That's why they believe that Julian can make it in a profession that's perhaps in its twilight.
"There are powerful people behind him," says the father.
"Sometimes," he admits.
"They call me the Colombian Juli," adds Julian, who is not strong on humility. El Juli, a Spaniard, is one of the current stars of the bullfighting world.
Jose Ignacio, who's been injured multiple times bullfighting, tho never seriously, says he and Julian's mother are proud of the boy, but that they'll support him in whatever profession he chooses.
Bullfighting appears to have a genetic component - at least, many bullfighters are sons and grandsons of bullfighters. But Jose Ignacio says he's the first bullfighter in his family, altho his parents were great bullfighting fans.
But that doesn't address the making a spectacle out of killing and violence.
But if he doesn't make it, and bullfighting ends in Bogotá, Julian may have another professional option - guiding tourists thru the Santamaria Plaza, which he does with lots of enthusiasm and passion.
|Jose Ignacio's T-shirt says 'Bullfighting is ar and culture.'|