How to Make a Homemade Bo Staff

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How to Make a Homemade Bo Staff
(Practising karate on the beach image by Jolanta Zastocki from

Martial arts comprises a wide field of unique studies. In early Okinawan martial arts, the Bo (staff) was one of five weapons used in the early form of Karate known as "Te." The Bo was also used in early Japanese martial arts, known as Bugei during the feudal era. The Bo staff, like most martial arts weapons originated ordinary tools, such as from the pole used to carry water pales. Making a Bo staff can be done using common materials.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Broom stick
  • Hockey grip tape
  • Saw

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  1. 1

    Select a broomstick or other straight and rounded stick that is at least five or six feet long.

  2. 2

    Cut off the broom attachment nub if using a broomstick. Sand down the cut end smooth.

  3. 3

    Find the centre of the stick. Hold the stick horizontal. Balance the stick on two fingers until it stays steady. Mark the centre.

  4. 4

    Hold the stick horizontal with both hands extended outward. Ensure that you place your hands shoulder width apart on the staff. Mark the staff at the outside of both hands. Your centre mark should be centred between the two outer marks.

  5. 5

    Pull out a strip of hockey grip tape six-inches longer than the marked area. With the tape extended and still on the roll, hold the tape end with your fingers and spin the tape roll until the tape twists to form a rope. Cut the tape at the roll.

  6. 6

    Stick one end of the tape rope onto your outer hand mark. Wrap the tape rope around the staff keeping a 1.5-inch space between each wrap until you reach the other hand mark.

  7. 7

    Wrap over the tape rope, from outer mark to outer mark, with the hockey grip tape evenly, covering the rope and creating a grip area. Smooth out the taped area by squeezing it against the broomstick. Your Bo staff is now complete.

Tips and warnings

  • You can carve, stain or woodburn designs or symbols into your Bo staff if you wish to customise it.
  • Only use a Bo staff as instructed by a martial arts instructor.
  • Only use a bow staff as instructed in practice or for self defence.

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