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Pat your house pets …

However, can you imagine to do the same with an angry bull in a large arena? Either way, just tickle the bull’s forehead with a comb. Turns out, that it is possible for these athletic French youth who briskly moves into the arena and keep the traditions for over two centuries. After a while they will be scattered and will take their positions in center of the arena.

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  This game is somewhat similar to the Spanish Corrida, but without any intention to kill the bull. The neat guys take a great deal of risk. If Spanish matador holding a sword to kill the bull, then in the hands of these young people is a simple hair comb to tickle the bull’s forehead.

This game is full of humor and courage, and not everything always goes as smoothly as… Often, just barely young matadors manage to escape from the bull’s horns.

Let’s take a look, from the very beginning of this game how it starts.

Once voiced out the last musical notes of paseo, the arena for a moment remained silent. Then the big gates opened, and through them the arena marched briskly young men. The audience cheers ten stately young men who dressed in dazzling white suits. They are marching out an honorary circle and take their seats at the barriers. Arena is oblong in shape, with round edges separated by approximately 1,80cm high fence painted red.


All attention is now paid to the central entrance of the arena, through which even a moment ago, marched brave young men. At any moment the gate will open, and through it, the arena will run frenzied bull.

As I have observed in many European cities, Spain, France and elsewhere, where bullfights are maintained, without exception, this is one of the most important moments. The whole focus is on the central gate. The audience remains silent for a moment.

However, most of all impatience  shows the fight participants. At the time when the big gate opens, the bull rans in. Only now fighting participants carefully start watching each of the animal’s movements and behavior. Most members have a lot of experience, it is enough just to look at the animal, to guess the character and know what will be dealing with. Unlike the classical martial art that is practiced in Spain since ancient Roman times, when the rate was on the bull’s life, this is an training corrida – bloodless spectackle.

Corrida’s original show and partly also the rules, France has inherited from Spain in 1701. The first corrida in France took place in 1853, in the old Roman arena of Arles – Roman Arena of Arles. Here, since the ancient times had practized trainings,- Course Libre, where the adolescence matadors acquired their first skills.

Today their task is to entertain the audience with a rather risky trick, it is, to touch and stroke the bull’s crest. Other times keep to practice different tricks, when must be snatched the reset, which is tied between the horns of a bull. The games are intended to mimic the bullfighting – Course Camarguaise. Also this spectacle is not without risk. New members – raseteurs simulating camarguaise acquire many skills that will come in handy later on the professional arena.

When the bull had run throughout all the corners and is a little tired, the initiative is taken by raseteurs. In their hands it is something like a comb, or a hook with which to touch the bull’s forehead. At first glance it seems that either there’s nothing special, – tickle the bull’s forehead. However, tapping this place animal remains aggressive and begins to rapidly shake his head in all directions, trying to find the culprit. There must be a great dexterity in order to avoid the sharp horns. Usually, team members are working united and feeling the imminent danger, try to lure the bull away in another direction. Sometimes this deceitful trick is effective. However, the animal  immediately remembers his abuser and starts to hunt it down, alas! –  up to the arena’s fence and sometimes even over it …

Here it is!

 Sometimes it happens that ..

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You can not disagree that the risk assumed by the new raseteurs is quite large. As we see in pictures, everything happens instantly. They provoke the animal and then leap aside, out of the way to avoid the attack. However, if the bull begins to hunt down and team members support does’t work, then quickly look for the nearest fence and instantly jump over.

_MG_0358 lucky escape. FrRaseteurs know how to enrage the audience. Right from the first lessons they learn that, the main key is to win public sympathy. These young matadors who understand, know how to build a dialogue with the animals. It is a demonstration of mutual relations in dance and movement, which particularly stands out with grace, when we observe the Spanish corridas.

P.M. Arles. France