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Jo Staff by KD Elite

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Product Description
    • Straight styled Jo
    • Hardwood
    • 50" long, 1-1/4" diameter
    • Red oak
    • Please Note: All of our weapons are intended for light practice and form training only. They are not made for live combat or repeated impact against hard surfaces.

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    Training Jo Staff

    The Jo Staff is good for individual training.It shipped on time and arrived with no damage.If you just want to train as an individual then this is the staff I suggest.Well worth the money spent.  
    by: ooeddiet   
    2/5/2017 1:43:08 PM
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    It is a beefy staff and priced right. However, I can only speak for the one I received in that is it was splintered all up and down the staff. I had to sand out all the rough patches which would have put splinters in my hand. You get what you pay for. It will work fine for what I need it for but won't win a beauty contest with the bald spots on it where I sanded out he wood splits.  
    by: davud   
    4/28/2016 11:16:07 PM
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    Highly Disappointed

    I received my order today and the Jo was literally broken in two pieces. I refused to accept the package and have contacted Karate Depot, I am currently awaiting response to see how this will be handled, but until that time this review will remain at 1 star. Because BROKEN IN TWO PIECES.  
    by: Jaymulls   
    10/5/2015 8:16:11 PM
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    Hi Jaymulls. I'm sorry to hear about this incident! Unfortunately it sounds like the jo was damaged during shipping. Our customer service should get you straightened away with a replacement promptly.
    by: okiken108    
    10/8/2015 12:14:05 PM
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    Excellent Staff

    Exactly what I was expecting! This Jo has a great width and heft to it that make it a powerful staff. I wouldn't recommend it for children to learn with, as its size can be very difficult for them to wield properly.  
    by: PJ   
    3/16/2015 11:38:05 AM
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    whats the difference between this and a bo staff
    by: Batman   
    8/28/2012 8:11:26 PM
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    The primary difference is the length. A jo is about 4 feet long, while a bo is (generally) 5 or 6 foot.
    by: okiken108    
    8/29/2012 10:19:57 PM
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    Wavey and Heavy

    I was disappointed with the jo, right out of the box. The plastic wrapped jo is warped, with a little double wave shaped "~". The deviation is only 1/4 inch by the end of the jo, so it is useable. It doesn't roll properly on the flat level floor. My sensei looked at it and said it is too heavy and thick for his class, however it is suitable for practice, even with the little double bend. He added,after a workout with this heavy jo, the class jo will fly by comparison.
    The weight, complained about by other reviewers, is really excessive. At 2 lbs 11 oz, and 1 1/4 inch diameter, it is difficult to move it quickly and more diffult to stop it's motion. I would hate to have someone get bonked because I didn't judge the stop correctly, and believe me, this jo is solid and would do some damage. At this weight it is not really suitable for sparring. The jo also has a staple embedded in one end, and I don't know why. Customer service was excellent. He was courteous, and offered to let me send it back for a replacement. But, I will keep it and find another one for class, as UPS wants $17 to ship it back. For a $20 jo, that doesn't make cents (sense).   
    by: aikidoka   
    2/2/2012 1:40:28 PM
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    JO Mama

    Interesting responses here. Almost like the story of Goldlilocks and the three bears. This Jo is too thick, this Jo is too thin, too heavy, too light......aaahhh, just right. Yes, this Jo staff is thick and heavy, and after I work out with it, my lighter and longer Bo staff just flies in my hands. This heavier, thicker Jo staff helps to loosen up my wrists after I've done arm and wrist weight training. One man's trash is another man's treasure. Heck, my mom's a little thick and heavy, but I still love her. So my review here is...just don't mess with JO mama.  
    by: lickerpoet   
    1/21/2012 9:32:38 AM
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    Longer staff?

    I am learning Tai Chi and a mixture of several different arts. We work with many different implements, escrima sticks, short sticks, knives, and some are using bo staffs. I am looking for a 6.5 to 7 foot Bo Staff and possibly a longer staff (maybe up to 12 ft.). Do you have anything longer than the 6 foot staffs?   
    by: Bugs   
    9/9/2011 5:05:05 AM
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    Hmm, I don't think we do Bugs. We used to have a 7ft but haven't had that in stock for awhile due to lack of customer need.

