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)
 6.1.2 ehaurarò li denti e farò impaço (breaking teeth and causing damage)

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La tua visera t'ò leuada, tu lo senti
E cum mia aça te chaurarò li denti.
Per mia mane che ò soto el tuo braço
In la forte chiaue ti farò impaço.
You will feel your visor being raised
And with my poleaxe I'll break your teeth.
Because my hand which I put under your arm
In a strong key I cause you damage.

Synopsis: click on image to view larger of the sameIn contrast to the previous pair of plays, these plays depict gioco stretto plays or "close quarters plays". The first couplet clearly indicates the intentions of the scholar, having successfully closed in being able to raise the visor and strike him in the teeth with the poleaxe. The second couplet describes another close play, leveraging an upper key applied to the combatant's right arm. The second line indicates that damage to the combatant will result of this hold, either to the combatant's arm and/or shoulder, or from being struck by the raised poleaxe in the scholar's right hand.

Practical Application: The first play depicts the scholar, having been able to step to the outside of the zugadore and strike his face. The zugadore is depicted with his left leg forward, which implies that the initiation was taken by the scholar and not by the zugadore. The scholar must have be previously in a dent de zenchiar with right leg forward, and parried aside the zugadore's poleaxe while stepping in with his left foot to the zugadore's outside. At this stage, the zugadore's poleaxe is no longer a threat, and the scholar is able to raise the visor and plunge his poleaxe into the zugadore's face, resulting in serious dental work.

The second play depicts the scenario in which the zugadore steps forward to deliver a strike, and is parried aside by the scholar. The scholar's left leg is forward, meaning that the parry was done stabile. It is quite possible to execute this maneuvre from the posta di donna and strike down the inbound thrust or strike, and then be able to maneuvre close enough to deploy an upper key from the outside of the zugadore's poleaxe. If the zugadore puts up a fight, the free hand of the scholar, wielding the poleaxe will provide enough incentive to carry out the original intent.


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