Bōjutsu(棒術?), translated from Japanese as "staff technique", is the martial art of using a staffweapon called bō which simply means "staff". Staves have been in use for thousands of years in East Asian martial arts like Silambam. Some techniques involve slashing, swinging, and stabbing with the staff. Others involve using the staff as a pole vault or prop for hand to hand strikes.
Today bōjutsu is usually associated either with Okinawankobudō or with Japanesekoryūbudō. Japanese bōjutsu is one of the core elements of classical martial training.
Thrusting, swinging, and striking techniques often resemble empty-hand movements, following the philosophy that the bō is merely an "extension of one’s limbs". Consequently, bōjutsu is often incorporated into other styles of empty hand fighting, or karate.
In the Okinawan context, the weapon is frequently referred to as the kon.