Thread: bo? shoto?
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Old 11-07-2000, 01:02 AM   #2
Tony Peters
Dojo: Mt Tantalus, Kaimuki Judo club
Location: Honolulu hawaii
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 67

In answer to your question; The Shoto is the "boken" for the short sword or Wakazashi. Some schools like ASU affiliated ones practice techniques with both shoto and boken. The Bo (or Roshaku bo) is quite simply the japanese version of the quarterstaff (more of less). Roughly 6 feet long ans depending on your style anywhere from 1-1.25 inches in diameter. Again I know that ASU has some Bo Kata but I know little of them. The bo has an advantage of a realy big Ma-ai I love it though is is a chore o the shoulders. I've done little with the shoto but it is quite obviously a rather good weapon for close in work.

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