What would be the best bo staff for an 8-year-old child to use in competitions. The bamboo toothpick is much too heavy for him. Would anyone recommend the fiberglass bo staff?
Century Martial Arts advertises their smallest bamboo toothpick starting at 12 oz. That would be the 50" (4' 2") variety. The lightest fiberglass I could find in a non-exhaustive search was still 1 lb. 5 oz.
If that's too heavy, the student should train so it is not too heavy. Lifting weights with proper form and properly trained supervision can be a safe and efficient way to increase overall strength -- a standard recommendation for children beginning reasonable weighted exercises is to start with no weight (just the bar) and perform the exercise to learn good form, then increase just 1 or 2 pounds at a time.