Nicknamed ‘El Nino’, Nino is a ten-year-old toreador apprentice of the Nimes bullfighting school doing a muleta pass at the bullring of Bouillargues, near Nimes in southern France.

The French Tauromachy Centre in Nimes has trained some 1,000 youths in the art of bullfighting. Twenty of them have gone on to become professional matadors, facing fighting bulls in the arena. Twice a week, students take courses with a matador to learn the movements and gestures of the bullfighter in the ring, but without an animal present. Students train with calves in the surrounding fields during spring, and regularly participate in beginner’s bullfights (becerradas) but without killing the calves. - NBC News

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