I do the counter to the sixth remedy master of dagger. Pushing your elbow, I will make your body turn and then I can strike you. Because with this push that I quickly do, I can do many defences of the narrow play. And more than anything, it is a counter to the holds of the narrow play.
When your attack is defended by the cover of the 6th master, Fiores advice is to counter it with an elbow push. The action of the master and all the scholars are especially open to this kind of counter. At the moment of the master cover, your opponent will be extending their arms quite high to cover against the dagger. This leaves the arms disconnected from their core.
The strength of the 6th master is all vertical. You will not be able to force your way through the block. However, it has no lateral strength, so you can easily push it off to the side, as shown.
Maintain contact with the elbow using your left hand to push and keep your opponent off to the right. This will easily give you enough room to make a second strike over your left arm. This simple technique is the most commonly represented play in the Fior di Battaglia. You will also see examples of the elbow push in the following plays.
- Dagger – Counter to the 2nd master
- Dagger – Counter to the 7th Master
- Dagger – Counter to 8th Master
- Sword vs Dagger – Counter to 1st scholar of the 1st Master
- Sword vs Dagger – 2nd scholar of the 1st Master
- Sword in one hand – 6th scholar
- Sword in one hand – 8th scholar
- Sword in two hands – 14th scholar of the 2nd Master
- Sword in armour – 3rd scholar
- Sword in armour – Counter to Master