The bo staff is a weapon used in a variety of martial arts. It is a long stick, but extremely effective when used by a trained martial artist. Bo staffs could be made from wood, graphite, or bamboo. Like many weapons, this started as a farm tool. It was used across the shoulders to help carry buckets of food or water. People soon learned that it was also a good weapon, and today we use it in many martial arts. Different bo staff techniques include spinning, the neck roll, the wrist roll, the vertical throw, figure eight, and the thrust.
Spinning a bo staff is usually the first technique taught when using this weapon, because it will help you gain confidence with the weapon. Hold the bo horizontally in front of you with both hands at the center. Your left palm should be facing the floor while your right palm is facing the ceiling. Move the bo to the left until it makes a full circle. You will have to momentarily let go with your left hand. Reach your left hand over and grab above your right. Continue this process of spinning and you will soon be spinning the bo like a professional. Remember to keep your right palm down and your left up.
My Favourite thing about the Bo staff is that it is very light, effective and good for holding off multiple attackers and keeping people from getting close. A bo staff can be held with both hands close to the end of the staff or each hand separated ( as if holding a Kayak paddle ). So strikes can be made and a short and long distance.
When I train with this weapon I like to start any new spins I try slowly and as I am spinning speed up when I begin to feel comfortable.
BEGINNERS - ( WHAT BO STAFF TO CHOOSE )
I personally Use a metal Bo ( 6 Feet long ) But they're not the best beginners weapons, (Although I had it since I started training).
If you can't afford to purchase a Bo staff and just want to get a feel for it, try using a metal broomstick or a wooden push broom handle.
If you do have money, Get either bamboo or oak. They are the most durable for being dropped and hit off of things.
IF anyone has any questions feel free.