Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.2 gioco de magistro secundo - second master plays
 1.2.7 gioco septo - seventh play - finding the privates

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In li chogiun ti faro tal percossa
Che tuta tua forca si sera rimossa.
I do such a blow to your "privates"
That all of your strength will be withdrawn to the last.

Interpretation: Fiore always presents an opportunity to the scholler even though all looks lost. In this case, following suit, the first line of the couplet indicates that even in such a hold, the scholler is able to strike at the zugagore's privates, which will result in his strength or desire to continue to fight to immediately dissipate. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The illustration depicts a classic hold which one would find himself/herself in most grappling engagements. Typical of Fiore, whenever it appears that all is lost for the scholler, he reminds the scholler of opportunities which may exist, and suggests that a blow to the "privates" of the zugagore will dramatically change the state of the engagement offering even more new possibilities for the scholler. The strike to the "privates" is a reminder of the magistro de ferrire who was described earlier in this abrazare section. Grappling as described by Fiore is far more than holds, as striking the sensitive areas of the zugagore is a perfectly valid and appropriate action to take.

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