Bōjutsu was the art of fighting with the bō, a long wooden staff. The staff can vary in size and length, however the regular measurements were usually six feet long and one inch in diameter. Gripping with two hands, the attacks of Bōjutsu included "striking, thrusting, blocking, parrying, deflecting, sweeping the opponents leg, holding and sweeping dust into the opponent's eyes." Additionally, this art developed balance and more circular action with your body.
This art is believed to have origins from the tenbin, poles balanced on the shoulder carrying either buckets of water or grain on both ends of it.