Dear fellow budo enthusiasts,
This looks like a good thread to post my question.
I have recently the privilege to learn some Muso Shinto Ryu Jo-do syllabus. It seems like it is love at first sight. It is nothing like the aiki-jo that I know.
I understand, reading from various sources, that the red or white oak makes the best jo. However, in my training we use treated furniture grade rattan as our jo. I did a brief price survey, a jo of mediocre quality from a martial art supplier here cost approximately USD 20 -25/pc whereas, rattan being indigenous and grow wild in my country; I can purchase two dozens of them with the same amount of money.
My question being; Is rattan s good jo material?
Description of Rattan = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rattan
Picture of rattan = http://www.reflectionsofasia.com/_bo...s%20rattan.JPG
Your opinion is greatly appreciated.