    You may have to go outside traditional martial arts retailers for the 12ft.
    by: okiken108    
    9/9/2011 12:47:04 PM
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    Jo Staff

    Well built but thicker and heavier than traditional Jo. Suitable for strength practice outside the dojo, but not for class work.   
    by: HiFlight   
    9/6/2011 9:23:20 AM
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    This is not a Jo

    I've had this for over two years now. I initially got it cause I wanted something fairly affordable (cheap) as I had just started some more advanced weapons training and had seen some JOs selling at four to five times the price. Well, years later, I understand a bit better now.

    I would say this item is more to a Jo what a Suburi is to a Bokken. If for some odd reason you're looking for a good strength training item then this might be what you're looking for but I certainly cannot/would not recommend this to beginners as it will throw off your posture and may cause injury to yourself.

    As earlier stated, this is not a Jo. It is - as my Sensei most disapprovingly put it - "a big chunk of wood". At 1-1/4" in diameter, this is way too thick and heavy but the length is fairly the norm. You should be looking for something round the 1" mark or even slightly less... in my meek, humble opinion.

    It is a nice, smooth chunk of wood, but a chunk of wood none-the-less.  
    by: Aikido-Jodo-Kenjutsu   
    7/4/2011 2:37:22 PM
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    This is the best jo for the money

    Traditional schools of Jodo have a fixed measure for their jo. If that is what you are expecting, you are not going to want this jo. Some Aikido schools also call for a fixed measure of jo also. If you use a jo at all, and have the liberty to use any jo you pick, get this jo.

    I have been training in Aikido since 1993, and jo has always been heavily integrated into our practice. I have bought and used cheaper jo and more expensive jo. This jo is more than worth the money. Anyone that bemoans that it is too big or heavy, to them I would say: It's martial arts. If you like a lighter jo, get this jo and consider it your "hard" training then.

    I tend to lean toward Musashi's way of thinking when it comes to weapons. I don't necessarily prefer one weapon or the other, longer or shorter, etc. It's good to train with all sorts and shapes of weapons. Besides, the stick is supposed to represent a flexible system of combat based on what happens to be handy. Concerning the size of the jo, I actually prefer the heft of it. It tends to "keep you in line" from the start, the same way a suburito does. I have had absolutely no issues using this for solo and partner practice, and my students really love this thing. It feels like a WEAPON. When you pick this thing up, you feel like it's time to do some martial arts. I posted a video review along with some details of jo practice here on my site: http://www.toraha.com/news/2011/5/11/aiki-budo-tora-ha-aiki-jo-video-part-two.html This jo is great. I can't say enough good things about it. It's so far my favorite product from Karate Depot.

    by: Autrelle Holland   
    5/11/2011 8:27:50 AM
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    Home defense

    A jo staff seems like a good idea for enclosed spaces versus a bo staff. Lesser staffs would quake before this one! Quite solid! If someone breaks into my home, I can really knock'em flat with this thing! :D  
    by: daoofphoenix   
    4/26/2011 11:30:13 PM
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    Way too thick

    This is not a proper Jo. Whoever made or designed this has no idea what a Jo is supposed to look like. This is much thicker than it should be and heavier. On the positive side, it is made of nice wood and it is smooth. I can use it to practice with but I cannot recommend it. Do not buy this if you are looking for a real Jo. I hope that they will read these comments and go take a look at some real Jo's so that they can correct it and make it the way it is supposed to be. My instructor and others in my class think I went and chopped down a California Redwood and laugh at this Jo. Still, I can and do use it since it is more hassle than it is worth to return it and since it seems that most Marshall Arts Supply Stores online do not carry Jo's.  
    by: steve   
    1/28/2011 11:33:09 PM
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    Odd Diameter

    The stated diameter is true to the actual product. However, in practice, it feel very wide. When I brought it in to my dojo for practice, it was considerably wider than any jo staffs my fellow dojo-mates had. I found it rather hefty and awkward.  
    by: lt   
    1/10/2011 9:12:34 AM
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    what form of martial arts uses a jo   
    by: paul   
    6/16/2010 9:43:12 PM
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    Hi Paul. Jo is a predominantly Japanese weapon. It is often associated with classical sword styles such as Shinto Muso Ryu. The jo was originally developed as a response to seemingly indomitable sword arts, which is why it is always a shade longer than the standard katana.

