Hánbō is a personnel used in the martial arts. The hanbō is a “half-staff” The hanbō typical length of the regular staff, Rokushakubō, was about three shaku or around 90 centimeters (35in) (“six shaku staff”). However, the length and width of the diameter varied according to the school. The diameter was 2.4 to 3 cm. (0.94 to 1.18 inches).
As any weapon, bearers often would find one better suited to their construction, often choosing the one to reach the height of the tail.
Hanbo Weapon – The arts of Hanbōjutsu are based in many martial arts including a classical Kukishin-ryū koryū martial arts school and one of the nine schools of Bukishin Budo Taijutsu, Kukishinden-ryū. One of the things that matters about using this length is that it is about a walking cane. While techniques with a cane use pulling or hoaking in this ryū-ha and have a rounded end, they often work the same way as a hanbō in every respect. Towards one end the hanbō can be carried and wielded like a katana or a kendo sword. It can also be kept in the middle like an assistant and from both sides strike and block.
Hanbo Weapon – Just certain forms of martial arts, including Hanbosu and Ninjutsu. However, similar weapons like cans, shillelags and baton are used for other martial arts. The Hanbo is commonly used for self-defence, like a cane or a footstool. For more detail on the techniques developed for this type of martial arms, please visit our section on cane self-defense techniques.
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