Bloodless bullfighting on display in Gustine

The Modesto BeeJuly 11, 2014 

The popular sport of bloodless bullfighting was on display last week in Gustine.

Forcados are bullfighters who perform “face catches,” or “grabs,” of bulls after they’ve been tired by cavaleiros (bullfighters on horseback) or matadors (bullfighters on foot).

The grab is the final event in a typical Portuguese bullfight. To get in position for it, several forcados form a line facing the bull. The foremost man eggs on the animal, taking steps forward if necessary, to get it to charge.

Once that’s accomplished, that lead forcado times his jump onto the bull’s head, wrapping his arms around the horns.

Other forcados jump onto the bull in the same fashion as the first, piling on one another, as the final forcado grabs the bull by its tail.

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