Straight Hardwood Bo Staff

Item No. 12431
This traditional straight bo is made tough to withstand repetitive practice sessions. Composed of durable hardwood with a 1.25 inch diameter. Weight starts at approximately 1 lb. 15 oz. Imported. Oversized shipping rates apply.
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This traditional straight bo is made tough to withstand repetitive practice sessions. Composed of durable hardwood with a 1.25 inch diameter. Weight starts at approximately 1 lb. 15 oz.

Imported. Oversized shipping rates apply.
Age Adult
Brand Century
Line Not Applicable
Weapon Material Wood
Hazardous material False
Reviews (7)
  • Good quality.
    This bo staff is very good. Non cheap quality, very stirdy and firm. Packaging is good, the bo staff came well protected. The bo staff isnt heavy, but it isnt light, Its a good weight. Its not heavy to the point where it messes with the movment of the bo staff. Its also not light though. Only complaint is that the ends of the staff had very very slight damage. But nothing too extreme. Very high quality, ill for sure buy again in the future if i need a replacement.
  • Traditional Bo for Okinawa Kobudo
    Great bo for Yamanni Ryu and Hokama Kobujutsu. Great weight and beautiful choice of hardwood. Great for practice and self-defense. Will not split, there when you need it.
  • Too thick
    To thick to spar with or practice combinations. But fine for training
  • very nice
    I am an under belt. I use this bow for practice and for tournaments in traditional weapons it is a nice heavy bo staff. you fee like you have some serous weight the red oak is a pretty wood with a nice grain. if you want a traditional bo this is it no sparkle or flash
  • Entry Level Low Quality
    Ok for practice but not for sparring or training. Extremely lightweight and split after intense bojutsu training session.
  • Great Quality
    Great quality. Built to last and spar with
  • A dangerous weapon, but not as intended
    The staff arrived and is beautiful, save for one end, which has sharp, metal staples sticking out of it. The staples appear to go in deep and it looks like someone else had a go at ripping them out before me, as they arrived sharp and bent, but impressed sideways into the staff end, as if to hide them. I've used pliers as best I can, but I can't remove them either. As it stands, I have a wooden staff with tiny, extremely sharp, jagged metal spikes on one end. I can't use this otherwise perfect item, as it has the safety of a barbed-wire wrapped baseball bat.


Are you one of the thousands of people in the US and throughout the world who trains in using the rokushakubo, or bo staff? It’s a popular weapon for karate practitioners, and for good reason. Training with a bo staff is great conditioning for the upper body, and there are an almost infinite number of bo techniques and tricks that beginning and skilled practitioners can learn.
Or maybe you don’t train with a bo staff but you want to learn. Stop thinking and go for it! There’s no better time to start learning a new martial art form than the present. Here are some tips to start your bo staff journey off right:

Choosing a Bo Staff
There are four big factors that you should consider when picking a bo staff. That sounds more daunting than it is – as you’ll see, they all tie in pretty closely to each other. They are: Length, Weight/Material, Appearance and your Intended Use.
Length: As sport karate competitor and Team Paul Mitchell member Jackson Rudolph explains in this video, the correct length for your bo staff depends on your height. As a general rule of thumb, when stood upright on the ground, your bo should be about the same height as you. For creative competitions, you may want it a little bit shorter.
Heavier bo staffs are great for traditional or strength training. These tend to be made of hardwood, like oak, and were originally designed for use in combat. Only use bo staffs like these with the supervision of your martial arts instructor. Then there are lightweight bo, made of materials like lotus white wood, bamboo, or even graphite.

Appearance: Most people who train with bo staffs use them in competitions. Therefore, in addition to the length, you might also want to consider the look of the staff. Many competition bo staffs have eye-catching designs that draw attention to the performance. The Jackson Rudolph Signature Bo Staff and Jackson Rudolph Professional Bo Staff are the some kind of staff Rudolph uses in competition. Always be sure to use a bo staff caseto securely carry your bo.

Use: Use is determined by a combination of the other factors. If you want a bo for sport competition, you will want a light, shorter bo that is easy to manipulate for tricks. For traditional competition and training a longer bo with heavier material is recommended.

For Sparring: One important use we haven’t covered yet is live sparring. If you are going to use your bo for partner training with full-speed movements and striking, you should not use a wood or graphite bo. Instead, use a padded bo like the ActionFlex or foam bo staff.

As we’ve said, there’s no time like the present to start learning! Now that you know the right bo, here are some tips and techniques to start working on.
Basic Striking
Basic Bo Release
Palm Spin
Instructors: These would be great tricks to teach in your weapons classes. If your students want to practice after-hours, they’ll be able to use these videos for reference. If you have tips and techniques you want to share, send them to
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