The baston used for training is commonly made of rattan, a climbing palm, straightened and dried. This is due to the ability of rattan to withstand repeated hard impact without shattering; rattan fibers will begin to shred, but remain intact. Nearly all arnis training begins with the stick. In Garimot Arnis, the stick is generally used as a substitute for the sword in training. Sometimes, a wooden sword is carved for training, called a brokil. Nevertheless, there are many techniques specifically designed for a stick that are trained as well. The stick is sometimes paired with a knife, but perhaps more often, it is paired with another stick.