The hanbo book was the first book of Soke's I got (if you don't count the SK Hayes one) the one done with Quentin Chambers not the Japanese book, which I got later. So basics were learnt, the first instruction from the Boss in hanbo was at the first UK tai kai. We did kihon followed by what seemed insane waza with the little 3' stick.
Hitting Japan and particular the old Kashiwa Dojo (Ishizuka's dojo and the main centre of Shihan training in the early to late 80s) saw lots more hanbo. Arrr those were the days my friend.
So I promise to report how it goes... So what's that got to do with Star Wars, well it's the closest I'll probably get to a light sabre!