Bo, Jo & Other Staffs

The Bo staff, of Okinawan kobudo 沖縄古武道, ranges in length from 60" to 72" - the standard however is the "rokushaku" bo at 71".


Of the medium length staffs associated with the Samurai arts, the Jo is probably the most notable owing to its legendary status as the sole equal to the Samurai sword (katana or "shinken)." In the early 17th century, Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi gave birth to the martial arts system of "Jodo" 杖道, that would elevate the humble wooden staff to one of the preeminent weapons of the bugei of Japan.


Kingfisher offers Jo staff in the exact dimensions of the original (the shindo muso ryu proportions) as well as staffs with the more modern sizing based on a martial artist's physical size and preferences.


Other staff type weapons include the hanbo (a cane length staff) and yawara (primarily a striking and pressure point weapon).