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According to the wikipedia: Some were inlaid or banded with strips of iron or other metals for extra strength.[11] And the link they give for reference #11 is from Jo: Art of the Japanese Short Staff, Dave Lowry, Black Belt Communications, 1987 p.22. They link to an Amazon preview which says: Occasionally too, the length of the bo was inlaid or ...


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Honestly, this more or less comes down to an iron-shod staff. In most cultures with staff weapons, someone has had the bright idea to add metal to the ends to increase the inertia with which one strikes, and to reduce the damage to the wood on impact. There are a few specialized ones such as the arribo, an octagonal cane weapon made wholly out of metal, or ...


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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 ...



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