|From node to node in mature bamboo is|
considered to be 1 shaku - a Japanese measurement.
Hanbo is considered to have a length of 3 shaku.
|A daughter trains with her father at the Utah Gassuku.|
The origin of the hanbo is related to traditional Japanese jujutsu and ninjutsu martial arts. Traditional martial arts are those that have been around for centuries and have a good lineage that demonstrates their effectiveness in combat, unlike many modern jujutsu schools and MMA.
The hanbo is a weapon that can be taken anywhere and essentially all techniques for a hanbo can also be applied to cane (tsune), umbrella, expandable police batons and similar weapons.
Grandmaster Hausel indicates he likes the hanbo because you can carry a hanbo (or a cane or umbrella) anywhere, find a good stick most anywhere, and striking and blocking techniques are simple. Many of the throwing techniques with hanbo are challenging to beginners, but in most cases they are not necessary because nearly every technique begins with a block followed by a strike to the ribs, knees, body or head with either the hanbo or the hand, which should incapacitate any attacker. Nearly all restraints, throws and chokes are all added after a strike. So, just imagine someone striking you in the ribs, face, shin, foot, hand or groin with a stick. Most likely you will be very compliant to any follow-up restraint or throw.
|Grandmaster Hausel explains the subtleties of using hanbo for arm bars.|
|Kris applies armpit throw to Renshi Stoneking at the|
2015 gassuku in East Canyon near Park City.
|Jeff applies arm bar at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa after throwing opponent.|
|Group photo at the 2015 gassuku at the East Canyon resort, Utah.|
|Members of the 2015 Arizona-Utah karate and kobudo clinic at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona.|
|Thadd applies arm bar (ude garuma) while foot sweeping (ashi|
barai) his training partner - Sensei Bill
|Ryan applies yubi waza (thumb restraint) on Rick at the Arizona Hombu dojo|
|Bet that hurts! Dr. Bergkamp applies restraint on Luis at the Arizona Hombu dojo|
while resting his knee on the hanbo.
|Amanda applies hiza waza to her husband's knee (Ryan) during hanbo-jutsu class|
at the Arizona Hombu dojo.
|Todd applies restraint followed by takedown to Luis using hanbo at the Arizona Hombu dojo|