One of the things that I spent a lot of time in rapier drilling on were range drills. The essence of a rapier range drill is that there are three fundamental ranges that you frequently find yourself at:
- Lethal Range: Close enough to hit by moving your arm.
- Critical Range: Close enough to hit by shifting your center of gravity (e.g., in a lunge).
- Out of range: Anything beyond what can be reasonably reached by a lunge.
There are some nuances in this (e.g., you can also be "under the point" and someone who is out of range can get into range in a hurry, albeit at some cost), but essentially this rough breakdown appears frequently both when unarmed and dealing with weapons.
When teaching students, one thing I've seen is that there is a tendency to naturally drift either too close or too far away (depending on the student and the circumstances) and that judging range is not something that comes naturally.
So I am wondering, what are effective ways to teach range analysis, so that you can both know what will work from a given range, and know what you need to look for at a given range?