Information on the Nunchaku - Martial Arts Weapon

Martial Arts - Books | Striking Bags | Sparring Gear | Shoes

This free martial arts wiki will help you with Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, etc. It will also help you to become a better martial artist with drills & exercises for agility, balance, conditioning, flexibility, speed, strength, etc. Page Date - 29 Jan 2016 12:21

Information on the Nunchaku - Martial Arts Weapon

Nunchaku (or Nunchucks) is a traditional martial arts weapon from Okinawa/Japan. It consists of two short batons connected together by a chain or rope. History has it that Nunchaku were developed from farming tools used to thresh rice.

In traditional Japanese/Okinawan NunchakuJutsu, the Nunchaku is held towards the bottom of the weapon in order to take advantage of the weapons reach. However, some Chinese styles and freestyle techniques advocates hold the Nunchaku closer to the top of the baton. The primary function of the Nunchaku is striking vulnerable target areas of the body (temple, wrists, elbows, knees etc). Like all Kobudo weapons, the effectiveness of Nunchaku relies primarily on Tai Sabaki (footwork and evasive techniques). As well as strikes, the Nunchaku is also used to block and trap offensive maneuvers from oncoming attacks from other weapon wielding opponents.

The batons on Nunchaku are traditionally around 12 inches in length with around 4 inches of cord or chain connecting them. There are also 8 inch versions that have a slightly longer cord or chain but the overall length of the Nunchaku more or less remains the same. The batons on Nunchaku are usually round or octagonal. The octagonal variety have a much greater possibility of splitting the skin (both of the opponent or the handler… if you are not proficient with the weapon). It is highly advisable for all beginners of Nunchaku to use foam or safety Nunchaku because they are perhaps the most notorious weapon for self injury to beginners! However, with correct instruction and practice, the Nunchaku is a devastating weapon. No wonder, the Nunchaku is perhaps the most iconic martial arts weapon of all.

When practicing with Nunchaku, beginners often start with foam Nunchaku in order avoid injuring themselves or others.

Muge Nunchaku

Some Kobudo practitioners and historians dispute the popular rice flail theory as the origins of the Nunchaku, and the second most popular theory is that the Muge (the traditional Horses bit) is the origin of the weapon. Muge Nunchaku are slightly curved, with flatter edges (more square as opposed to round or octagonal), there is a pronounced hump toward the centre of the inner curve, the overall shape of the staves are designed to fit either side of a Horses face.

Muge Nunchaku are still used by some Kobudo/Nunchakujutsu practitioners and though the techniques are basically the same, some of the techniques are more difficult to execute owing to the asymmetrical shape of Muge staves.

Hyoshigi

Another contender for the origin of the Nunchaku is the Hyoshigi. The Hyoshigi is a traditional Japanese percussive instrument consisting of two rectangular wooden blocks attached by a length of cord. They were traditionally carried by night watchmen and fire men in ancient Japan and used as an alarm.

A new sport form of Nunchaku was developed in the Netherlands in the mid 80's known as Nunchaku Do. The combatants in this sport use safety Nunchaku and wear padded head guards. The object of the sport is to score points with strikes to the head or body while evading the opponents strikes. The ultimate technique in Nunchaku do is to snatch away the opponents Nunchaku with your own.

For information on other traditional martial arts weapons, please visit the main Martial Arts Weapons section. For more on Nunchaku kata, please visit Nunchaku Jutsu.

Bruce Lee with Nunchaku (Nunchucks)

Nunchaku Demonstration Video



Join the Wiki Community
to ask or answer martial arts questions!



Martial Arts Books
Aikido | BJJ | Flexibility | Judo | Karate
Krav Maga | Kung Fu | MMA | Shotokan | Taekwondo | Other


Click on the book images above to learn more about these popular martial arts books.



Other Popular Black Belt Wiki Pages



New Community Posts - Recent Member Posts & Questions

  • Toe injuries tips... What is the best way to treat toe injuries and how long to rest before starting training again?
  • Thanksgiving "Purge" Over the long Thanksgiving weekend, I will be deleting members who have not posted since joining or who were active posters in the past but haven't posted in the past two years. I want to keep this community focused on active members and we are only al...
  • 10 Most Important Stretches What do you think are the 10 most important & most essential stretches? They should help flexibility and prevent potential injuries. Moreover, your list of 10 stretches should give a complete "workout" and try to cover all areas of the body that might ...
  • Injuries So, I got a swift kick to my ribs while sparing last week. Yowee., that hurts. Just gut it out for how long??? Now I know about "BBQ Ribs". Keep them elbows in. :(
  • Breaking Down a Spinning Wheel Kick There has been a lot of inquiry about spinning kick practice. It got me thinking about how differently they are taught. Describe, step-by-step, how you teach them. Videos are great but for sake of argument, try not to refer to them.

Popular Community Posts - Top-Rated Member Posts & Questions

Latest Martial Arts Pages Added to Black Belt Wiki

Interesting Martial Arts News

For past articles, please visit the wiki's section on Interesting Martial Arts News.



Martial Arts Poll


To learn about these martial arts styles,
please visit our section on Grappling Martial Arts.



Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.


Martial Arts Gear