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Weapons > Staff > Tapered Hardwood Bo

Tapered Hardwood Bo by KD Elite

Tapered Hardwood Bo

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Product Description
    • Tapered style bo
    • 1-1/4 inch diameter tapered to 1 inch at ends
    • 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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    tapered and non-tapered

    whats the difference between the tapered and non-tapered bo staffs?  
    by: Jimmy   
    3/16/2010 2:52:43 AM
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    Hey Jimmy - tapered bos are generally considered better for spinning. The taper makes the ends light and places the center of gravity more dominantly in the middle. Non-tapered bos are considered better for application and bunkai (meaning they can take better beatings because they are thicker). Of course, that is also relevant to wood type. If you want something specific for competitions, taper might be the way to go. If you intend to pursue bunkai and kobudo kumite, go with non-taper.
    by: okiken108    
    3/18/2010 8:46:26 PM
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    In combat a tapered bo penetrate easier.
    by: reboot_y2k  
    10/4/2011 9:06:05 PM
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    The taper also affects the striking power and the balance. A tapered Bo will strike harder because the energy if your blows is concentrated into a smaller, pointier striking surface. There is a minor tradeoff, the balance and weight will be in the middle and the ends are thinner, so holding it from one side like a spear and using it from that grip will be slightly harder. Center grip will be the focus of it's use, like Darth Maul.
    by: Forewardgone54  
    5/23/2013 9:23:37 PM
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    Great Product and Service

    I had purchased this staff as a Christmas gift and was surprised by the quality of the product. I had a few questions and the customer service was quick, efficient and polite. I recommend over other sites I've used in the past.  
    by: C Lewis S   
    1/16/2016 12:59:29 PM
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    Great for Kobudo class

    Bought this for my son. It looks great. Perfect taper and well balanced. The oak wood is strong and I think this will last for a long time. My son takes traditional Okinawan karate and has to remember a lot of Bo katas. He practices with it at least 3 times a week. Very happy with this Bo.  
    by: SMac   
    4/6/2015 8:59:45 AM
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    is this bo a 1, 2, or3 piece ?  
    by: grasshopper   
    3/21/2015 10:51:18 AM
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    This bo comes as a single piece of hardwood.
    by: okiken108    
    3/23/2015 10:41:43 AM
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    Son Loves it

    Gave to my son for his 16th bday. He loves it. Says it has a perfect taper and is well balanced. Very well made and the wood is gorgeous. He will be recommending to fellow friends particpating in martial arts looking for a well made, well balanced Bo.  
    by: Wizemom   
    10/27/2014 3:36:02 PM
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    We're glad it worked out perfectly for him Wizemom!
    by: okiken108    
    10/29/2014 10:37:16 AM
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    Good product - Service Anomoly

    This is actually the second bo of this type I have ordered. My son uses the first which was ordered several years ago. It is nicely balanced and feels solid. I gave it a four this time around as it arrived broken in half. I contacted customer service and they were friendly as always, asked me to send a picture, and they would replace it. I did as was asked and was then told they had to work it out with the warehouse. It took a week and a few more e-mails for KD to have a new one shipped out (which came nicely packaged and whole). I do not mind having to send a picture, but when a customer pays for a product and it arrives broken in half, you have a new one shipped out immediately after verification. You work out whatver needs to happen with the warehouse separately and independently of getting the customer the product. Having said all that, a week delay in having something reshipped is not really bad service - just inconsistent with the normally quick ordering process from KD. Over the years, I have ordered multiple gi and obi, sai, bo, and other products from KD and will continue to do so.  
    by: Shawn   
    6/28/2014 7:27:52 AM
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    I want to do a woodburn design of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly on my bo. It will most likely not be used in anything but class and tests. Would you recommend tapered or non, and sealing it with what after I burn into it. Also I am 5'7" would you do 5 or 6 ft?
    by: jenksninja   
    2/13/2014 2:19:35 PM
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    I'm guessing a nontaper would be easier to work with for burning. If you're 5'7" you'll want to go with the 6 foot bo. You can cut it down to about 5'10" if you want a perfect size for your current height.
    by: okiken108    
    2/14/2014 12:26:32 PM
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    bow staff construction

    excellent product and the bow staff is very straight with no warpage in the wood, I am very well pleased with the construction and the value of it.  
    by: Phil   
    12/19/2013 10:59:57 AM
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    Heavy bo

