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Just wanted to know if there were any good stores on the net that sell bo staffs.

Posted on: 2005/2/8 11:08
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Hello,

Karate-mart has them for something like $15.99. Mine was around 20 bucks with shipping (US).

Gary

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The ones I have are made of air dried red oak and are $15 plus shipping.
Ed Martin aka Papa-san

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Your local hard wood salesman sells them. Just take a hard wooden staff up to your eye brows.
I suggest an ashen bō.

Posted on: 2005/2/22 18:36
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Hmm, pipin' in here...

We have been given (through Hatsumi-sôke) the length of Jô (or Yonshakubô) as "up to your armpit" --> using this as a starter for Hanbô (=Sanshakubô --> 3/4 of Jô) and Rokushakubô (twice the Hanbô)...

Or any other way to count it... but the Jô we could use as the "standard" to go from.

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I too have heard that a jo/yonshakubo should go from the floor to your armpit. But then I've also heard that a hanbo/sanshakubo should go from the floor to your navel. I've just measured that (good job no one shares my office!) and that was 43.5 inches for me. So a rokushakubo for me would be about 87 inches. As a "standard" shop-bought rokushakubo is 72 inches, that equals an appreciably longer weapon. But then I pointed out at training last week that I think we often do some movements incorrectly with the rokushakubo e.g. a strike to ashi because we are using a weapon that is far too short for most of us. To strike to ashi means we have to be too close in the first place or reaching in, resulting in poor grip and unbalanced kamae. Therefore we should either train with longer weapons (which aren't always easy to come by) or modify the target of the various strikes to suit the shorter weapon.

Of course this is just my current opinion on the matter. I'd be pleased to hear other ideas on this subject as it is of great ongoing interest to me.

Posted on: 2005/2/22 20:34
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HEHE took my navel/armpit measures too - and it seems to go quite close to the "shaku-proportions". Surprisingly!!!

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So how long would a rokushakubo be for you then out of interest?

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Hmm, that would be giving out strategic info... But what the heck - 216cm.

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