What is a bo? A bo is a staff, usually about 1.8 metres long, used in Okinawan martial arts. Bojutsu, the art of using the bo as a weapon, and the bo kata, were part of the Shotokan system until the American occupation of Japan after the second world war. During the occupation martial arts training was initially banned. In an attempt to get this ban lifted, the Shotokan system was modified, and the use of the bo was removed in an effort to make the training seem less martial to the occupying forces. After the occupation the use of the bo and the bo kata were never fully reintroduced to Shotokan karate.
The leading exponent of Shotokan Bojutsu in the UK is sensei Ian MacLaren, KUGB 6th dan. For many decades Ian has trained with, and learnt from, Japan’s leading bojusu experts. Shotokan Connect is privileged to have Ian leading our work to reintroduce bojutsu to the Shotokan system and to our dan grading syllabus.
If you don’t have your own bo, don’t worry, we’ll provide you with one for the session. You’ll learn basic bo blocks and attacks, and in the first session we’ll be learning the kata Shuji no Kon.
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