Striking techniques include switching the weapon from side-to-side. This involves switching the places of the lead and end of the staff. The quicker this switch is made, the greater the potential energy of the strike.
The use may also twirl the bo either overhead, of in front, causing confusion in any attacker. The attacker never knows exactly from where the bo strike is coming. Because the bo can cover such a large defensive area, blocks may be made against head, side, and low strikes. Holding the bo above one's head will be an effective block against overhead strikes. Likewise, the bo may be held to the side to protect the side.