Hanbōjutsu are the methods of the hanbō or half-staff. The approximate length of the hanbō was around 90cm, but this length varied. Generally, the ideal hanbō length would reach up the the user's hip from the ground. The hanbō is a bludgeoning weapon, but can also be used for chokes, locks and breaks. 

The techniques and methods of hanbōjutsu were first codified from the breakage of spears (yari) and glaives (naginata), resulting in short sticks. Hanbōjutsu at Ikari Dōjō is from Kukishin ryu.

The kamae of hanbōjutsu are very similar to bōjutsu with some variations for one handed grips. The idea is essentially the same, use distance to stay safe and move through the kamae to maintain strong posture and flow. 

Hanbōjutsu waza use the whole body to strike or move, but keep a safe distance from the opponent. Hanbōjutsu can be done one-handed or two-handed and there are distinct techniques for both methods. Hanbōjutsu can also cross over into kenjutsu or shōtōjutsu movements and techniques. It is a very versatile weapon. 

Jutsu of hanbōjutsu vary from striking methods to capturing methods. The hanbō can be used in a variety of ways including capturing, breaking, locking and striking. It can also be used like other weapons, albeit at a reduced effectiveness. 

Hanbōjutsu kata comprise mainly of mixing the basic waza and jutsu together. There are some specific kata, but they are not as numerous as larger schools like kenjutsu or sojutsu.