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Bo

A bô  is a long staff, usually made of tapered hard wood, for example white oak or bamboo.  The bo is about 1.82 metres long.

 

The Japanese martial art of wielding the bô is bôjutsu. Thrusting, swinging, and striking techniques often resemble empty-hand movements, following the philosophy that the bô is merely an "extension of one’s limbs".  As in Okinawa-te, attacks are often avoided by agile footwork and returning strikes made at the enemy’s weak points.
 

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The bô is typically gripped in thirds, and when held horizontally in front, the right palm is facing away from the body and the left hand is facing the body, enabling the bô to rotate. The power is generated by the back hand pulling the bô, while the front hand is used for guidance. When striking, the wrist is twisted, as if turning the hand over when punching.  Bô technique includes a wide variety of blocks, strikes, sweeps, and entrapments. The bô may even be used to sweep sand into an opponent’s eyes.

 

Although the bô is now used as a weapon, its use is believed by some to have evolved from non-combative uses. The bô-staff is thought to have been used to balance buckets or baskets. Typically, one would carry baskets of harvested crops or buckets of water or milk or fish, one at each end of the bô, that is balanced across the middle of the back at the shoulder blades. In poorer agrarian economies, the bô remains a traditional farm work implement. There are stick fighting techniques native to just about every country on every continent.


 



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