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Ultimate Bo, also known as American Bojutsu, is the world’s first complete white to black belt officially recognized bo training style. Since its original launch in 2007, thousands of students have trained through the home study course, making it a global phenomenon. This is your chance to master this ancient, practical weapon, while getting into amazing shape and earning real rank.

Learn Real Traditional Bōjutsu Rooted in Okinawa, you will learn a wide range of realistic strikes, blocks, stances, katas, and fighting skills. 

A Safe Total Body Workout Bo training is for all ages. The workouts and classes will give you a great total body workout, while strengthening your upper body.

Earn Rank in the Official Style You will be able to earn real rank, up to black belt level and higher, through this complete course of study.

Benefits of This Course

Learn At Your Pace You're busy and life can get in the way. We made this program flexible so you can train at the pace that fits your life.

Complete Comprehensive Training You will have everything you need to go from white to black belt.

Earn Accredited Rank You will take challenging tests submitted to a real instructor so you can earn and be proud of your rank.

Quality Instruction Your teacher is 6th dan black belt, Jon Hodge, who has taugh for over 20 years, so you will be learning from the best.

Stream From Multiple Devices Access your courses from any device so you can take your training with you on the go.

Supportive Community You will be joining the ranks of over 1000 students from around the world who absolutely love lhe bo.


Take the guesswork out of training. Every single belt level is laid out step-by-step and is easy to follow. In this course, not only will you learn every single traditional bo technique, kata, combat bo technique, and bo self defense movement, but you will reach new levels of physical fitness, control, and energy.

Introduction You will learn about the style, how to use the course, how to choose the right bo, and your basic stances.

Traditional Techniques Stances, Strikes, Blocks, and Combinations using the staff. Traditional, Okinawan based techniques that are the cornerstone of Bōjutsu.

Forms (Kata) At each belt level, you will learn an entire traditional kata. These kata are formulated so that you can practice your techniques with realistic intent and full range of motion. These can also be used in competitions.

Combat Bo You will also learn combat bo, which is how to fight with your staff in a self defense or sparring situation. Footwork, movement, combat strikes, blocks, and combinations.

Complete Classes Each level includes full, 30 minute follow-along classes. This is just like attending a live Ultimate Bo class with Sensei Michael. These include a warm up, drills, and much more.

Real Bo Staff Self Defense Like "Krav Maga with a Bo", these techniques are street ready and allow you to turn any walking stick, broom, or pipe into a deadly defensive weapon. Learn how to handle a variety of situations.  

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"The quality of the course is incredible, Sensei Michael has poured his heart and soul into this series and it shows."

- Gergely Péter -

About the Instructor

Michael Hodge is the founder of the weapons style Ultimate Bo. Michael has been studying the martial arts since age seven and has earned a 3rd dan black belt in shotokan karate, along with extensive training in Okinawan weapons.

He has taught thousands of classes as an instructor in his own dojo over the last 10 years, and now currently works with his home study students via the Global Martial Arts University. He also leads "The Abundance Projects", which is on a mission to help people and projects in need through random giving.

Reviews from Our Students 

“I am a new student of Sensei Michael Hodge too. I joined after reading a favorable review of his training in a recent Wall Street JournaI, of all places. The program is solidly built, and being older--as in really older--I appreciate being able to work out at my own pace.  

The videos for the classes and the training exercises are professionally produced. The direction--the filming angles, the proximity of lense to presenter, and the pace of the presentation--make it easy and enjoyable to follow, even from the small screen of a laptop or phone. Sensei Hodge is a natural instructor. Calm and articulate on screen, (there are remarkably few cuts in the videos) he is positive and affirming without the annoying cheerleading you sometimes see in instructional videos. It feels right. If you're dedicated to achieving your best, you'll find this an invaluable program."

- Mark Anderson

“Nothing like learning a useful martial art from your living room. Sounds ridiculous I know, but it works. The quality of the course is incredible, Sensei Michael has poured his heart and soul into this series and it shows. Even if it's just 10 minutes a day it's amazing how fast you progress. Overall I definitely recommend checking Ultimate Bo out."

- Gergely Péter

"This is an unusual program that allows you start training with a weapon (a six-foot bō staff) without any previous martial arts training. It is well-organized and the videos are quite good. It is a significant improvement over the older Ultimate Bō program; Sensei Hodge has clearly grown as a martial artist, a teacher, and a videographer.  

At each of the six levels, there are short videos explaining the various moves; a longer video walking through the kata (choreographed form); and a class with warmup, a variety of drills, and cooldown. Watch them, practice, and consider filming yourself. You'll be performing strong-looking katas in no time!"

-Peter Drake 

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