Bojutsu, the art of fighting with a long wooden staff, is the
art that represents Kukishin Ryu. Yakushimaru Ryushin, founder of this
school, was given his family name "Kuki" by the Emperor Godaigo
for the credit that he saved the emperor in a predicament. Just as there
are two views on the origin of the Bojutsu, the Bojutsu techniques
involves both Naginata techniques in which we turn around a staff like a
windmill and spear ones in which we prod at an adversary with a
staff as it can be typically seen at the end of Kata, a series of basic
movements. It is characteristics of this Bojutsu to throw a
staff 1 at an opponent in connection with stabbing techniques. 

The staffs used in practice vary in three sizes. One is
Rokushyakubou, which is 180 cm long; another is Hanbo, a staff of about
90 cm long; and the remaining one is Tanbo. Rokushyakubo forms the main
part in Bojutsu techniques; Hanbo is taught independently of other
techniques. Formally, Tanbo techniques are called Sensudori
2, which is the Kaidengata. In terms of classification, Hanbo is
also categorized into Tessenjutsu as part of Taijutsu techniques. There
is differentiation in size; Tanbo is 24 cm long, while Hanbo is 36 cm
long. 

Both Rokusyakubo and Hanbo are 2.5 cm in diameter, which
are made of an evergreen oak. Moreover, we would like to mention that
there exists a letter dated February 11, 1934 Takamatsu Chosui sent to the
Soke, Kuki. In the letter Chosui suggests making a staff with 9 iron
rings, 4 of them at one end and 5 of them at the other end, with a space
of 3 centimeters between each ring. 

A Rokusyakubo and a wooden sword 
Kukishin Ryu Bojutsu
Kamaegata 
1.Jyoudan and GyakuJyoudan
2.Cyudan
3.Gedan
4.Hiraichimonji
5.Yokoichimonji
(Five techniques mentioned above are known collectively as "GorinnoKamae.")
6.Seigan
7.Tenchi and GyakuTenchi
8.Tenchijin and GyakuTenchijin 
Kihongata 
(also called Furikata) 
Omotenokata 
1. Gohouburi
2. Uragohou
3. Sashiai
4. Funahari
5. Tsurunoissoku
6. Susootoshi
7. Ipponsugi
8. Kagenoippon
9. Takiotoshi
10.Koku
11.Kasanouchi
(Nine techniques from Sashiai to Kasanouchi are known collectively as
Kujinokata) 
Chugokui 
1. Tachiotoshi
2. Harai
3. Kotezuke
4. Mukouzume
5. Keage
6. Uchitome
7. Tsukeiri
8. Gorinkudaki
9. Tenchijin
10. Maehiro
11. Ryougote
12. Uranami
13. Tamagaeshi
14. Sayu 
Gokuinokata 
1.JyujiRoppouKujidome (also called JyumonjiKujidome) 
Kaidengata 
1. Bouyose
2. Karamedori
3. KujiHiryu 
[ Notes ] 
1 
In Karamedori technique, we tie a bar in the middle with a
rope and throw the rope at the enemy to capture him. There is aural
instruction called Hayanawanokokoroe to tie up the enemy quickly. 
2 
Taijutsu Sensudori is instructed as
Tessenjutsu (Omote: 8 techniques, Ura: 8 techniques) in Keikonokata. A
Tanbo of 36 cm in length is used in Kudennokata(Menkyonokata) after
one receives Menkyo(certificate). The use of Hanbo Sensudori, a Tanbo of
24 cm in length, is instructed at Kaiden level, whose Menkyonokata
has full of variations. What is interesting about the two Sensudori
techniques above is they have completely different techniques and feeling
in the use of the weapon Tanbo. 
