A bo is a long staff, usually made of wood or bamboo, but sometimes it is made of metal or plated with metal for extra strength; also, a full-size bo is sometimes called a rokushakubo. This name derives from the Japanese words rokumeaning “six”; shaku); a Japanese measurement equivalent to 30.3 centimeters, or just under 1 foot; and bo. Thus,rokushakubo refers to a staff about 6 shaku (181.8 cm, about 6 ft.) long. Other types of bo range from heavy to light, from rigid to highly flexible, and from simply a piece of wood picked up off the side of the road to ornately decorated works of art.
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