Hanbo – Japanese Short Staff or “Half Staff”
The Hanbo is a traditional Japanese martial arts weapon. This staff is a wooden weapon roughly 3 feet in length. In contrast, the Bo is 6 foot long and the Jo is 4 feet long. In Japanese, Hanbo means “half staff”.
Only a few martial arts styles such as Ninjutsu and Hanbojutsu practice with a Hanbo. However, other martial arts use similar weapons such as canes, shillelaghs and batons. The Hanbo is often used in self-defense situations like a cane or walking stick. Therefore, you should visit our section on cane self-defense techniques for further information on the techniques designed for this type of martial arts weapon.