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

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Cum la bocha la terra ti faro basaré
O in Ia chiaue de soto ti faro intrare.
With the mouth I will make you kiss the earth
Or I will wrench you with a lower key.

Interpretation: It is clear from the first line of the couplet that Fiore plans to throw the zugadore to the ground, planting his face on the earth. However, as with most if not all Fiore plays, if the initial plan isn't working, there is always something else that can be done, and in this case, the scholar can deploy a lower key to achieve an alternative conclusion. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The illustration depicts a scholar, who has now learned of the dente di zengchiar from the Master in the previous play. He is deploying the dente di zengchiar with the intent of throwing the zugadore to the ground by planting his face into the earth. Should the initial plan not work, in all of Fiore's plays, there is always an alternative, and in this case, a lower key to achieve an alternative conclusion.

When the scholar receives a shoulder grab by the zugadore, he deploys a dente di zengchiar, by forcebly striking upwards towards the zugadore's upper arm to facilitate an arm bar, with the intent of forcing the elbow upwards by having his arm rotated slightly. Then the right arm as illustrated is bent over the arm bar and with the help of the left hand, and a step forward with the right leg, the arm is forced downwards and the zugadore will most certainly comply. It is important that the scholar deploying the dente di zengchiar remain vertical, and NOT bend at the hips when taking the zugadore down.

example applications
Section Play Carta
abrazare 1 - 4 click to view the video  Training Video: Boars Tooth => Long Guard

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