Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.3 gioco de magistro terzo - third master plays
 1.3.2 gioco secundo - second play - shoulder grab ==> face attack (counter)

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Soto el mento ti faco doia e greueza
Che in terra cum la schena adarai in freca.
Under your chin I fashion sorrow and suffering
That to the ground your back will go swiftly.

Interpretation: The illustration depicts the scholler attacking the zugadore's face by placing his hands under the lower part of the face and chin and evidently pushing back to attempt to counter with a throw. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: Recognizing opportunities to counter is an extremely important skill to develop in abrazare. This play, part of the series of counters depicted by the third master highlights the first master described in this abrazare section, that of the magistro de ferrire or the master of strikes. In this play, the zugadore manages to deploy a shoulder grab on the scholler. The scholler is depicted as being able to move his arms under the zugadore's arms and attack the face by pushing up and back the zugadore's head. This will create two responses, the first where space is created between the scholler and zugadore and secondly, where the face push will eventually cause an imbalance and the zugadore will be thrown to the ground onto his back. This movement is intended to be done with vigour so that the zugadore who is receiving such a blow is surprised and may not be able to recover from the strike.

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