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A 6 ft (1.8 m) bō is sometimes called a rokushakubō (六尺棒: ろくしゃくぼう). This
name derives from the Japanese words roku (六: ろく), meaning "six"; shaku
(尺: しゃく); and bō. Shaku is a Japanese measurement equivalent to 30.3
centimeters (0.994 ft). Thus, rokushakubō refers to a staff about
6-shaku (1.82 m; 5.96 feet) long. This thickness allows the user to make
a tight fist around it in order to block and counter an attack. Source:
Hanbōjutsu, the art of wielding the hanbō, is a focus in several martial
arts including the Kukishin-ryū koryū classical school of martial arts,
and Kukishinden-ryū, one of the nine schools of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Part of the importance in using this length is that it is approximately
that of a walking cane. Although techniques with a cane in this ryū-ha
utilize pulling or hooking and possess one rounded end, that they
invariably function the same as a hanbō in all other respects.
The hanbō can be used as a means of striking, restraining or even
throwing someone. It is useful to know because sticks are abundant and
can be picked up if attacked. Masaaki Hatsumi says that one who wishes
to be a swordsman should first master hanbō techniques, since it can be
held and utilized in a similar fashion to a Japanese sword (but without
the cutting edge). When utilized properly (parrying by deflecting the
sword by striking the flat parts of the blade), it was more than capable
of defeating a katana.