How to Practice Kobudo Bo Kihon with 17 Basic Bo Combinations

I shot a few more videos over the weekend practicing kobudo kihon out in the fresh air with MJ. Here’s another of the videos, practicing the set of 17 Basic Bo Combinations which is a set of kobudo kihon or basics. Kobudo is the use of traditional Okinawan Weapons including the rokushaku bo (6′ staff). These 17 basic bo combinations are composed of different sets of combinations of bo blocks and strikes.

[Note: The photos below are freeze frames from the live action practice video so they are not as perfect as if they were specifically posed photos for each move.]

17 Bo Combinations

Do these combinations on both sides, stepping forward right then left into kumite-dachi (unless oth- erwise noted) with normal hand switches only.

Down, Up, Down Combinations

1) Down, Up (same side), Down


2) Down, Up (same side), Down, Side, Side


3) Down, Up (same side), Down, Row, Row


4) Down, Up (same side), Down, Side, Side, Up, Down


Side Nagamine Combinations

5) Side Strike, Nagamine Strike


6) Nagamine Strike, Side Strike


Thrust Combinations

7) Down Strike, Thrust


8) Slash, Thrust


9) Soto Uke, Thrust


10) Thrust, Soto Uke


11) Sand Flip, Thrust


Head and Foot Combinations


12) Fuso Strike, Down Strike


13) Ankle Sweep, Foot Poke


Nagamine / Groin Combinations

14) Groin Strike, Nagamine Strike, Groin Strike

15) High Block, Nagamine Strike, Groin Strike

Back Front Combinations

16) Jab Back, Thrust

17) Jab Back, Thrust, Side, Side


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