This is the best time to do it. Jusef, who enjoyed bullfighting as a child and is now just days away from being a bullfighter, has no doubt about it.
History is a young man who sometimes reads fiction; He studies Political Science and his goal is far from classrooms and desks: in the ring. “It’s a dream, but it’s also such a big responsibility that it makes me think I should go out and give it all. Or thinking about getting on a gurney,” says Jusef in Tekit, before stepping out on Luis Medina’s two tough cows, one of whom is very serious, arrogance in the pythons, and years of laziness.
Born next Sunday, Sunday the 23rd, in the municipality of Mama, this young man will dress up as a bullfighter for the biggest event of his life: He will be the 12th Yucatan-born bullfighter to choose the alternative.
And well, he has read or knows something about his compatriots who came to crystallize his dream of becoming a bullfighter. “I dream of being a bullfighter, but – he says – I want it to be something that starts for something bigger, after the alternative it can be more than that, I want to transcend it with my bullfighter”.
As she prepares to don a “bullfighter” at the San Lorenzo farmhouse in Tekit, she meditates with her manager Carlos Díaz on some points to watch before the first cow leaves the small truck. He affirms that it’s a long way to go, “but every second lived was worth it, mostly for those to live through the alternatives”.
Invited by his friends from the “Tinto y oro”, “Tendido Tapia” and “King y Teto” clubs, he fought two very impressive cows. The first one in particular is tough, tough because of its horns and complications, the closest thing to the bulls Begoña will face on Sunday 23rd at Plaza Mérida with alternate godfather Andy Cartegena and matadors Leo. Valadez and Jesus Enrique Colombo.
Bullfighting Sunday, autumn, season opener, Plaza Mérida. All this says a lot…
“Like everyone else, you dream of everything, this is your dream. I’ve been thinking for a long time. For example, I shared my dreams with my manager (Carlos Díaz), who said, ‘I dreamed I was late for your alternative. Something like that. But I tell you: this will be the evening of the birth of a prophet.”
The poster is big…
“There’s a lot to ask for. It’s not a comfortable poster. Leo Valadez, newly successful in Spain, Colombo will demand from us, coach Andy Cartagena is a figure. I’ll enjoy it, I’ll throw it in the basket,” he said.
It’s easy to say, but you’re just at the starting line for a PhD…
“Even if they are not bullfighters, it is a dream that anyone in the world of bullfighting would want. I think it’s something we all want, something we all think about. And only some of us have achieved it”.
Who is Joseph?
“We are now in Tekit, next to Mamita, to whom I was born. These are the beginnings of Jusef, the squares where we started, the places where tradition is followed, the roots of the Yucatecan people. When I was a kid, I used to ride horses and lasso in bullfights. Here it starts, then getting hammered in the municipalities, asking for opportunities from square to square, until you get out, buy things in arenas outside of the Yucatan, bless yourself in some squares, and fight three times in Plaza México… easy to say”.
Your bullfighting was transcended in a style reminiscent of the start of bullfights in Mexico with Tancredo and pole vaulting.
“I love to do the bullfight of the past, which is a classic in Yucatan, it has reached other places and Jusef is printing it in his own way and he is the one who will continue on that path.”
They say this question isn’t asked, but… Are you ready?
“Mentalized, prepared, ready, I think you never feel ready. Then the one with the curls (the bull) is the one who will tell us the truth. You will see a lot of dedication that day, yes,” he said.
Are you afraid?
“Normal, we’re all afraid. ‘You can dress up as a commitment, an important afternoon,’ says Maestro Rafael de Paula, but be afraid they’ll put your feet in the sand, yes there is, that’s real”.
They say they prefer to go out on a stretcher…
“Our hearts are ahead, we will kick it…. I’d rather go out on a stretcher than on foot, I want to emerge victorious for people to see the verdict. But that doesn’t mean you’re afraid, we move forward with our heart.
Is it pleasant?
Is she in pain?
“Also. It’s part of a combination of emotions. There’s a matador who says bullfighting doesn’t hurt, but we’re there for a reason, I say yes, you suffer a lot, but the reward is much sweeter than any other thorn. You suffer, but you love victory more. Every afternoon That’s what you want to experience.”
Perhaps in two terms André Jusef Hernández Medina will be able to complete his Political Science degree at UMSA. Perhaps the son of Eliézer Hernández Ascencio and Naybi Medina Cano, who closed Sunday night the 23rd, could be the bullfighter he wants to be, at least he can blast Merida in his alternative, as he demonstrated in front of a handful of loving friends. Bullfighting in the San Lorenzo arena with the intention of wanting to be someone in this thing called bullfighting.
“Will you see me in Mérida?” he asks the reporter, answering yes. “You will not regret.” – Gaspar Silveira
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