Jack asked in SportsMartial Arts Β· 3 years ago

Whats bo staff fighting called?

Does it have a special name or is part of several other martial arts

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  • 3 years ago
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    bojutsu. ...but..."bo" is a loose term that means stick

    ..it doesnt mean "6 ft staff" ..the full name of the weapon itsself is rokushaku bo. there are also hanbo (half staff) and jo (4 ft) ...and also yawara...sometimes called kubotan, pocket stick..etc. which is about 6 inches long.

    so they are called...bojutsu, jojutsu, hanbojutsu, yawarajutsu...etc ..."jutsu" means art/skill/science ...so bojutsu is the science of using a bo. similarly...sojutsu is the art of using a spear. jujutsu is the art of yeilding (unarmed combat) ...kenjutsu is the art of using the sword. shurikenjutsu is the art of using shuriken (throwing stars/spikes)

    so you can put the word jutsu behind anything really...in okinawan karate, kobudo (ancient war ways) is the term used to denote the weapons art that developed along side karate. but they have nunchuku jutsu, bojutsu, sai jutsu...etc etc. similarly kobudo in japan refers to ancient martial arts of all kinds. which were mostly weapon arts too. torite jutsu, or tuite jutsu, is the joint locking/pressure point aspects..or knife disarms. etc etc

    even such things as self hypnosis ..called saiminjutsu. or in-ton jutsu...the art of concealing yourself (hiding)

    many of them are now called "do" arts rather than "jutsu" arts. for example, aikijujutsu became aikido. jujutsu became judo, kenjutsu became kendo. this largely happened after the samurai class was abolished and the practical war arts "jutsu" which were concerned with application in combat were not need as much. this is the hayday of modern jujutsu as well...weapons were no longer carried, so jujutsu became much more prominent than the sword arts.

    these new "do" arts concentrate on the way "do in japanese and korean, tao in chinese" which refers to "the path" to enlightenment...etc. so some believe they are not as effective, and were not intended to necessarily be used in real life conflict. but anyone who's ever fought a judo person will tell you otherwise lol....it shows a definate change in emphasis however from combat efficiency, to a more wholistic approach to safe training, as well as ways of life, rather than just combat efficiency.

    hope that helps.

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  • Bon
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    3 years ago

    The word "bo" means "staff" in Japanese, therefore you say either "bo" or "staff" but you do not say "bo staff" which is redundant. When you use the word "bo", you are referring to a Japanese martial art. In Japanese, the martial art is call bojutsu.

    There are other martial arts that uses staff. A staff is simply a large long stick and it is the earliest weapon used by human beings so just about any people in the world had at one time or another a form of combat that uses a staff.

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  • 3 years ago

    "Bojitsu", although it can be part of another martial art. See: Okinawan Kobudo.

    Incidentally, "bo staff" is redundant. When it comes to martial arts, "bo" refers to a six-foot-long staff. Other sticks/staves and polearms have different names.

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