• Me - have the aluminum one the school lent me (happy that it's sturdy and free).
• Oldest - loves the gray graphite bo staff (it really is light).
• Youngest - has grown out of the wooden staff (mentally at least) because it's to bulky and heavy.
Summary: I really think the cheapest of the cheap wooden bo staffs are just too heavy. I do not recommend them even for kids just starting out. The graphite is vastly superior. I think there just has to be some budget talk that surrounds this topic. Right around this time, you're very likely going to be buying sparring gear too. For me and the two boys, that's 3 sets of gear. Good luck rationalizing that one let alone the added expense of good weapons.
I have this website and still haven't given back the aluminum bo staff lent to me by the school if you catch my drift. Wouldn't change it for the world though! More at you soon! Ok, until next time!