Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.1 gioco de magistro primo - first master plays
 1.1.1 gioco primo - first play - shoulder grab => boar's tooth

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Cum questa presa in terra andare ti farò
O uero el braço senistro ti deslogarò.
With this hold I will make you go to the ground
Or else I will dislocate your left arm.

Interpretation: The first line of the couplet tells us that the hold, which is a dente di zengchiar or "boar's tooth" initially had the intent of throwing the zugadore to the ground, however, as the second line of the couplet reveals, is that should the zugadore put up a struggle, the end result would be a dislocated left arm. In either case, the master has the advantage. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The Master upon receiving a collar grab with the left hand of his zugadore, the Master fully expects a strike from the right hand, and immediately suppresses the inbound strike by grabbing the inner elbow to incapacitate the strike, while concurrently deploying at dente di zengchiar with the intend of exploiting the "arm bar" (straight arm of the zugadore) and attempt to throw him down. However, should the zugadore resist being thrown down, the Master simply revises his initial object and turns his attention to attacking the arm bar resulting in its dislocation. The Master does NOT take a step to deploy the dente di zengchiar and therefore, his initial placement of his feet are the opposite of those of the zugadore allowing him to advance with a step to grab the collar.

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