    Im looking for heavy bo what is the heaviest you have and what its weight?

    thank you  
    by: yaniv   
    11/13/2013 9:44:28 PM
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    Hi Vaniv. I believe our heaviest bo is here: wp-bo-03. I don't have an exact weight for you at this time.
    by: okiken108    
    11/15/2013 11:32:51 AM
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    Could there be a better image or a closer one for this product?  
    by: Josh   
    10/15/2013 9:50:49 PM
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    What size should I get?

    I am 5 foot and do not know how long I should have the bo.  
    by: Chris_Su   
    10/13/2013 4:27:01 PM
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    Hi Chris. You'll probably want to go 5 foot with the bo unless you expect a growth spurt in the near future (I don't know your age :-). Generally speaking, it's good to have a bo that is 2-3 inches taller than you, but you might not feel like cutting down both sides of a taper bo to achieve that length.
    by: okiken108    
    10/14/2013 1:15:36 PM
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    is this a solid/heavy staff

    The last staff I got was real light, the outside cracked each time it got hit and broke tonite just doing staff attacks .. is this one a heavier/solid hardwood that will stand up to staff work in class?  
    by: JimK   
    4/1/2013 9:07:44 PM
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    This bo is one of our more solid designs. If you want something even a little more durable go with the non-taper version of this bo: wp-bo-03.
    by: okiken108    
    4/3/2013 2:36:40 PM
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    The staff was ordered on Mon, shipped on Tue and arrived on Fri.! It is what I hoped it would be, a solid wood bo staff. Other places are selling very light ones with some kind of cheap finish that cracks and dents on each impact.

    I intend to use for general staff work: forms and fighting routines, so I wanted the tapered for better balance for the forms.

    Our school has been looking for a place with good bo staffs, gave your URL to the Master.
    by: JimK  
    4/7/2013 10:25:50 AM
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    how much does this bo weigh  
    by: max   
    2/1/2013 11:13:18 AM
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    Exact weight may vary from piece to piece but I can tell you it is heftier than white wax, bamboo, and rattan.
    by: okiken108    
    2/1/2013 1:47:13 PM
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    is this solid wood? last one i had i found out it unfortunately wasn't, hence why i'm looking for another :(  
    by: hotaru213   
    12/17/2012 11:31:01 PM
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    Yes hotaru, most people find the quality and durability of this wood to be very good for their training.
    by: okiken108    
    12/19/2012 1:03:42 PM
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    Not Impressed

    I was disappointed by this staff. Not only is it very warped, it has quite a few chips and splinters on one side, along with a knot in the center. It will make a fine campfire poker.  
    by: Luke   
    9/29/2012 12:06:07 AM
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    Sorry you got a bad piece luke. If you want to reach out to us at csupport@karatedepot.com we could probably arrange a replacement.
    by: okiken108    
    10/1/2012 2:52:48 PM
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    Is it to big?

    I'm 11 years old about 4.10 inches and I'm pretty strong, would one of the 5ft Bo staffs be to heavy or to big? (:

    by: lhutch   
    8/30/2012 4:52:28 PM
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    I don't think so lhutch. You should be fine. If you want a bo that is a little lighter, go with this one: wp-bo-32.
    by: okiken108    
    8/31/2012 11:10:05 AM
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    Thank you, that helped alot.That is something I can look forward to getting.(:
    by: lhutch  
    9/2/2012 7:55:07 PM
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    Tapered Hardwood Bo

    Very nice Bo Staff, really like the way it feels when using it. The weight is just right for me, it is lighter that my practice staff; which, is a bonus. For the price, I do not think you can beat this bo.  
    by: Foster   
    8/5/2012 7:11:39 PM
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    Okinawan Bo

    The bo is pure oak and came in excellent condition. I showed it to my Sensei and he said that this was real Okinawan Bo. It is heavier so it feels very good. I am very hapy for my purchase.  
    by: Alfonso   
    7/22/2012 9:19:50 AM
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    Decisions, decisions...