    The Okinawans were also known to use a short bo called a hanbo, which is similar to a jo.
    by: okiken108    
    6/17/2010 2:15:58 PM
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    by: precious19960  
    7/11/2010 3:32:33 AM
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    I hesitated to get this jo but after recieving it I'm glad I did. It has a solid weight for sprited practice and a nice color. It feels good in your hands when practicing techniques. I showed it to my son, now he and his daughter wants one for Aikido jo staff practice.  
    by: vjack747   
    10/14/2008 2:10:17 AM
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    I was not going to buy this at first but my brother said if it breaks buy another one so I got one and we practiced very heavily with our weapons and this has held up to some abuse I would recommend this for either some who is looking for a good practice weapon or a professional who is looking for a durable demo weapon.  
    by: jakejekyll   
    7/11/2007 12:35:24 AM
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    Fair warning: this jo staff is heavy! The red oak is much more beautiful than I had anticipated. I would not hesitate to recommend this item!  
    by: rcs   
    5/11/2007 1:03:43 PM
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    Really Good

    A good jo staff, I got it in a couple of weeks. It was a bit heavier than I thought it would be, but still really good. Nice solid jo staff.  
    by: kenshi07   
    8/31/2006 11:23:33 AM
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    best staff money can buy

    Very fine finish. Very good for practice.  
    by: shenken   
    7/10/2006 8:54:23 PM
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    beauty and the beast

    This jo is made of fine hard wood ...the finish is very nice.....that's the beauty part....the beast part is that it is heavy and perfect for true jo practice......great product!  
    by: aikidotiger   
    6/6/2006 2:45:23 PM
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    classic jo staff

    This is the real deal! A classical jo staff.  
    by: kgaskin   
    2/2/2006 9:30:21 AM
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    Jo Staff

    The product is exactly what it should be. The diameter is as represented, the staff is with out warpage or bowing. All in all an excellent working staff.  
    by: cletegresham   
    8/28/2005 6:08:04 PM
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    jo staff, bokken, judo gi

    I'm totally satisfied with my jo, bokken, and judo gi. Great price.

    The jo is a little heavy, but I like that.   
    by: jjasonsmith   
    8/22/2005 8:03:46 PM
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    Solid Jo Staff

    Very solid and heavy Jo. If your looking for a Jo to bang around against other weapons, or a Bokken, this is the one. If your looking for speed to use in kata or show, you would be better off going with a lighter, tapered Jo.  
    by: anonymous
    7/17/2005 6:38:02 PM
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    It's a good tool, but too light.   
    by: anonymous
    11/29/2004 8:44:53 PM
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    heavy, and mine came with a crack

    just received today. It's definitely thicker and MUCH heavier than I am used to in the dojo, but I knew that when I was ordering - thought it would be good for practicing at home and building up my strength. it was even heavier than i thought it would be though, that extra thickness really does make a big difference.

    I could live with it being thick and heavy though.

    The clincher for me was, when I got the cellophane off and was able to run my hand down it I noticed a big knot in the middle that has a crack about 3" going through it. the wood isn't completely split or anything, but it is a definite crack, and a distraction when handling the jo. if it weren't for the crack it would be a very beautiful piece. if it were a bit thinner, it would be perfect. if it weren't so costly to return, I probably would. I'll probably just end up keeping this and dealing with it though.
    by: brown eyes   
    1/10/2013 10:53:49 PM
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    Hi Lumina. I'm sorry you received a piece with a crack in it! I believe we can probably help with getting a replacement jo, no return necessary. If you would be willing to take a picture of the crack and email us at csupport@karatedepot.com I think we could help.
    by: okiken108    
    1/11/2013 1:50:12 PM
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    Too heavy for a Jo. I like it, but it's not what I really wanted

    This thing weights 2+ pounds and can kill a horse without half trying. Makes it great strength training if you practice by yourself or for some slo-mo sparring. As a Jo for Jo practice however, it's so heavy that it's slow to change directions - it's easily twice the weight of my teachers' Jo ...  
    by: anonymous
    4/22/2005 10:04:38 AM
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