Bo Strikes

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Ready Position 1: Bo held vertically in right hand on right side of body, tip by floor in front of toes

Ready Position 2: Bo held parallel to floor at waist level, both palms facing down

Ready Position 3: Bo held parallel to floor at waist level, right hand palm up, left hand down

Ready Position 4: As in fighting stance

Ready Position 5: Bo held in right hand, perpendicular to the floor, right side of body (Shepherd hold)

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BLOCKS

...1. Down Block (2 ways) (center of bo & tip of bo)

...2. Upward Block (2 ways) (above the head) (vertical inner wrist strike)

...3. Inside Block (1 way) (like karate inside block)

...4. Outside Block (2 ways) (to the side) (like a strike to the head)

...5. Diagonal Head Block (1 way)

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STRIKES

...1. Thrust

...2. Overhead Strike

...3. Diagonal Head Strike

...4. Sliding Downward Thrust (“4-to-the-Floor”) (formally called “TOP-OF-FOOT STRIKE”)

...5. Horizontal Strike (to head or ribs)

...6. Sweep (front end & back end sweep) (both ends of bo)

...7. Bridge-of-the-nose Strike (with middle of bo)

...8. Groin Strike


HELPFUL COMMENTS

1. THRUST

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TECHNIQUE: Bring bo straight back. Elbow is straight. Strike with end of bo with thrust.

......SUGGESTION Student should be able to see top of their hand.

2. OVERHEAD STRIKE

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TECHNIQUE: Bring right hand to right shoulder and strike with back end of bo.

......SUGGESTION: Student should be able to see top of their hand.

3. DIAGONAL HEAD STRIKE

......TECHNIQUE: Bring right hand to right outer shoulder and strike wth back end of bo.

......SUGGESTION: Student should be able to see top of their hand.

4. SLIDING DOWNWARD THRUST (“4-to-the-Floor”) / TOP-OF-FOOT STRIKE

......TECHNIQUE: With right hand, slide bo through left hand so end of bo touches floor.

......SUGGESTION No air space between fingers.

5. HORIZONTAL STRIKE (to the ribs)

......TECHNIQUE: Chamber bo from bicep. Horizontally strike with back end of bo.

......SUGGESTION: Knuckles end up on top of bo. Chamber before each strike.

6. SWEEP (Front End & Back End Sweep)

......TECHNIQUE: Front end of bo sweeps floor, followed by back end of bo.

......SUGGESTION Make moves flow like water.

7. BRIDGE OF THE NOSE STRIKE

......TECHNIQUE: With two hands grasping the bo, shove both hands equally forward.

......SUGGESTION: Put weight of body behind stike.

8. GROIN STRIKE

......TECHNIQUE: Step out into horse stance w/ rt. foot. Left end of bo swoops under to groin

......SUGGESTION: Bo touches the inside of left elbow.

INSIDE BLOCK

......TECHNIQUE: Just like karate's inside block.

......SUGGESTION: Bo touches arm at the inside of striking elbow.