ALTERNATIVA. The ceremony in which the novillero
(apprentice bullfighter) becomes a full matador de tows (eligible to fight
bulls 4 or more years old).
AVISO. Time warning sounded by trumpet to indicate that
10 minutes of the faena have elapsed.
AYUDADO POR ALTO. Sword and muleta together extended
waist-high, the torero cites the bull and passes it chest-high by rolling the
wrists. An elegant punishing pass.
BANDERILLERO. A member of the cuadrilla, the team that
assists the matador. The banderillero usually places the banderillas (barbed
sticks) in the bull's withers.
BECERRO. A 2-year-old calf.
BREGA. (From the verb bregar, to contend.) Preliminary
running of the bull with the cape as a lure—usually by the banderilleros—to
allow the matador to assess its qualities.
BRONCO. As in English. A jumping, leaping bull, hard to
fix in the cape or muleta.
CARGAR LA SUERTE. A fundamental of classical toreo in
which the torero steps into, not away from, the bull's charge, using his arms
and waist to prolong and extend the maneuver.
CHICUELINA. A decorative cape maneuver. The torero
cites from the front, then turns into the cape as the bull passes.
CITE DE FRENTE. Citing the animal from a position
forward of the muzzle rather than from a position parallel to its body.