Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 6  azza in arme - armoured poleaxe
 6.1 gioco arme cum azza (armoured plays with poleaxe)
 6.1.1 gioco de dent de zenchiar (tooth of the boar play)

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La tua aça in terro ò rebatuda
Tosto la mia in lo uolto ti serà metuda
De dent de zenchiar son ensudo cum mia aza
E cum quella io t'ò ferido in la tua faça.
I parry your poleaxe to the ground
Mine immediately will turn to be in your face.
From the tooth of the boar I raise my poleaxe
And with this I strike in your face.

Synopsis: click on image to view larger of the sameFiore doesn't reveal the starting guard of the scholar on the left, but the line in the first couplet implies that in order to parry an inbound strike, some momentum is required by the scholar, and therefore most probably started in the guard of the woman. There would be required some force in order to parry the inbound strike to the ground. The second couple is self explanatory, as the scholar strikes from the boars tooth, the zugadore's face.

Practical Application: Assuming that the left scholar had originated with the guard of the woman, he is able to swing while remaining "stabile", parries the inbound strike or thrust and re-directs it to the ground. This would be difficult if there were not any momentum in the poleaxe acquired with a goodly sized swing from the shoulder. The parry has caused the zugadore's poleaxe to veer off towards his right, thus creating an opening. The scholar stips forward and raises the poleaxe from the boar's tooth guard and strikes the zugadore in the face. Notice that the axehead was rotated in order to re-oriented the hammer portion of the axehead towards the face.

The success of this movement relies on the timing of the passing step. At the moment of contact in the parry, the step forward has not yet been taken. Meanwhile, the zugadore is "spent" providing a target and an opportunity. The delivery of the strike to the face is accomplished by taking a passing step towards the zugadore.


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