    My 12-yr old daughter is just starting out on the Bo. After doing some research, I think I'm leaning to the tapered hardwood over the Rattan. Mostly due to the speed and weight. Question is, she's about 5'3"--I know a 6' is too big and may have to go with a 5' but ideally looking for a 5.5' hardwood tapered...am I on the right track of thinking. Do you offer any 5.5' tapered hardwood staffs?  
    by: Kurt   
    5/31/2012 12:10:39 PM
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    Hey Kurt. I do believe you are on the right track of thinking. A 5 foot bo would be the easy choice, but as you mentioned it would be a bit short. Your best option would be to purchase a 6 foot bo and cut down about 3 inches on either side. You don't want to cut entirely from one end as the taper will then be unbalanced.
    by: okiken108    
    6/1/2012 11:43:26 AM
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    nice balance and weight, just perfect to perform kata and practice serious competitive kumite and bunkai I already bought 2 and i will buy the straight version also...   
    by: mariocompean   
    5/26/2012 9:23:10 PM
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    We ordered it, arrived 2 days early, my son really liked it. He had a tournament 10 days later he came in 1st place with his new Bo in Kabudo. Needless to say it is his favorite item and wouldn't let anyone touch it after he won! Great product good wieght.  
    by: sang   
    2/9/2012 9:37:05 AM
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    Care and cleaning

    I just got the wp-bo-04 tapered hardwood bo today. What is safe to use to clean the bo? What if anything should I use to keep it in good shape without getting it too slick—furniture polish, wax?   
    by: Robert-V   
    2/3/2012 4:40:57 PM
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    Hey Robert. Here's an article that will help you become a pro at maintaining your weapons - http://www.ikkf.org/article1Q97.html.
    by: okiken108    
    2/6/2012 1:24:17 PM
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    is the staff 84 inches long ..i need one   
    by: Darktanyan   
    1/25/2012 10:42:38 PM
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    Sorry Darktanyan, we don't offer an 84 inch staff. Only up to 6' (72 inches).
    by: okiken108    
    1/26/2012 12:34:10 PM
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    can it support a man that is 250 pounds,
    theirs a form i'm learning and my teacher says in need to get a tougher bo staff were i can put most of my weight on. ( i have to stand on the pole like i'm a monkey hanging from a branch looking over the trees)  
    by: mikey2252   
    1/8/2012 4:58:07 AM
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    Hi Mikey. I can't say for certain whether or not any of our bo can support a 250lb man. That's not a traditional use for it and we don't specifically test for that.

    That being said, the bo on this page is quite durable. The only one moreso would probably be the nontapered version here - wp-bo-03.

    If you get our bo and it works for your form, please feel free to post a video or pic here so we can see it in action!
    by: okiken108    
    1/9/2012 11:03:39 AM
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    Quality Bo

    This is a really sturdy bo staff and is of very good quality. For my first bo staff, I feel that I picked a good one.   
    by: pmbuenav   
    12/29/2011 11:26:06 PM
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    A little heavy, but sturdy

    I bought 3 of these in different sizes for myself and my sons. They are very nice and well made. I personally find the 1.25" center a LITTLE too thick for speed and the hardwood is a little heavy, but they are sturdy and survive a beating when first learning and when moving to a thinner, lighter piece makes everything that much easier. I would recommend these for training or even bo-sparring, but for speed and accuracy, get a lighter, thinner carbon fiber or aluminum piece.  
    by: hatton   
    12/29/2011 8:05:28 AM
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    Value for money

    Love this - good value for money. I was nervous buying this online, but was pleasantly pleased with the quality and finish. I have been telling others about Karate Depot! Please keep up your dedication to quality and competitive pricing.  
    by: amsleo   
    12/20/2011 9:25:45 AM
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    Overall good bo

