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What handmade Martial Arts Weapons means to me. Story of my training.

I wanted to tell a little story of what I feel and what I think of when I make staffs today. When I was a young brown belt testing for black belt, during my black belt test, in which I was the only testing student that year, the Sensai sprung bo kobudo applications for a kata which I had purposely not been trained in these applications. I had to pick moves in the kata, and show what the moves were doing with a partner. I was of course exhausted out of my mind by this point. And the board wanted to see how I would do, doing something new. And my Sensai pointed to one of the black belts who...

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What staff size should I use?

What size bo staff is best for me? This is a very common question, and it is very easy to answer. We will give you this answer in more. However to really understand WHY there is a proper size we will need a few concepts about the way a staff moves from the human body. First off, just know I am a seasoned black belt, who has been making staffs for around 8 years now, and I have a degree in physics, and taught physics at all levels for 10 years. So that is who is anwering this question, and I doubt that many others would have the qualifications to answer it in the way I am about to. So...

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What is the best wood for Bo Staffs?

People often ask what the best wood for Bo Staffs is. But the 'best' can have many meanings depending on what you want to use your staff before. If you will be carrying your staff in the wilderness for hiking for instance, weight might be a detriment, but you still want strength.       If you are going to be using it for the most intense contact in karate, you want that weight, and you also want maneuverability.      If you want to look super cool like Little John from Robinhood, you want heavy and thick, ;)      So what IS the best wood for bo staffs? (Or jo staffs) The answer really to me, is only dependent...

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Bo Staff Blog: Why handmade hand crafted weapons are important

Are you tired of buying karate bo staffs and then having them break? When I first started trained in karate breaking bo staffs was a way of life. It was just an unavoidable truth of full contact bo staff use. However, in my years of making karate weapons, I have found this is not at all the reality.  The reality is that mass produced bo staffs, though cheap, are not made, or able to last.  I will explain the process that I 'have to' use to make quality (near indestructible) bo staff, and then one will have a greater understanding of why a good bo staff works the way it does. (Well) Every few months, me and my father travel...

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The ideal weapon for the ideal circumstance.

     Your choice of weapon depends very much on the circumstances in which you want to use it. Do you want it for self defense? Do you want it for dojo use? Do you want it to feel confident while on the trail? Do you want to keep it light, heavy, in your pack? Visible?       There are so many factors it is impossible to list them all. However lets go over a few.      Do you want to use it outside? If you want to use it outside in relatively open spaces a bo staff might be good for you. The room that you have to use two hands works with you, and you have both...

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