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How to Size and Select a Bo

Get help selecting the perfect bo for you!

I'm 5'2", what size bo should I get? I currently have a 5' bo but I'm taller than it is. Thanks for responding.  
by: CC   
5/20/2013 2:01:24 AM
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Hi CC. I would recommend getting a 6 foot straight hardwood bo. Then you can cut it down to about 5'5". It's tougher to do that with a tapered bo since you have to cut down equally on both sides to maintain balance.
by: okiken108    
5/20/2013 1:04:16 PM
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Do you think you could make a maunal or something? It would help alot of people. and me.  
by: snake2001   
8/21/2012 10:33:35 AM
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What kind of stuff would you like to see in that kind of manual snake?
by: okiken108    
8/22/2012 11:19:45 AM
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size of bo

Hi, i used to take karate a few years ago and want to start back with practicing my skills on my own what size Bo should i get im 6'1". I also plan to go with the tapered for thats what i used when i took the classes which wood be the best durable but not too heavy of a bow and should i go to a straight Bo now that i hit alot harder about three times as strong as i was then because of taking lots of weight training classes in high school.   
by: Jon   
7/7/2012 7:53:34 PM
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Hi Jon. You'll want to go with the 6 foot bo. I should suit your needs just fine. As for wood, the tapered hardwood should get you where you're going - wp-bo-04.

As for taper vs nontaper - that should matter too much. Remember, this weapon might break if you treat it like a baseball bat, regardless of taper.
by: okiken108    
7/9/2012 11:40:35 AM
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What if I'm 5'4 do I go for the 6 foot or 5 foot? Please Reply Quick. Thanks!!  
by: Josh   
6/11/2011 11:27:32 PM
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Hey Josh. I would select a 6' nontapered bo and cut it down to 5'6" in length.

Hope this helped in time!
by: okiken108    
6/14/2011 10:54:49 AM
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what if you are 10 years old wich is better  
by: kristian crazyman   
3/29/2011 5:40:27 PM
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Hi Kristian. I'm going to assume you are just starting out with the bo (let me know if I'm wrong). A bo that is a good balance between easy-to-use and durable would be this one: wp-bo-31.
by: okiken108    
3/31/2011 12:18:13 PM
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Bo selection

He is incorrect and gives me the impression that he doesn't study at a traditional Okinawan weapons school, where the use of the bo originated. Therefore, he doesn't know the needs of another practitioner. Buy your stuff here but try the link below:


The man in the youtube video is much more knowledgeable  
by: Joel   
2/6/2011 12:44:15 PM
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Hey Joel! Nishiuichi is fantastic - I think everyone who stumbles onto my video here should also watch the video you suggest.

I doubt I'll ever be at Nishiuchi Sensei's level, although I'll continue to try and improve.

Your impression of my background however is not correct. If needed, you can read more about me here - http://www.karatedepot.com/author-1-Matthew-Apsokardu.html.
by: okiken108    
2/7/2011 11:05:10 AM
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Hey so I'm 5'8" so what size will i need?
by: jones.Marcus65  
11/21/2011 9:10:07 AM
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You'll probably need to go with a 6 foot bo Marcus, and perhaps cut it down an inch or two.
by: okiken108    
8/22/2012 11:18:47 AM
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