One challenge that has been faced by those training in the martial arts is how to safely replicate the "feel" of weapons while practicing moves. Items such as wooden practice swords are a good alternative for training, but they also make excellent props for the stage or to complete a costume for role-playing or re-enactments. Wooden swords are offered in a number of styles, including the Roman gladius, Tai Chi practice swords and medieval long swords. For desiring to learn how to wield a katana, a bokken practice sword is the traditional training tool of choice.
A bo staff is used for training in a variety of disciplines, including karate, kung fu and other martial arts. Staffs are available in lengths of four, five and six feet and in materials ranging from rattan to hardwood although not all lengths and styles are available in all woods.
As martial arts practitioners and fans of Bruce Lee movies know, nunchuks can be a formidable weapon in the hands of a trained opponent. Foam-padded nunchuks, or nunchacku, make it easier to learn how to use the weapon -- or defend against it. Foam-padded nunchacku for sale vary in length from nine inches to as much as 28 inches. Some styles feature a nylon rope, while others have a fixed or swivel steel chain.