    I just got the bo (6ft) and it's a really good bo in my opinion. A bit on the heavier side though. Which is a good thing. In some of my demo's, I have a bo and it gets hit fairly hard. Also, it is a good bo if you want to build arm strength. I'm sure after a few weeks or months time, it will be MUCH easier to be able to do the spins and throws and whatnot. :D Love it.
    by: Angie   
    12/15/2011 9:51:22 PM
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    great bo

    This bo staff is excellent for working on speed. Mind it did snap in two after about 2 months of hard training, but for the price buy a couple and it's no problem whatsoever. Definitely love KD now.  
    by: BujinkanMan   
    9/28/2011 7:04:46 AM
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    nice product!

    The bo staff I received is very nice, quality good for that price and shipping was reasonable and prompt.
    I will check KDepot website if I need other stuff. Thanks!  
    by: kimo   
    8/19/2011 7:04:25 AM
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    Great Staff But...

    I loved this Bo to death. Until I was doing my regular routine and spun the staff to close to my head. It split into three pieces from the impact. It was a Christmas gift from my sensei. Ever since I have been using a five foot metal pipe to make sure that I don't do it again. Believe me you learn not to hit yourself with metal.  
    by: Kano   
    7/17/2011 2:20:41 AM
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    Demo team

    I just joined the demo team and I need a bo staff. I want a tapered hardwood one and I thought this would be a good one. Would this be good enough to get hit hard a lot? Since I have some demos that I need to block or even to do a weapon kata I'd probably use this. Thanks, Angie.  
    by: Angie   
    7/15/2011 4:08:09 PM
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    Yes this would be a fine choice for those needs angie.
    by: okiken108    
    7/18/2011 11:40:58 AM
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    Polish vs Plain

    Is this staff varnished? For me, ones that are always seem to end up getting slick after a bit of practice with them.  
    by: Rob   
    6/28/2011 10:54:54 PM
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    This bo only contains a light finish, so I think you'll be ok. I also prefer a more natural finish and I didn't mind using this bo.
    by: okiken108    
    6/29/2011 12:52:05 PM
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    Which bo is right for me?

    I am around 5 foot 4 and all I see is a 5ft bo staff. I was wondering, should I just get the 5ft one, or wait for the 6ft one to come in?   
    by: Angie   
    6/28/2011 9:54:09 PM
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    Hi Angie. Ideally you would want a 6 foot bo cut down to about 5' 7". I'm not sure when the fresh stock will be coming in though. If you like white wax, you can get one now: wp-bo-32.

    Remember, if you try to cut down a tapered bo you want to do it evenly on both sides.
    by: okiken108    
    6/29/2011 12:55:08 PM
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    Hi -
    My son needs a Bo for class - he is 6.5 and 3rd year of Karate - i know I need a 5ft but worried about the weight - will this be too heavy for him?

    Thank you!  
    by: MAMOM   
    6/27/2011 7:28:11 PM
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    Since this bo is tapered I don't think it would be too heavy for him. A bo that is a little lighter but still high quality is this one: wp-bo-32.
    by: okiken108    
    6/29/2011 12:58:46 PM
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    NIce feel, good for both kata and bunkai

    A great basic bo, with a great price to match!  
    by: Sgt   
    6/19/2011 2:19:25 PM
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    I am 13 and my sensei said I need a bo that is 6 feet tall and has a 1 inch diameter. Which bo should I get?  
    by: natbar02@aol.com   
    4/30/2011 10:25:03 PM
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    Hi Natbar. You'll first have to ask your instructor if the bo should have a taper, which means it gets thinner toward the edges.

    If he says "yes" on taper, consider these bo's: wp-bo-08, wp-bo-31wp-bo-31

    If he says "no" on taper, then you won't be able to get 1" diameter all the way through. You'll have to go 1 1/8 (which is quite close) like this bo: wp-bo-19.
    by: okiken108    
    5/2/2011 11:57:08 AM
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    I would like to find a good teaching dvd on learning the bo.

