Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.2 gioco de magistro secundo - second master plays
 1.2.8 gioco octavo - eigth play - waist hold ==> face push (counter)

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In tuo naso faco tanta pena e doia
Che a lassarme tosto sera tua uoia.
On your nose I will create such pain and suffering
That you will want to leave right away.

Interpretation: Furthering the Fiore tradition, the scholler is receiving a waist hold by the zugadore and he suggests that attacking the face, specifically the nose would provide an excellent counter to the hold as the zugadore will be on the receiving end of pain. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The illustration depicts another classic hold which one would find himself/herself in many grappling engagements. Again, typical in Fiore fashion, the scholler being compressed by the zugadore with a waist hold, Fiore suggests that an attack to the face, specifically, attacking the nose of the zugadore will create the desired results, that being, creating space between the scholler and zugadore allowing the scholler to deploy some other counter by seaching for other opportunities to deploy an arm bar or key lock counter move. The key principle here is if the scholler finds himself/herself in a very close hold, Fiore recommends that space must be made and this is the first task of the scholler. Once a bit of space is created between the scholler and zugadore, other opportunities may present themselves to the scholler to exploit.

example applications
Section Play Carta

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