Few martial arts weapons can match the power and diversity of the hanbo. The hanbo (basically a half-bo) can be taken anywhere and its techniques can be applied to a bo, jo, cane, expandable baton and other weapons. This site discusses the origins, characteristics, and uses of the hanbo as taught by Soke Hausel at the Arizona Hombu in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona.
One of many Okinawa/Japanese weapons taught to students at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate is hanbo (half-bo). People from Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler of the east valley of Phoenix in travel to the Arizona Hombu to learn these many weapons. The hanbo is a great weapon to learn as it can be used for devastating blocks, strikes, pressure point activation and restraints. This classical Japanese weapon has been taught in classes at the Hombu, as well as to members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai at various clinics around the world.