The Bogu properties are in majority defined by its stitching and thickness. The stitching of a Bogu is defined by three main composant, stitch length, and stitch width, stitch type.
By playing with this 4 parameters, it is possible to obtain differents properties. Protective, flexible, lightweigh, ...
Stitch length : is the distance between two stitch. It determine how much the thread is exposed.
- Small : compress more the futon, but expose less the threads to the shinai impacts.
- Long : compress less the futon, but expose more the threads to the shinai impacts
Stitch width: is the distance between rows of stitch. It determines how much the Futon is exposed.
- Small : Compress the futon, but expose less the felt to the shinai impacts.
- Long : compress less the futon, but expose more the futon to the shinai impacts
Stitch type :
- Bouzashi : Standard stitch type. It is staight with with the same interval between each stitching
- Hajouzashi : Alternative of the Bouzashi. It alterns between wider and narrower stitch width.
- Koushizashi : Crosses the stitching to form parallelograms. The length of the sides is determined by the stitch width.
- Square: The shape of a square.
- Ishi: The shape of a rhombus.
Stitch orientation :
- Parallel: The stitching is parallel to the wrist.
- Diagonal: The stiching is rotated of 45° to be perpendicular to the shinai at the impact.