The measure refers to the distance between an attacking surface of your blade (for example the point or edge) and your opponent.
Measures of Rapier
In rapier most masters define one or all of the following distances when referring to measure.
- Out of Measure (It. fuori misura)
- When you are too far away from your opponent to easily strike or be struck.
- Widest (It. largissima)
- The distance from which you can strike your opponent in the hand with a lunge.
- Wide (It. larga)
- The distance from which you can strike your opponent to the body with a lunge.
- Narrow (It. stretta)
- The distance from which you can strike your opponent simply with a lean of your body and extension of your arm (no movement of the feet).
- Narrowest (It. strettissima)
Other Terms of Measure
- Safety Measure
- A measure used in acting, where the combatants throw blows from out of distance (typically 5 to 10 inches out of range) to help protect the safety of the actors or stunt people.