    Can any one help me?  
    by: Bill   
    3/30/2011 4:38:58 AM
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    by: okiken108    
    3/31/2011 1:30:17 PM
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    hi im about 4'10 i was wondering what size would be best for me  
    by: sugarglider1234   
    3/11/2011 5:36:56 PM
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    I think the 5 foot bo would be just right.
    by: okiken108    
    3/14/2011 12:08:13 PM
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    Depending on your age you will most likely grow so 5 ft is good but a 6 ft with a diameter of 1 inch is good.
    by: natbar02@aol.com  
    4/30/2011 10:31:21 PM
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    hi im going to buy this bo but i wanted to know what size i should get. im 5'10  
    by: Michael   
    2/26/2011 11:03:40 PM
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    6 foot would be perfect for you. I'm 5'10" and that's what I always use.
    by: okiken108    
    3/1/2011 11:32:22 AM
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    Great staff!

    The weight and size of this staff is just right for me (6' 200lb). The shipping was quick and didn't present any problems. I thought that since it was 6' long it might take a while, but it didn't. For the price I don't see how you could do any better.  
    by: Dyceus   
    2/10/2011 9:54:48 PM
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    What is the weight?

    How much does the 6' bo weigh? And what color is it?

    We're trying to match a bo we already have, but not sure where it came from. Tried the competition toothpick bo from here, and dimensions match but it's too light.  
    by: Karate mom   
    2/4/2011 7:43:27 PM
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    Hey karate mom - it can be a real challenge matching bos, especially due to the lively nature of wood.

    This bo possesses a taper and will be heftier than the competition toothpick bo. It will possess a red tint.
    by: okiken108    
    2/7/2011 11:27:31 AM
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    If i was to hit a tree with this bo would it break?  
    by: coltmk4   
    1/6/2011 10:56:42 PM
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    You'd be fine for awhile - these are durable. But it would break eventually.

    Also keep in mind if you strike a rough surface the bo will eventually chip and splinter. Have some sandpaper handy.
    by: okiken108    
    1/7/2011 11:29:40 AM
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    what type of martial arts is this used for??????  
    by: coltmk4   
    1/4/2011 9:43:26 PM
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    A wide variety colt! Most notably kobudo from Okinawa, but also some Chinese arts such as wushu.
    by: okiken108    
    1/6/2011 12:31:39 PM
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    Just opent my Bo and i got to say its great. tapering is awesome.   
    by: coltmk4   
    1/4/2011 3:42:07 PM
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    If i needed to protect myself with this will it dish out a good amount of pain?  
    by: coltmk4   
    1/1/2011 12:04:28 AM
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    Yes Colt, this bo is solid and can deliver good impact. I do recommend however a non-tapered bo for maximum impact: wp-bo-03. Remember to use caution with these implements as it isn't only pain you might dish out.
    by: okiken108    
    1/3/2011 2:31:06 PM
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    is this a good sparring BO?  
    by: coltmk4   
    12/29/2010 3:00:45 PM
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    Yes this bo can tolerate sparring, however I generally recommend non-taper for a little extra reliability against impact: wp-bo-03.
    by: okiken108    
    12/30/2010 4:14:16 PM
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    I just got my Tapered Hardwood Bo... it came 7days before the estimated shipping date!! it looked like the tapering was a bit thicker on one side than the other, but it worked fine for a beginner bo user like me. with this wonderful staff i've already got the spinning in front and behind down. i look forward to shopping here again!  
    by: MyPurpose   
    12/13/2010 6:54:03 PM
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    Does this bo, along with all of your others, have perfect balance? ( i could put my fingers at the midpoint and it would not tip in either direction)  
    by: MyPurpose   
    12/10/2010 9:01:37 PM
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    Due to the organic nature of wood every body has a little bit of it's own personality. That being said, each bo is also created to have it's balance point as close to perfectly center as possible.
    by: okiken108    
    12/13/2010 12:00:01 PM
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    does this bo break easily or would it break in sparing
    by: martialartsman  
    12/29/2010 12:48:12 PM
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    easy cheap bo

    i would like 2 know wats the difference between buying a proper bo than buying a broom handle for $5 from bunnings and polishing it  
    by: selfteacher   
    5/22/2010 7:05:15 AM
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    Valid question self teacher. A broom handle could certainly be used like a bo in a pinch. But there are a few things that separate the two when it comes to real practice.

