller. The diners sit at tables around the outside of the arena, while inside those who fancy themselves as matadors, try their skill against the young bull calves. Although they are only small and their horns some two inches long, they can still knock a man over and bruise him or even break bones.
But it is not cheap to show off your bullfighting prowess in front of your friends. The bull costs about 100 dollars for the fight (GBP40) and lunch for half a dozen friends included would double that. Usually several friends club together to raise the money for the 15 to 20 minute session in the ring.
The organisers provide the clothing for the amateur matadors...high-heeled boots to give a better grip in the sand of the arena, and tough leather chaps to protect the legs. An expert describes the different movements to make with the cape, and advises the 'matadors' to stand still at all times and use their hips to play the bull.
Then, as in the big bullfights, there is the parade and the opportunity to impress friends before the bull is let into the ring.
Despite his size the bull is not timid and it is not unusual for one small bull to have six large men on the run at the same time.....and he usually leaves the ring the clear winner.
For your hundred dollars you will probably end up with aches and bruises, a bullfight poster listing you alongside two famous matadors,....and the laughter of your friends still ringing in your ears.