Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.0 quatro poste - four guards
 1.0.4 posta frontale click to hear the Italian text (frontal guard)

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Cum li braci uegno acusi ben destese
Per guadagnar in ogni modo le prese.
I come well skilled with the arms forward
I will win for every manner of prese/hold.

Interpretation: The first line of the couplet appears to indicate that posta frontale is highly regarded and formidable being able to neutralize most holds deployed against the master with the arms raised in the position depicted. This is followed with the second line of the couplet which supports the initial sentiment that this posta would be able to defeat most if not all attempts on the master. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The posta frontale is illustrated opposite to the porta de ferro implying that when facing a zugadore who is in a porta de ferro, the posta frontale may be the most appropriate counter posta. In fact, to achive this poste from the porta de ferro, one simply raises both hands to the position as illustrated with both hands raised to approximately the height of the shoulders. Right leg is forward and left is trailing. The arms should not be fully extended (straightened), permitting some play in the elbows in order to adjust distance and to maintain strength when deploying this guard.

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