Initial thoughts may lean towards this not being a very good sword to practice with. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised with this Telescopic Tai Chi Sword. It has pretty good balance and enough weight to give you a good feel in your hands. The beauty of this Telescopic Tai Chi Sword is that is a collapsible so you can carry it unnoticed in you bag or even just in your hand. This means you can get to class or training without lugging a full length sword around. When finished, with a quick nudge, it will fully collapse back to it’s packing size.
Made from a lightweight sprung steel, which collapses down neatly inside itself, It gives the sword a bit of weight when training, so you get some feedback during practice. The telescopic Tai Chi sword slides out effortlessly and grips very well when practicing your forms. The plastic is also made out of metal, so it is fairly durable. However, this is purely so solo practice and won't withstand any partner practice at all.
At full length the Telescopic Tai Chi Sword is extendable to 37 inches or 94 cm. and it is collapsible to 10.25 inches or 26 cm. It comes with it’s own carry case with belt loop and an end cap to hold the sword in it’s collapsible position. A great design for someone who travels a lot or doesn't want to be seen carrying round a full length Tai Chi Straight sword. Good design and super useful.
“Of course, this type of sword will always be a second choice compared to a ‘proper’ Tai Chi Sword, but these really are much better than you’d expect. Perfect for when travelling to class or on holiday. They give you the ability to open up the opportunities to practice you Tai Chi wherever you go.“
Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop
This Telescopic Tai Chi Sword when fully extendable is 94 cm in length at 90cm which is pretty standard for Tai Chi swords. When fully collapsible it packs all the way down to 26cm.Here are all the dimensions of the Telescopic Tai Chi Sword:
- Total Extended Length = 1' / 36" / 92cm
- Total Collapsed Length = 10" / 26cm
- Total Blade Length = 28" / 71cm
- Blade width = 1" / 3cm
- Guard width = 4" / 10cm
- Handle Length = 4.5" / 11cm
- Tassel Length = 16cm / 40cm
- Weight = 450g
If you’re not sure on what is best for you, please contact us at our shop to discuss your best choice, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]