Actually, if you know how to use a bokken/sword it is pretty easy to get a weapon that you can use in similar fashion just about anywhere. I teach my students what I have found to be the 4 lengths of weapons that can be found while on the street. Long, like bo. High middle, like jo and bokken. Short middle, like single and double stick. Short, like knives and short baton. So far they have had success with this meathod. I then have them specialize in one. JMO.Laborn said:I love bo staves, because you can find one in public easier then you can find a sword, broomstick, a stick in the yard, a pipe, poolstick. I also love the Fan, it's so graceful.