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Fast, but touchy

White Wax Tapered Bo



Bought this with the red oak staight staff as an experiment. (Read my red oak review for more info). The taper was easier on my connective tissue and muscles to begin, but quickly fell out of favor compared to a straight staff. The taper is more difficult to control. The low inertial mass makes it more useful as a thrusting weapon. As another experiment, a straight waxwood staff was bought elsewhere, same six foot length. (I hope Karate Depot stocks straight waxwood sometime, Depot product quality is superior.) The straight waxwood handling compares favorably to the red oak straight, but the quality is not as good. For my purposes, the straight staff is the one.  
7/1/2010 5:38:33 PM
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Red Oak Bo Staff



Previous to this purchase I have never handled a bo staff. The red oak straight and the waxwood tapered were bought together in the six foot length (I'm 5'8"). I have no sensei. In this remote, low population area it's do it yourself or not at all. At this point I have no interest in a style or competition. I just want to handle a staff for: the enjoyment of the skill, development of coordination, muscle and connective tissue strengthening and (at the bottom) self-defense. This staff and a six foot straight waxwood (bought elsewhere) are my preferred tools. The heft and handling meet my needs better than the taper. The milling and balance of the red oak staff are superior. The weight provides more control, as does the straight profile. The taper is faster because of lower tip mass (wood-type factored out) but is touchy to handle because the diameter changes along the length. The higher mass and straight milling of the oak is more forgiving of hand placement. The additional inertial mass also keeps the bo moving with less frequent input. Of course it's harder to stop (change direction), but that's where finesse comes in. A goof in smooth movement is readily apparent. As a weapon, I would not like to see this heavy object coming at me. A taper is easier to divert. And yes, muscle development and connective tissue flexibility have increased. I use bo staff practice as part of warm-up before a run.  
7/1/2010 5:17:14 PM
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