Bujinkan Bojutsu Practice Explained

In our Bujinkan martial arts training the stick (bojutsu) is one of the training tools and movements that we explore both as a historical tool and also as a way to understand distance and timing through the stick.

Breaking the training down, there are a number of different sticks used in our practice…

Bojutsu refers to stick skill and in a way can refer to any type of stick length.

Here in the West, we usually think of bojutsu as using the six foot stick or a long stick, a martial arts stick.

Additionally the six foot stick in training can be referred as rokushaku bo- six foot stick.

Next from the rokushaku bo is the jo, with the jo referring to a walking size stick- 5 feet in length, or usually around five feet, adjusted for the size and height of the person using it.

Down from this is the hanbo- or half bo, a three foot or so sized stick.

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Located in Westchester New York, the Bujinkan Shinmyoken Dojo is a martial arts training group founded in 2005 with the aim of coming together as martial arts friends to study the Japanese martial art of Masaaki Hatsumi through the lessons of the Bujinkan dojo.

As friends (buyu) we come together to grow, learn, and share our individual potential in this wonderful martial art.

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