The Bo is a weapon favored by
masters, if only because of its delightful "personality".
Even Miyamoto Mushashi, the legendary swordsman, became an adept
It is friendly, trustworthy, and patient. Moreover, it is
omnipresent. Variations can be found in practically every
The Bo tolerates all but the most glaring errors. As a
teacher, it is patient and generous. When one technique is
mastered, the next coalesces into your consciousness in a never
ending string of serendipity. It's like playing with a
friend. As a partner, it is dependable. Nothing more
can be expected from a weapon. If the same were true of
people, mankind would be at peace.
For your enjoyment, I am attaching an overview of the essential
first concepts. First is a demonstration of the basic
moves with Bo. Once mastered, these moves provide a strong
foundation for virtually anything you might wish to add into
your technique. Second, I demonstrate some of the basic
responses and concepts for facing a Bo empty handed.
These are excerpted from our instructional video Sticks, Tricks and Useful Bits, which is now out of print, but can
still be found on Youtube.
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