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Want to Learn the Bo Staff? All Beginners Start Here with a Complete Step by Step Tutorial

By Michael Hodge | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | no comments |


Training with a bo is a lot of fun, but takes hard work and diligence – but it is REALLY FUN to train with the bo. No wonder the bo staff is the most widely practiced martial arts weapon in the world. Below are 4 tips that every beginner needs to know to get the most out of their Bo Training:

1.  Choose the Right Bo.

It is very important to choose the correct bo for your training. If you are training for competition, and will be learning freestyle (modern) bo; then I recommend a white wood lotus bo (toothpick) or a graphite bo. These are lightweight options that will make it very simple for you to practice the basics. You can start with a oak, heavy bo – this will be very difficult as a beginner; but will build up a great deal of strength .

Toothpick Bo

Graphite Bo


2.  Set a Goal.

Without a goal, you are destined for failure, or even worse, mediocrity. Are you training to compete at a tournament? Are you training to teach your martial arts students the bo? Are you training just for fun, as a hobby? Write down what you want to achieve.For example: I will earn my yellow chevron in Ultimate Bo by next month. (Ultimate Bo is my full white to black belt program where you can earn rank in Bo).

I will win 1st place in Weapons at the XYZ Tournament next month.

I will learn the first Bo form and be ready to launch the bo class at my martial arts school by February 1st.

3.  Learn Individual Techniques first; not combinations or full forms.

Many bo students purchase training DVDS that teach a full combo, or a form. The material does not actually break down each individual technique. This will hamper your excellence in your technique and training ability – it is important to learn piece by piece. Once you learn all individual techniques; you can then string together amazing combinations and orms.

4.  Make the Bo an Extension of your Body.

No, please do not turn into a mad scientist and get your tool kit out….! What I mean is that your mindset when practicing with you Bo is that it is just an extension of your body, an extended arm. When you do a front strike, figure 8 spin, or sweep; your entire body flows with the Bo, not against it. This will create beautiful flowing combinations and impressive abilities.

5.  Get help.

I know how fun it is to grab your bo (or makeshift bo…..broom stick..anyone?); and swing around like crazy in the backyard acting like you are Mr. Bruce Lee. Yes, I know, this is not his favorite weapon, you get the point… You need quality, easy to use, training materials to get the most out of your experience. I highly recommend this amazing training series called Ultimate Bo. This is also the only training program in the world in which you can earn a true black belt in the weapon of Bo.

6.  ……So Get Started Already!

Check out some great tutorials for basic techniques and combos at: www.youtube.com/ultimatetraining and get your DVDs at www.ultimatetrainingdvds.com


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Michael Hodge is the founder of Ultimate Training with a unique double-sided perspective of martial arts. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd degree black belt in sung moo kwan do. He is well-known for his weapons training and instruction, most notably with the Bo. He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo, and his father’s dojo in the last 9 years, and now currently works with his home study students from around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential.