Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo Staff?

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Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo Staff?

Post by Curtai » Wed May 18, 2011 4:32 am

Probably going to catch hell for being all mall ninja-ish but I just bought a 6' Bo Staff off Amazon and I have found several different videos on Youtube.
I'm interested in bojutsu or staff fighting, I kinda feel like Donatello from the Ninja Turtles :lol:
But Bo is filtered out on the search and I didn't see anything from ZS when I did a google search...

Basically I watched the Forbidden Kingdom movie (Jackie Chan and Jet Li) the other night and started checking into it.


Anyone?

I have seen several hiking staffs and stuff on here but nothing like the bo staff and I figured other weapons might have something.
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Re: Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo St

Post by bonanacrom » Wed May 18, 2011 4:35 am

Put a spear head on the end and hunt. Not to be insulting but how old are you ?
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Post by the_alias » Wed May 18, 2011 4:40 am

I have actually. I couldn't give two shits what anyone else cares to comment on the topic with regard to the "mall ninja" side. I find mucking around with bo techniques a good way to destress. It is plain and simple fun.

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Re: Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo St

Post by Ad'lan » Wed May 18, 2011 5:21 am

I experimented with English Quaterstaff for a while, it's good fun. It only get's mall ninjary when you think it's the be all and end all, or is magic because the Bo is exotic, or think you can replicate scenes from bullet proof monk.

I think it's been mentioned in passing quite a few times, but I don't think it's had a dedicated thread to it. What sort of Bo staff do you have, what's is made of? And what are you looking to get out of it?
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Re: Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo St

Post by Silent Kube » Wed May 18, 2011 5:59 am

In my late teens-early twenties, a friend and I built a bridge in his back yard. No rails of course. We didn't bother buying actual staffs, we just got some 6 foot closet rods from HD and would spend our afternoons drinking beer and beating the hell out of each other. The bridge wasn't more than 6 inches high. Just enough to declare you the loser if you came off of it. It was fun and good exercise but I wouldn't expect it to save my life.

We also used to fight with swords, usually wooden, but we brought out the metal ones when we wanted to show off for the girls.

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Re: Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo St

Post by Frank » Wed May 18, 2011 6:17 am

bonanacrom wrote:Put a spear head on the end and hunt. Not to be insulting but how old are you ?
why does that matter? he asked a question about something he doesn't need a psychoanalysis. Neither of your two sentences had anything to do with what the topic is about.

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Shaolin kung fu uses the bo staff if im not mistaken..might want to look into that. Even in the heavily populated urban environment/city, there is a place not to far from where i live that teaches Shaolin kung fu.
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Post by T-Boon » Wed May 18, 2011 6:30 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DemhsYp0A-8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; :mrgreen:

Pretty much every martial art that deals with weapons has a staff technique.
Find one thats close to you and have a go.
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Re: Anyone ever do anything with the standard japanese Bo St

Post by Smü » Wed May 18, 2011 7:13 am

Me. Back in the day when I still practiced Aikido.

Me and some friends did the usual LARP duels, and I got relatively fond with the quarterstaff / bo, nothing to write home about though.

You might want to take a peek at a guy called Masaki Hatsumi. Among other tools of harm, this little old japanese guy knows how to kick some ass with hanbos, bos, kubotans et. al.
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Post by Rick12337 » Wed May 18, 2011 7:28 am

I dont know how it would be mall ninjaish.Honestley almost anyone who ever played in the woods as a kid made some form of bo/walking stick to hit stuff with at least I know I did.

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Post by T-Boon » Wed May 18, 2011 7:38 am

Ok, so i`m bored at work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVw29NrEX3A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He`s a yellow belt, and 8. Makes you feel pretty average :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqnwVvyGg_8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There are so many tutorials and videos on YT to get some good techniques going.
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Post by Gingerbread Man » Wed May 18, 2011 7:44 am

I have a couple of staffs and train regularly. I used to be a staff instructor. The staff is nothing more than a long stick, how that is mall ninja, IDK.
The staff is so versital and there are some many ways and style to use it. It really is a gem of a weapon. I don't think there is a culture on the planet that hasn't utilitzed it.
My focus with the staff is as a general defensive weapon. I'd start by getting a book and learn the basics. Most karate schools have instructors.
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Post by Shmerlin » Wed May 18, 2011 7:54 am

Regular Guy wrote:I have a couple of staffs and train regularly. I used to be a staff instructor. The staff is nothing more than a long stick, how that is mall ninja, IDK.
The staff is so versital and there are some many ways and style to use it. It really is a gem of a weapon. I don't think there is a culture on the planet that hasn't utilitzed it.
My focus with the staff is as a general defensive weapon. I'd start by getting a book and learn the basics. Most karate schools have instructors.
Reading this after only being recently awoken, made me laugh a bit. Mostly because I read it like this "Most Karate schools have staff instructors" and my immediate thought was "well duh, thats how they get paid".

