A stick has been frequently used as a weapon worldwide throughout the history of time. In Okinawa, they specialised in this weapon and therefore Kata were created to teach you the fundamentals of handling the Bo.
The Kihon and Fukyu Kata presented are not only excellent to teach you the fundamentals of the Bo. Bo training improves controlling your centre of gravity and momentum.
It develops your Seichusen more.
The Bo, or Kon as it is pronounced in Okinawa, is a stick of about 182 centimetres. Originally it is called “Rokushaku Bo”. Shaku is an old type of measurement - so 6 (Roku) Shaku. That is the formal length of a Bo. Convert that to centimeters to get 182 centimeters.
Practically speaking a Bo can vary in length, but Rokushaku is the regular size.
Although the Bo is considered a large weapon, it can be used on short distance as well. Key is to be able to flow from one form into the other. That’s how you can use it at different distances, for different purposes.
It all starts by how you hold the Bo >> It's Kihon #1 for a reason.