It does enable you to change directions, switch hands, and generally intimidate and hold at bay someone who might want to get close to you.

I donít know about the rest of yíall but majorettes have never intimidated me.
Seriously I just donít buy the intimidation factor. Twirling the bo or any other weapon for that matter has always seemed to me to be a shortcut to disarming myself, itís all flash and no content.
Pat O'Brien
Southwest Seibukan

Patience my ass Iím going to kill something