Ceremony for Carlos Aranda

Ceremony for Carlos Aranda

Carlos Aranda has a serious demeanor, as he puts it in his passes when he takes the crutch and the cloak in his hands. He has a passion for the world of bullfighting, an art where he already caught an insect as a child. He was sure from a very young age that he wanted to be a bullfighter, and at the age of 12 he stood in front of a calf for the first time. Since then, bullfighting has been and is his passion. His hobby is your profession.

Lots of celebrations and trophies behind them, but also some goring. There is no bullfighter without battle scars. This is the dark side of the profession. His baptism of blood came at the age of 17 as a horseless novillero. Since then, luck has been on his side and he hasn’t had a life-threatening mishap. Although he has five goring marks on his body and some bone and tendon injuries that he has healed over time. And, as has already been said, bullfighters are made from another dough. Not only do they give courage in front of a ram or bull, but their rapid recovery after bull attacks is amazing. All this, with great effort, perseverance and complete dedication to be able to share the poster with the leading names in bullfighting. Since the age of nine, receiving a cloak and crutch as a gift at his First Communion, he has devoted his body and soul to fulfilling this dream.

Carlos Aranda, a native of Daimiel, is now 26 years old and is another date marked in red; on July 16. It’s an important day for him, but also for his family, especially for his brother Jesús, who hasn’t left him alone for a second all this time. Always by your side. Supporting him even in his toughest moments, which he admits happens. On that day, July 16, he will choose the Aranda alternative in Manzanares. It is the graduation ceremony of a bullfighter on foot or on horseback going from bullfighter to bullfighter. Fighting bulls over four years old in public so that in bullfights can alternate with other right-handers of the same rank is a mandatory step. He will receive his PhD in a truly luxurious poster created by Juan Ortega and Morante de la Puebla as the godfather returning to Manzanares after a 22-year hiatus and betting on the diversity of the encased. “I have dreamed of being a bullfighter since I was a child, and that day I will fulfill a small part of that dream,” he happily comments. It’s the start of a “very long” road that he knows “not easy” but believes he can handle the task and achieve his goals. For now, he will have reached one of them in two months; highest degree in the profession. “This is the best gift I can get to be featured on the dream posters of major trade fairs.”

Ceremony for Carlos Aranda The ‘ceremony’ has arrived for Carlos Aranda – Photo: Tomás Fernández de MoyaHe admits to being one of Morante de la Puebla’s idols on the bullfighting ladder. Along with him are many others he admires such as Roca Rey, Diego Urdales and Alejandro Talavante. «I want to share a poster with some of the figures of the moment. And for that I fight and train every day. Thanks to God and fate, Morante will be my alternate godfather, and for that I am so grateful.

And he awaits that day with “uncertainty, eagerness and great enthusiasm”. Many sensations for a “cartel with great responsibility” in a day that he will carry in his memory and in his heart Manuel Amador, who was an “essential part” of his professional life, who passed away just a few months ago. He was one of those “most excited about today’s future”. “If he did, he would have lived through it like an alternative to a son. That was the love we had for each other,” she comments excitedly.

With a view to the future, several bullfights are already on the agenda. For now, the closest rendezvous will be in Santa Cruz de Mudela, and after that he hopes to take the art of bullfighting to several other places, including his hometown of Daimiel, where he hasn’t fought since 2019. In a small room of Finca La Rabera in the municipality of Daimiel, which has become his second home in recent years, I want it, and I think this is a good year to meet again,” he says. Here is this farm where Carlos Aranda prepares himself to realize his dreams every day. Physical preparation and nutrition are part of a bullfighter’s routine. In this profession, where training is daily, bullfighting in the hall, getting into the car to kill, and not forgetting the physiotherapy sessions, it is the key to achieving the goals one has set for himself. The goal is to “correct and polish the flaws” because “there is always something to improve”. That is, bullfighting is a profession that requires surrendering to it physically and spiritually. Otherwise, “no matter how many qualifications there is nothing to do.” But perhaps, he argues, hobby is the essential quality a bullfighter should possess. He’s had this commitment ever since he “used the mind,” and he admits it’s what drove him to fulfill his dream.

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Ceremony for Carlos Aranda
The ‘ceremony’ has arrived for Carlos Aranda – Photo: Tomás Fernández de Moya
Ceremony for Carlos Aranda
The ‘ceremony’ has arrived for Carlos Aranda – Photo: Tomás Fernández de Moya


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