About Bullfighting

Bullfighting Festival
  • Rules
    • 1.The bulls are grouped into three weight divisions (Gap Category: Above 730㎏, Eul category: less than 730㎏, Byeong category: less than 640㎏)
    • 2.The winner of a match continues to the next round in the tournament
    • 3.The bull loses if it turns its head and runs away
    • 4.There is no time limit and the fight continues until one bull is standing
  • How fighting bulls are trained
    • Professional trainers pick fighting bulls and carry out intensive training. Bulls are usually two years old in order to take part in the fight. Bulls usually take part in the fighting at least for 5 years before being allowed to compete in the Above 730 kg division. Fighting bulls concentrate exclusively on increasing physical strength and learning techniques. The fighting bulls and trainers usually have a special bond as building trust is an important aspect in winning.
  • Physical characteristics of fighting bulls
    • Tall, large body, strong paw and sturdy build
    • Horns, the biggest fighting tool in bull fighting, should spread out towards the left and right and they should be narrow
    • Eyes and ears should be small, front legs short and the neck should be well-developed
    • Bulls that have characteristic endurance and spirit as well as agility
  • The Training Process
    • Fighting bulls usually eat feed which is a mix of barley, bean, and wheat with rice husks. Sesame seeds are occasionally mixed in as well. When fighting is near, trainers feed their bulls eels and snakes to increase their strength. It costs an average of 400,000 to 500,000won per month to feed one fighting bull.
    • The physical training includes running up hills, running with tires attached to the hind legs to build strength and learning techniques such as head bumping, horn striking, and flank attacking.

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