Good Starting Technique - One-Handed Spin
A very good way to learn Bo staff, a one-handed spin with the Bo! It's pretty easy to learn and you can go fast with this one. Just like the video says, start wide so you don't hit yourself. Eventually you can try it closer to your body. Here's the video:
How to Use a Bo Staff - The 9 Lines
Start with the basics... I am! The first thing I learned was the 9 lines which is basically strikes to neck, neck, ribs, ribs, leg, leg, crotch, head and a spear to the center. Here's a video I found online that shows someone doing the 9 lines.
Learning Bo Staff - Bo Staff Tutorials - Basics - Figure 8...
To start, you'll really want to work first on the figure 8 move. This video does a great job of showing how it's done. I started out pretty intuitively doing this but I think it's important to practice this for a while before moving on to other things. Here it is, the figure 8:
Learning Bo Staff - Bo Staff Tutorials - Basics - Behind the Back...
When you get the 9 lines and figure 8 down you will want to start throwing in some more fluid and cool moves to add pizazz! Here is what I've determined is the best next thing to learn if you're going to get better at using the Bo staff. Behind the back bo staff move (2 ways to go behind the back with the bo:
Learn From a Master
The reason I ran across this video is from someone who posted on a messageboard about breaking their bo staff doing similar such moves. I think people have to understand the reality of swinging a piece of very light wood, fiberglass or graphite. They can and will break if struck unevenly. The secret, it would appear, is to have the entire staff hit the ground flat at once. Regardless, learning from someone with a lot of experience is incredibly helpful. I have already learned a handful of good techniques just by being around experts.
There you have it. Next, I'll post some mid level techniques and combos followed by advanced techniques.