Ultimate Bo: Beginner Bo Staff Training Course (DVD or Streaming)

ultimate-bo-beginner-bo-staff-cover_front_300Ultimate Bo, also known as American Style Bojutsu, is the world’s first complete white to black belt officially recognized bo training style. This DVD covers the yellow chevron level of material, which is the first belt level in Ultimate Bo. This is the ultimate starting place for anyone wanting to master the bo staff, in a common sense step-by-step method. This style is rooted in Okinawan bojutsu, but also includes realistic combat bo techniques in the training system.

You will learn:


Introduction & Basics – About the Ultimate Bo style, the training sections, how to choose the right bo, choosing the correct size bo.

course-feature-for-website_traditional-boTraditional Techniques – Holding the bo, stances, overhead front strike, 4 point combo, front thrust, reverse thrust, uppercut, overhead strikes, and blocks.

course-feature-for-website_katas6 Katas – Learn the first kata in the style, which integrates an array of powerful strikes, smooth footwork transitions, within a simplistic pattern. Demonstrated full speed, then sections #1-5 are instructed individually, along with a full kata follow along, and a full kata follow along from the back view.

course-feature-for-website_combatCombat Bo – Fighting grips, stances, positions, and footwork. The foundational necessities of learning how to spar/fight with the staff.

course-feature-for-website_classesComplete Follow Along Class – Includes a complete follow along class, just like coming to one of Sensei Michael’s bo classes. Start with a bo warm up, move into traditional technique drills, a combat bo section, and end with a cool down and stretch.


The entire beginner’s course has been filmed in our newly built state-of-the-art dojo, with HD video, crisp audio, helpful angles, instruction, home practice drills, and so much more to help you truly learn at home.

“Sensei” Michael Hodge created Ultimate Bo in 2007, after teaching the bo in his family dojo. He decided to create an organized, level based training system to give students a clear path to progressive mastery in the weapon. He also holds a 3rd dan in shotokan karate-do, and is well known for weapons instruction. Currently, he teaches at the Global Martial Arts University and is the leader of The Abundance Projects, a positive good organization.

If you are interested in earning real rank and getting instructor support, you can also enroll as an official student in the Global Martial Arts University Ultimate Bo course for a small fee.

The Ultimate Bo Preview Trailer

Overview of the Ultimate Bo Course

Sample Follow Along Class

A Yellow Chevron Level Follow Along Class

Sample Combat Bo Lesson

From Ultimate Bo Curriculum

Sample Traditional Technique Lesson

From the Yellow Chevron Part 1 DVD


2 DVD Set $29.99

Regular Price: $39.99

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Ultimate Bo – Beginner Bo Staff – Digital Streaming Edition

streaming-edition_device-montage_beginner-bo-staffIf you prefer to start training instantly, and don’t need DVDs, you can buy this beginner’s course now, in a convenient digital streaming edition. You can immediately access the entire course, by clicking the “View Product” button in the email receipt. No need to setup an account, etc. You can watch on any device (computer, tablet, smartphone, or even mirror to your television) via your web browser, or, watch it in our streaming video app, Gumroad.

Streaming Edition $24.99

Regular Price: $34.99


  •  Instructor: Michael Hodge
  • Length: 3 Hours
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • DVD Format: DVD, Region Free (plays in DVD players worldwide)
  • Streaming Format: Instant Access in Browser or App

Feedback for the Ultimate Bo DVD Set & Streaming Edition Course:

“With my unpredictable schedule, keeping a weekly or monthly commitment isn’t really practical. I’ve been looking for something to teach me on my own schedule and the Ultimate Bo series fits that perfectly.

Being new to martial arts, I needed something that would start from the beginning. Each lesson is broken up into clear and concise steps making it easy to memorize the forms. I purchased the digital copies which made it easy to put on my phone so I can train on the go.

Thank you, Michael Hodge, for keeping me on track! The one down side to training on your own is not being held accountable, but I really feel like you guys care about my progress, so thank you!

If you are tired of piecing together random instructions from Youtube, and you are ready to get serious about learning this stuff, these videos are required!”

-Jeremy Dean

“I believe that these video’s is an excellent way to to train and expand your knowledge. These videos are put together in a manner which makes it easy to learn.The feed back after testing allows a person to improve in the areas that are needed.”

-Jeffrey Smith

“This is the first time that I have ever tried any sort of distance learning so I was a bit skeptical when we ordered the DVDs but that all changed when I got started. The material is excellent and very helpful. It is clear that Sensei Michael has a genuine interest in helping his students develop. We are excited about going through the process! Thank you Sensei Michael!!”

-JD Ross

“Michael!! Thank you so much for all your content! It’s changed my life in ways I cannot express into words!!! I’m so greatful and thankful for all that you do! You have literally made my life dream a reality! Thank you so much! I have your current bo staff curriculum, and it’s phenomenal!!!!”

-Jason Shaffer

“I bought the course for my son and myself for Christmas. I was pretty excited so I cracked it open a couple weeks before Christmas. I popped the tapes in and started my lessons with a wood curtain rod in my garage. I really enjoy the physical challenge as well as the zen feeling I got when I am working with the staff and your course. I was enjoying the course so much I decided to purchase a few staffs for myself my son and my daughter. I have been a physical education teacher for fourteen years and I quickly realized that your course would be great for my entire family. I am a huge believer that physical fitness is imperative in holistic well being. My initial intention was to learn a few spins with the staff and have some fun with my son. Your course has inspired me in many ways. It has been a catalyst in striving for better overall fitness in my life. I have also decided to go for a black belt rank in the staff and possibly explore other martial arts such as Krav Maga.

I want to thank you for the hard work you put into your courses. It is evident that you have the true heart of a teacher. I would highly recommend your courses to anyone who would like to study martial arts. Thanks for your kind words and inspiration. I am looking forward to my journey to a black belt ranking.”

-Tim Spinosa

“Ultimate BO is a wonderful experience when it comes to hard work. Work as hard or as sporadicly as you want.Sensei
Hodge is a very skilled instructor, he has a way of making you feel as though you are his only Pupil. When it
comes to training, your instructor is in the D.V.D. You can fast forward, rewind, pause. Try that in a DoJo and see if the instructor will go for it. I doubt it especially when it comes to slow motion. Sensei Hodge does not mind, try him.
The exercise I get is great. I am 50 something & need a little extra motivation. Ultimate BO has made me stretch and exercise. Because I want to advance in my overall health, I made the right choice.
There are many Martial Arts courses being offered over the Internet now. Distance Training from Sensei Hodge is the first of its kind. Go with proven leadership. Onward & Upward.”

-Chris Gardner

“My son got this video for his bow staff and he really liked it. The instruction given is very good and he understood all the moves.”


“It is a good video easy to follow I would recommend to others for beginning Bo to Advance training. It was what I wanted”

-Charles V.


ash-bo-ready-stance-outdoors_700About the Instructor

Michael Hodge is the founder of Ultimate Training and also the weapons style Ultimate Bo. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd degree black belt in shotokan karate. He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo, and his father’s dojo in the last 10 years, and now currently works with his home study students from around the globe. His goal is to help others reach their full potential, and create boundless prosperity for the world through The Abundance Projects, of which he is the steward.


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