    First, a broom handle generally has one rounded edge on the top and one edge that is either grooved or spiraled to accommodate a broom head. The difference in sides can be distracting and annoying during practice. Second, some bo's (like the one featured on this page) have tapered edges which create a center of gravity in the bo toward the middle. This can be valuable for spinning techniques. Third, the wood in broom handles is not as carefully tested as that in bo's because broom handles are not being considered for extensive use and abuse.

    by: okiken108    
    5/27/2010 2:42:28 PM
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    Very good. Completely pleased. I removed the finishe with 80 then 120 then 200 grit sandpaper and trested it with lemon oil. Super!!! No knots or blemishes and very dense wood.   
    by: Wayne   
    4/24/2010 12:35:58 PM
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    Fantastic bo! When you dream at night of what a bo should be this is what you think of.

    Straight without any knots or residue. Just the right weight for me, the non-tapered bo is a tad to heavy.

    If I ever need another one I'll get this!  
    by: thegerm78   
    3/20/2010 12:05:09 PM
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    Loooooove this staff

    I wanted a nice 6-foot Staff, so I ordered this...But I accidentally ordered a 5-Foot...But I got the staff about a week after I ordered it, and the second I picked it up, I fell in love...Sure, it's heavy - But that makes it perfect for practice. I hear a lot of people complaining about its weight, and here's the deal: Pay attention - There are regular Bo for sale, and then there are COMPETITION Bo. If you're going to spend money on something, pay attention to what it is.
    Back to the staff! The tapering on mine was perfectly even and perfectly balanced - It was straight and solid, and again, I prefer the weight of this one to others because it helps you build strength (Just use a lighter one for Competitions and Shows)  
    by: Meadras   
    3/15/2010 6:10:25 PM
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    an amazing staff i totally love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
    by: vampiremarch   
    3/1/2010 9:48:48 AM
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    I have mixed feelings regarding my double tapered 5 bo, mostly good. First the positive:
    Karate Depot ships bos in heavy-duty tubes that give good protection. I like this. Ive received bos from other companies that use only paper wrapping. Also the shipping cost is most reasonable and I receive products in a timely manner. All are good selling points. And then Karate Depot has enough interest to inquire about my opinion of the product.

    As for the bo, it is what I had hoped my other two oak bos would be in these respects: It feels good and lively in my hands. The overall weight is perfect for me. A subjective statement if there ever was one. It is heavy enough to be effective, and yet light enough to change directions of a strike quickly. The other two oak bos feel like dead weight. And in respect to the 6 straight bo you sent and I trimmed to eyebrow length, much dead weight. That sucker is heavy and in my personal opinion too heavy for combat, although the extra weight does have other advantages. The 1 diameter of the tapered bo fills my hands nicely and the stick feels solid and gives confidence. I started with the Shaolin school, but like the Kobudo school better as they go in more for thrusts. I have a tree that I practice penetration on and have found the following to be true: with the rattan 1 bo I get 1-1 ¼ penetration (and much flex), with your 1 ¼ straight oak bo only 3/8, if that much (but it really rocks the tree), with a 1 straight white oak bo 1 3/8. And with the double taper a whopping 2 ¼ penetration. This is probably due in part to the taper, giving a better grip.

    I am interested in the bo for defense as opposed to sport. Robbers and dogs sometimes make sport of me and I carry a cane as my principle weapon. This could be a wooden Cane Master (my favorite) or a sword cane. Ive used both on dogs and men, so you could say that Im a veteran when it comes to street use. I have found that a thrust is faster and more difficult to counter than a swinging strike. Hence the interest in Kodubo school.

