I'm not sure that would be all that interesting to folks.
Also not sure that I would not just be repeating things people already know.
Plus this is really hard to describe on-line.
But I will give it a wack
But my take on things is that VERY GENERAL fashion the "normal" method of using the bo in Okinawan kobudo is usually gripping near the center of the weapon---some applications/methods/people "choke up" so to speak so they have a longer "reach" or comabtive distance.
Several grips are used, one hand knuckles "up" the other knuckles "down" (kinda like you would grip a ball bat--kinda) sometimes both hands are knuckels "up"
The weapon is swung with enough force to break bones and kill--and its quite fast.
But as far as I am concerned the manner of its use was not designed to regulary fight sword armed oppts.
Its use makes perfect sense for the weapons and situations the Okinawans would have faced for the realities of their specific situaiton.
Which is no surprise to anyone---all combative arts are designed to deal with the dangers "normally" faced by the people in question.
My exposure to the Japanese bo is limited--but GENERALLY they seem to have a very different method of use.
The koryu/classical Japanese method involves gripping the bo at the extreme end, one hand nearly on the butt of the weapon the other maybe foot higher (kinda depends on personal prefernce) the grip is is with both hands "knuckles up" and the blows--coming from side to side, overhand, or up from the floor are done in such a way that the full body weight can be placed behind each blow without sacrificing speed or control.
Feels very "odd" if you have never done it before--but the strikes are very, very powerful, very very fast and you have MUCH more distance between you and your oppt.
I can only assume that is a reflecton of the greater need to keep greater distance between you and a sword armed oppt.
The Japanese method keeps most of the bo between you and your attacker--you have about 4-5 feet of "reach" so to speak MUCH greater than the sword has.
The maai is longer.
The Okinwawn method seems to be "shorter" the method of grip/use only give you a shorter appox distance between you and you attacker.
NOT "BETTER" OR "WORSE" JUST "DIFFERENT"
Plus I am pretty sure that professional warriors used many methods as the situation required----I am only speaking in generalites here.
I also see many similarities between this method and the methods used by Western period halbrad users--much like I see in the use of the katana and the western hand and half sword, two handed sword, etc.
Is any of this at all helpful??????