Other than that, good post, I had always been interested in learning more about the staff when I was growing up. I wish i had followed up a bit after I was older.
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Post by PacmanSurvival » Wed May 18, 2011 10:29 am

They're fun to play around with, I have no idea if you're looking to use it as a defense weapon or just for messing around with, I have some pretty extensive use with them and Katana's but I couldn't really explain how to properly use it over the internet.

Check out these Monks though, to get an idea of what the Bo can do and how flexible of a fighting weapon it really is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkFdfi5O ... re=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by Wastelander » Wed May 18, 2011 1:11 pm

I have some experience with the bo, having trained martial arts for about 5 years now and I've been using the bo nearly that long. Staves of various lengths are great weapons to train with because, even in a SHTF scenario, you can find some sort of blunt object between 1ft and 6ft in length. Learning to use one properly is going to take more than just books, videos and advice from people on the internet, though, I'm afraid. Sure, you can get the basic idea of how to use one that way, but the finer points of using body mechanics and grips to maximize your efficiency will only be learned through an instructor.

Now, with all of that said, what exactly do you want to know? You haven't given us much to go on as far as the bo you purchased and your previous martial arts experience, so I'm going to assume you bought a standard beginner's bo that is made of low-to-mid-grade oak and tapers to the ends and you have no experience. I can give you some very basic exercises with it but you will still be better off learning from an instructor, so here is the very first exercise we teach with the bo:

Holding the bo out in front of you, with the bo parallel to the floor, your hands should grasp it so that it is divided evenly into thirds with both palms facing down. This is one basic grip you can use, and for the purposes of this basic exercise, it is sufficient. Practice striking with each end of the bo by pulling back with one hand and pushing across with the other to create leverage. This motion should end with the bo still parallel to the floor but one third will be up against the outside of your arm (some styles bring the bo beneath the arm and against the ribs, but for a beginner you can start this way to build strength, coordination and flexibility in your wrists) and the other end should be straight out in front of your shoulder. Imagine striking something directly in front of you but driving all the way through.

Keep in mind that without proper body mechanics you are not going to be able to strike as quickly or powerfully, and there are many other grips and striking methods, but this is something you can do to get used to the idea of using both ends of the bo and using both arms to create leverage.

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Post by crackpot72 » Wed May 18, 2011 11:37 pm

A bo staff is a top-of-the-line stick.

Sticks are free, and I guess you could kill a zombie with one, so it sounds like a fine idea.

Still, given a choice I'd take a shotgun.

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Post by White Bear » Thu May 19, 2011 12:57 am

T-Boon wrote:Ok, so i`m bored at work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVw29NrEX3A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That guy is good but he's nowhere as good as this girl.
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Post by Hoppy » Thu May 19, 2011 1:20 am

T-Boon wrote:Ok, so i`m bored at work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVw29NrEX3A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

He`s a yellow belt, and 8. Makes you feel pretty average :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqnwVvyGg_8" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

There are so many tutorials and videos on YT to get some good techniques going.

i like watching that, and comparing it to my draw.

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Post by T-Boon » Thu May 19, 2011 2:56 am

camlost wrote:
T-Boon wrote:Ok, so i`m bored at work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVw29NrEX3A" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That guy is good but he's nowhere as good as this girl.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swSiKd6m ... re=related" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

:D
And she gets better !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrIRPaNNZTY&NR=1" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Post by Meat N' Taters » Thu May 19, 2011 7:46 am

I would guess that it is similar to most people who learn "martial arts"...you have some spiffy uniforms/equipment to hang on the wall, but unless you are one of a rare few, you will have learned next to nothing about how to practically defend yourself.

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Meat N' Taters wrote:I would guess that it is similar to most people who learn "martial arts"...you have some spiffy uniforms/equipment to hang on the wall, but unless you are one of a rare few, you will have learned next to nothing about how to practically defend yourself.
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Post by ninja-elbow » Thu May 19, 2011 1:17 pm

It's a stick - the most basic of weapons.
You will be getting exercise with it thus gaining familiarization with a stick and health.
This will translate to muscle memory and combative skill in various degrees.

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Post by Meat N' Taters » Thu May 19, 2011 1:30 pm

ninja-elbow wrote:It's a stick - the most basic of weapons.
You will be getting exercise with it thus gaining familiarization with a stick and health.
This will translate to muscle memory and combative skill in various degrees.

All good things :)
The obvious downside being the boatloads of gangs that will try and recruit you.

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Post by ninja-elbow » Thu May 19, 2011 2:57 pm

Meat N' Taters wrote:
ninja-elbow wrote:It's a stick - the most basic of weapons.
You will be getting exercise with it thus gaining familiarization with a stick and health.
This will translate to muscle memory and combative skill in various degrees.

All good things :)
The obvious downside being the boatloads of gangs that will try and recruit you.
Is that 'chucks or bo staff? Been awhile :lol:
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