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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?

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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.

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We're just going to have to disagree on that. Cheers. – Dave Liepmann May 2 '13 at 1:56

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