Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 1 abrazare - grappling
 1.3 gioco de magistro terzo - third master plays
 1.3.3 gioco terzo - third play - face attack => strike the eyes (counter)

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Cum le man al uolto tu me fa impaco
E aquesto contrario a l'ochio piu te fa impaco.
You anger me with the hands on my face
And with this counter to your eyes I anger you even more.

Interpretation: The zugadore has learned about the face attack from the previous plays and deploys a similar causing the scholler to become angry, however, the second line of the couplet clearly indicates a counter to this attack by attacking the zugadore's eyes in return. Click on the images view a larger image of the same.

Application: The scholler finding himself at the wrong end of a face attack, is depicted as deploying a counter which is a face attack in return. However the text clearly indicating the face attack in both cases, the scholler is depicted as focusing his attack on the zugadore's eyes. The basic instinct that every human experiences is the self-preservation of their eyes, and this attack would create an immediate opportunity for the scholler to perhaps move behind the zugadore and turn the engagement into his favour. This play again illustrates the application of the magistro de ferrire.

Note: The convention at AEMMA is whenever an attack to the eyes is to be practiced, the "scholler" would place his/her thumbs against the forehead of the "zugadore" simulating an attack to the eyes. The training partner will by convention accept this "attack" to the eyes and respond accordingly.

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