    I find a 5 stick easier to manage in the streets than a longer one even though eyebrow length is my preferred length when space is not a consideration as it usually is, and in taxis that length is beginning to get unhandy. 6 is difficult even on a bus. I live in Centro America and the envelope people use here is smaller than in the States. In a spacious gym a 6 job would be great. Im 59 tall.

    On the negative side Im disappointed in the quality. The 6 bo you sent had a slight waver that I called a wrap. I think now that I overstated it and should have called it a waver. It also has a couple of small knotholes, one of which appeared to have been filled. The tapered bo has a much more pronounced waver (it appears, like the first bo, to have a warp and then the warp reverses itself). It too has a small knothole that appears to have been filled. The knotholes in both bos are small and I dont think will cause a problem. However, the tapered bo has a fill almost at one tip the measures 18mm x 32mm. This causes me concern. The Shaolin school teaches ground strikes and with age I am afraid the patch may fall out. I sanded it smooth and whoever did a good job at colour matching, making it hard to detect. So appearance wise there is no problem. I did sand the entire bo finishing with 1200 paper and oil giving it a better feel.

    Maybe the problem is that Im comparing your $20 bos with my $100-$200 canes and am not being reasonable in the quality that I expect. Perhaps Id be happier with your ash combat bo at $35. I know oak, white and red, Chinese and American. I know nothing of ash other than its a wood often used in hiking staffs.

    Even considering the negatives I have no regrets in ordering the tapered bo although I do wish that it was straighter and without that large patch. I probably wont order the ash bo because by the time I receive it Ill have at least $75 tied up in the bo, and at present I have three serviceable oak bos. And while I think the bo is superior to the cane as a weapon I will continue to make a cane my primary weapon as it has many advantages that I wont go into over the bo. I do like bos and will continue to train with them with an occasional carry.  
    by: pgandy   
    10/5/2008 11:23:54 PM
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    Well sadly I got the sticker put on the Bo, but it only took about 20 minutes to get all of it off and the residue. I took the Bo outside and did about 20 minutes of full force contact sparring and it had no marks on it. Its got nice weight my scale showed it at just under 2 pounds. It has great balance in the middle and makes for easy palm spins. Will leave more feedback saying how long it lasts when it breaks which hopefully wont be for months.   
    by: marine09666   
    9/22/2008 10:01:18 PM
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    The shipping time for this product was amazing!
    It arrived a full 6 days prior than the expected ship date.  
    by: sublime   
    2/14/2008 6:42:00 PM
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    This is my first jhang bong staff (ATA) and I would say that it is very nice. It is a little heavier than the average staff, but that is helpful in building strength and improving the quality of motion for the techniques. I have been told that for actual combat or for forms compition a lighter staff would be better. The quality of the wood is very nice, and of course has a few small flaws that come with it but that is like anything made from real wood. The flaws though are not anything that causes a problem use wise or looks wise. I am the only one who knows those flaws are there only because I gave the staff a thorough inspection upon arrival. The stickers were on the outer packaging and not on the wood so that made me happy too. I would recommend this staff to anyone interested in it.  
    by: sublime   
    2/14/2008 6:39:29 PM
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    The staff is of supreme design and manufacture. And it arrived an astonishing FOUR days before the scheduled delivery date.  
    by: ra457   
    1/11/2008 5:46:20 PM
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    I didn't think this bo staff would be this heavy. It's good for strengthening your arms, but im a little nervous about bringing this 6ft staff to class in fear of losing control because of its size and weight. I don't recommend using this staff for tang soo do staff forms.  
    by: kingr   
    10/12/2007 3:17:28 PM
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    I have been training since 1973 and teaching since 1977. I am truly please with the quality of this product and with Karate Depot in particular. Karate Depot leaves the rest behind and is second to none. My students and I thank you for such detail to us, your customers.  
    by: rlilricky   
    7/6/2007 11:38:26 AM
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    I was extremely happy with the Bo's. The quality and finish was very nice. They are nicely balanced and light weight. I would recommend them to anyone.  
    by: karatefam   
    3/30/2007 6:47:17 PM
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    Even with the pock marks in the finish. Nice weight, price...well balance.  
    by: seasidejimmy   
    3/10/2007 8:19:20 AM
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    I just received my BO from Karate Depot and I am very impressed with it. It has substantial weight and is very sturdy. I can't wait to take it to my dojo. My only concern is it might have been better to have bought the 5' version instead of the 6', I am 5'9  
    by: rupena   
    11/29/2006 4:17:24 AM
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    well balanced just right for my person

