Published On: Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

How to Use Nunchucks in Martial Arts

The nunchucks

A traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. It is a very popular weapon in martial arts. Unsupervised usage can lead to serious injuries, foam nunchucks are recommended for beginners.

Step 1: Grip your nunchucks
In an open space like a field or martial arts dojo, hold 1 stick of the nunchucks in each hand, leaving 1 inch of space at the bottom of each. Stand with your feet shoulder distance apart, and your weight distributed equally.

Consider using foam-covered practice chucks and working under the supervision of an instructor.

Step 2: Practice striking
Hold 1 stick of the nunchucks in your right hand, with your left arm in the blocking position across your chest. Strike from right to left. Repeat on the left side.

Step 3: Try a figure 8
Try a figure 8: hold 1 stick of the nunchucks in your right hand and place your right foot forward. Swing diagonally downward, then up and across diagonally, making an 8 shape in front of your face.

Step 4: Practice catching
Practice catching. Perform a side strike, and catch the free nunchucks stick in your left palm. Switch hands and repeat on the other side. For upper catching, place your catching arm in front of the forehead. For front catching, swing your nunchucks for an upper strike and catch the free stick under your armpit.

Step 5: Striking an object
Try striking an object. Hang a ball or punching bag from the ceiling, take your position, concentrate, and strike it from different angles. If you think you’re ready, try striking a moving object. Ask a partner to throw an apple in the air and attempt to smash it with the nunchucks.

When nunchucks hit an object they can bounce back and cause you injury. To prevent this, pull back and make a sword-like cutting motion immediately after striking.

Step 6: Practice, practice, practice
Commit to frequent training sessions, and understand that it will take a long time to see results. The aim of martial arts isn’t victory, but the perfection of your character.

About the Author

- Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts. He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, and a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.


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