Training with oak or rattan wood fighting poles has spread throughout the world as many martial artists enjoy the benefits and appreciate the skill required for the art of pole fighting. For pole fighting training purposes there are several types of wooden poles which are usually around 3 cm wide. The full length fighting pole is 72 inches or 180 cm long and is called the Bo. A shorter version is approximately 50 inches or 127 cm long and is called a Jo. The full length 72 inch Bo staff is best for longer distance martial arts combat training while the shorter 50 inch Jo staff is ideal for closer in combat training.