    It's really rigid. I will be getting the 4' and the 5' soon. This is the true weapon to learn and cherish. I will tell you from experience, stay and use this item only and you can become really talented with this simple but powerful weapon.  
    by: penn   
    9/21/2006 7:54:39 PM
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    A no-nonsense bo. Mine is beautiful...I almost hate to ever use it. The sticker was on the outside of the protective plastic on mine, so there was no glue residue. I cannot imagine anyone thinking this is too heavy. I'm very happy.  
    by: MoralDK   
    8/28/2006 1:17:00 PM
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    I have owned this bo for almost 6 months. It has served me well until tonight, when at a demonstration in front of allot of people it broke about 8 inches from the end with no external contact. I sanded all of the finish off of this weapon, and then soaked it , totally submerged in oil for 2 weeks to hydrate the bo throughout. However it still broke. Very disappointing.  
    by: andyreber   
    6/13/2006 11:02:30 PM
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    Competition Bo

    Anyone who believes this class of stick is too heavy for competition needs to practice a lot.

    When I judge tournaments and see grown men using toothpick sticks, I drop them at least a full point. I hate to see pretty sticks presented as real weapons and am unimpressed when I see a 6' , 200+ man whipping around a stick that would break the first time it hit anything. Most of the sticks would break during my staff forms.  
    by: Pugilist   
    5/25/2006 3:04:49 PM
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    Great Bo Staff

    I love this bo for practice and sparring. Its a very sturdy, practical bo staff. Although its too heavy for competition, I use it to build speed and power.   
    by: anonymous
    1/23/2006 12:00:37 PM
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    awesome product

    This is the first rod I have bought here and by comparison to the others I have, is the best one of them. It does not splinter, crack when hit, and best of all it still looks good after some use.  
    by: pent   
    1/15/2006 1:13:55 PM
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    Bo Staff

    This staff rocks. After 1/2 a year of having it, it still is in great working order. The only things bad about it is it is on the heavy side and if you do contact weapon sparring it may splinter like mine. It is very hard wood and I would recomend shining it and occasionally restaining it to keep it looking great.   
    by: geekie404   
    10/20/2005 5:20:57 PM
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    Tapered Bo

    Good solid bo. Tapered to take away some excess weight. Great for kata, and holds up when banged against other weapons such as bos, jos, boken.  
    by: anonymous
    10/3/2005 8:09:12 AM
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    Awesome practice weapon...

    This Bo arrived in perfect condition. Only thing I did not like was the warning/caution sticker that was glued to the Bo directly and not the plastic covering protecting the Bo. With some Adhesive remover, I was able to clean the sticker's residue off. The Bo is in between being heavy and being light. It will build arm strength as you use it but not as much as the straight hardwood Bo will. Speed exercises can easily be achieved. Will buy another one when the time comes.  
    by: cougar   
    9/26/2005 12:43:47 PM
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    Very nice bo, smooth finish.

    This bo is at least 30 or 40% lighter than the striaght hardwood bo of the same price, making it faster. This might be better for performance (speed) and the straight one for training (strength). This only lost a star because the one I recieved had a few tiny scratches on the ends. No big deal, it'll be getting plenty more from use anyway.   
    by: dspmusik   
    7/23/2005 10:32:15 PM
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    I was totally disappointed when we open up the package to find a fat heavy in weight bo. My son is seven and was in need of a bo that was 5ft because even though my son is 7, he's tall and the child bo was too short for him. I thought about sending it back, but didn't want to deal with the hassle. That's what I get for trying to be so CHEAP! I must say that the price was right and was delivered in a reasonable amount of time.  
    by: mechab1   
    3/11/2010 4:39:18 PM
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