Kobudo Weaponry Volume 1: Bo staff
It is commonly believed that Okinawan farming tools evolved into lethal weapons of self-defense when the Satsuma samurai clan forbade the peasants from carrying arms.
The bo staff is traditionally a six-foot long staff made from red or white oak. This tool is believed to have been used as a carrying implement, where the bo staff, with baskets or sacks hanging from one or both ends, would lie across the bearers’ shoulders. Other origins of the bo staff as a weapon are believed to have been derived from walking sticks used by travelers (especially monks) or from the handle of a rake or shovel.
This video teaches the traditional self-defense techniques and katas for the 'king' of the Okinawan weapons. It is an ideal teaching aid for review, rank testing, competition, and self-defense.
Grandmaster Michael A. Stelzer holds several advanced ranks (10th Dan and above) in various styles of martial arts. Additionally, he holds three doctoral of science degrees and is a certified professional wrestler.