Nunchaku is one of the Weapons that is used in Karate. Karate originated in Okinawa about 600 years ago. It was developed by the local people as protection against the "Outsiders". The techniques at that time were kept discreet, by using farm tools, and were done alone. This was how the "KATA" began. These techniques were used as protection against others, and are still being used today. Most people believe that Bruce Lee was the founder of the Nunchaku. Actually, he was the person who made it famous worldwide. Bruce Lee even said that his Nunchaku technique did not originate from Karate, but from a South-East Asian Martial Art.
SSR Nunchaku style is a combination of Traditional Japanese Nunchaku techniques (Position & Blocking), & Bruce Lee's dynamic speed & attacking techniques. At the bottom of the page, are some Intermediate (One hand) & Advanced (Both hands) demonstratoins on media files. Please feel free to have a look.
The most important thing when using the Nunchaku is the Grip. Never hold the Nunchaku towards the end of the stick. the best place to hold it is the top towards the chain. Let me teach you some good hints. When you grip the nunchaku, never put any strength in the middle part of your hand. More strength in the upper & lower part of the hand makes it easier to manoeuvre.
When you first learn the Nunchaku, you will find it very difficult, and you will notice that you need to use alot of force. As you get used to it, you dont need as much force, it just flows naturally. Anyone can learn how to use the Nunchaku, the only thing you need is CONCENTRATION.
Before learning the Nunchaku, there are some exercises that will help you improve your technique. Our Beginners balance on their Knees & fists on a soft surface, some attempt to do push-ups. Our Intermediate practitioners balance on their fists, or attemp push-ups on a soft surface. Our Advanced practitioners do push-ups on their fists on top of concrete. This is done to help their grip, muscle development & control.
Let me teach you some Nunchaku techniques.
Please look at the photos below.
I will explain from left to right. The first picture is showing the "Relaxed Position". Kicking can also be used in this position.
The centre photo is called "Blocking Position". This is used to block or guard the attacker, however this is not really useful to attack back.
The last photo is called "Basic Position". This can be used both for attacking & protecting.
I will now teach you the basic movement for the "Basic Position". Please take a close look at the picture. The right hand is on top of the shoulder, and the left hand is below the arm. To move to the left shoulder, put the left arm on the top and the right arm on the bottom. Basically like a figure 8 movement. Continue this until you can do it confidently. As you improve you can also increase the speed. Once you can do this, you have a basic understanding of Nunchaku techniques.
Using Nunchaku is different for Self Defense & Kata. When you use Nunchaku for Kata, you can swing the nunchaku back & forth with no problem. However, with Self defense, its totally different. When you hit a target with nunchaku, you must make sure its a hard surface, like a joint, otherwise, it will just rebound. If you hit a hard target, there is a chance it will break.
Let me introduce to you the weak points on the body while using Nunchaku.
When using the Nunchaku as self defense, you should think "hit to knock down" some of the best places to hit are, the face, head, hands, elbows, shin & knee cap.The Hands, shin & knee cap are almost guaranteed to break if you hit them hard enough.The nunchaku can be a lethal weapon if not used wisely. When using the Nunchaku, please consider the environment around you, and the law.
〜FRONT FLICK TECHNIQUE〜
The Flick is basically the "The Jab" of Nunchaku. These techniques are used in narrow places. Hold one stick in your hand, and one stick under your armpit. Please look at the far left picture. Flick the the stick from your armpit into a circular motion, back to the starting position. Speed is the most important thing for this technique. Please see the photos below.
〜Inside & Outside Techniques〜
Outside to Inside - Hold the Nunchaku in the "Relaxed Position", then flick from your armpit to the outside, as if you want to swing your arm to hit the person next to you. This technique is helpful to keep your distance away from the attacker.
Inside to Outside - Hold the Nunchaku in the "Basic Position" and flick the nunchaku from the outside to the inside, as if you were going to chop the neck like an axe. This is very good for attacking, the head or the side. Remember to concentrate on your breathing.
〜OVER HEAD FLICK TECHNIQUE〜
From the "Basic Position" flick the Nunchaku as if you were going to chop wood with an axe, then return to the beginning position. This is good to hit the Skull, Collarbone or the hand. One good exercise to practise, is to place a cushion on a high surface, and just keep hitting & returning to the beginning, or just hit the target. This is good for muscle control.
Starting from the "Basic Position" Spin the Nunchaku once anti-clockwise, then hit down towards the hip. Please be careful not to hit yourself on the head. This technique is used for exercise purposes only, and it not useful for self defense. This helps you to improve control.
WHEN WILL I MASTER THE NUNCHAKU?
To Master the Nunchaku, you must be able to do it with all natrual movement, basically being able to do it with your eyes closed. Also, should be able to do other techniques a the same time. A master can also hit a target less than 1 cm tall with ease. Another thing they must master is how to protect others from attackers (Crime simulation techniques).
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