At Ironcrane, these flow
sequences are typically taught to students as part of
basic familiarization with Bo movement. At one
time, introduction to Bo training was coincident with
learning the weaons forms (usually at Brown or Black
Belt levels). Over time it evolved that perhaps a
more effective approach would be to ensure students had
solid grounding in basic Bo sequences, before attempting
to learn complex fighting forms.
On Okinawa, this seems to have
been the traditional approach. In approximately
1995, the Okinawan approach trans rooted to the Isshin
Ryu schools in British Columbia, and before long
migrated south into the Pacific Northwest.
The first sequence is a
portrayal of what was transmitted to us by our respected
friend, Sensei Michael O’Leary of Abbotsford Isshin Ryu
Karate Do (British Columbia, Canada).
The Isshinryu grip is opposing
palms (sort of like when you hold a baseball bat, with
your hands 18-24” apart). Since much of Bo and
long staff work at Ironcrane is Hap Ki Do derivative,
the use of bicycle grip (both palms facing down) shows
up frequently (though is rarely ever used in Isshin
Ryu), we adapted their sequences to the bicycle grip,
smoothed out some flow points, and added a strike
flourish at the end of each sequence. This is a
bit more complex, but familiarization with both
patterns, and then incorporating smooth transitions (be sure to visit our Bo Page for more insight into
transitions) virtually assures mastery of
the Bo fundamentals.