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Title: Bōjutsu  
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Subject: Kukishin-ryū, Japanese martial arts, Hontai Yōshin-ryū, Niten Ichi-ryū, Koryū
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Bojutsu demonstration
Bojutsu demonstration
Also known as Art of The Bo Staff
Focus Weaponry
Country of origin Ryūkyū Kingdom
Creator Various
Olympic sport no

Bōjutsu (棒術), translated from Japanese as "staff technique", is the martial art of using a staff weapon called which simply means "staff".[1][2][3] Staves have been in use for thousands of years in East Asian martial arts like Silambam. Some techniques involve slashing, swinging, and stabbing with the staff. Others involve using the staff as a vaulting pole or as a prop for hand-to-hand strikes.

Today bōjutsu is usually associated either with Okinawan kobudō or with Japanese koryū budō. Japanese bōjutsu is one of the core elements of classical martial training.

Thrusting, swinging, and striking techniques often resemble empty-hand movements, following the philosophy that the is merely an "extension of one’s limbs".[4] Consequently, bōjutsu is often incorporated into other styles of empty-hand fighting, or karate.

In the Okinawan context, the weapon is frequently referred to as the kon.

See also


  1. ^ Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu
  2. ^ The Evolution of Classical Jojutsu
  3. ^ Sticks and Stones Will Break Your Bones: A Look at Jo and Bo
  4. ^ Weapons

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