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Old 10-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #8
Millsy
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Re: Dowel Rod ----> Jo?

As mentioned above, I'd stay clear of cheap hard wood. Back when I trained at hitting weapons hard I had the top 9-12 inches of my partners jo shear off while I was blocking yokomen, creating two very sharply pointed pieces of wood. The top 9 inches whizzed like a dagger past my ear and the short spear my partner was wielding stopped near my throat. We were both a little surprised by the situation and realised that could have been ugly. It was made of cheap brittle hard wood.

Funny years latter he still has that short spear as a reminder.
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